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.

Tuesday, December 1st

English 421:

  • Students worked on more introductory activities to Shakespeare.
  • REMINDER: For tomorrow, you need to have polled 3 people on their thoughts on Shakespeare – be prepared to share results with the class.
  • REMINDER: Film Critique assignment due Monday, December 7th.

English 431:

  • Today we worked on PPE format, writing a paragraph on first impressions of Ian from Shattered.

Monday, November 30th

English 421:

  • Students had a brief to Shakespeare today.
  • They had time to work on their film critique assignment for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? The assignment details can be found on the English 421 page.

English 431:

  • We continued with our study of Shattered.  We read through chapter 3, and students began writing a PPE paragraph describing the main character, Ian.

 

Friday, November 27th

English 421:

  • We screened film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape this week, and discussed some of the themes and issues in it.  Students should now be working on a critique/analysis of the film due next  Thursday.
  • Today students watched a short animated film called Destiny, that was used as an example for critique, focusing on theme and the elements in the film that contribute to the overriding theme.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEKLEeY_WeQ

English 431:

  • We have read and discussed Chapters 1 & 2 of Shattered

Tuesday, November 24th

English 421:

  • Students should still be reading independently during their spare time – the equivalent of 20 minutes daily.
  • In class, pre-service teacher Ms. Louise Gullander has been moving the students through some introduction to drama.  Over the next couple of days their are screening the film What is Eating Gilbert Grape, and will be working on a written critique/analysis of it for next week.

English 431:

  • We began a class novel study for the novel Shattered by Eric Walters.  So far, students should have completed the anticipation guide and probable passage activities – on the English 431 page, and a paragraph response for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness – What comment does the movie make about what it means to be human?