Monday – You’ll get your Task 6 assignment, which will be to write a movie review of The Princess Bride, a campy romantic comedy from the 1980s. This is a “one-and-done” assignment, meaning you get no revisions, no drafts, no comments–just two days to write the best paper you humanly can.
We’ll take time today to talk about the elements I expect to see in your review:
- A dramatization of at least one scene, like the opening paragraph of this review or the Hotel Rwanda samples in your packet. This must be SHOWING not TELLING.
- Reference to the plot; there has to be enough of this to ground your reader, who “hasn’t seen the film” and also to make the essay stand up as an essay without the prop of the film behind it. But you also don’t want to give EVERYTHING away. You can deal with the plot in succinct paragraph or two (as you see in the Moana review synopsis) OR you can build your review like an explication giving a little bit of story as you go through, analyzing each of the key elements (as you see in the La La Land review, linked below).
- A paragraph or two dealing with the quality of the actors’ performances.
- A paragraph of two dealing with cinematic elements in the film (camera angles, music/sound, costumes, sets, props, etc).
- A paragraph or two dealing with literary elements of the film (symbols, archetypes, genre/pattern/comparison to other films or texts or franchises, plot/pacing).
- At least one paragraph in which you assess the purpose of the film: essentially using your “reading” of the film to explore whether the film is PARODY or SATIRE.
For each of these elements, we’re going to look to the sample reviews as mentor texts. We’ll find a specific example or two of what that element “sounds like” when it’s in a quality review. Here are the samples I offered in class, each a simple word document version of the NYT review for that film:
Tuesday & Wednesday: We will watch the film. You’ll take Notes on your graphic organizer to help you keep track of the things you may want to write about in your review. In fact, think of this organizer as a rough version of a proposal–or at least notes on each of the sections you’ll end up writing.
Thursday & Friday: You’ll write Task 6 One and Done in class on these two days.
Today will be a work day for you on two things:
- Your SSR Recommends Slide, which you’ll need to add to the slide show I’ve posted in Google Classroom. You may NOT use the same book someone else has used.
- A fairy tale parody & satire, which I’ll explain in class today.
If I didn’t get your SH5 books yesterday, I need them today.
Today I’ll introduce a couple of fun assignments coming up:
- SSR Recommends
- Bring a NYT review
Then, we’ll talk about the differences between Parody and Satire. In small groups, I’ll ask you to develop a list of elements from SH5 that might be “parody” versus elements that might be “satire” and we’ll discuss these elements together.
Finally, I’ll collect your SH5 books.
Monday will be a reading day for Chapters 6-10. Tuesday we’ll have a quiz and a discussion over those same chapters.
Today we had our Chapter 5 quiz and discussion. My hat is OFF to first hour, who really made me think differently about this book than I have ever thought before.
Chapters 6-10 (rest of the book) are due on TUESDAY, but Monday will be a reading/lab book day to help make sure you have time to get through it.
Today we’ll talk about Slaughterhouse Five Chapters 2-4. You’ll start in small groups and then — if time permits– we’ll move to a large group discussion.
Today we’ll also sign up for lab book interviews, which will be the last seven days of school (May 23-May 31).
- Signing up for a time is a binding magical contract, kind of like when Narcissa makes Snape swear the unbreakable vow. There are NOT make-up times available, since lab book interviews are scheduled all the way until the very last day of school. You have been warned.
- If you miss class today, you’ll need to sign up for a time ASAP.
If you have 2nd and 3rd period free on May 10 (Wednesday), you are welcome to join my English 9 classes for a professional workshop on Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene, lead by a team of actors.
Today we’ll take a short reading quiz over Chapter 1. Then we’ll have a discussion over what you’ve read, likely starting with your lab books or your own interests and roaming toward the things I’ll highlight.
If time permits, we’ll also watch a short Crash Course video about the novel. That will set you up well for reading chapters 2-4 (due Wednesday; Tuesday is a reading day).
- Chapter 1 functions more as a prologue than as a legitimate chapter. Some people identify it as a “key” to the rest of the book.
- The four key subjects: war, death, family, writing/art/being an author could easily be amended to include time/clocks (thanks, first hour).
- Some people noticed that the narrator has a “flat affect” in discussing things that are quite emotional. That in fact, Mary O’Hare is the only person who expresses the passion or fury we would expect. We’ll hold off talking about that until you’ve read the next several chapters.
- I highly suggest keeping tabs on “so it goes” as you read–what things/people get a “so it goes” (and which ones do not)?