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 September 2014

H - The one that was shortened.

Today's class was only 30 minutes because of your parish priests came to visit.

Students who will be in Ashland next week presented their Pecha Kucha.

DISTRIBUTED: Echoes 12

READ: The Outsider, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (from Echoes 12), "The Destructors" (extra copies are available on the desk in room 204)

NEXT CLASS: Moodle and Mahara with Mr. Vernier - please go to room 102

F - moving forward with the autobiography

FREE WRITE: colourless green ideas sleep furiously

Students used the period to begin work on their autobiographies.

E - ...when we tackled flashback and dilemma.

The internet was down today, so we used the checklist to discuss "Gentlemen, Your Verdict."

Students wrote a paragraph about who is on trial and argued whether or not he/they is/are guilty.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing "Proclamation of the Canadian Constitution, 1982," more practise with the checklist - I will model a close reading of a short story

READ: "The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice" (you'll have to google it!)

ENTRANCE SLIP: Why would I ask you to read Trudeau's speech about the Canadian Constitution in an ENGLISH class? (Please post your reply below BEFORE coming to class next day!)

15 September 2014

D - The class you impressed me with all sorts of plans for learning.

We got through quite a few pecha kucha presentations today.  They were all very thoughtful - I gave some general comments, but if you'd like more specific feedback, please feel free to see me!

DISTRIBUTED: Echoes 12

READ:  "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (in Echoes 11), and "The Destructors" (extra copies are available under the paper weight on the desk in room 204)

NEXT CLASS: Pecha Kucha continued, "Prufrock"


C - ...when we spoke briefly about Canadian identity.

Students read their independent novels.

Students finished their comments on the padlet
We spoke briefly about "Gentlemen, Your Verdict."

PRACTISE:  Write a one paragraph composition outlining who is on trial and arguing his/their guilt.

READ: "The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice" - you probably have to google this

NEXT CLASS: diction, syntax, rhetoric, paragraph writing, short story checklist continued

A - The one with the presentations on self as learner.

We got through quite a few pecha kucha presentations today.  They were all very thoughtful - I gave some general comments, but if you'd like more specific feedback, please feel free to see me!

DISTRIBUTED: Echoes 12

READ:  "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (in Echoes 11), and "The Destructors" (extra copies are available under the paper weight on the desk in room 204)

NEXT CLASS: Pecha Kucha continued, "Prufrock"

12 September 2014

F - limited autobiography, mahara continued

FREE WRITE:  I remember...

Students used the period to finish their limited autobiographies via Moodle.

NEXT CLASS: Autobiographies