What I’m Teaching This Week: 5/2-5/6

Can’t believe April’s now over and we’re about to wrap our final 20Time work session this week. I was lamenting the flight of time on Friday when one of my kids explained that time moves faster for old folks than young people because a year out of our lives is only, say for me, 1/44th of my lifespan whereas a year for a fifth grader is 1/10th of his life, a much larger chunk. (I ignored the fact that he called me old.)

Whatever the reason, time is scarce and I’m starting to think I might have to set aside A Midsummer Night’s Dream in order to fit in everything else I want to teach before my freshmen leave me. Ack! We’ll see…

For now, here’s this week’s 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.

Review the answers to the Analogies worksheet that students completed as weekend homework.

In Quarter Trio teams, students will complete the Act 2 Prologue Sonnet Race.

Assign roles and read Act 2, Scenes 1-2 from Romeo & Juliet aloud in class.

For HW, students will finish reading 2.1-2.2, if we didn’t finish during the period.

Discuss the Act 2, Scenes 1-2 study questions in teams of two and then as a full class.

In those same teams, break apart the dialogue of Act 2, Scene 3 and rewrite assigned sections in modern language. Then, we’ll have a full-class read-aloud of the scene in both Shakespeare’s original language and our updated versions.

View and then compare/contrast the balcony scenes from the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann films.

For HW, students will complete study questions for Act 2, Scene 3 on their own.

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

Assign roles and read R&J Act 2, Scenes 4-6 aloud in class. We’ll cover the study question content in full-class discussion as we work through the text.

Complete 20Time planning session exit tickets.

For HW, students need to bring their 20Time materials to class tomorrow for our last work session. The end-of-project speech was assigned last week and we’ll begin with our first batch of speakers on Thurs., May 12.

In-class work session for 20Time projects.

For HW, students need only to remember to bring their S.S.R. books to class tomorrow.

Quarter Trio teams will play my new “Taylor Swift or William Shakespeare?” game.

In-class S.S.R. reading time for the remainder of the period.

For HW, students will complete a brief practice S.A.T. section and continue working on their 4th quarter S.S.R. reading assignments. Also, a quarter of the class has been assigned to present their 20Time speeches on Thursday and everyone needs to present their memorized Act 1 prologue to me by May 13. (That oughta keep ‘em busy.)

Teach on, everyone!

2 thoughts on “What I’m Teaching This Week: 5/2-5/6

  1. How do you manage to stay so organized throughout the year? I an impressed that you can keep this blog going all year long–I haven’t even changed my bulletin board all year. Please share your secrets. 🙂

  2. Ha, Michelle! No secrets, I’m afraid, but I have taught freshmen every year for all 18 years of my career so I have that curriculum pretty much down. My schedule gets shaken up with seniors and juniors once every few years or so, but these freshmen are always a constant. Each summer, I just slide my digital calendars around to take out the stale and replace with the new fun things I’ve built, but the main units pretty much stay the same. Thank goodness for web-based calendars; it’s not like I’m scheduling everything from scratch like I had to do in those early years.

    As for blogging, it’s a fun hobby and makes me feel young/current. Before teaching, I was a newspaper reporter and my blog feels a bit like a throwback to that time in my early 20s. I will admit, though, it’s a lot of work and definitely keeps me hopping. I’m thinking of taking a little blog-vacation this summer and, you know, actually reading a book for fun or taking a nap once a while. That would be nice. 🙂

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