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.)

20 October 2016

A - So prepared, so ready.

Learners continued to present their pecha kuchas on identity. I was very impressed with how ready everyone was...

NEXT CLASS: Finishing off the presentations

PRACTISE: Flipped Lesson on Camus (please see the link to the left)

COMING UP: Finishing the essay... remember?

19 October 2016

G - Clergy and tradesmen.

Learners continued to present their pilgrims from Chaucer's Prologue.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing off the pilgrim introductions and moving on to the tales!

18 October 2016

A - The one that Donna "winged".

Learners read their independent novels.

We got through about six pecha kucha presentations on "Identity".  I made brief comments and suggestions regarding planning a script (writing the narrative), as well as verbal and non-verbal presentations skills (voice, body language, eye contact, etc.)

NEXT CLASS: More pecha kuchas

COMING UP: Finishing Camus... the essay, people!

17 October 2016

G - The noble class pilgrims.

Learners used the first few minutes of the period to put some final touches on their presentations of Chaucer's pilgrims.

We got through The Knight, The Squire, and The Yeoman.

NEXT CLASS: The Social Class

14 October 2016

A - The rolling the die for the essay thing.

Learners rolled the die to determine which essay prompt to tackle today.

Learners used the entire period to write the essay on Camus's The Outsider via google docs. Please remember to invite me to collaborate at

NEXT CLASS: Pecha Kucha presentations

13 October 2016

G - The OTHER thing about pilgrims.

Learners used the period to continue to read, discuss, and work with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Don't forget to consider:
  • your pilgrim's physical attributes, mannerisms, personality, social class
  • who is the modern day equivalent of your pilgrim
PRACTISE: Create a short presentation on your pilgrim.

NEXT CLASS: Presentations!

12 October 2016

A - The flipped lesson thingamabob.

Learners read their independent novels.

Learners worked on the TedEd Lesson on Camus (please see the link to the left).

Some people finished the lesson and were able to work on their Pecha Kucha for next week.

NEXT CLASS: Timed essay on The Outsider (Please see the link to the left for the essay prompts.)

COMING UP: Pecha Kucha