For the ill and the absent-minded -

Here, you will find a very brief summary of class discussions and activities, lists of assigned readings and links to other resources. It should serve as a reminder of what we covered in class and/or of what you missed by being absent physically and/or mentally. Please read the posts and talk with your classmates before stopping me in the hallways to ask me if "we did anything important the other day". Feel free to make comments and if you're still confused, please email me!

(NB: I do not condone class absences - you must be present, in class, actively listening and participating whenever possible. Always communicate your absences with the school office as well as with me. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed learning opportunities. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

09 March 2018

A - The one with Marcus taking us into the break.

We got through most of the rest of the Pehca Kucha/Ignite presentations.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

READ: Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

WHEN YOU RETURN: Life and Death

08 March 2018

G - The one with an end to the 18th century.

We looked at Blake's "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" and contemplated the shift in 18th century literature. I drew attention to the fact that at the end of the 18th century, London was becoming a blackened, polluted, dingy place and that there was a strong desire to return to idyllic places where the imagination could flourish. Enter "the Romantics," which we will begin after Spring Break - fitting, eh?!

Have a wonderful break!

07 March 2018

A - The one with the fab presentations.

We listened to several Pecha Kucha/Ignite presentations - they were AWESOME!

PRACTISE: Please post the script of your speech and a self-reflection of your presentation to your English Portfolios.

NEXT CLASS: More presentations!

06 March 2018

G - The one with Ms. Salgadoe and Ms. Dobilis... you lucky class, you!

You were supposed to look at how Gray, Burns, and Blake contributed to the shift in worldview of 18th century society. Ms. Salgadoe said that you finished "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" and that you got through "To A Mouse." What did you think, I wonder?

NEXT CLASS: Blake's "The Tyger" and "The Lamb"

POST: How did Gray and Burns shape the 18th century worldview? What did you think of "To A Mouse" (content and the way it sounds in Scottish Lowland dialect)? (Post your response below BEFORE you enter class next day.)

05 March 2018

A - The one with Cali's bout.

We took a few moments to congratulate Cali on her CHAMPIONSHIP finish at the Wrestling Provincials. We watched the championship bout with Director's Commentary "on" (ie. Mr. Mongeon's notes about wrestling and throwing in the cube and his narrative about Cali being on the clock, etc.).

Since many of you were worried about the Pehca Kucha/Ignite, I gave you the period to complete work and practise your speeches on Politics, Revenge, Community.

REMINDER: Please post a link to your timed slides or have them ready to go via your own device.

NEXT CLASS: Presentations!

COMING UP: Life and Death

02 March 2018

G - The one with Pope's epigrams.

We finished reading together Canto V from Pope's Rape of the Lock.

I asked you to look at Beowuld and Paradise Lost for parallels to Pope's mock epic.

We talked about how wit in the 18th century was so intensely connected to the public view/perception of society... this is social commentary at it's best, folks!


  • "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
  • "Ae Ye Fond Kiss" and "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns
  • "They Tyger" and "The Lamb" by Thomas Blake
NEXT CLASS: Gray and the Pre-Romantics

01 March 2018

A - The one with Ms. Vandergugten... yes, Ms. Vandergugten!

Learners used the entire period to write and practise their presentations on Politics, Revenge, Community, using the Pecha Kucha / Ignite model.

CONSIDER: An introductory slide with a title, etc.


  • You may rearrange the order of the slides in anyway you'd like or change the orientation of the slides, but you may not add any slides.
  • You must time your slides.
  • Practise!
  • Post the link to your slide presentation in the comments section below or have your device ready to plug/project/play.
NEXT CLASS: Life & Death