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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


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


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


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.


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 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

English 10: Faction brochure/poster project

3 Oct

Hi Grade 10s,

Here is a MS Word document with the project details.

You will choose one faction from the novel to feature in your project.

DUE the first class with me after Thanksgiving long weekend.


Eng 10 (2-4)

2 Oct

vocab test today!

homework: please read ch. 6-10 for Monday.

have a great weekend!

Eng 10 (2-4)

30 Sep

Time in class to work on the Faction poster project.

Vocab quiz on Friday!

Schoology Access Codes

29 Sep

Here are the access codes for classes to sign-up on my Schoology page.

English 12 (2-1)  RFG2K-C69M7

English 12 (2-2) Q5CHF-5BV88

English 10 (2-4)  GF5TG-N6RGD

When I start using Schoology to record your grades, I’ll send home the following schoology consent form.

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