Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

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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Posted: October 4, 2016

We are currently working on a personal essay on change.  You can choose from one of 4 topics, listed on the assignment posted below.  We are working towards finishing this by Wednesday or Monday.  The rubric is also posted below - for either the appropriate or strong, the value is 40 marks; you should have at least 3 paragraphs.  Use the guiding questions with each topic to help you organize.

 

Also, the Article of the Week is posted below; please remember to write lots of notes in the margins that show what you were thinking at the time.

Posted: October 2, 2016

English 111 Multi-Media Mini-Unit

Posted: October 2, 2016

English 111 Multi-Media Mini-Unit

TED talk by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Posted: October 2, 2016

Since some of you were out camping last week and missed our intro to the Mental Health unit, I will post a few things.  As an intro to what we know now about the brain, we are working through a multi-media mini-unit on the teenage brain.  Your task is to practice making notes while viewing three different types of media.  We started with the documentary Surviving the Teenage Brain from the science program The Nature of Things.  As you watch this, simply make notes on the main ideas on the multi-media note-making sheet posted below (or just a piece of looseleaf is fine if you can't print).  Next, we watched a TED talk containing mostly the same information and terms, but in a very different way. The link is posted below - it is called " The Mysterious workings of the Teenage Brain" by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.  monday, we'll finish off with a look at an infographic.

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Posted: September 26, 2016

A reminder that the first reflection of the year is due Tuesday, September 27th.  Basic guidelines are that it must be one page typed, 12 pt. font; from there, you are free to talk  about anything that is loosely linked to topics we discussed in class.  Take some risks with your writing voice, while making sure your grammar is as good as you can get it.

 

Also, you have a shorter Article of the Week this week.  It is posted below, and is due Wednesday.

Monday, we will begin brainstorming for the Remembrance Day show.

 

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Posted: September 26, 2016

In class this week, we are working on writing a letter; either a friendly letter, or a business letter.  Today, we worked through the brainstorming and planning stages (they should have an outline complete by now, and will work towards the draft stage, revising and editing stages, and the final copy over the next couple of days.

Students also received an Article of the Week today.  It is posted below, and is due Wednesday.  Remember to show eveidence of your thought process by writing notes along the margins - this is over 1/2 the mark!

 

Posted: September 13, 2016

Great discussions over the past couple of days!  Don't forget the Article of the Week due tomorrow.  It is posted below.

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Posted: September 13, 2016

Don't forget about the Article of the Week due tomorrow.  Remember, as the thoughts and questions pop into your head, just jot them down right on the page to show the connections you are making with the text.  The articles are posted below:

 

Also, today we talked through the 6 levels of Bloom's levels of thinking.  As we went through each level, we did a practice question.  The questions are included below, in case you didn't catch them all:

1) (Remembering)    Explain the situation faced by Raymond at Canadian Tire.

2) (Understanding)  Describe in detail why the clerk did not allow Raymond to use his credit card.

3) (Applying)  Identify the most important events of the story, then plug them into a flow chart

4) (Analysing) This story is a true story in First person Point of view, written by someone other than Raymond, the main character.  Why would an author writing someone else's story use First person instead of third person point of view?

5) ( Evaluating)  Is Raymond a "hero"?

6) (Creating) Write the script of Christmas morning at Raymond's house    OR  Write a poem that shows how you feel as a result of reading this story  OR create a PSA poster showing literacy programs in the area.

 

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Posted: June 10, 2016

 The essay questions for the 112 exam are posted below; get your thinking caps on!

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