"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Various film versions of Macbeth

Shakespeare probably never imagined that students would be studying his plays in school. He wrote them for audiences seeing live performances at the Globe theater--so to truly understand these plays, we need to move from being readers to being audiences.

Unfortunately, we can't watch a live performance of Macbeth here in Taiwan. What we can do is watch film versions, which take the play and adapt it into a new genre.

As we watch, take notes on choices made by the director and actors as they interpret Shakespeare's text. Consider the following:

  • lighting
  • props, costumes
  • settings
  • actions of the actors added to the basic stage directions (blocking)
  • the ways the actors deliver the lines
  • what lines are cut out

Various versions of Macbeth besides the two we watch in class:

Patrick Stewart giving the "Dagger" soliloquy

Patrick Stewart and the Banquet scene

Ian McKellen analyzes the "Tomorrow" speech

Final fight scene in Polanski's Macbeth

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Multitudinous Seas


I want you to get a sense for just how ubiquitous Shakespeare's words are in our popular culture. For your homework, I want you to find some text that directly alludes to this play.

For example, Faulkner titled his novel The Sound and the Fury, alluding to the last line in Macbeth's famous soliloquy on the pointlessness of life.

In a comment on this post, link to something on the internet that quotes or alludes to a line in Macbeth. With the link, write a short paragraph describing the text and how it uses the quote. What new purpose are the words put to? Then, read two or three of your classmates' links so we can have a conversation about them next week. Make sure and sign in with your real name so I can give you credit.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Presentation Skills


Here are some videos that will help our conversations about presentation skills:

How to open and close presentations:

 Present like Steve Jobs: (using body language in presentations)

Weak and Strong Exmples:

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Historical Context for The Grapes of Wrath


Please look at these photographs and read these facts about the dust bowl.

Choose 2 slides and respond to them. What historical context did you learn? If you are responding to a photo, describe it. How does seeing this image or learning this fact help you to understand The Grapes of Wrath better?

Here is the link to the video I want you to watch next. Note similarities and differences between this contemporary documentary and the issues described in The Grapes of Wrath.


Book Review / Movie Poster power point


Here are my tips and tricks for your book review /  movie poster assignment!