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Posted: September 9, 2016

Finish reading Of Mice and Men for September 22.

Posted: June 4, 2016

MVHS will be collecting non-perishable food items for the transition house.  The bin will be at the office counter all week. Let's show everyone that we care and want to contribute to this important initiative .

Posted: May 30, 2016

Posted: May 16, 2016

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When quoting four or more lines from Shakespeare, normally you should use block quotation: Richard III tells his troops,

Remember whom you are to cope withal:

A sort of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways,

A scum of Britains and base lackey peasants,

Whom their o'ercloyed country vomits forth

To desperate adventures and assur'd destruction.


In your manuscript, indent block quotations twice -- they are distinct from normal paragraph indentations. Also note the manner of citing the source here. The roman numerals for Act and Scene are standard, although one sees Arabic used by some critics.


In quoting shorter passages in linear form, you still need to indicate line breaks when Shakespeare is writing in verse: Othello recalls, "Upon this hint I spake: / She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd, / And I lov'd her that she did pity them" (I.iii.166-168). Note the withholding of final punctuation in this case until after the parenthetical citation. The slash marks indicate line breaks in the verse.

Posted: May 11, 2016

     William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play with many recurring themes and motifs.  Select one of the following topics.  Discuss what Shakespeare was saying about the topic and explore specific examples from the play to support your ideas.  DO NOT simply retell the events of the play.

1. Kingship  (Remember to consider all four kings:  Duncan, Macbeth, Edward, and Malcolm)

2. Ambition  (You can explore both the positive and the negative of being an ambitious person)

3. Guilt  (You can concentrate on Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, or you can discuss both)

4. Deceptive Appearances  (This topic can include the motif of hurly burly)

5. Witches and Superstition  (Shakespeare’s witches are a memorable feature of the play.  Many characters are highly superstitious.  How are these connected to the play? The era during which the play was written?  Audiences today?)

6. Fathers and Sons  (You can consider the four father-son relationships found in the play and also the fact that Macbeth had no sons)

 Your essay MUST be typed (font 12, times New Roman, double space).  Your essay MUST follow MLA formatting and include a minimum of four sources on your work cited page.  Essay length: 4 typed pages (work cited page).  Value = 100.  Spelling and mechanics count for 30%.  MLA format counts for 20%

Due:  May 26


Illustrated Proverb

Select one of the proverbs looked at in Chapter 3.  Illustrate it.  You will be marked on the following:


- quality of your illustration (including use of colour)    10


- proverb clearly stated   5


- originality/creativity     5


Due Wednesday


Posted: April 27, 2016

In a group of 3 or 4 you are to write an extension to the witches (Act IV Sc.i).  Your written dialogue must be at least 25 lines, not counting the “Double Double” lines.  Your group must video tape a sock-puppet production of the scene.  The video should last 3-5 minutes.  You will be marked on the following:


Quality of Video/Audio – 10

Background/Props - 10

Performances -  10

Sock-puppet -  10

Quality of Script:  10


DUE:   May 12        Pass in your video on a memory stick.  Pass in typed copy of your script.


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