I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 35, Sem. 1
After 10 minutes of reading, we spent about 15 minutes reviewing simple and compound sentences. After today, students should be able to define both simple and compound sentences and explain the three correct ways to combine simple sentences to create compound sentences. Students completed the practice exercises on page 5 of the unit 2 packet and have a page of compound sentences to punctuate correctly for homework.
Next, I had students work either in pairs or individually to complete a close reading and rhetorical analysis of Cassius' speech to Brutus in Act I of Julius Caesar. Once finished with Cassius's speech, I asked them to follow the same steps for close reading/analysis of Brutus' soliloquy in which he debates (with himself) whether or not to join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. Finally, students had to choose one example of each appeal (ethos, logos, and pathos) from either of these two scenes to add to a rhetorical handout.
The purpose of today's work on the two scenes from Julius Caesar is to give them an understanding of Brutus' state of mind and to gain experience comprehending a Shakespeare text while applying their understanding of rhetorical appeals to such a text. Tomorrow we will do similar work on Brutus' and Mark Antony's funeral speeches from Act III, and that will form the basis for a rhetorical analysis essay we will write in the next few days.
Homework: Finalize ACES prompt #3 revisions in the Google portfolio
Allison Houck, MAT