English 10


For resources and handouts, go to Macbeth. For deadlines, see the calendar below.

2nd quarter warm-ups

1.     (10/18) Write a 6-sentence paragraph responding to the following statement: “Ambition is always a good quality in a person.” True or false? Why?

2.     (10/19) Have you ever had second thoughts or doubts about doing something while you were doing it? Did you stop or continue? Why?

3.     (10/20) Some people never change their minds; once they make a decision, they stick with it. Is this a strength or a weakness? Why?

4.     (10/21) Many recent productions of Macbeth feature modern settings. Why do you think this is done? Is it a good idea? Why or why not?

5.     (10/24) Who do you think is most responsible for Duncan’s murder, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? Explain your answer.

6.     (10/25) Count the syllables of each line in Act 2, scene 1, lines 67-70.

7.     (10/27) Read each sentence, and rewrite correctly.

8.     (10/28) Banquo is Macbeth’s best friend and comrade in arms. Why does Macbeth want him dead? Explain fully.

9.     (10/31) Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?

10. (11/1) Is Macbeth a hero or a villain? Explain.

11. (11/2) Why is Macbeth so violent? Did Shakespeare make it violent to please his audience, or did he have other reasons as well?

12. (11/3) Pretend you know how to make magic potions. What would you make happen, and what ingredients would you put in the potion?

14. (11/15) Read page 15 in the Holt Handbook, and write definitions and two examples each for: 1) verb; 2) verb phrase; and 3) modal. 

15. (11/17) Read pages 16-17 in the grammar book and write definitions and two examples each for 1) action verb; 2) linking verb; and 3) subject complement. 

16. (11/18) Aristotle said that because a tragic hero is essentially admirable and good, audiences will feel compassion, anxiety, and/or grief at his or her downfall.  Is Macbeth a tragic hero? Why or why not?

17. (11/28) Are “lost causes” worth fighting for? Should a person continue to strive for victory or just give up? Support your opinion with an example from real life (yours or someone else’s), such as a class you are failing, a game you are losing, a girl or guy you like but who doesn’t like you, etc. 

18. Read page 20 in the Holt Handbook (grammar book), and write the definition of adverb. Then, write one example of an adverb that modifies a verb. Then, do exercise 9 (#1-10) on page 21. (You don't have to copy the sentences.)

21. Write down all the concepts and words that are associated with your word journal word.

22. (12/6) Read pages 26-27 in the Holt Handbook, and write definitions and one example each for: 1) conjunction; 2) coordination conjunction; and 3) correlative conjunction. Then do exercise 14 on page 27.

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