Genre Studies


In Class:

 4/28-5/1  Use the link for 4/20 for this week's meetings. We will continue to analyze The Maltese Falcon  
 4/21 & 22 I gave a lecture on film noir and we watched part of a documentary on film noir. Here is a pdf of the lecture April 21 & 22 Genre Studies.pdf We will meet again on Thursday/Friday. Use the link from 4/20 to join.  
 4/20 We have zoom session on Tuesdays & Thursdays (block 1--8:30AM-9:10) and Wednesdays and Fridays(block 811:00-11:40) Use this link
 link to meeting Password: 6pcGUZ
 4/14 & 4/15 Today we discussed the upcoming unit: film noir. We also played a grammar game.  
 4/13 For Tuesday (Block 1--8:30AM -9:10) and Wednesday (Block 8--11:00-11:40), we will have a zoom meeting. Use this link to join link to meeting  
 4/8  Today, I just did a zoom check-in with students. Make sure you finish all of your novel group work by April 17.
Keep up with the Thur/Fri attendance par. on
 4/6 Tomorrow during block 1 and on Wednesday during block 8, we will have a zoom session. There is now a password for the zoom session, and it is 310333.
Here is a link to the sessionlink to meeting
 4/1 Thank you to everyone who joined the Zoom session today. 
It was nice to see and talk to you. We will continue to have Zoom meetings every Tuesday/Wednesday during our designated meet times. You will use the same link, the link below, for every session.
Continue working on your novel group assignments. On Thursday/Friday, you will have an attendance paragraph assignment (a par. about the work you did that day for your novel group) in
 3/31 & 4/1  Please join me for a link for zoom session for March 31 & April 1
All you need to do is click on the link during your scheduled time
and you will join the meeting.
If you would like more information about Zoom, check out
this tutorial for Zoom tutorial

We will use the school's schedule for our zoom session:

Block 1 will meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-9:10

Block 8 will meet on Wednesdays from 11:10-11:40
 03/19 Well, it looks like we will be out of the school building until April 17. The good news is that your work for your novel groups goes through April 17.
I will continue to post the attendance paragraph. A few groups will finish before April 17. For the groups who have finished all of the novel group work, your attendance paragraph can be about something else you read that day.  Here is a link to The New York library's best of the web. NYLibrary Best of the web Read something from the site and write a five-seven sentence summary paragraph.

Also, here is a link to a scholarship opportunity scholarship opportunity
 3/13 All assignments will be submitted to
If you did not attend class on Friday, log into and join the class.
The class codes are below:
Block 1:
Class ID:24216298 
password: block1 (no caps, no spaces)

Block 8:
Class ID: 24216753
password: block8 (no caps, no spaces)
The attendance paragraph is due by 3:10 for every day you have class.
For this assignment,
write a 5-7 sentence paragraph about the work you did that day for your novel group.
If you have additional assignments due that day (a journal, an essay, or a discussion) upload it to
For discussions, you will submit the work you did to prepare for the discussion. For example, if you are the discussion director, you will submit your questions. If you are a literary luminary, you will submit your passages and why you chose them.
 3/4-4/17 From March 2-April 17, students will work in novel groups. Each group has their own schedule of due dates, so you will need to look at the individual calendars to determine what is due.  Novel Groups for English 12.doc
  • Warm-up
  • Present Hamlet projects
  • Choose novel groups
  • Warm-up
  • Work time: Hamlet projects due on Monday
  • Warm-up
  • Review example of storyboard 
  • Work time: storyboard due at the end of the block
 Evaluation Rubric for Hamlet video.docx
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: juxtaposition & comic relief
  • Read & analyze Hamlet 5.1. 
  • Warm-up
  • Read and discuss Act IV
  • Warm-up
  • Writing assignment: rewrite             Hamlet's famous soliloquy from a   female perspective
  • Finish Act III
  • Warm-up
  • Graded discussion: Hamlet Act II
  • Improv scenes from Act III
  • Read 3.1.
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: personification & apostrophe
  • Personification & apostrophe ex.
  • Writing Assignment: Write a short essay on how Shakespeare depicts the female characters in the play. You need three direct quotes for your evidence.
  • Warm-up
  • Improv.
  • Read Act II of Hamlet
  • Write a paragraph about how Shakespeare depicts the female characters in this play. You need three direct quotes to support your claim.
  • Warm-up
  • Metaphor & Simile ex.
  • Finish Act I of Hamlet
  • Act I Quiz
  • Warm-up
  • Soliloquy analysis
  • Read & analyze Act I of Hamlet
  • Warm-up
  • Quiz: Elizabethan Theater
  • Improv. Act I
  • Read and analyze 1.1-1.2 of Hamlet
  • Grammar warm-up
  • Lecture: Intro to drama and Hamlet
  • In Search of Shakespeare
Review your notes for the quiz.

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