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.)

27 March 2015

F - final projects, class eleven

Writers continued work on their final projects.

E - ...when we broke things down with the poetic narrative.

Learners continued to work on and ask questions on Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott."

NEXT CLASS: Forming thoughts about Tennyson's meaning.

BRING: Echoes 11

H - The one with the great talks that didn't quite match the slides.

Ethan, Pauline, and Carlo presented their Ignite Talks.

We spoke briefly about the limitations of the slides that I chose and the process of actually scripting a presentation.  I suggested that learners consider the different ways of representing the new scripts that they received... and that they should keep in mind the intentions of the authors.

Learners used the rest of the period to work on various on going projects.

I was going to do an introduction to Of Mice and Men, but completely forgot!

READ:  Of Mice and Men


  • Genius Afternoon work
  • Covering the new script from "Politics, Revenge, Community"
NEXT CLASS: Finishing Ignite

26 March 2015

C - ...when you felt exhausted asking all those questions.

We evaluated the Spring Break Selfies at #ignacioenglishreads and learners offered some final thoughts on Birney's poem, "January Morning / Downtown Vancouver."

I played Lorna Mackennitt's version of "The Lady of Shalott".  We read through Tennyson's poem and learners tried to find meaning by only asking questions.  We went through five rounds!

PRACTISE:  Paraphrase and summarize Tennyson's poem stanza by stanza.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing "The Lady of Shalott"

A - The one with the walk-out.

Today was supposed to be a presentation day.  NO ONE was ready, so I walked out. (Thank you, Nicole for your email.)

VIEW:  The 4 a.m. Mystery a TED Talk

READ: Of Mice and Men

PRACTISE: Make a list of the language arts skills that Rives uses in his presentation.

NEXT CLASS:  Please be ready to present - you must have your own computer, slides must be timed, your speech MUST be memorized.

D - The class with Michael's MEMORIZED presentation & Chantal's poetry.

Learners presented their IGNITE work on Politics, Revenge, and Community.  I asked the groups who presented to give away the script to their talks...

VIEW: The 4 a.m. Mystery

  • Use the script of someone else's talk to re-launch it with more appropriate slides or images and/or sounds and video clips. (In other words, be a "cover band"!)
  • Make a list of the language arts skills that Rives uses in his TED Talk.
READ:  Of Mice and Men

NEXT CLASS:  Finishing the presentations - sorry, it's not going to be a Genius Afternoon.

25 March 2015

F - final projects, class ten

Writers continued working on their final projects.

A few people showed me some drafts...