Friday, January 22nd

English 421:

  • Final assessment essays are due by midnight the night before your presentations. Block A – January 25th, Block B – January 26th.
  • Essays MUST be submitted via Turn It In.
  • Class id and passwords:
  • Block A – id: 10838685 password: Englishrocks
  • Block B – id: 10838687 password: Englishrocks
  • Presentation time slots are posted on a document on the English 421 page

English 431:

  • Final projects are due to be presented on Thursday, January 28th.  The schedule of presentations and conference times can be found on the English 431 page.

Tuesday, January 19th

English 421:

  • Students should be well underway in their final assessment projects.  Details, helpful documents and student paper samples can be found on the English 421 page.
  • We are having graded socratic seminars tomorrow, using your independent reading as topics.  Come to class prepared with 3 open-ended discussion questions.
  • Today students were responsible for having their revised thesis statements and evidence from 3 texts prepared for their final assessments.  We will be having another independent work day on Thursday – if you haven’t completed check points up to now, this will be your last opportunity to get credit for that work.
  • Final assessment essays are due submitted to by midnight the night before the presentations – Block A Monday, January 25th, Block B Tuesday January 26th.  Students have scheduled times to present their creative projects – Block A Tuesday, January 26th, Block B Wednesday, January 27th.

English 431:

  • Students completed their Shattered quiz and are now working on completing their final projects.  The details of the final project can be found on the English 431 page.  Final projects are due during our exam block- Thursday, January 28th.  Students have scheduled times during this block to come in and complete a one-on-one conference with the teacher where they will present their final project.

Monday, January 11th

English 421:

  • Students shared their persuasive rants today.  We have a few more set to present tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow students will receive the information packet for the final assessment, which will be due during the exam blocks – Block A – Tuesday, January 26th, and Block B – Wednesday, January 27th.  Details to follow.
  • We will be having a practice socratic seminar this week on a piece from the Sightlines 10 textbook, then a graded one next week on themes and topics from your independent reading novels.

English 431:

  • We are almost finished of the class novel, Shattered.  Students are responsible for completing all response questions on the English 431 page, as well as the Rwandan genocide research poster activity.
  • Next week, Rev. Jon Hamilton will be coming in to do a presentation to our class – he is a war veteran and likes connecting with and inspiring students.

Wednesday, January 6th

Good morning students.  My littlest guy hurt his ear last night and was up early this morning, so I’m staying home to monitor him and probably make a trip to see the doctor.  That being said, I want to continue along from yesterday, so here are your instructions for today:

English 421 students:

  • Using Chromebooks (block A class has individual access, while block b will have to work in small groups with laptops borrowed from overflow from Mr. Field), access the Research Methods slideshow under the English 421 tab and read through the information.  This will be review for some, but new for others.  Try to grasp the concept of in-text citations and a works cited list.  Record any questions you have for tomorrow – we will do more practice then.
  • After reading through the information, apply it to gathering information from a MacLean’s article on Rick Mercer: Why I Rant.  And Why You Should Too.  This article can also be found under the English 421 tab, or there are also copies on the front table in the classroom – if you choose to use a printed copy, please leave them behind when you are finished.
  • Directions for the article-(1) read it (2) summarize one paragraph of it (a summary is your own words, and much briefer than the original section – about 1/3 the length) (3) paraphrase a small section (a paraphrase is basically the same length as the original, but in your own words, (4) quote one section (exact wording, in quotation marks) , (5) create the Works Cited listing for the article (you will need to use an online source –OWL at Purdue Writing Lab that shows you how to create the citation, or Citation Machine that through a step-by-step process creates the citation for you when you enter the correct information).  This is all practice.  Don’t stress.  Have this information ready to give to Mrs. C tomorrow.
  • If you have any time left, use to it work on your own rant and research, or search out sample rants.  You can also view the ones posted under the English 421 tab.
  • REMINDER: Your persuasive rant assignment is due to be presented on Monday, January 11th.  We will also have another practice socratic seminar on Friday.

English 431 students:

  • In yesterday’s reading, Mrs. Watkins, Ian’s civics teacher, used Stalin’s quote with her class – “One death is a tragedy.  A million, a statistic.”  She then used a local example that demonstrated her point – that when a local girl was killed, even though students didn’t personally know her, some left gifts at a memorial for her, or wrote nice messages to her family as random acts of kindness because they knew of her story and could put a face to the tragedy.  In comparison, when millions are murdered in genocides around the world, we don’t react as personally because we don’t put faces to those deaths and feel disconnected.  View the Random Acts of Kindness links together as a class.  They can be found under the English 431 tab.  Have a bit of a discussion, or write  personal response to these questions: How do random acts of kindness affect us as a society?  Do we depend on them to maintain hope and compassion?  Have you witnessed or experienced any?  What do these kinds of acts show about humanity?
  • Mr. Lackie will read aloud chapter 13 today.
  • You may have a 7 minute break partway through class, if you have been respectful and have worked consistently well (Mr. Lackie will decide whether you have)
  • Use the remaining time to work on your Rwandan Genocide poster assignment – found under the English 431 tab, and any other outstanding work.  Chromebooks are booked for your use.  This poster is due on Friday, but this will be our last class with the chromebooks this week.

Monday, January 4th

Welcome back for 2016!  There are only 3 weeks of classes left before end of semester exams & projects.  Let’s keep up the momentum until the end.

English 421:

  • Introduction to persuasive rant assignment, due Monday, January 11th.  See details on the English 421 page.
  • Practice socratic seminars today on two of Rick Mercer’s rants.  They did not yield as meaningful conversation as I had hoped, but students are getting more comfortable with the process.  We will practice again Friday before we have a graded one next week.

English 431:

  • Students were expected to read to the end of chapter 11 in our novel Shattered, and write a short entry on what happens between Sarge and Ian in this chapter and a trait revealed about each of their personalities.
  • They spent time working on their Rwandan genocide posters – see details on the English 431 page.

Winter Break

I wanted to wish all my students and their families happy holidays!  Enjoy time together, rest up, relax, and reflect on your growth this past year.  I wish everyone a safe and happy break, and will be looking forward to seeing all my students again in the new year.

What could you be working on over the holidays?

  • preparing for socratic seminar discussions
  • reading independently, noting important passages that help establish theme
  • developing theme statements for texts

Friday, December 18th

English 421:

  • Today we say good-bye to our pre-service teacher from UPEI, Ms. Gullander.  It has been a wonderful experience having her in our class, and we wish her all the best in her teaching.
  • Today also draws a close to our introduction to drama.  We are beginning some introduction to socratic seminars, and will continue such activities upon return from the break.  See socratic seminar information sheets on the English 421 site.
  • Over the break, students will be expected to continue their independent novel reading.  On Monday there will be some expectations set for preparing socratic seminar notes for after the break.

English 431

  • Today we continue reading and discussion of the novel Shattered.  Students will be participating in a whole-class socratic seminar on the novel.

Monday, December 14th

English 421:

  • Students engaged in more activities surrounding Shakespearean language and then had some time to work with their groups on their adaptation of a script assignment.
  • The Script Adaptation performances will be on Thursday.  If you are submitting a filmed version, it needs to be submitted by Wednesday.
  • Students should maintain their independent reading at home and be starting to think about major themes and topics in their novels.  We will use this information in preparation for Socratic seminars next week.
  • The following link will be used to familiarize students with Socratic seminars:  Sample Classroom Socratic Seminar

English 431:

  • Today we will finish up the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and also finish up the remaining seminar.

Thursday, December 10th

It’s check in time for my classes:

English 421:

  • Students should have submitted their film critique assignment for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape on Monday.  Some have submitted late, and need to be more diligent at due dates.
  • Ms. Gullander has been working with the students this week on continuing to look at drama.  Students are working in teams on an adaptation assignment – they have been asked to adapt one of 3 texts into a short 5 minute skit or set of tableaus that will be performed next Thursday in the lecture theatre.  Submissions for this are due next Wednesday.  Students can choose to either perform their skit live, or tape it for viewing.  This will be assessed as representation and speaking outcomes.
  • Students should be continuing to read their independent novels at home, with some time given in class.  About 20 minutes per day is suggested.

English 431:

  • We have read together up to the end of chapter 5 of our class novel, Shattered.  Students were responsible for response questions for chapters 1 & 2 and a character sketch PPE paragraph of the main character Ian after chapter 3.  We used chapters 4 & 5 to fuel class discussion around conflict.
  • This week, we have been focusing on conflict through some workshopping activities.  We viewed the spoken word poem on bullying entitled To This Day by Shane Koyczan.  It can be viewed here:  To This Day – spoken word p oem
  • Today we are beginning to view the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete while also conducting small group seminars for speaking & listening outcomes.