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 work and/or quizzes. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

17 October 2014

C - ...when you had a second go at the close reading without me.

Students read their independent novels.

Students worked in groups to discuss "The Firing Squad."

Please see #icblk on Twitter for interesting questions and observations.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing McDougall's short story, Short Story Echo

A - The one with devices and earphones.

Students read their independent novels.

Students worked on the THINK and DIG DEEPER sections of the electronic lesson on Camus.

NEXT CLASS: "The Guest"

D - The class with the digital lesson.

Students read their independent novels.

Students worked on the THINK and DIG DEEPER sections of the electronic lesson on Camus.

NEXT CLASS: "The Guest" and The Outsider

16 October 2014

F - short stories, class one

FREE WRITE: Clara's bedroom

Students began writing their short stories. I asked them to keep in mind four rules:
1. Do not start with weather.
2. Do not use any other word but "said" to introduce or explain dialogue.
3. Do not kill off your main character.
4. Do not end your short story with "but it was all a dream" (or anything remotely similar to that).

E - ...when you changed your learning environments.

Students read their independent novels.

Students formed new groups and worked their way through a close reading of "The Firing Squad."

NEXT CLASS: my observations on your close reading, finishing the McDougall's short story

H - The one with the earthquake drill.

Students worked on the "Think" and "Dig Deeper" sections of my e-lesson on Camus. (Please see the link to the left.)

I was only able to meet with a few students regarding the anecdotal reports, but I did learn from you that the current report card comments are confusing.

NEXT CLASS: "The Guest" and The Outsider

ENTRANCE SLIP: What do you want to get out of English 12? What anecdotal comment would you give yourself this October? (Please post your responses below BEFORE you come to class next day.)


15 October 2014

A - The one with all your "benign indifferences."

We discussed Part 2 of The Outsider.  I asked students to consider Meurseult's final comment at the end of the novel.

PRACTISE: notes on "The Guest"

NEXT CLASS: Flipped Lesson on Camus - Questions & "Dig Deeper"

EXIT SLIP: What is your final impression of Meurseult?