9/26 English 2 Agenda

9/26/17 Sneeze!

What is a “tragedy” or “tragic” event in life and/or literature? How might someone be both tragic and heroic.

Tragedy sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual.

Hero comes from a Greek word meaning “any person who shows courage in the face of challenges.”

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, called any hero who faced a downfall, a tragic hero. The downfall resulted from fate, a societal reason, and most importantly, the hero’s own flaw or mistake.

Tragic Hero!

Review Aristotle’s elements of tragedy:

  1. Tragic Hero: A hero who begins life with wealth or status until his fatal flaw or error leads to his downfall. The audience is meant to feel both pity for the character and fear for themselves since the tragic hero suffers the worse-case scenario as a result of his avoidable mistake. Examples of tragic heroes include: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Oedipus Rex, and Brutus.
  2. Anagnorisis: The moment when the hero makes an important discovery.
  3. Catharsis: The audience’s feelings of pity and fear.
  4. Hamartia: The hero’s flaw that leads to his tragic downfall.
  5. Hubris: A hero’s extreme pride and disrespect for the natural order of the world.
  6. Nemesis: The unavoidable fate of the hero, usually caused by his own hubris.
  7. Peripeteia: The hero’s experience of a reversal of fate or fortune.

Create your own tragic hero, illustrating seven elements of a tragic hero in a seven-panel Storyboard:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the hero as it relates to one of the elements.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

9/25 Drama Agenda

Complete last two presentations from Friday.

Show videos on Del Close and Viola Spolin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JxH9ZuylAg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavVR2SC_bg

Play game.

Have each group generate a few new products, ones that no one has ever seen before and write each on a separate notecard.

Tell the players they are now an advertising agency, letting an eager public know about this great new product and how useful it is.

Players should build on everything their teammates say, starting each sentence with “YES, and…”

Insider Tips:

  • Choose a suggestion card from a group other than the one that’s on stage so they don’t get their own.
  • Hold them accountable to starting with “YES, and…” and to building on what others say.
  • If they start to fumble or slow down, offer encouragement (“Tell us more!” “What makes it so special?”) without suggesting ideas.

Assign groups to games.

9/25 English 9RCP


“It was death by notebook.”

Write your creative response to the above.

Today we continued working on our advertisements, and organized to make a real storyboard using original photographs, props, and costumes.  Creative process, writing, imagery, and persuasion are important factors of this assignment.  See attached for rubric.



9/25 English 2

What is a thesis?  Find thesis frames and definitions attached here:

After we completed the mini lesson, the students got into small groups and wrote their own thesis statement using the theme work we did with “Antigone” in the prior class.  Then we peer corrected by passing each thesis from group to group.

9/22 Drama Agenda


Use this prompt to write a scenario that would follow…

“The box. The door.  The crumbling brick.  It begged me to enter.”

Hand out four articles about the history of improv and have the people with the same articles get into groups with one another.  Each group is responsible for presenting at least six important points or facts per article, and teaching them to the class.

9/22 English 2 Agenda

Pop Quiz: Plagiarism and Paraphrasing!

Please get out a loose leaf piece of lined paper.  Write your COMPLETE heading at the top.

  1. Plagiarism Quiz….

    Write your choice down for each question!

  2. Paraphrase the following quote:“India is the second largest country in the world in population.  In fact, nearly one out of every six people in the world lives in India!” (Tagore 291).


What is a theme? Search for evidence of themes in groups:

Man v. religious laws

Responsibility of leadership

Moral lessons condemning pride (hubris)

the main subject that is being discussed or described in a piece of writing, a movie, etc. : a particular subject or issue that is discussed often or repeatedly.
: the particular subject or idea on which the style of something (such as a party or room) is based.


9/22 English 1 and English 9RCP Agendas

(1) Go to the computer lab so we can learn how to look up personal accounts and grades.

(2) Back to class to Sneeze and start a project!

Create an advertisement for this product: liquid cereal! I would like two paragraphs, at least four sentences each. Convince me to buy this product!

Now in groups of four, please choose a commercial that you wrote using either liquid cereal or a brand-new product you invented. Write six frames of a storyboard using dialogue and pictures to illustrate what you want to do if this were a video. This is a rough draft for what you will be doing for the rest of the project.


9/21 Drama Agenda


Theatre is essentially storytelling and improvisers have to come up with stories on the spot.

  1. Seven-sentence story structure

Most stories can be boiled down to seven basic sentences. These sentences begin like this:

Once upon a time….

And every day…

Until one day…

And because of that…

And because of that…

Until finally…

And from that day…


  1. Groups of 7/8 sit in a circle and come up with one sentence from the story structure each. If you have more than 7 students you can just begin from the first sentence again once you reach the eight student.
  2. Once you’ve done this you can broaden the exercise and take away the 7-sentence restriction, allowing students to tell the story in as many sentences as they like.
  3. Direct a story.  How? Like this:

9/21 English 2

How to write a topic sentence?

We wrote topic sentences responding to the question: Should the law be changed to allow all people under ten years old to watch Rated “R” movies?

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism by Easy Bib

Paraphrasing from Imagine Easy Solutions

After the videos we discussed citation format and when to quote versus when to paraphrase.

Finally, we skimmed, as a class,  Sen. John Walsh, D-Montana, plagiarized his Master’s Degree thesis article from The New York Times.