Friday, May 27 – Finals will be given periods 1 and 5
DUE BY MAY 13, 2016.
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Complete the practice assignment from page 265 in your Reader/Writer notebooks using at least one of the following paintings. If you want to do more than one, please feel free to do so. The more ideas you have in your notebook, the easier poetry writing will be!
Complete the following lines:
It looks like
it looks like
It looks like (repeat)
For more practice, list what you see around you and write down what it looks like. Keep going. Take your R/W notebook with you. Write things down when ideas come to your mind. Every new idea is a beginning.
If anyone doubts the power of words, spoken or written, they need only read Shakespeare. Among Shakespeare’s works, few have the power of the scene from his drama “Henry V”, known as the “St Crispin’s Day Speech”. Although Shakespeare’s work is a drama, he is describing real events and a little context can help readers better understand this amazing motivational speech.
The events surrounding the speech take place during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) and involve a series of wars between England and France dealing with England’s claim to the French throne. Henry V was pulled into the war when the French king offended him directly and supported a plot against Henry’s life. The army of Henry V crossed the English Channel and started its campaign in France.
On October 25th, 1415 (St. Crispin’s Day), the French army intercepted King Henry near the village of Agincort, with approximately 36 thousand troops, compared to Henry’s nine thousand. On the background of his army’s anxious, demoralized state, he gives this famous speech. Henry himself led his men into battle and the French army was defeated.
It is interesting that according to sources from Burgundy, in the real life speech, Henry V told his men that the French had boasted that they would cut off two fingers from the right hand of every archer, so that he could never draw a longbow again. After the battle, English archers were showing French captives those fingers as if saying “See – my fingers are still here”. This gesture is now known as the “V” – victory gesture.
YouTube Video: Kenneth Branagh as King Henry V (1989)
Missed class? Check out my live in-class textual explication!
In the weeks following Unit 1, we are working on writing a personal narrative-style essay in response to a prompt from the Common Application. Click on the image below to be linked to the Google Slides presentation being used in class to teach this mini-unit. Click here for the Sample College Application Essays we've reviewed together in class (and a couple extras!). Watch videos about anecdotes below. Remember to check Google Classroom for online homework assignments!