Act 1

Scene 1 – Three badly dressed witches are discussing when they wish to meet with Macbeth.

Scene 2 – A bloodied man tells King Duncan and his group about the battle and how Macbeth fought nobly. The king rewards Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor and money.

Scene 3 – The three witches tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. At first he doesn’t believe this yet when he is told that he is the Thane of Cawdor he begins to believe it. Banquo is also told by the witches he will have sons who are going to become king.

Scene 4 – King Duncan meets with Macbeth and Banquo and tells them that his son, Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, is going to become the king. Macbeth is disappointed by this and has deep desires to become the king.

Scene 5 – Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife realises that she wants to become the queen and wants her husband to be the king. She hears that Prince Malcolm is coming to their castle and realises this is a perfect opportunity for her to kill him.

Scene 6 – King Duncan comes to the castle and talks about how nice the castle is, whilst it is actually in quite a poor condition. King Duncan once again praises Macbeth for his good deeds on the battlefield.

Scene 7 – Macbeth doesn’t want to murder King Duncan and is contemplating it. He decides he won’t do it but then Lady Macbeth comes in and insults him for being a coward and also tells him that he doesn’t love her if he doesn’t do it. Macbeth finally agrees to kill King Duncan by stabbing him in his sleep.

Act 2

Scene 1 – Macbeth once again is unsure if he should do it. Soon he starts to hallucinate and sees a sword in front of himself. After he realises that the longer he thinks about doing the deed, the harder it will become to go through with.

Scene 2 – Macbeth goes to do the deed and kills Duncan. He comes back and feels immediate remorse for his actions, so Lady Macbeth goes back to make it look like the drunk guards did it.

Scene 3 – Macduff and Lennox come to the castle and talk to Macbeth about the terrible night they had. Then one of them go to see King Duncan and find he is dead. Macbeth follows them and acts like he had no idea it happened. He kills the guards out of ‘rage’. Duncans sons, Malcolm and Donalbain feel like they will be killed and split up to go to Ireland and Scotland.

Scene 4 – Macduff and Ross talk and Ross asks Macduff who killed King Duncan. Macduff says it was the guards yet is suspicious that it was the two sons of Duncan because they have fled. Macduff then asks who the next king will be and Ross tells him that Macbeth has already been crowned king.

Act 3

Scene 1 – Macbeth sends the guards off to kill Banquo and his son Fleance because he believes the Banquo may know what he did due to their encounter with the three witches. You can see that Macbeth is becoming evil because he is okay with killing his best friend and his son.

Scene 2 – Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk about how they don’t feel any better after what they have done and have lost all that they have had. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth also that he plans to kill Banquo and Fleance, yet he won’t tell her why to keep her from feeling guilty.

Scene 3 – Macbeth sends out a third murderer to help kill Banquo and Fleance. This guard groups up with the other two. The three guards attack Banquo and Fleance yet only kill Banquo because Fleance runs away. After the third guard kills the other two because he is the only one Banquo trusts.

Scene 4 – Macbeth invites other royal people to a feast yet during the feast he sees a vision of Banquo’s ghost and begins shouting at it while hallucinating. Whilst everyone at the dinner table is very confused, Lady Macbeth tries to explain why Macbeth is acting so strangely, and eventually is forced to end the dinner before Macbeth goes crazy.

Scene 5 – Macbeth goes to see the three witches who are making a stew of nasty things. They tell him to keep killing people and he will stay king, yet he has to be careful of three things, men not born by a woman, Macduff and the forest approaching him. He is confused by the forest and doesn’t think the forest could ever approach him. Also, he thinks no one can hurt him because everyone is born from a woman.

Scene 6 – Lennox and another royal man are discussing the murders and begin to talk about their suspicions that Macbeth was the one who killed King Duncan. They also talk about how Malcolm and Donalbain plan to go kill Macbeth. Macduff also has suspicions that Macbeth had killed King Duncan and goes to England as well. Macbeth decides to punish Macduff for not trusting him and plans to kill his family.

 Act 4

Scene 1 – Nothing

Scene 2 – Macduff’s wife is angry that Macduff has fled and tries to convince her son that he has been killed. Macduff’s son although happens to be very smart like his father and can sense that he is not dead and she is lying. Soon after a man runs into their castle and tells them to flee because he senses danger. Macduff’s wife ponders that act and because of it she is killed along with her son.

Scene 3 – Macduff has left his wife and the family and sees Malcolm in England who is preparing an army. Malcolm doesn’t trust Macduff so he tests him by saying that he will become King and be corrupt, this makes Macduff disappointed so he decides to trust Macduff. Soon Macduff hears that his wife and children have been killed and then become very sad, Malcolm tells him to turn this sadness into anger and they vow to kill Macbeth in Scotland.

Act 5

Scene 1 – Lady Macbeth’s maid has noticed Lady Macbeth sleepwalking and talking often and decides to get a doctor to help diagnose and fix what is happening. A doctor watches over Lady Macbeth for two nights and nothing happens yet on the third night she gets up and in front the maid and doctor admits to all the murders and talks about how she can never clean the blood off of her hands. The maid and the doctor decide not to speak of this because they fear for their lives.

Scene 2 – Scottish rebels are waiting for the English army to arrive. They find out soon after that Macbeth is waiting in his castle and gathering up troops.

Scene 3 – Macbeth is in his castle and is very confident because of what the three witches said. On the outside, he looks strong but on the inside, he is crumbling. The doctor comes to him and tells him that Lady Macbeth can not be cured and that makes Macbeth quite angry.

Scene 4 – Malcolm’s army comes across Birnan forest and Malcolm decides that it is a good idea to have every soldier take a branch from the tree and use it as camouflage. This is the first sign that the witches were right.

Scene 5 – Macbeth hears a scream from the castle whilst feeling confident and soon finds out that was his wife committing suicide off the castle. He realises that because he lost his true love, he has nothing left, and will fight until he dies. The guard comes in and tells him that the wood is coming towards him, then Macbeth realises he will die.

Scene 6 – Malcolm and Macduff tell the army to throw down their leafy screens and tell them to be ready to attack.

Scene 7 – A young soldier called Siward challenges Macbeth to a duel and because Macbeth is a experienced fighter, he easily kills Siward.

Scene 8 – Macbeth starts to fight with Macduff feeling confident but soon realises that Macduff is not born of a woman and is killed.


Active and Passive Voice

In class we listened to a interesting rap song discussing active and passive voice. A sentence with an active voice is where the subject of the sentence is before the verb. An example of this would be “Benjamin Cherry is writing on his wordpress blog.” As you can see, the subject, which is me, Benjamin Cherry is before the verb. An example of a sentence with a passive voice, meaning the verb is before the subject would be “The wordpress blog is being written by Benjamin Cherry.” As you can see the sentence with an active voice is a lot stronger so as writers we try to use the active voice to enhance our writing.


Commas can be used in sentences for multiple reasons, one of them being to separate things in a list, for example, you could say something like this. “My family members include, Myself, my father, my mother, and my sister. Another way to use it is for adjectives that are interchangeable, such as a sentence like this. “Ben is fit, good looking young man.”  You can use commas within quotations such as something along these lines. “I hate homework,” I say, “it’s such a drag.” Or you could use commas to separate two independent clauses. You could use it in a sentence like this. After I sat down at my desk, I opened my computer. Although be careful with this one, because you can end up punctuating incorrectly, and you might end up with a run on sentence.

Dialogue Punctuation

When punctuating dialogue there are a few basic guide lines to go by. First of all, when the dialogue ends, you have to put some sort of punctuation there. Thing you can put after the dialogue include but are not limited to; commas, question marks, exclamation marks and periods, yet you can’t use periods if you use a period again when you are saying who said what. For example, heres a dialogue to show what I mean. “Hey Ken, how are you doing?” said Barbie. As you can see, at the end there is a question mark, and then end quotations, before it says who said what. Heres an example showing how not to use a period. Hey Ken, how are you doing.” said Barbie. This doesn’t work because it separates the sentence and makes it sound like Barbie is a robot. Also if you decide to tag who the speaker is between dialogue, like this, “Hey Ken,” said Barbie, “how are you doing?”

Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences

Simple Sentences have to have a subject, verb and an object. Such as a the teacher started at Andrew. Compound sentences are two simple sentences connected by FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, So). Complex sentence expresses two or more ideas. The are connected by subordinating clauses, such as although, unless, before, and because. For example, you could say The, although he was well fed, howled loudly. Or although the cat had just eaten, the cat paced back and forth in front of the fish bowl, hungrily staring at my goldfish. To make a complex sentence you can, start with two adjectives, start with a adverb, start with a verb, end with a verb, use sandwich technique, prepositional phrase, start with a conduction, end with a conduction, or use a simile. He are some sentences to show you what I mean, exhausted and frustrated, Benjamin kept on studying for his science test. Carelessly, Ben dropped his computer while walking down the stairs. Walking away from the store, Ben wondered if he was going to ever go to school again.

Tenses Table


Quarter One

Reading Goal

My quarter one reading goal is to be able to read 9 books by the end of the quarter so that I can be one pace for reading 35 books by the end of this year.

Writing Goal

My quarter one writing is goal is to focus on conventions and punctuation striving to get ME’s for the first quarter. This will make me a better writing especially in an area I struggle in.

Quarter Two

Reading Goal

My quarter two reading goal is to have two words on my word wall per book. My evidence will be my wordpress blog and my reading log.

Writing Goal

My quarter two writing is goal is to focus on conventions and punctuation striving to get ME’s for the second quarter. This will make me a better writing especially in an area I struggle in. My evidence will be my summative assessments conventions grades.

Quarter Three

Reading Goal

My reading goal is to read 12 books by the end of the quarter. The evidence for this goal will be found on my reading log.

Writing Goal

My writing goal will be to get all ME’s overall in my summative pieces. The evidence for this goal will be found on PowerSchool, or just on scans of my tests.

Quarter Four 

Reading Goal

My reading goal is to read 13 books by the end of the school year. Evidence for this goal will be found on my reading log. Because there are 71 days till the end of the school year and I want to read 13 books that means I have to read one book every five days, which is very achievable.

Writing Goal

My writing goal for this quarter is to check in at least once with Ms. Bevear for help with each summative writing piece I do. Evidence for this goal will be from Ms. Beaver approving that I checked in with her. Checking in once is the least I could do so it is attainable.


Oral Presentation

Work Habits Q2

Q2 Goals Presentation

Benjamin Cherry Q2 Goals

Quarter Four Goals


To brainstorm ideas, we first got shown multiple stories by world class authors, we discussed about how these stories were formed and how we could use elements of the authors writing in our own pieces. Then after doing this for an amount of time we started use personal narrative planners and trackers to help ourselves get an outline for our story making it much easier to write. We also did activities that helped us separate different events in the story, by doing this we realised that each short story is broken up into separate parts and our should be as well. Then after doing that we worked on hooks and conclusions and wrote many down to help us brainstorm different ways to start and end our stories.

Summative Writing Assessment About Cracking My Chin Open

Summative Assessment Telling Stories

Benjamin Cherry Persuasive Essay Jigsaw

Philip Van Oppen Persuasive Essay Jigsaw

Same Sex Marriage Summative

Everything Has Its Cost Essay

Literary Elements Piece


Reading Log

The Follower Personal Narrative Tracker

I Confess Personal Narrative Tracker

Popularity Formative Assessment

Popularity Assessment Grade

My First Conk Formative Reading Assessment

Cinderella Story Reading Summative Assessment

My First Conk Formative Reading Assessment

PSA Rubric

America the Not-so-Beautiful

Language Arts Q2 Reading Summative

Dystopian Novels

Dystopian Novels

Dystopian Novels

Dystopian Novels

Tuff Time:

March 19th 2015

Are the Socs and Greaser really that different? Why? Why not?

I think the Socs and Greasers are very different in terms of lifestyles and emotions. For example, it has been said multiple times in the book that Socs don’t feel emotions, they just go along with life and let everything get handed to them because they have a lot of money. Yet Greasers have plenty of emotions, they live for action and they have to work for everything they have. I believe the similarities between the two social groups depend on the person. In the book, Cherry and Ponybony are the same kind of people because they enjoy simple things like watching the sunset yet because they are in social groups they are separated.

Are there any connections you can make to any of the characters and/or their situations

I think the financial status of my family is a lot like the ones of the Socs and also I believe that I have had a lot of things handed to me in life, like a helper to help me with chores and a great education paid for me, but I don’t feel as if I act like a Soc. I’m not afraid to let my emotions through but nor am I violently emotional. I think that in the story, the Socs and Greasers are the extremes of emotion, on one end the Socs have no emotion, but on the other end the Greasers show all their emotions. I would say I’m in the middle ground.

March 23rd 2015

Why do you think Johnny killed Bob?

I think Johnny killed Bob purely out of self defence. When reading the book, you could tell as soon as Johnny had killed Bob he felt remorse for his actions. In my opinion it was probably a rush of blood to the head moment in which he just lashed out and couldn’t stop himself.  Also I think he did it because he was scared that Ponyboy was going to get hurt and was determined to not let that happen. If Johnny hadn’t stabbed Bob it might have been very likely that Bob’s gang could have killed Ponyboy

What could have been some alternatives?

I think it was really the only alternative because the Socs probably wouldn’t listen to Ponyboy and Johnny if they tried to talk it out. I assume this because it has been said multiple times in the book that Socs don’t show or even really have emotions. So they wouldn’t sympathise for the Greasers and would beat them up regardless if they told them not to. Maybe because Ponyboy runs track and Johnny is fast they could have ran away but it was very unlikely for them to be able to escape because the Socs where in a Mustang, and humans can’t out run cars.

March 24th 2015

What is the difference between Cherry the Soc and Cherry the Dreamer?

I think Cherry the Dreamer is the real personality of Cherry, yet Cherry the Soc is the personality she has to pretend she has to fit in with the social norms of the Socs. She is a lot like Ponyboy in the sense that she likes to watch sunsets and loves action yet when she is Cherry the Soc she does things like having conversations that are really long about things she doesn’t care about.

Are Ponyboy Johnny and Dally heroes? Why? Why not?

I think they are heroes yet their main motivation for saving the kids from the fire was the feeling of remorse because they knew they were the ones who had started the fire. Although I can’t make the assumption that they would have not saved the kids if they knew they hadn’t started the fire because I feel like their hearts are in the right place. But overall I think they would have been even more of heroes if they saved the kids whilst not being the ones to start the fire.

How do we know Darry does truly care for Ponyboy?

We know Darry truly cares for Ponyboy because he is the kind of person to not show his emotions, even if the emotions are really strong. For example even at the funeral of his parents, Darry resisted the urge to cry, yet whilst Ponyboy escaped he was super worried and even cried because of it.

Wonder Words Wall

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Utopia – An imagined world or place where everything is perfect – The book he was reading was in an utopian world

Dystopia – An imagined world or place where everything is bad – The Hunger Games is based in a dystopia

I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

Seething – Being filled with powerful anger yet not showing it – Andy was seething with anger because of what Josh did

Cataclysmic – Being of a large scale and violent – The earthquake was cataclysmic

Once – Morris Gleitzman

Excursion – A short trip our journey – The class went on an excursion to the newly opened museum

Rummaged – Search through something in an unorganised fashion – He rummaged through his suitcase

Then – Morris Gleitzman

Nonchalantly – Without interest or concern – Ben did his project nonchalantly

Zloty – A unit of polish currency – Marcus payed for his ice cream with two zloty’s

Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

Concoction – A mixture of multiple ingredients – Sally looked at the concoction of fruit

Risible – Causing laughter by being ludicrous – Alex’s new contraption was risible

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Hypocrite – Someone who says something but does the contrary – James was a hypocrite

Abundance – A very large amount of an item – They had an abundance of soup in the fridge

Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

Absolve – To clear from blame, to let someone off the hook – I absolved Jenny of her deeds

Unscathed – Without getting injured or suffering from injury – Michael ran away from the fire unscathed

Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko

Embezzlers – To steal valued items for money – John embezzled twenty dollars from his sisters safe

Wallop – To hit or strike very hard – Michelle walloped the criminal

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

Gurney – A movable bed or stretcher used in a hospital for patients – They wheeled Sonya around in the gurney

Accomplice – Someone who works with another to commit crimes – Jeffrey was a great accomplice for their master crime

Giver – Lois Lowry

Disquieting – Causing feels of anxiety and stress – The silence of the room was disquieting

Aptitude – A natural ability to something – Philip had a aptitude for playing hockey

City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

Tattered – To be torn or old – The paper was tattered after being in the cave for so long

Chortled – Laugh in a gleeful way, making noise – Krish chortled when Alex fell over

Al Capone Shines My Shoes – Gennifer Choldenko

Gangplank – A movable plank used to take people on and off from a ship

Combustible – Capable of burning – The clothes Justin were wearing were very combustible

The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

Aloof – Not showing emotions, being distant and cool – Jimmy was aloof from Sandra

Ornery – Bad tempered and difficult to handle – Terrell’s grandparents were very ornery

Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen

Condemn – To sentence one to punishment – The judged condemned him to life in prison

Decipher – To decode a hidden message – Skylie deciphered the message

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

Driftwood – Wood that has been floating on a river or is washed ashore – Plenty of driftwood has washed ashore

Incessant – To continue without pausing or being interrupted – Tallulah was incessant when she spoke

The River – Gary Paulsen

Marooned – To be stranded or trapped; typically on an island – The whole class was marooned on the beach

Revert – To change back to a previous state – Teresa reverted back to her Christian ways

Brian’s Winter – Gary Paulsen

Acquaintance – Someone you have met but don’t know very well – Kinson and Johnny were mild acquaintances

Stymied – Being stopped from making progress on a task – The work on Benjamin’s word wall was stymied

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Malicious – Intending to do harm – Jacob was malicious towards everyone

Suppress – Forcefully put an end to – The police suppressed Martin

The Scorch Trials – James Dashner

Cynicism – Being inclined to believe that someone is motivated purely by self interest – There was cynicism about Ben’s politics

Tremulous – Shaking or quivering – She was tremulous before her speech

The Death Cure – James Dashner

Inexplicable – Something that is difficult to explained

Hysteria – A momentary loss of cognitive skills due an unpleasant experience