College Prep English for Homeschoolers — notes and assignments for the November 6, 2014 class

Dear Homescholars,

This week’s class feed:

Class event on Google Plus

Youtube Page

The playlist for our 2014-2015 classes is here:

To learn more about the class, please visit:, see the links and watch the video.

The playlist of 2013-2014 classes is also on Youtube:

Note: Our discussion this week wandered onto Wittenberg where Hamlet, Horatio, Rosecranz and Guildenstern had been studying and that city’s connection to Martin Luther. See the article on Wittenberg:
Twelfth Night Poster
Note: A special showing of the Globe Theater production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will take place at the Laemmle Theater in Pasadena Monday evening 7:30 and Tuesday at 1:00. This is a film of a very special stage presentation that remained very faithful to original Elizabethan stage practice.  It is uncut and superb.

Updated Assignments

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Please continue to study Hamlet and prepare recitations.

Please watch:

Comic commentary:

Hamlet: a small rewrite A delightful imaginary dialog between Shakespeare and his producer.

Andy GriffithAndy Griffith: Hamlet Retelling by Andy Griffith in Southern dialect. (Please don’t imitate his grammar but note and appreciate the expressive devices.)


Combining Sentences

Combine the following groups of sentences into single sentences with multiple clauses.

For example:

  1. The mastodon was furious.
  2. The mastodon’s bicycle had been buried in the compost pile.

Combined sentence: The mastodon, whose bicycle had been buried in the compost pile, was furious.

  1. The pleasantly argumentative tour guide avoided the flock of confused ducks.
  2. The ducks were trying to pick the coffee beans out of the coal scuttle.
  1. Rupert plied the recalcitrant postman with questions.
  2. Most of the questions dealt with dark energy in the expanding universe.
  1. The starboard nacelle had been infested with tribbles.
  2. The fluffy coats of the tribbles could be knitted into excellent bicycle seats.
  1. The function returned a strange value.
  2. The value appeared to be unrelated to the parameters passed.
  3. The value was, however, a function of parameters passed in the subsequent three calls to the function.
  1. The chef was unable to wrest the spatula from the unintelligible Mancunian.
  2. The Mancunian’s Dachshund bore a rhinestone howdah on its back.
  3. The howdah was occupied by two inimical chipmunks.

Continue to submit papers, poems, diatribes, ruminations.

Construct five sentences each containing at least three anachronisms. Use dependent clauses extensively; experimenting with how many can be included without obscuring the meaning and readability of the sentence. (For example: The centurion ruthlessly gobbled up all the green Skittles before stepping into the transporter amid thunderous applause from the Cossacks whose gaudy socks clashed dreadfully with their fur lined skateboards and intricately embroidered sneakers depicting mammoth and mastodon migrations.)

Language immersion
Jonathan Miller -- The Body in QuestionPlease continue with the ongoing assignments: the Jonathan Miller documentary: The Body in Question

Stephen Fryand The Machine That Made Us, documentary on the Gutenberg press by Stephen Fry.

Please review Chapter 5 in the text and present any questions you have. Please go on to chapter 6.

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