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Class Schedule

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CLASS MEETS: Tuesday, Thursday 01:40PM - 02:55PM, Somerset, Room 219


1/15   T       

In Class:      

Introductions and schedules, grading, syllabus

How to read a play

Riders to the Sea

Home:

Read Riders to the Sea


RIDERS TO THE SEA


1/17 TH

Due:

Riders to the Sea Read        

In Class:

Read aloud and discuss scenes from Riders to the Sea

Given Circumstances—what is known and how to find out what is not known.

Structure—the organization of plot and story (and the difference between them)

     

Home:

Read Riders to the Sea again

List of Given Circumstances w/ research

Plot outline


1/22   T

Due:

List of given circumstances w/ research

Plot Outline

In Class:

Event and Action, Stasis and Intrusion—what moves the play forward

Discuss given circumstances and plot

Point of view—your understanding of the characters' feelings about their experience and the application of point of view to the playwright's intent.

Visual imagery and metaphor—the imagery the playwright employs in order to evoke a sense of place or psychological state.

The World of the Play paper

Home:

Rough World of the Play paper


1/24   TH

Due:

Rough World of the Play paper

In Class:

Share The World of the Play papers and research with the class.

Watch Brian Desmond Hurst Film of Riders to the Sea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNvc9mA20TA

Home:

Revise The World of the Play papers. Gather visual research of the world of the play


1/29   T

Due:

Final: The World of the Play papers and visual research

In Class:

Discuss characters and the Character Analysis Paper

Home:

Character Analysis of Maura and Bartley


1/31     TH

Due:

Character Analysis of Maura and Bartley

In Class:

Share and discuss character analyses of Maura and Bartley

Home:

Complete character analysis with Cathleen and Nora.

Read Glass Menagerie


THE GLASS MENAGERIE


2/5          T     Class Cancelled: Parade

Due:

Glass Menagerie read

Character analysis of Riders to the Sea

In Class:

Discuss Glass Menagerie world of the play and characters.

Home:

Read Glass Menagerie again. Prepare scenes to read in class

List of Given Circumstances


2/7       TH

Due:

Glass Menagerie read again

List of Given Circumstances

Character analysis of Riders to the Sea

In Class:

Discuss Glass Menagerie world of the play and characters.

Read scenes from Glass Menagerie and discuss Given Circumstances

Home:

Character Analysis and World of the Play for Glass Menagerie


2/12       T        Class Cancelled: Snow

Due:

Character Analysis and World of the Play for Glass Menagerie

In Class:

Motif, Imagery, and Theme

Discuss Character Analysis and World of the Play for Glass Menagerie

Read a scene from Glass Menagerie.

Home:

List of images and motifs, in afinity groups, for Glass Menagerie

                    

2/14      TH

Due:

Character Analysis and World of the Play for Glass Menagerie

In Class:

Discuss Character Analysis and World of the Play for Glass Menagerie

Motif, Imagery, and Theme

Read a scene from Glass Menagerie.

Home:

List of images and motifs, in affinity groups, for Glass Menagerie w/page numbers

Watch Paul Newman film of Glass Menagerie   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDPMBDiwL0M


2/19      T

Due:

Movie watched

List of images and motifs, in affinity groups, for Glass Menagerie w/page numbers

In Class:

Construct some themes from affinity lists

Discuss Paul Newman film of Glass Menagerie

Home:

               

2/21      TH

In Class:

Discuss any resonances between Glass Menagerie and Riders to the Sea

Home:

Begin reading Hamlet.


HAMLET


2/26      T

Due:


In Class:

Wrap up Glass Menagerie

Structure—The Scene Breakdown

Home:

Finish reading Hamlet and prepare for class discussion.

Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPl7Va8Hoqk

Begin Scene Breakdown of Hamlet


2/28      TH

In Class:

Watch Act I of Branaugh film of Hamlet

Discuss Act I of Hamlet

Discuss progress on Scene Breakdowns

Home:

Finish Scene Breakdown of Hamlet


3/5      T

Due:

Watch Act I & II of Branaugh film of Hamlet

Scene Breakdown of Hamlet

In Class:

Possible Guest: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev discusses data mapping techniques for texts.

Discuss data mapping techniques and the scene breakdown.

Discuss Act II of Hamlet

Home:

Watch Christopher Plumber's Hamlet at Elsinore film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3w_cohUO8E


Brannaugh's Hamlet is available to rent on Youtube for $2.99

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbcfaZX7qgY

     

                    

3/7       TH

In Class:

Watch more of Brannaugh's Hamlet

Discuss Christopher Plumber's Hamlet at Elsinore film.

Discuss act III of Hamlet

Home:

Analysis paper comparing and contrasting key elements of the two films of Hamlet

Prepare for class discussion.


                         S P R I N G      B R E A K

3/ 19    T

Due:

Script studied and all films watched.

Hamlet film analysis paper

Discuss Acts IV & V of Hamlet

In Class:

Discuss the films and the actors' and directors' and designers' approaches to the script

Home:

Prepare for class discussion and reading scenes.


3/21       TH

In Class:

Read selected scenes from Hamlet and discuss speaking the script.


3/26      T

Due:

In class:

Discuss Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Watch Actor Interviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Home:

Read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead


Clips for reference:

Flipping Coins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOwLEVQGbrM

Tragideans:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vgwGpzPstM

Questions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLKbS4xCmRc

Dead in a Box:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At2VWvl6Cg8


3/28     TH

Due:

In class:

Watch first half of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern . . . movie and discuss.

Home:

Re-read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead


TECH WEEK


ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD


4/2        T

Due:

In class:

Watch second half of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern . . . movie and discuss.

Home:


4/4         TH

In Class:

Watch excerpts from Waiting for Godot

Discuss relevance with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Home:

Prepare scenes from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to read in class


4/9         T

Due:

Scenes prepared to read

In Class:

Read scenes for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Home:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead essay


4/11        TH

Due:

ALL MAKE UP WORK DUE!  (Hard Deadline)

In Class:

Discuss progress/ questions on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead essay

Moriarty on the Holodeck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzi7qBk6ll8

Abbot and Costello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg


Home: Finish Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead essay


4/16        T    Suffolk Monday—No Class


4/18      TH

Due: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead essay

In Class:

Discuss Final Paper

Home:

Work on Final Paper


4/23        T

Due:

In Class:

Discuss progress/ questions on final paper

Home:

Work on Final Paper

Prepare to discuss parallels and resonances between Riders to the Sea, The Glass Menagerie, and Hamlet


4/25        TH

Due:

In Class:

Discuss parallels and resonances between Riders to the Sea, The Glass Menagerie, and Hamlet.

Home:

Work on Final Paper


4/30        T

In Class:

Questions about Final Paper (or make-up day)


Final Exam: Thursday, May 2th, 02:00PM - 04:30PM in Somerset, Room 219




Important Dates:


Monday, Jan 2                 Martin Luther King Day Holiday- University Closed       

Tuesday, Jan. 14              Spring Classes begin, last day to apply for May Graduation

Tuesday, Jan. 22              Last day to Add/Register (Including Waitlists)

Tuesday, Feb. 5                Last day to drop without a Grade of "W"

Monday, Feb. 18              President's Day Holiday- University Closed

March 11-17                      Spring Break

Wednesday, March 20    Last Day to Drop a Spring Course without a Grade of "F"

April 1-5                            Registration

Monday, April 15             Patriot's Day Holiday- University Closed

Tuesday, April 16             Suffolk Monday

Tuesday, April 30             Last Day of Spring Classes

Wednesday, May 1          Reading Day

May 3-8                              Final Exams and Portfolio Week