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.)

16 April 2015

E - ...when you had plenty of time to write.

We chatted briefly about e.e. cummings's "next to of course god."

Learners worked together to piece together the cut-up lines of a sonnet.  They discussed it and began work on a group essay appreciation of the poem.

READ: "My Last Duchess" and "Dover Beach" (from Echoes 11)

NEXT CLASS: Time for the essay - bring your devices!!!

H - The one with Karen's computer mishap.

Learners wrote a timed essay on Of Mice and Men.

NEXT CLASS:  Poetry!

ENTRANCE SLIP: Post your reflections of your performance on the timed essay. (Did you finish? What was problematic? Are you worried about writing for the provincial exam?)

F - final projects, class sixteen

Writers continued to work on their final projects.

I was able to chat with Calvin and Delwin about their progress.

NEXT CLASS: Conversations with Nick!

15 April 2015

A - The one with rains push-a-ing and the he-said-she-said thing.

We spoke briefly about considering BOTH sound and image when reading poetry for meaning.

We went over "The Shell" and looked at the sample explication essay.

Learners also worked in teams to play Poetry Jeopardy - hopefully, you realized you have to be much more clear and concise with expressing your knowledge.

NEXT CLASS:  Catch up class!

D - The class about sounds and images (the e.e. cummings poem!).

We spoke briefly about considering BOTH sound and image when reading poetry for meaning.

We went over "The Shell" and looked at the sample explication essay.

Learners also worked in teams to play Poetry Jeopardy - hopefully, you realized you have to be much more clear and concise with expressing your knowledge.

NEXT CLASS:  Catch up class!

C - ...when you did TWO canon poems in one period!

We discussed "My Last Duchess" and "Dover Beach."  (Bravo, everyone!)

READ:  "Digging" and "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (from Echoes 11)

NEXT CLASS:  Timed, in class essay explication

14 April 2015

H - The one about promis'd joy.

We reviewed last day's work on setting, plot, character in Of Mice and Men.

Learners discussed theme, symbol, irony.

READ:  "The Shell"

NEXT CLASS:  In class timed essay - open notes