Is it already almost the end of our second week of the year? How is that possible? It simultaneously feels like we just started and also that we've already been together for a month.
We jumped right into our first project of the year: an in-depth study of William Shakespeare with a focus on Julius Caesar. As our schedule now includes an English class each day (in addition to math, specials, and our regular project time in the afternoon), this project will include a study of Shakespeare and language (rhyme, meter, and form, in particular) in addition to a close reading and class production of Julius Caesar (in mid to late November, exact dates TBD).
During week one, we introduced the plot and worked to develop an understanding of the four main characters (Caesar, Brutus, Antony, and Cassius) in the play. In our characterization work, we focused on both what the characters do, say, think, and feel (direct characterization) as well as what other characters do to and say about them (indirect characterization).
After our brief introduction to the play, we took our fall trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. It was a whirlwind day that included an outstanding production of Julius Caesar (and some time on the playground outside the Festival Theatre, a lot of silly bus songs, and some delightful group bonding). We'll continue our study of the play during project time for the next several weeks.
We're looking forward to a wonderful year together. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Don't forget to subscribe to the blog (at the bottom of this page) and check out the class photo album (on the left sidebar).
Sam and Rachel