Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007 Scribe

Today was the Hamlet Finale Fishbowl. :))

In the beginning some slacked off and forgot to get the laptops... so Mrs. Smith had to get the slackers.

Then we started the Hamlet Finale Fishbowl, but before that we did our greeting to Mrs. Smith.

Bullet Points is what the inside circle said to the questions.

First Question: What role does religion play in the theme of death in, Hamlet?
  • Hamlet was going to kill Claudius but he decided against it when he saw that Claudius was repenting for what he did.
  • Hamlet debated suicide because of Christian beliefs and the whole after life thing.

Does Hamlet truly love Ophelia?

  • In the beginning he was using her but then at the end he ended up loving her.
  • Potraying you don't know what you have till it's gone.

Did Hamlet stup down to Claudius' level with revenge?

  • He felt morally obligated to kill Claudius.
  • It ended up being a very emotional subject for Hamlet (that his father was dead) so he made it a passion.
  • How he murdered Claudius was noble.

Do you think the mistakes Hamlet made, stupped him down to Claudius' level? ( kind of the same question from above)

  • Hamlet was only trying to create chaos to get people to believe him.

What do you think Hamlet's tragic flaw is?

  • Inaction.
  • Selfishness.
  • Killed Polonious so then he had to pursue murder head on?
  • To much faith on people so he gets disappointed.

What is the signifigance of family?

  • Rule of family: Comfort and Trust.
  • To give you a sense of how much better your family is.

Is family important to the people in Hamlet?

  • Alot of mixed feelings on this one.

Do you think anyone in Hamlet truly love another person?

  • Polonius-Hamlet.
  • Hamlet-Old Hamlet.
  • Respect was missing except for in Hamlet and Old Hamlet's relationship.

What is the signifigance of incest in Hamlet?

  • Gertrude and Claudius.
  • Symbolic of corruption in relationships and royal family.
  • Mrs. Smith said it adds to all the sexual tension in Hamlet and the other plays.

Do you think Hamlet was upset about Gertrude being with Claudius? Or her just being with Gertrude?

  • Being with somebody.
  • Hamlet was also upset about her moving on so quickly after Old Hamlet's death.

Do you think there was a message to the play Hamlet?

  • People think of their family lives compared to this book.
  • Family first.
  • Revenge isn't the best thing.
  • Analyze your own life.
  • Think about your own goverment leaders and there flaws and problems.

Satire? Motifs? Symbolism? Signifigance? ... Of Hamlet.

(( I am adding this in... The sword in the play make the murders more signifgant... Noble people use swords/daggers it makes you commited to murder and murder through poison is not noble and not 100% commited {{poison shows alot about Claudius' character}}))


  • Polonious' Family and Claudius' Family.(Polonious- Control and Truth and Claudius- Can't Control and Selfish)
  • Ophelia and Gertrude.
  • Fortinbras and Laretes.

Was Hamlet really crazy?

  • Yes and No

When Hamlet had his brush with Laretes, did that change his crazyness?

  • Yes

What do you think will happen to Hamlet?

  • He sought forgiveness at the end so he will go to Hamlet.

How does Hamlet fit the four stages?

  • We didn't really finsih this question.

I hope you like this scribe... I don't know if it makes sense.

I hope it is semi-good.


Hamlet Finale Fishbowl Question!

Hey everyone...

What message(s) do you think Shakespeare was trying to reveal in Hamlet?
After reading the play, do you think the ends justifies the means?

Good luck on finals and have a super fun break

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sribe for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

As usual, doughnut Wednesday started off with a bang when Emily H. brought Albertson’s Doughnuts. It was a big day for the class; we have never had Albertson’s doughnuts. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the privilege of tasting one, but there was debate on whether or not we should have an in-depth, intellectual discussion on the comparison of Albertson’s doughnuts to the other; I guess will just have to wait and see, maybe there will be a blog post to follow.

After the delicious carbohydrates made their way to our fat cells, Fishbowl over Act V began. The leaders for the day were Milenda, Ashley, Courtney, Sam E.(a.k.a. Option C), and KC.

And the questions began:
1. The diggers were signified as clowns, what could that represent?
a. Possible comic relief
2. Why does Hamlet have a revalation about death, and then go back to his old ideas at the end of the act?
a. Realization, stages of a hero
b. Hamlet is Shakespeares way of enlightening the audience with possible philosophies
c. By saying everything goes full circle after death, his is still asking for respect of Ophelia even though she may have committed suicide.
3. Why?
a. Pride
b. Past the point of no return
c. Jorney of the tragic hero
d. Self fulfillment
e. Nothing left to live for
f. Selfish
g. Never considered himself to be wrong
i. BUT, he does want to make amends with Laertes for what he has done
4. Why all of the sudden does Hamlet have a change of heart?
a. Enlightenment again
b. Once he realized what he had done, he realized an apology would hurt anyone
c. Death brings out the true colors in people, he doesn’t want to end up like his father
5. With the exception of Polonius, every character died from poison, what is the symbolism?
a. They wer poisonous characters
b. Polonius was a selfish, rude character
i. He died a more brutal death because of that
c. Poison fits into the theme of conceit
6. Why didn’t Claudius stop Gertrude from drinking the cup before she did?
a. Showed his selfishness
7. Before Gertrude dies, she cries out for Hamlet; why Hamlet and not Claudius?
a. Hamlet was the only true character
b. She knew she could trust Hamlet for help
8. If Hamlet would have married Ophelia, do you think she would have been mad about Polonius’ death and still would have committed suicide?
a. No to suicide, yes to mad
b. Would Hamlet have gone that far?
c. She would have sided with Hamlet
d. There was still a Father-Daughter bond
i. Polonius was supposed to be looking out for her best interest
e. If she was with Hamlet, it may have been easier for her to see her father’s wrongs
i. Hamlet would help her recognize her father acts as wrong
f. Ophelia’s father’s death was the spark to her suicide
i. What really could have done her in was her and Hamlet’s break-up
9. Why is Laertes in denial about Ophelia? What message does this convey?
a. It was the consequence from everything wrong they had done
b. Horratio is rewarded for being a true character
c. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were also punished for what they did
d. Understand what life is about, don’t live it in revenge
10. In short…is death worth it?
a. It depends
i. Hamlet – yes
ii. Gertrude – no, she died with guilt
iii. For some it was worth it
b. Those who brought death upon themselves, along with enlightenment had some sort of cleansing of the soul
i. Most who died accomplished what they wanted
11. Did Hamlet plan do die?
a. Most likely
b. He was ready at any moment to encounter death
c. Hamlet never envisioned a bright future
i. Lived day by day, didn’t care what was to happen
d. Selfish
e. Easy way out for hamlet to avoid the consequences
f. Hamlet was so committed to killing Claudius, it was worth his death

And alas, the fishbowl was stopped early so that we could all watch one of the films versions of the death scenes.

Homework: ~Friday there is a fishbowl as well over the entire book, so come prepared.
~Devote the rest of your time and energy to working on the final project!

Act 5 FishBowl Question.

Hello, here is the question. :))

Why do you think Laretes is in denial about Ophelia (her suicide)? How does this denial prove he is like his father? Why or why not?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Scribe for 12/10/07

First of all I would like to remind everyone that we have two fishbowls this week. On Wednesday we have a fishbowl over act five and on Friday we have our final fishbowl over the entire book. If you don't know which group you are in be sure to check with Mrs. Smith.

For the first half of class we discussed innovative ways of teaching. Sam was not happy with a certain teachers teaching style. To be perfectly honest politics does not thrill me either.
Our conversation was similar to our talk on Friday. Apparently we spent our weekends contemplating the future of education.

We also finished reading Hamlet in class. If you were absent be sure to read it before the next class period. The ending wrapped things up very well. It was a very fitting conclusion for such a complex story.

Finally: Make your final projects spectacular. We don't want to let Mrs. Smith down after all the time and effort she has invested in our futures.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hamlet Act 5 Fishbowl

Friday December 7th

First everyone let KC and I apoligize for this being on here so late, there was a big confusion in who Mrs. Smith needed us to scribe on Friday.


-We started out class with our traditional “Hello Mrs. Smith”

-Everyone wished we had doughnuts
- We worked on “Reflections”

- The question was: “What changes have you seen this semester in regards to your education? What role did technology play in that change? What role did the constructivist philosophy play in that change? (constructivist-students becoming producers of information, students in charge of their own learning)”

-Mrs. Smith talked about what an amazing job it would be to be a “futurist”. A futurist pretty much just gets to sit around thinking of what the future will be like. Apparently if you a bad job you get fired.

- She talked about her meeting/ convention thing some more and added how insulting the title “learning agent” was.

-We met with our final project groups and planned and discussed

-Mrs. Smith told us how much trust she had in us and that many people do not believe that high school seniors can turn in a final project that was not crap.

- That was really all for today kids! Have a great night!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Reflections Period 4

What changes have you seen this semester in regards to your education? What role did technology play in that change? What role did the constructivist philosophy play in that change? (constructivist-students becoming producers of information, students in charge of their own learning)

Make sure to include specific examples and expand on each other's ideas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Scribe for December 05, 2007 :))

This is for Ashley since she is unable to get on to this blog and post.

Amazing Mr. Rosenberg came back to visit. But not as amazing as Ms. Smith.

Courtney brought delicious donuts! Yummmm... and today was a short day.

Homework: Act three and four Take Home Quiz, Scribe (done), and Final Project (due date is coming around the corner)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wedensday and a fantastic Thursday.

See ya Friday. We are going to turn in are take home quiz, read act 5 of Hamlet, reality check..., and constructivist practices.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hello Class!

  • Blog question
  • Semester project
  • Quiz over ACT 3 &4 due Friday

  • Friday we will start reading Act 5
  • Next wednesday is next fishbowl
  • Semester project is due on final day ( no exceptions)
  • Smith will be gone on Wednesday so we will have Mr. Rosenburg as our subsitute

Everyone got ready for the fishbowl
Inside Circle: Presenters, Discussors, and Three Open Seats
Outside Circle: Live-Blogging

Act 4 fishbowl

  • If you were absent for the fishbowl, blog and post in depth comments related to the fishbowl comments on the post by annes

Blog Question Over Act IV

By the end of this act Laertes has found out a lot of new information, like his father being killed and his sister dieing. In a way he can be paralleled to Hamlet for the things that he is doing as well as what he is predicted to do. (act with revenge against Hamlet) What can you say about Laertes after this whole act is over? What characteristics does he emmulate from other characters?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Friday, November 30

HOMEWORK: scribe, get working on the semester project!! DON'T FORGET ACT 4 FISHBOWL ON MONDAY

In Class:
~We started class off by talking about the plans for next week
~late start Wednesday and possible quizzes over acts 3&4
~ reality check on Friday!
~Then we watched the Hamlet movies during Act 4. We started with the Mel Gibson version, where we concentrated on the Ophelia scene. Then we viewed the Kate Winslet version and watched the scene with Ophelia and then the plotting scene between Laertes and Claudius.
~For the remaining 15 or so minutes we had time to work on our semester project.
~Also much thanks to Charlie for those crazy assorted doughnuts!

Have a Happy Weekend