What I’m Teaching This Week: 4/18-4/22

Is it just me or does the final quarter of the school year always feel like a bullet-train ride? One of my hallway homies mentioned yesterday that there are now only 39 days of school left. Wait, what? I have just 39 days to take my freshmen through a deep study of Romeo & Juliet, a quick read of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the end of our 20Time projects/what-we-learned speeches. And don’t forget to throw in the chaos of SBAC and AP testing, which always derails more than a few days’ plans. Uh, yeah…I have some work to do.

Buckle your seatbelt (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.

Review the answers to the practice S.A.T. section that students completed this weekend.

Introduce iambic pentameter with this interactive Shakespearean Sonnets Prezi lecture.

Assign students the Write Like Will sonnet activity, where they will build 14-line poems on a variety of unusual topics, everything from sea creatures to hoodie sweatshirts.

For HW, students will finish writing the sonnets they began in class today.

Present the prologue, which I’ve memorized and will dramatically present to my students. Then, we’ll break down the language and sonnet structure. Students will be assigned to memorize the play’s opening 14 lines, which they must present to me individually before May 13. I give them almost three weeks to get this done. If they wait until May 13 to take care of this assignment, they’ll have to recite the prologue in front of the whole class before we begin that day’s S.S.R. session. Students are allowed to attempt to present their memorized prologues to me once per day and they can always keep the highest score from any of their efforts. Some kids will be one-and-done, while others will torture themselves by visiting me a half-dozen times.

Assign roles and read R&J Act 1, Sc. 1-2 aloud in class.

For HW, students will finish reading through Scene 2, if we didn’t finish in class. They also will complete study questions covering the first two scenes.

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

Review answers to last night’s study questions and discuss.

Assign roles and read R&J Act 1, Sc. 3 aloud in class.

View the opening of the Zeffirelli film version, showing the opening three scenes. (Later in the unit, I’ll use slices of the Baz Luhrmann and the Carlo Carlei versions, too.)

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

Finish viewing the Zeffirelli clip, if we ran short of time yesterday.

In small groups, discuss the Scene 3 study questions.

Complete 20Time planning session exit tickets.

Play a few rounds of Brain Teasers. (We ran out of time last week for these, so I definitely want to fit it in today; the kids have been asking for them.)

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 another brief practice S.A.T. section and continue working on their 4th quarter S.S.R. reading assignments.

Teach on, everyone!

6 thoughts on “What I’m Teaching This Week: 4/18-4/22

  1. Dosie Rutkowski says:

    I haven’t taught R&J in 6 years, and seeing how you effectively incorporate the clips of various versions at different points in your unit is so helpful. As always, thank you for sharing your ideas and expertise.

  2. I love your lessons! As a first year teacher they have saved me, I think I have bought half of your TPT shop! This is a fun compare/contrast I threw in last year during student teaching with Romeo and Juliet https://prezi.com/18ictwqobzra/copy-of-romeo-juliet/ 🙂

  3. Awesome, Amy! Now you know I love a good Prezi. 🙂 Thanks for the share!

  4. C. Randall says:

    Hi Laura!

    Just wanted to let you know I presented the 20Time project to our high school yesterday, suggesting we implement it in our RTI period next year and the staff is excited to do this! Our entire high school will take part!

    Thank you for this blog and your TpT sources. I am already planned for September 2016:)

    Take care and keep the posts and products coming!

  5. Wow, C. Randall, a whole-school 20Time experience? Ah-mazing! I’m feeling so inspired right now – and a little jealous that you already have next fall planned. Impressive stuff!

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