Happy New Year everyone. Hope you had a relaxing break and are ready to get up and work again. I don’t need to remind you that the Prelim is only about five weeks away so we need to hit the ground running this week. Hopefully the more conscientious of you will have been reading over the holidays. If not, you really should be thinking about it. Reading is the one thing guaranteed to make you a better reader. Think about that…
First day back and we’re heading straight for Hamlet. A complex character, wouldn’t you say? We spoke about his contradictions before the holiday – reread notes – and one of the first things we’ll talk about is his inability to make decisions, or his procrastination. Is that a particularly human flaw; is it one that we all have at times? We’ll spend time looking at his first soliloquy in Act One Scene Two –‘O That this too solid flesh would melt…’ Read over it before hand to give yourself a bit of an advantage. How effective might his be as an introduction to Hamlet and his problems?
While we have focused on the character of Hamlet so far, it would be hard to argue against the fact that this play is about Revenge. In what ways could that be? Hamlet clearly wants revenge but find it difficult to act on that impulse. But are ther any other characters to whom this might apply. think about Revenge for today’s lesson.
I have been impressed by some of the writing you lot have been doing for the Folio but I’m still looking for more. Today we’re going to talk about square pegs in round holes. This could apply to Hamlet and Holden Caulfield. The expression really refers to someone or some thing which does not quite fit in. Has that ever happened to you? Do you ever feel like an outsider? Next writing challenge.
I will be issuing a critical essay topic for Hamlet today even though I don’t expect the completed paper for a couple of weeks. It will focus on the theme of revenge but I want you to consider how having a topic in mind will help you to focus on the understanding of that theme and how it helps you to understand the rest of the play.
On the first Friday of the new year we will be returning to the Newspaper work we left in December. I would hope that reading quality Newspapers would be part of your regular day; at least part of your regular revision. It gives you a greater understanding of the world – crucial for all subjects – and helps you to improve vocabulary and an understanding of how language works.
Anytime left could be used to catch up on the week’s work.
Double Critical Essay assessment Wednesday 25th January
Close Reading timed assessment Wednesday 1st February
Creative Writing Friday 27th January