Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

Posted: September 14, 2015

Here is your first Article of the Week - due tomorrow.   As you read the article, make nots of the thoughts that pop into your head, and write those down in the margins.  Then, answer the questions at the end of the article.  See you tomorrow!
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Posted: September 14, 2015

Today, we received an Article of the Week regarding the refugee crisis in Syria.  We went over a bit of background, so maybe scan the news before you look it over.  In this document, you have three items: an article, a poem, and a photo.  Make in-depth notes as you read all media, then answer the "Food for Thought" questions.  Remember that this is Grade 11 with more advanced outcomes, so your notations need to be a bit more in-depth, showing connections between the text and your experiences, other texts, or other world events.

Posted: September 14, 2015

Today, we completed some silent reading, as well as the Article of the Week posted below.  If you did not passit in today, please bring it tomorrow, as we will discuss it in class first thing!  It is set up as an interview, so only answer the question in the " Food For Thought" section.  Also, this is grade 11, so your comments need to show some connections...
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Posted: May 19, 2015

Independent Novel studies are wrapping up - only two more days of class time to finish up the packets.  remember to read the questions carefully, and fill the spaces with lots of evidence from your book.  Novel Packets are due by Friday May 22, but there will be no more class time past Wednesday to work on them.  Be ready to talk about your books on Thursday and Friday!

Posted: May 19, 2015

We are working through more formal presentations over the next few days; we started last Thursday, but they have lots of depth, and are generating questions and discussion, so they are taking longer than planned - that's OK; great job!  If you have not yet presented, be ready to roll anytime, as they were to be ready by last Thursday.

Posted: May 4, 2015

We have completed the mini-unit on Democracy, so the reflections on that are now due.  This week, we will complete the book talks on the Guiding Books that students have been reading; those will take place on Thursday, and maybe Friday.  For the remainder of the week, students are preparing a more formal presentation on the topic of their choice.  We'll see how the research goes - perhaps we will present by the end of next week.

Posted: May 4, 2015

We are working through the packets for the independent book study.  After a week and 1/2 ( and lots of reading time in class), students  should be at least 1/3 of the way through their book, allowing them to complete pages 1, 4 (top half), and 5 of the book study packets.  They should be working away adding to pages 2,3, and 6 this week. 

Posted: March 16, 2015

Just a reminder that the Multi-genre project was due today. I am getting some by e-mail, and they look great!  Please bring yours in tomorrow, and we will share on Wednesday.  Also, I do not have all of the activity pages from Part II, as well as the onging " "Issues in 1984"  sheet.  These are worth a few marks, and those marks will be on this report card (or not, if I don't get them!) 

Posted: March 9, 2015

We are now in presentation mode - all students should have their research essays handed in ( they were due Wednesday, February 25th), and should be ready to complete their oral presentations tomorrow or Wednesday.  

Posted: March 9, 2015

Students should be finished of the novel 1984.  Today, we shared the duties on considering some of the topics from Part III; the questions are posted below.  Each table was in charge of one of the questions, and class discussion went from there, as students jotted down notes on where they stand on each issue .  If you weren't here today, please have a scan through the questions; you could be in charge of #9 or #10 - we didn't have anyone for those ones, yet! Also, please develop a potential question for a test on Wednesday.  Please use the following guidelines:  Think of the event/theme/topic/author choice that struck you as most important in this novel. Turn this into one high-level thinking question that will allow other students to think about the same thing, as they demonstrate at least one skill from the inferential or evaluative/critical/personal levels of thought.  The Multi-genre project will be due next Monday, March 16th.  We will have some time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to work on this.  
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