March Update

6 Apr

English 8:  The 8s have begun a new novel — Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always. This is a great book for 8s — just enough spookiness and mystery to keep everyone reading. The vocabulary and writing are good for 8s, too — lots of similes and metaphors in the descriptions.

My 12s are about half-way through Paper Towns and wondering who Margo Roth Spiegelman really is.

English 10s are finishing up The Giver by watching the movie and writing a persuasive essay. The movie is an excellent adaptation of the novel, and one that author Lois Lowry speaks highly of, which is always a good sign. Up next:  Romeo and Juliet!

February update on courses

11 Feb

We’re more than halfway through the school year — hard to believe it’s already February.

Here’s an update on what the classes are doing:

English 8: Norse Mythology

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We are reading about the different characters and their adventures from Viking myths such as Thor, Loki, Odin, Freya, and the Valkyries. The midyear exam last month focused on grammar and writing a three-paragraph essay (or the very least, a long paragraph with an intro-body section-and conclusion).

English 10: The Giver

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We finished Divergent, wrote the midyear exam (which was essentially a practice provincial exam), and the jumped right back into dystopian worlds by starting The Giver by Lois Lowry. There will be more in-class writing assignments with this novel unit, compared to Divergent, in order to practice finish essays within a time limit. I was planning to read The Giver with my grade 9s last year, but we ran out of time, so we’re squeezing it into Grade 10.

English 12: Paper Towns and allusions projects

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Students will be doing presentations of common allusions in literature to practice oral presentation skills. We’re also starting a new novel called Paper Towns by John Green. Lots of giggles and snickers when I read aloud the first two chapters. It should be fun.

The brochure for Film Studies 11

4 Feb

 

Here it is — details on a new elective for next year:

Film Studies 11 Brochure

Gatsby Final Project

8 Oct

Today was a reading and log day, but near the end of the class, I assigned a Gatsby Connections Assignment, due on Monday Oct. 19th.

I also handed back your movie notes. You’ll definitely find some related ideas in your sections on theme and questions.

English 10 (2-4) Questions to begin in class. Ch 6-10

6 Oct

I’ll give time in class, but please finish for homework if you get behind.

Ch 6

  1. What is the difference between being brave and being reckless?
  2. Why is the word “stiff” slang for people belonging to Abnegation?
  3. How does a new name remake a person?

Ch. 7

  1. Do you think it’s fair to evaluate the Dauntless-born and the transfers using the same criteria?
  2. What happens to Dauntless initiates who do not rank in the top 10?

Ch. 8

  1. How does Dauntless define cowardice?
  2. How does Dauntless eradicate cowardice?
  3. What does Tris’ new tattoo mean?

Ch 9 & 10

  1. Why do you think Dauntless has girl/boy fights?

English 10 Questions to begin in class Ch. 6-10 (1-4)

5 Oct

I’ll give time in class, but please finish for homework if you get behind.

Ch 6

  1. What is the difference between being brave and being reckless?
  2. Why is the word “stiff” slang for people belonging to Abnegation?
  3. How does a new name remake a person?

Ch. 7

  1. Do you think it’s fair to evaluate the Dauntless-born and the transfers using the same criteria?
  2. What happens to Dauntless initiates who do not rank in the top 10?

Ch. 8

  1. How does Dauntless define cowardice?
  2. How does Dauntless eradicate cowardice?
  3. What does Tris’ new tattoo mean?

Ch 9 & 10

  1. Why do you think Dauntless has girl/boy fights?

English 10 Vocab List for Ch. 6-10

5 Oct

Chapter 6-10 Vocabulary Words to Know  

Quiz Date:   2-4 Tues. Oct. 13  /   1-4 Wed. Oct 14 

  1. dissipate
  2. scandalous
  3. hysterical
  4. descending
  5. conspicuously
  6. chasm
  7. extravagance
  8. eradicate
  9. intimidate
  10. allocate
  11. reprieve
  12. exploit
  13. writhe
  14. peripheral
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