Find a literary term (poetic device) in Shall I Compare Thee

For a homework grade, we will ask students to create a “comment” for this post by 10:30pm tonight.  Reread Shakespeare’s sonnet and identify one literary device or tool.  Then in your comment thread, type out the sentence from the poem.  Then define how your example is indeed an examples of that device. Finally explain how Shakespeare uses that tool to express his overall meaning of the

Appreciating the Mindset of AP Prompts

Again, we’ll have you argue for which open-ended AP prompt best harnesses the power of Shakespeare’s MacBeth.  Add your 3-5 sentence claim on my blog page so that we can vote early and efficiently in class on Friday.  In line with the AP requirements, we will allow forty minutes for this essay on lined paper.  You can use pencil or pen on the AP Essay section; pencil for Multple Choice.

Shout out to Krystal for posting the questions to the class email folder.

Take care–mr. s

Celebrating Motive in Shakespeare’s Characters

With this blog, we will explore the different characters’ motives. For actors, it is important to know the character’s motive.  Recall how we saw in Shakespeare in Love the authentic way each actor had only his part to use for learning the play.  In that situation, knowing your character’s motive and having a playwright write great lines that capture a character’s motive is so crucial.

So, explain in your own words your character’s motive (2-3 setences).  Then supply textual evidence to support your claim and explain the value of your evidence.

Crow’s Nest: sense of place exercise

I am renaming our classroom from Memorial 35 to The Crow’s Nest.  I am inspired by an American 19th century novelist.  Who is it and what specific text animates this image of the crow’s nest?

To earn extra credit, enter this conversation and be prepared to reflect.  First, write a brief response about the potential identity of author and work for the above inspiration.  Then, be preprared to write a paragraph that explains how and why I am trying to make meaning here–here  in room 35.  We’ll continue to allow the rest of the world–the uninitiated–to call our place room 35.  For the future, though, we’re making meaning in The Crow’s Nest.

Take care,

mr. s

My personal definition of blog

I foresee that I am going to have a hard time “blogging” because I love the drafting process.  For a funny conversation on the subject, check out this link.  I fall on John Stewart’s side of blogging.


Nevertheless, I have said no to blogging for so long that I thought that I had to try it.

I do see great potential for collaborative writing projects and am looking forward to these projects!

Mr. Sullivan

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