Thursday, 25 May 2017

Interesting Fact: US Police officers wear blue, because the first US police uniforms were made from surplus US Army uniforms from the Civil War.

Welcome back to more Shakespeare. Today we'll watch Act 1 and get on with Act 2 – Scene 1


  • Watch Act I
  • Read Act II : Scene I

Learning Target

  • I can read and understand complex forms of literature.
  • I can present in front of my peers.

Monday, 23 May 2017

Interesting Fact: There was a phenomena named "Angel's Glow," a condition observed in soldiers at the Battle of Shiloh, when their wounds began to glow blue and heal faster. In 2001, a 17yo discovered it was caused by nematode vomit, the beneficial bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens.

Welcome to Tuesday.

Today we'll discuss the note-taking required for reading Much Ado About Nothing, do a fun assignment, and sign up for parts.


  • MAAN Notes
  • Introduce Roles
  • Assignment
  • Work Time

MAAN Notes

Choose 1 major character(s) and chart his/her whereabouts and actions throughout each scene in the play. This person can be:

  • Benedick
  • Beatrice
  • Don Pedro & Claudio

If the person is not in the scene, suppose what they were doing at the time.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Interesting Fact: The movie Troll (1986) features a character named Harry Potter who navigates a world full of witches, wizards, and magic to save his family – 15 years before the Harry Potter franchise.

Welcome back to just 5 more weeks left of school. Today we'll be doing some R+J, some fun storytelling, and some translating.


  • Quick Warm-Up
  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Translation
  • Romance
  • Sign-Ups

Friday, 19 May 2017

Interesting Fact : A film crew was dropped by helicopter on St. Helens on May 23 (five days after it's eruption) to document the destruction. Their compasses, however, spun in circles and they quickly became lost.

Welcome back to class. Today is your second to final 20% day. After next week, you will have 2 (maybe 3) 20% days for working on your final presentation.


  • 20% Day

Learning Target

  • I work on a long term project, for the purposes of learning, to do something new and improve myself.

TKAM Final Make-Ups

Some have expressed a desire to make-up or earn more points on their final. If you turned in your final and did not recieve the score you wanted, you may re-do your TKAM final for 80% credit.

LATE finals will still earn 70% credit.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Interesting Fact: Only six autographs belonging to William Shakespeare are in existence. They are signed as follows: Willm Shakp, William Shakspēr, Wm Shakspē, William Shakspere, Willm Shakspere, and William Shakspeare. In none of the signatures does Shakespeare actually spell his last name "Shakespeare."

Welcome back to class and welcome to our FINAL unit of the year: Shakespeare. It should be fun and will probably blow by quicker than you can imagine.

Today we will go on a journey through the late 1500s and early 1600s. Sit back and enjoy.


  • Intro To Shakespeare.

Learning Target

  • I can explore the historical context of a text before I read it, in order to deepen my understanding of the text.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Interesting Fact: 'Star Trek' TV episodes are unusual in that the price the studio paid to air reruns went up over time (usually it gets cheaper to run reruns over time), because the fanbase grew and fans watched each episode dozens of times. Their enormous popularity led to the revival of the franchise after the series' cancellation after three seasons (leading to several movies and TV shows).

Welcome to Wednesday's showcase.


  • Students will go in a random order (after volunteers go).
  • Those of you who have Art – Please show us your piece and read the accompanying writeup.
  • Those who have music – Please plug your player into the jack at the front of the room
  • Those who have stories – Please read
  • Those who have presentations – Please plug your chromebook into the HDMI cable at the front of the room and present.
  • Those who have essays – Please offer the class a brief rundown of what you wrote about and how you proved it.

After today, if you don't need them to complete late work, you should turn your TKAM book in at the library. You have until the beginning of June until it turns into a fine.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Interesting Fact: In the 1950s, the USSR started breeding foxes in an attempt to see how wolves may have been domesticated. As a result there are now domesticated foxes, called Silver Foxes, which are still being bred, showing how little a time frame is actually needed to domesticate a species.

Welcome to Tuesday.

Today is your final day to work on your English Final for TKAM. Right now, this final is worth 40% of your finals grades (~20% overall), so doing well could have a great impact if you're looking to boost your grade a bit after a poor Freshman Research Project score.


  • Work on TKAM Final
  • TKAM Final Due TOMORROW (the 70% late penalty will apply, if turned in late, since you were given 4 in class days and a weekend – which is the amount of time the class asked for)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Interesting Fact: After the death of Ludvig Nobel, brother of Alfred Nobel the inventor of the dynamite, a French newpaper mistook him for his brother and wrote a scathing obituary for Alfred Nobel. This caused Alfred to consider his legacy and caused him to create what today we call the Nobel Prize.

Welcome back to a wonderful Monday. I will & will not be here today, so please respect whoever is substituting. Today is a work day, so be on task and respectful.

Today is club picture day, from 10-2:30, so Mr. Webber will have a sub after 9, in order to help out with club photos.


  • Work day – 3 of 4 – for TKAM final.
  • DUE: Turn in Paragraph 4 TODAY
  • TKAM Final Presentation on Wednesday

TKAM Final

  • Since today is day three, your project should be 75% finished by the end of the period (or day). Remeber: time use is a part of your grade.
  • Almost everyone has submitted a proposal to me, and has recieved an approval. If you have not, yet – this is your top priority today.
  • Once you get your proposal in, start working on your project regardless of if it's approved. We can always make adjustments tomorrow.
  • I'm sure, this weekend, many of you chose to put some time in on your project. Keep that up.
  • Remember – editing and revision is a big portion of your grade. If you think you are finished – find ways to improve your project.

Late Work

  • I will take late work up until the 2nd, no questions asked. That means you have 3 weeks left to turn in ANY late work.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Interesting Fact: From 1902-1907, a group of 12 scientists regularly ate dangerous, common food additives that had previously been untested, such as formaldehyde, and documented how they reacted to said additives. They were known as "The Poison Squad," and helped spur the creation of the FDA.

Welcome to Friday, and our third to last 20% day.


  • 20% Day – Do what you need to do (Only 2 more left)
  • Vocabulary Due Today
  • If you didn't turn in your visual notes yesterday – do so today.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Interesting Fact: In 2008 Russian hackers managed to infiltrate a computer network that wasn't even connected to the internet. Bugged USB drives were planted in a kiosk outside NATO headquarters in the hope that a NATO employee would happen to buy one and use it on their classified network, which they did.

Welcome back. Today we start on our final for TKAM.


  • Discuss Final
  • Turn in Proposals
  • Presentation of finals on the 17th