Dire Ambition: Course Outline

I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.   Course Booklet

Listen Up! – Persuasive Speech

Create and present a speech that expresses a clear point of view on a contentious subject.

Hour Upon the Stage – Monologue

Create and present an original dramatic monologue from the point of view of a character in a book your have read.

Novel Study: Lord of the Flies

A critical theory-based study of some of the central themes of Lord of the Flies and the extent to which it expands our understanding of human ambition.

1.4 Creative Writing Assessment: Now and Then

Write a description of a place, separated into two timeframes.

1.5 Formal Writing Assessment: Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

This task is a culmination of our study of William Shakespeare’s Tragedy Macbeth. This is an opportunity to explore the techniques of language, structure and conventions of theatre that Shakespeare employed to convey his strongest themes

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow – Despair in Macbeth

Analysis of the language effects Shakespeare employs to reinforce the sense of despair Macbeth feels on learning of his wife’s death.

Personal Reading

A longitudinal project that encourages you to read widely and extensively and to make thoughtful and insightful observations about the connections you make between what you read, your own experience, the world around us and other texts.

Soliloquy Schedule

A performance series of self-selected soliloquies – the schedule and some exemplars

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5: Unsex Me Here

In Act 1, Scene 5 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is introduced in full command of her power of evil persuasion. “unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!”

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