November 4

Honors World Literature November 7-11

Honors World Literature                                            


Planning Your Week: November 7-11

Sun. 11/6—Membean practice due.

Thurs. 11/17—Julius Caesar choice board due


Monday, November 7

LG: Analyze a film director’s interpretation of Julius Caesar focusing on character and theme.

  1. Opener—Review vocabulary from Act I, II, and III.
  2. View Julius Caesar, analyzing the film director’s choices (camera angles, choice of actors, set, costumes, sound effects, music, etc.) and evaluating the effectiveness of this interpretation.

*Homework: Continue to work on JC Choice Board.


Tuesday, November 8—Student Holiday/Election Day


Wednesday, November 9

LG: Consider the rhetorical strategies speakers employ and evaluate their effectiveness on intended audience.  

  1. Opener: watch a scene from Law and Order where the lawyers deliver closing arguments from a murder. Critique the persuasive and rhetorical moves each lawyer makes.
  2. Review Act III of Julius Caesar, considering the question of whether the conspirators are justified in killing Caesar.
  3. Analyze evidence supporting and refuting the conspirators’ actions. For example, consider the following:
    • Caesar’s physical limitations (I ii 95-131)
    • Why should Caesar be king? (I.ii. 135-141)
    • The fate of Marullus and Flavius (I.ii. 281-287)
    • Brutus’s reasons for killing Caesar (I.i. 10-34)
    • Caesar refuses the crown (I. ii. 220-246)
    • Caesar’s will (III.ii. 240-244 and 249-254)
  4. Teams will compile text evidence in the style of persuasive “closing argument remarks” and vote if Caesar should be assassinated based on the evidence up to Caesar’s speech 3.1.58-73.
  5. Closer—Defend your vote in a short response and summarize Caesar’s good and bad qualities according to the text thus far.


Thursday, November 10

LG: Review methods of characterization and analyze character in Julius Caesar.

  1. Opener—IAN Ponder and Respond: React to the statement “if people do not like what is happening around them, they must speak up and do what is necessary to change things.”
  2. Work session: choral reading of Act IV of Julius Caesar (with a twist)
    1. Divide Act IV into sections
    2. Small groups/pairs of students will be responsible for performing each section of text.
    3. Each group will be given a “style/tone” card that indicates a specific manner in which to perform the lines (cowboy, astronaut, sassy teen, rapper, etc.)
    4. Groups will rehearse their lines and perform the scene: the audience will try to guess what style/tone card each group received.
  3. Closer—How does emotion and inflection positively or negatively impact an audience’s understanding of the play?


Friday, November 11

LG: Consider the rhetorical strategies speakers employ and evaluate their effectiveness on intended audience.

  1. Opener—students will read the LA Times article on Brasil and Congress’ open letter the Secretary of State John Kerry to assess the rhetorical strategies employed
  2. Lab—Work on Julius Caesar choice board due next Thursday, 11/17.


Posted November 4, 2016 by Rachael Sanford in category Honors World Literature

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