Daily Learning 23.04.20
Happy St. George's Day! St. George is the patron saint for England. According to legend, he killed a dragon and saved a princess. Check out Josh's drawing of a dragon:
Today is also (supposedly) William Shakespeare's birthday (he also died on his birthday, 52 years later), 1564 - 1616! It is for that reason that your English learning for today reflects the work of the great bard:
Sonnet 18 is one of 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare and is one of his most well-known, particularly for the opening line. A sonnet is a poem that has 14 lines, which doesn't have to rhyme, written in Iambic Pentameter.
Iambic Pentameter is really the rhythm of how the poem is read. In Iambic Pentameter, there are 10 syllables, with an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (like the word 'above'). It sounds like a human heartbeat:
Da DUM Da DUM Da DUM Da DUM Da DUM Da DUM
Have a read of the top line with this rhythm:
Shall I comPARE thee TO a SUMmer's DAY?
CHALLENGE: Write your own sonnet. Remember it needs 14 lines and, if you can, keep to 10 syllables per line. You can base it on anything you would like. Some ideas include the following:
- the beautiful weather
- being on lockdown
- where you live
- the nature around you
-St. George's Day (or George and the dragon)
For Guided Reading, your task is to understand this romantic poem by answering the questions below. Shakespeare's sonnet is about guaranteeing the subject's beauty will sustain time (through summer to winter until eternity).
1) To what does 'the eye of heaven' refer?
2) What shakes the darling buds of May?
3) Clarify the meaning of 'temperate'
4) What will make the beauty of Shakespeare's friend eternal?
Your Maths today is to solve written methods for addition and subtraction. For addition, remember to carry if necessary and for subtraction, exchange if needed.
For a challenge, try these:
Riddle of the Day: Some months have 30 days. Some have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?
Have a lovely day!