Mrs. MacDonald Notes

English 9 and English 11


Posted: October 11, 2017

Hi all, on Tuesday of this week, we co-created the rubric for the upcoming writing assignhment that will tie up the unit on serial killers.  The final version of the rubric is posted below.

With several people out this week for OP and Soccer tournaments, we are most likely looking at a due date of next Tuesday or Wednesday - we will touch base regarding final due date once everyone is back on Monday.


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Posted: September 29, 2017

The Friendly Letter Assignment will be due by Friday, September 29th.  Remember to hand in the Brainstorming, Draft, make sure there are at least 10 reveisions on your draft, and the final copy.  Check over the checklist before you hand it in; that tells you exactly how to make 100%!  I've attached the checklist below in case you have misplaced it.

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Posted: September 13, 2017

Tuesday, we started off our unit on analyzing how serial killers are portrayed in the media, by considering Stephen King's essay called " Why we Crave Horror Movies."  If you missed it, I have posted it below; give it a read, and narrow it down to what you think is the most important passage.

Wednesday, we discussed the article of the week by highlighting the pros and cons of reading opinion pieces.  Then, we started developing a definition of "serial killer."   To start, we all wrote a short paragraph of what our perceptions of a serial killer are.  Next we analyzed an infographic (link is below), and viewed a TED Talk by a neuroscientist who studies the brains of serial killers.  During these, students took notes with the intention of refining their definitions.  

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Posted: June 4, 2017

We would love to see how we served you this year.  Please take 5 minutes or so and fill out the survey which is linked below.  Thanks!

We are winding down our book studies, and aiming for a due date of this Friday, June 2nd.  If you have a very lengthy book, or switched books, and could use the weekend to complete the study, please see Mrs. Macdonald for an extension. 

Posted: May 31, 2017

We have had a little change in plans for the presentation of our multi-genre projects.  Because some people will be out conducting workshops on Thursday, and some attending a play on Friday, we will postpone the due-date to Monday, June 5th - Have all projects ready to roll for that day, please!  It will be much better to have everyone in attendance for two days straight, so we can all enjoy ythe amazing creations together.

Posted: May 17, 2017

While the original due date was today, we used today as a surprise editing day.  We went through the rubric item by item, showing on my model essay what we should be looking for.  People asked some great questions, and are well on their way to excellent essays - tweaked/edited/revised essays (now all worth 100%, finger crossed!) are due Friday, May 19th.

Posted: January 17, 2017

As promised, here is one of the exam questions:


The reason we read or view new things is to learn; we learn how and why the world works as it does.  In order for us to learn to become better as humans, though, what works best, fiction or non-fiction?  Your answer to this question should be a clear thesis, then support your thesis using details from any reading or viewing completed this term.


Since we've missed several research days because of weather, the deadline for the research essay has been extended by one day to Friday, December 23rd.  While I may not see Period 6 on that day since it is 1/2 day, you can always email the essay to:

Don't forget the "2; " the other Jean MacDonald doesn't forward them anymore, and I will never know you sent it! 

Posted: December 12, 2016

Hi Everyone - it looks like we are losing another day out of our Mental Health Research unit.  To keep the ball rolling, why not check out this news release from the WHO regarding the importance of investing early in treatment of mental health issues.  Just make notes as we have been!

Posted: December 5, 2016

Today, we began the first leg of a research unit on the topic of mental health.  The culminating assignment will be our first research essay; it should be at least 3-5 pages long, and is due Thursday, December 22nd.  As we work towards that assignment, we will practice making notes from videos, articles, and documentaries.  Our first session involved a TED talk by Andrew Solomon - I will post the link here.  Today, we also reviewed the rubric for the essay, which I will also post below.

Posted: October 18, 2016

We are still working on developing skits for the Remembrance Day show; thanks for the visit today, Debb McDonnell! She shared a very interesting story about the Daley brothers, as well as some family artifacts from WWII.  The Article of the week is below; we'll discuss it Thursday.

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Posted: October 18, 2016

Please find below the Article of the Week for this week; we will discuss it in class on Wednesday.  Also, if you have not passed in the "theme" paragraph on the song you chose, have those ready for tomorrow, as well.

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Posted: October 4, 2016

Friendly or Business Letters are due by Wednesday - if you are not quite finished, let me know, and you can come to my Study Block to finish up. Remember to hand in planning sheet, draft with revisions, and final copy - either typed OR hand printed.

Article of the Week is posted below; you are doing so well on these with very detailed comments, and lots of them!


Posted: October 4, 2016

For tomorrow, please have two things ready: the Article of the Week on "Rest Cure" vs. "West Cure," which is posted below, as well as a short write-up on the very-mini-multi-media unit.  We ended up with the time for only the documentary and TED talk.  Could you write a tw-paragraph write-up in which you highlight 5 things you learned about the brain, as well as which genre worked better for you.  Please explain why that genre struck you better.

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