“Now what ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” (OMM #5)

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

“Jus’ foolin’. I wouldn’ want to go to no place like that.” (OMM #4)

Discuss chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men through 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

“I can still tend the rabbits, George?” (OMM #3)

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 65 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to choose a specific piece of text to discuss in class tomorrow.  You may also want 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 #3

The bunk house was a long rectangular building. (OMM #2)

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 37 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  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 #2

“An live off the fatta the lan!” (OMM #1)

This evening, please re-read Of Mice and Men through page 17 and then use your blog to discuss themes, images, and motifs that you notice.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  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 #1

The course of true love never did run smooth. (MND #9)

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Tomorrow in class you will write a thematic essay on a topic of your own choosing about A Midsummer Night’s Dream.    This evening, please prepare for this essay by thinking about the aspects of the play that you find the most intriguing.  That way, you are more likely to find a topic that fuels you and about which you can contribute some real insight.

You may choose to prepare an outline this evening, so you can use the full period writing tomorrow, but please do not over prepare!  This is meant to be a 45-minute flashdraft, not a complete finished product, and I will assess it accordingly.  This essay will count as a quiz, not as a full test grade.

For any students who were absent in class, we read and commented about a number of literary critics in class today and I have shared that document on the handouts page of our website.  You should certainly take a look at them before you choose your topic or plan your essay.

MND blog #9

The lunatic, the lover and the poet / Are of imagination all compact (MND#8)

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush supposed a bear!

Paraphrase Theseus’ speech at the beginning  Act V, scene i.

Then, analyze it.  Take your time.  This is a complicated speech.  Explain what you think Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader in this speech.

As always, please follow the rules of standard written English, and don’t forget to respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.

MND #8
 

I have had a most rare vision. (MND#7)

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was–there is no man can tell what. Methought I was,–and methought I had,–but man is but a patched fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.

Paraphrase and analyze the above from Bottom’s speech at the end of Act IV, scene i.

Are we meant to agree or to disagree with his statements?  Why or why not?  Explain what you think Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader in this speech.

As always, be careful to follow the rules of standard written English, and don’t forget to respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.

MND blog #7

I am amazed and know not what to say. (MND#6)

First you must read Act III, scene ii all the way through and then comment.

As we have done before, though, I am not providing a prompt for this blog.   Rather, I would like you to create your own conversation here.  You must write a comment either addressing a topic, line, or issue about this scene (or any previous scene) and respond with depth to at least one of your classmates’ blogs.

Let’s continue our class discussions on line and see where the conversation takes us.

Be thou not amazed!

MND blog #6

And yet, to say truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. (MND#5)

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TITANIA

I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.

BOTTOM

Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
love keep little company together now-a-days; the
more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.

TITANIA

Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

 

(Act III, scene i, lines 139-150)

Read the passage above carefully and then analyze what  Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader here.  You should consider the SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Tone) of Bottom’s comment, and you may want to consider last night’s blog as well.

As always, don’t forget to follow the rules of standard written English and respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.

MND blog #5