Mrs. MacDonald

English 9 and English 11

Posted: February 2, 2015

We have started a new unit that involves learning about research, writing a research essay, and then completing a presentation.  This week, Students are to choose any topic that they can connect with Shakespeare's England, and follow this schedule:February 2-6 - learn how to make notes using reliable sources, complete research, complete essay outline by Friday, February 6thFebruary 9-13  - essay draft should be complete by Wednesday - we will learn how to cite sources, revise, edit - Final Copy will be due by Tuesday, February 17th                                                                                                                                                                                         February 16-20 - we will turn the research into a presentation, which must be ready to go by February 20th

Posted: February 2, 2015

After a few days of pre-reading discussions, we have begun the novel 1984.  Please read Chapter 1 for Tuesday, keeping track of any questions that pop into your head as you read.  If there is no school on Tuesday, please read chapter 2, as well - that should take you to page 31. If you have not received a copy of 1984, please see Mrs. Macdonald today, if you are around later on.

Posted: January 6, 2015

We are now ramping up for the Provincial Assessment, which will run next Monday and Tuesday.   To prepare for this, students were to write a practice narrative piece, to get in the writing mode.  These were due on the Wednesday before Christmas so that we could use them to review the writing checklist and see what students need to be aware of in the assessment.  If not passed in already, please have this for Wednesday.

Posted: January 6, 2015

Some of you are still is where we are:  we finished reading the play Antigone on the Friday before Christmas, and today, we divided into groups and found a creative way to summarize the story and present tto the class - just to get the story re-defined in our heads.  Later this week, we'll delve a bit more deeply into the story with activities on theme and character.

Posted: November 24, 2014

We only got about three book talks completed today - be prepared to do yours tomorrow!   Poem analysis is now one day late - please make sure to get in passed in tomorrow, if you have not handed it in yet.   Article of the Week is posted below - due tomorrow.
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Posted: November 21, 2014

Students, you did an amazing job of creating this Book Talk Rubric - you all pointed out something in your collaboration sheet that I had never really thought about before, that  a Book  talk really needs to be in two sections - one for Speaking/Listening, and another for Reading/Viewing.  Thus, I set it up that way as I compiled the most common behaviours mentioned on all your sheets.   Have a look, and review it before Monday - I can't wait to hear about your books!   Also, the Poem Analysis essays due yesterday are not all in; in fact, I have only 11.  I also have not received any requests for extension except for one- please have them Monday, or e-mail over the weekend.
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Posted: November 18, 2014

We are currently finishing up work on a poem or song analysis. We will have one more day in the computer lab on Wednesday, and the essay is due by Thursday, November 20th at the latest. 

Posted: October 22, 2014

Students recently finished two poems called " Imprints" and " The Man Who Finds that His Son has Become a Thief" THey then completed a VENN diagram that compared the two poems.  From there, they wrote  a draft  of a compare/contrast paragraph.  We then looked at the Provincial Writing Standards Checklist, and students used that to analyze their draft copies before completing the final.   The Final copy of the Compare/ Contrast Paragraph will be due tomorrow.  They will need to hand in: 1) the packet of 2 poems and questions/ VENN diagram 2) Draft with revisions 3) Final Copy ( on this they will prove that they have reached all the outcomes, by pointing them out using sticky notes)

Posted: October 15, 2014

Students should be working on their own short stories, as we wrap up our short story unit.   Stories can be on any topic, and the working rubric that we developed in class today (based on the Writing Standards Document) is below:     The story will be due October 24th   Writing Achievement Standards for a narrative - framework:       Introduction evokes an emotional response Plot includes Character development Plot creates tension that leads to the climax Conclusion generally resolves the conflict and brings closure   features:  Language and literary devices create sensory images Internal and external dialogue intentional use of sentence structure and conventions                

Posted: September 17, 2014

Panel discussion tomorrow on the topics of Education, Health Care, and the Environment.