We are watching Dead Poets Society this week to learn: how poetry works in our lives, how learning is reciprocal, how our identities are shaped, how to know when to conform, and how to be a supportive, encouraging member of our community of learners.
If you would like to view the movie or re-watch it, Dead Poets is on Netflix. Or, make arrangements to borrow Byrd's DVD.
Once we finish the video, we will be having a class discussion over many topics. We will go deeper with symbolism, character development and motivations as well as the types of conflict. Then we will focus our attention to a few of the poems: "To the Virgins Make Most of Time," "O Captain! My Captain!," "O Me! O Life!," an excerpt of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream, and the original poem that Todd creates in class.
As we end this session with poetry, we will take those ideas of conflict, characterizations, and motivations to explore what this looks like in real life. We will listen to Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff: Season 6 - "The Melgars." This is a possible wrongful conviction case. We will will be listening and participating in class and online discussions. I will be sending home more information as we start next week.
This class newsletter covers the first three weeks of school.
About Grades...as of this moment, Tuesday, August 28, the classes are all in different places. I am working on getting them in the same place; therefore, all classes will have four grades at the end of this week, and I will enter. After that, you can expect the minimum of two grades each week.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The best way is to reach me is either via Remind or email.
Remind: Class Code -- @byrd2021 Email: FeliciaByrd@sheldonisd.com
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