April 26 2017

Oh, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.

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Tonight, please do not read Act I, scene v.

Please re-read Mercutio’s Queen Mab monologue and respond here.   You may want to consider the following:

  • How does the monologue begin?
    • How does Mercutio describe Queen Mab and her coach?
    • What is the tone of the monologue at the outset?
  • What dreams does Queen Mab deliver to each of the following:
    • lovers
    • courtiers (first and second mentions) — what is a courtier anyway?
    • lawyers
    • ladies
    • a parson
    • a soldier
  • Discuss the quality of the dreams:
    • How is each dream appropriate to its dreamer?
    • Does Queen Mab deliver good dreams, night mares, both?  Why?
    • How do the dreams change over the course of the monologue?
  • How does the monologue end?
    • What the final tone of the monologue?
  • Overall, why would Shakespeare include this monologue?
R&J blog #6
January 19 2017

“Now what ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”

Discuss the last portion and, actually, all Of Mice and Men here.   Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary, but DO NOT summarize.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #5
January 18 2017

“Jus’ foolin’. I wouldn’ want to go to no place like that.”

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 83 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary, but DO NOT summarize.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to annotate your text as you read and to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #4
November 18 2016

Memoir

We were all gathered in “The Shack” our place to hang out and eat. Somehow, our conversation (don’t ask how) shifted to the contents of Tide Pods and if they were like actual detergent from the bottle. Instead of just Googling it like a normal person, we decided to figure it out for ourselves. I went to my room and grabbed a Pod, and we headed down to the bathroom. We decided the way to break it open was to huck it at the wall as hard as we could. And we did just that. Repeatedly. It failed to open, so we thought up another idea. We decided to soak it in hot water like it would be in a washing machine before throwing it at the wall. See, our logic was that it would loosen the outer ‘seal’ and allow us to make it burst on the wall. I guess you could say we were correct with this logic. Welllll, I mean sorta. And that’s how we ended up smelling really strongly of detergent for the rest of the day. Like really strong. Skunk scent strong except it smelled like lavendar. See, what we didn’t forsee happening was the Pod bouncing right back at us with a hole in it spewing detergent like a sprinkler set on high.

September 9 2016

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. — Joseph Campbell

Please describe a setting.   Take a moment to think about a place that is important to you.   You may choose your room or a particular part of your home or backyard.   Or you could write about a place you went this summer, perhaps camp or somewhere you went for vacation.  Once you have decided on a place, I would like you to do a short exercise I call “Making a Movie Behind your Eyelids.”  It works like this.   Close your eyes and imagine you are in your special spot.  Stay there for a moment.  Really take some time to be in that place.  What do you see?  Look around carefully.   What do you hear?  What do you smell?  What do you feel?  (This feeling could either be the actual sense of touch or more of an emotional sense.)

Once you have lived in this place for some time, open your eyes and write!!!  If you run out of things to say, close your eyes again and see what you notice that you did not already include in your response.

Generally, your response should be at least 250 words, but please don’t just aim for that.  Do the best job you can describing your setting.  Don’t just add more to get to the minimum number of words.  Make sure that each word counts!  I recommend that you write your response in Word or as a Google doc and then cut and paste your response into the comment box.  I encourage this, because in case something happens and your response doesn’t appear, you still have your homework!!! Good luck and have fun!

By the way, in order to comment on this post, you will need to click onto the title of the post.  This will lead you to a new page, where there will be a box for commenting at the bottom of the post. Once you are on the page that has the comment box at the bottom be sure to read all of the following instructions before you begin.

September 1 2016

How-to Basics

Today you are going to learn how to access our class blog, log in, and comment on a post.

Hey!  Guess what?  If you are reading this, you have already accessed our blog!

First, you need to log in.  Look over on the right.  You will see a section called Meta in with various links below it.  Please choose Log in.

Now, you will of course need a username and a password.  This should be your usual school log in, however, if you don’t know what that is, try this:

Your username is your first name, the first initial of your last name and usually a number.  Please start without a number, then with the number 1, if that doesn’t work, try number 2, and so forth until you figure out which it is. So!  My name is Elizabeth Quinson.  My username would be elizabethq, elizabethq1 or elizabethq2.

Your password is your student id number.  If you already know it, try to log on.

If none of this works, I’ll be around with this information for you.

After you are logged on, try commenting on this post. What you are reading here, by the way, is a post!  Most of your work on the blog will be as a comment, and not as a post.  Generally, I post the topic or question (or even just leave it open) and then you comment on my post.  In addition, you may comment on each other’s comments!