Focus: What do we need to know about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
1. Warming up: Celebrating the life and times of Mara!
From Mr. Siekmeier: Mara was in Contemporary Lit. last semester. Her work on our study of An American Childhood was so comprehensive and well done that I have kept it as an exemplar for future students and as an example of how insightful some students can be.
From Mrs. Cladny: I remember Mara as the beautiful, quiet, sweet, gracious, intelligent young lady in the back row.
From Mrs. Ferrill: What I remember most about Mara in my AP Lang class last year is that she epitomizes the saying, "Still waters run deep." She was very quiet during class discussions, but when she put her ideas down on paper, she was amazingly eloquent and insightful. She had something to say, and obviously College Board evaluators agreed with me as she scored a "5" on her AP Lang test!
From Mr. Escue: Mara always conducts herself in such a dignified and graceful manner. She has been a great young lady to have in class this year.
From her twin sister: I can always count on Mara to go on an adventure with me, whether it's exploring a hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the side of the road or hiking a beautiful mountain trail. Mara is a great person to have by my side through our many journeys!
From her mom: As a child, Mara liked to be hugged. She now snuggles with the warmth of words -- in books and poems and songs -- where she finds comfort, inspiration, and peace.
2. Watching two Rosencrantz and Guildenstern scenes in Hamlet
Act 2, scene 2 (58:10)
Act 3, scene 2 (2:00:30)
3. Cooling down: What do we know about these two characters, and why might Tom Stoppard have chosen them for his play?
Just that little culminating essay...no big deal.