What I’m Teaching This Week: 4/11-4/15

Spring break is coming to a close and our final quarter launches on Monday. Around here the end of the school year means not one, but two scoops of Shakespeare. This week, I’ll introduce my freshmen to the man and his language as we prep for Romeo & Juliet. After we finish the tragedy in late May, we’ll flip the script and enjoy a quick read of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in early June; it’s the perfect companion piece and a fun way to end the year on an up note – a piece of literature where no one dies. How refreshing!

Okay, here’s the plan (please note: all of the individual Romeo & Juliet lessons mentioned below are available in the full unit located here):

Open with a five-minute M.U.G. Shot (Mechanics, Usage, Grammar) mini-lecture/bell-ringer.

Announce a fresh seating chart and new Quarter Trio teams for the fourth quarter.

Introduce Shakespearean puns and oxymorons.

Mini-lecture on Life in Elizabethan England with computer lab activity.

For HW, students should read their 4th qtr. S.S.R. books.

Present a Globe Theatre Prezi lecture.

Introduce the Globe Theatre Beauty Contest and begin construction projects.

HW: Finish mini-Globe Theatre construction tonight, if not done in class.

Open with a ten-minute Words on Wednesday vocabulary mini-lecture/bell-ringer.

Collect Globe Theatres.

Lead an Understanding Tone interactive lecture.

Play Word Addiction in new Qtr. Trio teams, if any time remains.

For HW, students should read their 4th qtr. S.S.R. books.

Announce Globe Theatre Beauty Contest winners, including Miss Congeniality for the most pathetic-looking one in each class.

Host a Shakespearean Insults/Flattery Contest.

Complete 20Time planning session exit tickets.

Play a few rounds of Brain Teasers, if any time remains at the end of the period.

For HW, students only need to remember to bring their 20Time materials to class tomorrow.

In-class work session for our 20Time projects.

For HW, students will complete a brief practice S.A.T. section and continue working on their 4th quarter S.S.R. reading assignments.

Teach on, everyone!

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