Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

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

Stephen Fry documentary on Manic-Depressive Disorder

We watched this on Dec 5th and 6th; here is the link if you missed it; just practice making notes.

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

Mental Health Research Unit #1 - TED Talk

Andrew Solomon talks about his experiences with Depression.

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!