Choose a focus for your final response to Hamlet.
Synthesize alternative points of view, (include links to sources: your posts, STJ blogs, etc.).
Review your responses throughout our study:
PS: “To thine own rubric be true.”
November 9th is the “cut off” day for submission of my marks to the office.
Any assignment to be (re)submitted for grading must be “in my hand” before 2:00PM November 9th.
Look for a category “Personal Psychology” in the sidebar at http://iblog.stjschool.org/snowflake/.
Pick and choose.
“refer to your responses to these questions and keep track of any changes in your opinions, or any surprises you find.”
Revisit your initial response to Hamlet: Getting Started. Include specific examples from the text to justify opinions you are forming; develop, rebuke, or refute your initial impressions. Synthesize ideas from outside the text to enhance the clarity of your argument. Use stronger verbs in topic sentences. Use transitions to move between ideas and examples, and avoid dropped quotes and the now overused blockquote.
How do isolation and loneliness affect how we perceive ourselves?
Is Horatio a nihilist? A Christian existentialist? Something else? Does he reveal his “imperatives“? How does he respond when evidence challenges his “imperatives”?
Consider “Postulates 1-4.”
How do characters respond when evidence clearly contradicts their ideals?
While viewing/reading/blogging, keep the usual “Cornell” notes with pen and paper. Blog your response to textual issues arising from class discussion. Link your blog to online sources: wikis, etexts, guides, discussions, imdbs. Synthesize don’t plagiarize: hyperlink all sources. Refer to “Improve Your Critical Thinking” suggestions.
Refresh your skills by looking again at notes from our discussion on Bloom: Knowledge=>Comprehension==>Application==>
Ask for the “Strong Verbs” handout if you’ve misplaced yours.
PS: linguistic multi-taskers will excel.
Respond to one of the following:
- Do you think Rosencrantz and Guildenstern deserved to be put to death? What alternatives might Hamlet have taken? Examine Hamlet’s reasoning and consider whether you think Hamlet was seeking justice or revenge?
- Why does Horatio tell Hamlet he will lose the contest? Why is Horatio correct?
- Throughout most of the play Hamlet has seemed unwilling to do what he knows he must do. Is it only in the final scene that Hamlet seems fully willing to accept his destiny? What do you think has caused this change in Hamlet?
- Death is personified twice in the final scene: a police officer(by Hamlet) and a hunter(by Fortinbras). Why has Shakespeare chosen these two particular occupations. What other jobs could death, as a person, perform?
Many scholars discuss the significance of Ophelia only as far as she impacts the development of the character of Hamlet. I hate that. Ophelia is far more important than the 5 scenes in which she appears. The tragedy of Ophelia deserves more considered attention. Write about the life and death of Ophelia. Write about the effect others have had on Ophelia. What makes her unique, distinctive? What ideals does she hold? What are her doubts and fears? What brings her joy, inspiration, fulfillment?
Hazlitt says, “Ophelia is a character almost too exquisitely touching to be dwelt upon.”
Dwell on her I say, dwell now.
(30-1) For hundreds of years, scholars have written about problems of interpreting this play. Complete any of the following statements and develop your thoughts in an entry in your blog. Trackback, SVP.
- What puzzles me most about Hamlet’s behaviour is . . .
- I don’t understand why Shakespeare included (didn’t include) . . .
- My first impression of _________ has changed because . . .
- I’m not sure whether . . .
- There seems to be a contradiction . . .
(30-2) In your blog, write about a time when, under pressure, you acted in a way that surprised you.
Before the weekend let’s be done Act 2, write whatever you need in your blogs, moderate at least three comments from anyone on your posts, help others by cross-posting comments as well.
I need to have Assessment data before the long weekend for EVERYONE! Grumble, I have only three sheets from last week, jeesh!
I will enter zeros if no data is received.
Grade 12s. I must have your data from the first two/three blog assignments ASAP.
Have a look in your Dashboard==>Plugins. Freely restrict/limit access to your blog by activating plugins, especially the capatchas.