Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

Posted: June 8, 2016


Here are the essay questions for the exam.  Feel free to email me with any questions, as we've had a few busy days with the year-end show.  If you would like to sign out an Antigone book, just let me know.  The exam will have full rubrics; if you'd like them, too, just send me a message.


Also, PLEASE complete the survey that is in the last post.  I am very interested in your input, as I highly respect your ideas.  I can only improve as a teacher if you let me know what you are thinking!

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Posted: June 6, 2016

English Exit Survey

Posted: May 23, 2016

Hi all!   In case you've forgotten/lost the paper copy of our rubric for the research paper, I've posted it below.  Also, I've received a great question a couple of times this weekend, so I'll let you all in on it, as more of you may be wondering the same thing:  "How do I cite the fact that I found the article on EBSCO or Google Scholar?"  Great question - the answer is that you don't have to indicate anywhere how you found the article, just cite it as usual according to the MLA or APA guidelines.  EBSCO and Google Scholar are really just search engines like Google; the advantage is that very smart people have filtered through all the info out there, and can state that these articles are definitely worth your time.

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Posted: May 22, 2016

Just a reminder that the research essay (MLA or APA format) is due in class on Tuesday.  Send an email if you come across anything you aren't sure of:


Have a great weekend!

Posted: May 10, 2016

We are at the mid-point of the Research Essay, which is due May 24th.  Today, we went over some guidelines regarding longer quotations, transitions, thesis statements, introductions for quotations, and anything else that came up.  Your research should be almost completed; you should be organizing and beginning your drafts.  I will post the PowerPoint of the hints we went over, as well as the drafts of my essays (they are each about three pages  thus far - and I can already see some serious revisions that need to be made!) for reference.  I've also linked the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, which is an exhaustive resource for either APA or MLA format.

Posted: May 10, 2016

MLA Guidelines Online Writing Lab at Purdue University

This will answer any questions you have regarding MLA format

Posted: May 10, 2016

APA Guidelines at the Online Writing Lab of Purdue University

This answers any question you might have about APA format

Posted: March 17, 2016

Due to the loss of class time due to course selections, the due date for the Antigone essay has been extended to Thursday, March 25th.

Posted: March 15, 2016

All research essays should now be in, as they were due before March Break, and presentations should be ready to go.  As we are now at the point where people will be presenting during class, those of you who have not yet completed your presentation will need to do so on your own time.  We may find a few minutes here and there, but we will be doing presentations for the rest of the week, and will not be in the computer lab.

Posted: March 15, 2016

We are currently working on an essay to tie up the play Antigone.  On the Friday before March Break, we brainstormed some broad topics from which you can refine your own thesis; as well, we developed the rubric together based on the standards document for a literary essay.  Both the assignment and the rubric are posted below.  The essay is due Monday, March 21st.

As well, we are planning a book Talk for the first week of April; we  received a handout of the five big questions to highlight in that book talk.  Don't forget, for Grade 11 you need to back up your ideas with precise information from the book, so you may want to take notes.  The handout is available in class - I don't have a digital copy.