So today in class we began with our Bible verse:
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. –Ephesians 4:29
Then the students worked on their journal writing. Our completely right brained writing exercise. Today’s topic was for them to write about their relationships with their buddies. What do they do together? How do they joke around? Do they talk to each other about frustrations with other people? Do they have adventures . . . funny stories . . . etc.
This led into our reading/lesson today in the exposition of Act I–The Capulet Boys and the Montague boys. We casually discussed the characterization of Benvolio and Mercutio, and mentioned how their names hint at their personalities. Benvolio (Ben, bene or good) Mercutio (Mercurial personality–moody/unpredictable). We talked about the influence of friends and how some friends influence us for good, to follow the Lord. And other friends may influence for bad, to stir up conflict and get us in trouble.
We watched a 7 minute clip of the fight scene in Scene 1. Then we read.
The students are amazing readers. They are doing such a great job. I especially appreciated Jonah Keliher’s vocal inflections as he read the role of the Prince. I almost fell out of my chair.
Today the students brought in the rough drafts of their work/notes for the research project. I was able to check their work and to answer any questions they have before it is due next Friday. I will be giving the students who were absent last week an extension on their due dates (an extra week).
If you have any questions, please let me know!