Thursday, April 24

Hello everyone,

I have been slack this week to keep up with posts!  My apologies – I have been busy with other tasks.

English 421:

  • This week so far we have reach chapters 3, 4 & 5 from Lord of the Flies.  Tonight students are responsible for reading up to the end of chapter 6.
  • We have completed many in-class activities and discussions around the novel, including creating a title for the novel made up of symbolic images, beginning to sketch some details of the main characters, and responding to questions on the issues of fear & problems with humanity raised in the novel.

Literacy:

  • Students should have completed the Book of Awesome entry and booklet activities.
  • We have completed a few notebook entries.
  • We began a new writing unit, the Personal Playlist assignment, that will incorporate many skills: research and incorporating quotations, developing responses in PPE method (point, proof, explanation), and also some personal narrative writing.  We started with an introductory listening activity today.

Wednesday, April 16th

English 421:

  • Students had an opportunity to do some revising and editing of their character descriptive paragraph – this is due tomorrow.
  • We began discussing Lord of the Flies, and continued reading.  Complete reading chapter 2 for homework.

Literacy:

  • Silent reading.
  • Students continued working on their Book of Awesome entries and revising and editing activities in the booklets.  The entry is due tomorrow.

Monday, April 14th

Today we had shortened classes, as we had an assembly to celebrate Clara Hughes, as part of Bell Canada’s Clara’s Big Ride event to end the stigma of mental health issues.

English 421:

  • An introduction to the novel Lord of the Flies.  The slideshow can be found on the English 421 page.  We will be starting to read this tomorrow, so students were asked to go pick up their copy of the novel from the library.
  • A brief team activity: Surviving on a deserted island – to get students thinking about the setting and plot of the novel.
  • Reminder: the character descriptive paragraph assignment is due on Thursday, but we will be revising and editing rough drafts on Wednesday.

Literacy:

  • Silent reading.
  • Notebook activity: Recording descriptive words and phrases from a Book of Awesome entry, recognizing how richly detailed it is.
  • Writing: continuing working on the draft Book of Awesome entry.

Thursday, April 10

English 421:

  • Students completed a listening activity from the interview with Clara Hughes on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, to assess their listening skills, and to prepare for Clara’s visit to our school on Monday, as part of her “Big Ride” event with Bell Canada.
  • Students also had an opportunity to do some self and peer assessment of their personal narrative piece of writing, which is due tomorrow.
  • We spent the remaining time in class looking at how to begin forming a thesis statement to begin a character descriptive paragraph, in preparation for that assignment due next Thursday.

Literacy:

  • Students worked on their Book of Awesome entry.
  • Notebooks are due tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 9

English 421:

  • Students read the short story “Mirror Image” on a handout, and responded to the following questions:
  1. Why does Alice feel “surprised” when she looks in the mirror?
  1. When does this story take place? What are your reasons for thinking so?
  2. How does the writer reveal Alice’s situation to the reader? (think writing method)
  1. Why does Jenny no longer allow Alice to read her diary entries? Do you agree with her reasoning?
  2. Explain how you would react to Alice’s situation if you were the following person. Make sure to include your reaction to the situation along with a reason why.
  • Jenny
  • Alice’s mom
  • Mrs. Jarred
  • Alice
  1. Which character(s) struggle with identity in this story? Explain your reasoning.
  1. What connections can you make to the story? Create a list.
  1. Write a theme statement for the story, and defend it with proof from the story.
  • Reminder: a rough draft of the personal narrative is due tomorrow for revision and editing, with a polished final copy due Friday.

Literacy:

  • Silent reading.
  • Notebook entry of your choice.
  • Students worked on the rough draft of their Book of Awesome entry.

Tuesday, April 8th

English 421:

  • Students were given some opportunity to brainstorm and share some possible writing ideas for their personal narrative – due Friday.  They sketched a picture of one idea, and had a classmate try to tell its story.
  • We then read the short story “A Secret Lost in the Water” from Sightlines 10, page 104, focusing on how all the details in the story connected to the one major significant moment in the main character’s life, creating a theme statement for it, and looking at the topic of writing and how the title connected to it.

Literacy:

  • Students took turns doing a reading aloud assessment with Mrs. C.
  • Reading: samples from The Book of Awesome.
  • Notebook: recording the grabbing/first line from 2-3 entries and describing how the writer grabbed the reader’s attention in each (using a quote, asking a question, beginning a story, a shocking statistic, etc.)
  • Writing: students continued working on their Book of Awesome entry first draft.

Monday, April 7th

English 421:

  •  We finished watching the poetry slideshows today, and then spent a little time discussing the upcoming assignments – personal narrative – due Friday, and the character descriptive paragraph, due next Thursday.

Literacy:

  • Reading of a Book of Awesome entry, followed by a notebook to respond to the writer’s voice/tone/attitude in the piece, with proof and support.
  • Reminders: the descriptive paragraph, 6 + 1 traits pamphlet, and independent reading rubric are all now overdue.