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May 2018

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Date and Learning Target 

Classwork and Resources  


for next class 


I can use my new knowledge of Tudor marriage customs  to better understand the play.

Block 4A/C:  finish imagery II.ii.

article on Marriage in Tudor England

Rest of Act II -- what R&J's actions really mean and why the NURSE is so worried...


Finish the imagery assignment (if not done) and the article worksheet (hard copy) 


I can connect the character's words to their view or understanding.  

Review Prologue and Act I questions

tackle the language and imagery used by Romeo, the lines exchanged, and how words MATTER by examining characters' metaphors and similes

Act II -- the BALCONY scene (if time)



I can "read" the film version of the play in order to figure out character and conflict.  

Romeo and Juliet - Act I

The characters and the problems as depicted in the 1996 Version 

Watch Act I and answer the QUESTIONS

Pause between scenes to make sure everyone is ready to move on :)



answer the QUESTIONS and submit before next class. 


I can compare my ideas about love and partners with my parents, and then see if I am playing the game of love or after something else. 

 STAR Testing 

Romeo and Juliet -- the issue:  arranged marriages vs. picking for yourself

Love the Game vs. the Reality

Find your favorite love song -- which is it?  



Watch the Romeo and Juliet plot summary video, complete the fill-in the blank worksheet as you go.   


I can present my poetry in a way that helps the audience understand and appreciate it:  clear, audible, with intonation.


Poetry Readings -- summative presentation 


When done, a little more poetry:

rhyming, word-order, Yoda, and the sonnet 


Ask a parent, guardian, or grandparent to describe the person YOU should marry -- ask them to get specific.  Come to class with either a recording, note, or other documentation of their answer.  


I can revise a chosen poem to make it strong, with a conflict, a clear speaker, and concrete imagery.

Editing own poem for final presentation

Word Choice: What words do you REALLY need? Are the RIGHT words in the RIGHT places? 

a. Find your STRONG, ACTIVE verbs. Highlight them in green.

b. Find your VIVID nouns. Highlight them in pink.

c. Find where you use the five senses and/or figurative language. If they aren’t already highlighted, highlight them in yellow.


d. Now, look at all the words you have NOT highlighted.

Are your lines more like complete sentences in a story?

Do you really need all of those words? Do you have TOO many?

What words can you get rid of?

Now go back to your highlighted verbs and nouns.

Do you have many words highlighted? Do you need to add more?

Are your highlighted words/images VIVID enough?

Can you make them snappier? spunkier? sadder? angrier? etc.

Sample Poetry Performances 

Taylor Mali 

Bianca Phipps

Phil Kaye

Edit and prepare reading of YOUR final poem 


I can write a poetry explication using the starter sentences and details from the poem.   

Class Elections -- 

 if you want to run for a position (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Representative) you should see Ms. Tutolo sometime between now and next Friday to introduce themselves and show her whatever speech you have written.


Poetry Explication

Student Samples from Last Year 


YOUR Poem editing  

Imagery -- concrete and sensory details

Exploding the moment: 

Example:  Approach of Winter 

Submit your explication to Schoology 


I can identify  the parts of my poem, beginning, middle, and end, and explain how they develop the conflict or tension of the work. 

Continue analyzing your chosen poem -- focusing on imagery and language).

Break the poem into a beginning, middle, and end

Write your topic sentences for beginning, middle, and end.

Select KEY phrases or words from EACH section.  


Then you will be ready to tackle your "explication" -- a fancy word for a detailed explanation -- next class.


Student Samples from Last Year 

Make sure you have topic sentences for beginning, middle, and end.

Select KEY phrases or words from EACH section.

Analysis and Writing about Poems  


I can select a poem that speaks to me and understand it enough to begin its analysis.


Selecting a poem you like and using it to help you become a better poet 

Poetry 180

Select a poem from the above site, copy and paste it into a NEW Doc labelled Poetry 180

Make sure to include the title and the # from the list 

Student Samples from Last Year 

How did they get here?

By doing this:  Analyzing and Writing about Poems


Complete steps 1-5 


Now think about these questions for YOUR poems 

Complete steps 1-5 of chosen poem's analysis 


I can identify the tension between the fairy tale the real world and the real world, using the allusion. 

I can use a famous work of art as inspiration.


Poetry Sharing 

Allusion and

ekphrastic poems 

Art for Poems



Complete and submit your fairy tale and art poems. 


I can compose both a carpe diem and an elegy using elements of the classic forms but adding my own personal, specific touches.  

Share a Poem -- practice presentation and 

Carpe diem

Pluck or harvest the day (not "seize" which is violent, the wrong connotation)

  • This form focuses on the reality that death will come to us all; we don’t know when we will die; time is running out and, since physical beauty and pleasures fades with time, we should take advantage of them now.

  • Many write a carpe diem as an effort to convince a friend (or self) -- romantic or otherwise -- to “seize the day” by performing a specific pleasurable activity.

  • Since the major elements of a carpe diem poem are death, life and time, you can look to these concepts to find images.

  • Make the pleasurable activity sound good by incorporating all the five senses -- sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, -- into your description.



The elements of a traditional elegy mirror three stages of loss.


  • First, there is a lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow
  • then praise and admiration of the idealized dead
  • and finally consolation and solace

Carpe Diem and Elegy Examples


Complete and submit your carpe diem and elegy poems.  



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