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Shaespeare Vocabulary Assignment

Creating the Vocabulary CardI knew that by closely looking at a single word, students would be able to learn, in addition to the definition of that word, much about the way language works. To advance this understanding, I created what I call the vocabulary card. I called on ideas I'd picked up from Drawing Your Own Conclusions: Graphic Strategies for Reading, Writing and Thinking, by Fran Claggett, that had helped my students go beyond illustrating text to visualize concepts and think metaphorically. I also drew on a vocabulary idea I borrowed and adapted from a writing project colleague who helped her English language learners expand their English by having them write a word on a three-by-five-inch card and then brainstorming and writing related words on the same card. For instance, for baseball, students might write "bat," "ball," "cap," "diamond," and other baseball-related words. As you will see, the vocabulary card works best with "…

Tuesday / Wednesday 24 / 25 February

Students who turned in their Annotated Bibliographies on time got them back.

Note Cards were due and were checked.

Mr. Zartler gave the following ( at bottomw of this entry) vocabulary assignment to be worked on during the reading of Henry V.

Mr. Zartler gave a lesson on using note cards to create and outline, and on outlining.

The class finished viewing the Shakespeare Uncovered on Henry IV and Henry V.

Vocab Assignment:
Henry V Vocabulary and Question Journal
Part A: Vocabulary For this unit on Shakespeare’s Henry V we will be immersed in language. Language is dynamic; it grows and morphs and shape-shifts. Language has the power to connect people, start feuds, deepen understanding and inspire the unimaginable. Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll pay attention to how language affects us as readers and as writers. We will investigate meaning and formulate preferences for our own language choices.
As a tool to support this process, you will createvocabulary cardsusing 3by 5 or 5 by 8 in…

18 February

7th Period began researching the background of Henry V.

Both 4th and 7th Periods will present their background research in the form of an annotated graphic one half hour into the next class period.

Directions: In a group of two or three, create a diagram with captions, pictures with captions, or game with players and instructions that depicts the events of the key people leading up to Henry V’s reign.Before collaborating, read through the history and highlight key events and the people involved.
The Literary Context of Henry V

Three plays precede Henry V in Shakespeare's historical tetralogy: Richard II, Henry Part I, and Henry IV Part II. As many of the seeds of Henry V's story are sown in these earlier plays, the following plot synopses will help viewers more fully understand the film.

Richard II (who reigned from I377 to I399) was the last in the Plantagenet line and an unfit king. At the beginning of Richard II, Richard settles a dispute between two of his lords, Henry Bolingb…