Wednesday, November 18th

I haven’t posted much to the website lately, as my time has been dedicated to wrapping up some assessments and getting report cards ready to roll out tomorrow.  Also, our pre-service teacher in English 421, Louise Gullander, has begun teaching, so I have let her take the reigns for a bit.  Posts may become more sporadic, but I will post summaries and reminders a few times a week, so keep checking in.

REMINDER: Parent teacher interviews will be held at Colonel Gray tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th from 6:15pm-9:00pm and Friday, November 20th from 9:00am -1:00pm.  I encourage all parents to come and meet with their child’s teachers.  If you are unable to make it to interviews, but want some clarification on report card comments, please email me:

English 421:

  • We have put silent reading time in class on hold to accommodate sharing of student illustrated poems.  (However, students should maintain their reading at home.)  Students have been viewing the poems and providing compliments and suggestions for improvements to their peers.
  • Our pre-service teacher a begun an introductory unit to drama study.  She has been introducing students to terminology, concepts, scrips and some acting games.  The first task for students is to select a film or play to critique.  They must bring their selection to class for Monday, November 23 for approval.

English 431:

  • We have been polishing up the writing assignment for independent novels, and preparing for the upcoming book talk sharing on Thursday.  We have been working on fulfilling speaking outcomes by doing more sharing aloud in class.
  • We are also working on pre-reading activities for the upcoming class novel study – Shattered.  We watched The Pursuit of Happyness, and students are responding to the question: What comment does the movie make about what it means to be human? We are also discussing some of the anticipation guide questions that target some of the major topics we will encounter in the novel.

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