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Monday and Tuesday we went over elements of Shakespeare to get ready for Macbeth! Students used stations to do activities to better learn about Will’s words, themes, and favorite insults. Below you will find links to the videos and handouts we used in case you missed class.

Introducing Shakespeare Handout: introducingshakespeare

Station 1 Handout: station1words

Station 2 Video:

Station 3 Handout: station3insults

Station 4 Handout: station4lines

Station 5 Video:

Here is the complete PowerPoint for today’s presentation. While not a replacement for my in-class lecture (what is?), it does hit all the important points to understand Courtly Love and Chivalry.

Important vocabulary to note Ahoy!:

  1. Chivalry
  2. Courtly Love
  3. Lord/Lady
  4. Vassals
  5. Fief


Player’s Handbook:

Indexed Player Handbook v3.5

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So, here we are at the start of a project! I’ll try to list materials and helpful places to look for additional data. Furthermore, I’ll try to clarify and answer questions I’ve received so far.


You should start here to get grounded in the assignments background:

Humans Need Not Apply by CGP Grey (a video covering the impending AI revolution and its effects on employment)

Everyone keeps talking about AI by Jordan Novet (an article that was to be close-read for class)


Here are the project’s associated materials:

Unit One and You Sets up the units expectations and fundamental questions

Pushing_limits Ver. 3.5 The project’s assignment sheet

Pushing Limits Resource Links! Articles organized by realm (emotional, intellectual, & physical)

Project AAI grade sheet Cover sheet for the project with rubric


Project AI Scenarios (please choose one and record it)

  1. Counselor: Your AI has been dispatched to assist a colony on Mars. The colonists report growing depression and mounting anxieties but have no counselors or mental health professionals to turn to. Your AI must aid these scientists by providing comfort and support while navigating the harsh terrain of the desert world.
  2. Rescuer: A research station built in the crushing depths of the Marianas Trench has had a serious accident. While the scientists have stabilized the tears to the hull they need a more permanent solution. Your AI is being sent to repair the station and offer medical aid to the scientists while facing the crushing depths of the sea.
  3. Explorer: A signal from space has excited Earth’s scientists! A massive rectangular object has been detected orbiting Jupiter and it is definitely artificial. Your AI is being dispatched to investigate on a mission of peace. Unfortunately, it will be traveling alone and “asleep” till it arrives in Jupiter’s orbit. Your design must include systems to explore, investigate, and survive the lonely trip to the edge of the beyond.



  • How will this be graded?

The prototype will be graded as an assessed standard, so it will be worth a lot of your early grade. The rest will be noted as practice in the grade-book.


  • What do I need on Friday?
  1. One completed AI prototype based on 6 articles of research (plus the the video and first close reading) that are properly attributed. 
  2. Three printed close -read articles.
  3. A list of your team members.
  4. Your team’s plan if a team member doesn’t complete their task.
  5. Team member’s plan for communication and organization.
  6. Team member’s roles and responsibilities.


  • Can I just draw/trace a famous robot/AI for the picture?

This isn’t an art class so you do you, but you can’t just copy a robot for this. Your are building an AI based on human limits for specific missions. Use your imagination! Take inspiration for function from what you know but synthesis and imagination based on the facts you uncover is more interesting and worth more towards your grade.

Hey students!

Here are the class materials for today’s class.

Unit One and You – Introduction to the unit

Pushing_limits Ver. 3.5 – The group project


Greetings and Salutations, students!


Welcome to the online resource page of Mr. Arenas‘ English 7-8 and 7-8 Honors class. This page is designed to act as a daily blog of the class and an online library of course materials and resources. Here you will find digital copies of any handouts you receive in class.

No longer will you have to depend on the whims of a forgetful teacher. Forget the era of being at the mercies of temperamental copiers! You are free to print your own resources in case of absence or accident. Furthermore, additional links or study aids are made available for you here. Should you need further assistance you can reach me by email or (this will be provided to you in class).

Finally, I look forward to meeting you and starting this academic journey with you. It will not be easy but together we shall overcome it!


L.R. Arenas