Class 7
Monday, January 20, 2020

We start to explore our resonators.

We start to play with verbs more explicitly.

We dive into rhetoric (even though, Surprise: We technically started into it last Friday!).

How many As in O?


Speech walks:

  • Walking the thought
  • Walking the line
  • Stepping stones
  • Vowels only
  • Consonants only
  • First word Last word


  • speech or scene?

Levels of energy?

Action: find your action under the words, and you’ll know what to do with the words.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action…


  • ed
  • ion
  • eous
  • statue

Doth = duth, dost = dust

Thou vs You, Thee vs. You, Thine vs Yours, Thy vs. your.

Presentation Order

  1. Erik – Antony | If you have tears
  2. Andrew – Henry V | What’s he
  3. Sydney F. – Anne | Set down
  4. Ryan – Richard II | No matter where
  5. Sydney C. – Helena | Lo she is one


  1. Emma – Joan | Look on thy country
  2. Keisha – Luciana | And may it be
  3. Yanming – Henry V | Once more unto the breach
  4. Brooklyn – Paulina | What studied torments
  5. Sydney K. – Hermione | Sir, spare your threats


  1. Juliane – Cleopatra | No more but e’en a woman
  2. Trevor – Petruchio | Thus have I politicly…
  3. Matthew – Antony | Pardon me…
  4. Trystan – Antony | All is lost!

Specifically, we look at how Shakespeare used rhetorical techniques to describe things.

Looking at Iambic pentameter:

Counting syllables.

Short lines versus unfinished lines.¬† Knowing the difference helps you tell the difference between when Shakespeare is saying “pause” and when he’s saying pick up your cue.

Long lines: disrupt the rhythm, like a container.
11 & weak endings

Examples of regular lines:

In sooth I know not why I am so sad…
Remember it’s relative
Find examples of regular lines in iambic pentameter
Two requirements: 10 syllables and iambic pattern

Optional lines:

If music be the food of love, play on!

Weak endings:

To be or not to be, that is the question…

Learning Objectives:

  • Discovering our chest, throat, and mouth resonators
  • Learning to apply verbs
  • Reviewing adverbs and adjectives
  • Discovering metaphor and simile in Shakespeare
  • Reviewing comparison in general
  • Revealing imagery in Shakespeare
  • Discovering contradiction and paradox
  • Discovering this and that and juxtaposition
  • Finding out about Personification

By the end of class the student should be able to complete the first column of Section D2 of the written assignment.

Attendance and Games
  • Hook up TV
  • Approve Group 4


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Focus on Breath
  • Michael Kaplan will show us a video about how our breath works and the voice is produced.


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Grounding Exercise
  • The tip-toe diver grounding exercise
  • Other exercises if time permits


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Speech Work

Still to be covered (by the end of day today):


  • Suggestions to slow down
  • Watch out for:
    • monosyllabic words all in a row
    • things that are hard to say fast
    • adjacent sounds at end of one word and the beginning of the next
  • Missing words
  • Contracted words
  • Elongates words

Rhetoric (Sound):

  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Rhyme
  • onomatopoeia

Rhetoric (Descriptive):

  • metaphor
  • simile
  • comparison
  • imagery
  • contradiction/paradox
  • this and that/juxtaposition
  • personification


  • Objective
  • Moment before you speak

Questions for readers:

  • Who are you speaking to?
  • Why do you have to say what you say?
  • Where are you?
  • What time is it?
  • What just happened?
  • What are you doing?
  • What is that situation like – is it like something in your life?
  • Basic action
  • Essential action


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Plans For Another Day

Speech Written Assignment
  • Hand out and review the speech assignment


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Entrance and Exit
  • The entrance and exit exercise
  • 5 minutes to explain
  • 15 minutes to work on it


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  • The tip-toe diver grounding exercise
  • Other exercises if time permits


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