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.

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