Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

English 11 Period 6

Posted: September 13, 2017

English 11 period 6

Posted: September 13, 2017

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

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Posted: June 4, 2017

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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. 

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.

We are halfway through the time alotted for our book study; therefore, students should be aiming to be at least halfway through their books, and halfway through their novel study packets by the end of this week.

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.