Tag Archives: short stories

Macbeth Assignments

The assignments are your personal record of responses to issues in the text. Sometimes these assignments will be private reflections. Many assignments, however, will be ones that you would enjoy sharing with a friend, a small group, with a teacher, or with the whole world.

The activities found in the “For the Next Scene” sections allow you to record personal responses to issues that will be presented in the next scene of the play. You are encouraged to transform some of these initial thoughts into posts to share with others, e.g. personal essays, poems, short stories.

Blog Assignments: 5 x ( _/8 ) = __/40
Creative Writing: 5 x ( __/8 ) = __/40

Blog Assignments for Macbeth
The blog assignments you choose to publish should be kept in a separate category of your blog. For assignments which must be kept private, you could password protect the post. Attempt all of the following in your English notebook/binder, but choose one from each Act to publish in your blog. Typically these assignments will be critical essays of 3-5 body paragraphs with an introduction and conclusion.

I. p3 #1-7; p10 #2; p18 #1; p30 #4,5; p36 #1,2; p44 #2,3,4; p62 #2,7; p63 #1,6;
II. p74 #4; p84 #4; p107 #2,3;
III. p122 #4,5; p130 #2,3,4; p164 #3;
IV. p178 #3; p188 #2; p206 #4;
V. p226 #1,3; p250 #2,3,4; p258 #1

Creative Writing Activities for Macbeth
Like an artist’s studio the creative writing portfolio contains the following: raw materials, works in progress, (temporarily) abandoned works, and finished pieces. Like the artist’s studio, the creative writing portfolio becomes the repository from which the writer makes selections of what is worth exhibiting (or submitting) for evaluation. As you fill your portfolio with writing activities, make your own choices about what is to be polished or published.

Most writing activities require you to manipulate writing variables. You are asked to write in a voice other than your own, to write for a designated audience, and to write in styles that range from colloquial to formal.

Choose several of the following activities to experiment with in your creative writing portfolio. Use your blog entries for ideas or discuss other ideas with your teacher. You will decide which activities to submit for evaluation. Your final presentation for evaluation will have a specific genre as its focus. Choose one of the following:

  1. Director’s Log
    A director’s log is a recording of the ideas a director wishes to keep for reference. As the director it is your responsibility to conduct the group (actors, writers, artists, etc.) through problems it may have interpreting scenes, speeches, and actions.

    The director’s log is the official record of decisions the group has reached with regard to the interpretations and the staging of scene segments. It might include information such as

    • how the group will create the scene segment,
    • how the group will choreograph the action,
    • where the group will place the action,
    • what predominant mood the group will create for the action.

    The log might also include the group’s differences of opinion related to speeches, actions, and staging. Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 10 #1; p. 30 #1,3; p. 44 #5; p. 52 #3; p. 84 #1,3; p. 98 #1; p. 106 #1; p. 158 #1; p. 164 #1; p. 178 #4; p. 188 #4; p. 206 #5; p. 216 #1; p. 226 #5; p. 238 #1; p. 250 #5; p. 261 #5,6; p. 263 #8; p. 264 #112; p. 265 #17

  2. Television and Radio News Reports and Interviews
    Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 18 #2; p. 63 #5; p. 98 #4; p. 107 #5; p. 108 #9; p. 150 #4; p. 238 #5; p. 263 #9
  3. Lady Macbeth’s Lady-in-Waiting Letters
    Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 63 #2; p. 107 #4; p. 150 #2; p. 216 #5; p. 238 #6
  4. Reports: Doctors, Counselors, Court, Police
    Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 18 #3; p. 98 #3; p. 123 #7; p. 165 #4; p. 216 #4; p. 226 #4
  5. Personal Letters and Diary Entries
    Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 18 #4; p. 74 #2; p. 108 #8; p. 151 #5; p. 164 #1; p. 206 #1; p. 207 #3; p. 164 #2; p. 216 #6; p. 258 #7
  6. Newspaper/Magazine Articles
    Complete 5 of the following activities:
    p. 36 #4; p. 64 #7; p.107 #6; p. 108 #7; p. 136 #3; p. 165 #5; p. 188 #3; p. 258 #4; p. 258 #5; p. 260 #3b

Short Story Unit Plan

I have a variety of online etexts of classic short stories.
Each story is linked to a discussion forum of the author.
I have a Short Story Study Guide template. I figure this template will suffice for a multi-threaded response from a blog. Design a clear “map” for me to follow for assessment.
I have a list of Critical Questions(each topic linked to a discussion forum as well). Pick and choose whatever question you like to fill out your guide.
I have a page of Focus Questions for the entire course. Choose your overall thematic focus from this list.
I have a bank of exams for each of the short stories (view a sample quiz, oh, you’ll need the hint for the password).

Your Task:
First, work alone on any one story, all your work on one story should be in your own blog(dedicate one post as a “map”). 3 days. Quiz #1: November 14.
Second, work in pairs on another story, all your work must link collaboratively between your two blogs. 3 days. Quiz #2: November 19.
Finally, work alone or in pairs (or larger groups) on a third story, your response can be in an acceptable collaborative format. 3 days. Quiz#3: November 23.


Quiz 20%, Study Guide 80%.(x3)

A novel study and a variety of poems remain as requirements in the course. Diploma Part A: January 15, 2008. The Novel should be done before Christmas break to allow for poetry study in January. Consider extra readings from the reading list.

Trackback your 3 responses here.