October 23, 2013

Interims are being mailed today.  On your interim you will see your marks for:

course outline

The Lottery response journal

The Three Questions quick write

Winning the Lottery blog post

Comments on lottery winning blog posts


In the next week you will get an updated report with your Power of One blog post/quotation responses, comments on others’ blog posts, citation assignment.


We have now started to read Lord of the Flies.  This novel is truly a classic and a standard for English class reading.  There are so many great topics for discussion from this novel – good vs. evil, leadership, mob mentality, symbolism, and the impact experience can have on a writer.  In the handouts section you will see a copy of the unit schedule – which I also gave out in class – the pre-reading questions to consider, as well as the during reading activity.  The during reading research you are being asked to do cannot be a last minute thing.  You can start this right away so that it is ready to hand in when we are done the novel.  You will also be doing a significant writing piece for this novel (yes, I mean essay), so you will be busy before Christmas, plan accordingly.

October 4, 2013

Sorry for the lack of updates – this has mostly been due to the fact that your attendance has been great, and you have been completing assignments so I haven’t had to update as often 🙂

Recently we watched The Power of One, and inspiring film about the beginnings of apartheid in South Africa.  I’m so glad that most of you enjoyed the film, despite its disturbing content at times.  Following the viewing, you began working on an assignment where you chose 2 quotations from the film (or novel) and wrote about each.  A copy of the assignment is on the handouts page.

Your completed quotation responses should now be posted to your blogs and you should have responded to at least three of your classmates posts.  Remember that part of your assessment includes these comments and meaningful responses.

We are now ready to begin talking about citation.  We will be learning about APA style.  On the library website, www.hopesecondarylibrary.com, there is a link to a tutorial that you will need to view.  The tutorial will make terms and style in APA more familiar to you before we begin working on our own citations.  There is also a worksheet to complete for next class.

September 18, 2013

Welcome to a new year of English 12.  This blog will be the place to find class updates, PDFs of assignments and handouts, and tips for success in English 12.

We are beginning the year by looking at several pieces of literature with similar themes.  We will spend some time learning techniques and writing formats that I would like you to know for this year.  Sometimes what we are doing or discussing will seem “easy” at this stage, and that’s ok – if it’s easy, then it means it’s familiar to you.  Just remember a couple of things – this is English class so things like grammar, spelling, punctuation, and legibility ALWAYS count, you will make more work for yourself if you don’t meet deadlines, AND… (and I know this is three things, and that’s more than a couple), ENGLISH is the MOST important class you are taking this year!!!

By now you should have your first blog post complete – about winning the lottery.  You should also have commented on at least three of your classmates’ blog posts.  Next we read The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson.  Following this, we learned about response journals, and you should now be working on a polished draft to hand in of your response journal.  This is due Friday, September 20th in hard copy form.

Just a reminder that the course outline and response journal criteria are available on the “handouts” page above.

May 24, 2013

English 12

Crucible/Year End Schedule

Friday, May 24 – Act 2 notes, theme/character chart

Tuesday, May 28 – read Act 3

Thursday, May 30 – Act 1 & 2 TEST, read Act 3

Monday, June 3 – final blog post assignment, discussion questions

Wednesday, June 5 – read Act 4

Friday, June 7 – Act 4, discussion/notes, chart

Tuesday, June 11 – work period/catch up

Thursday, June 13 – Act 3 & 4 TEST, final blog post due

Tutorials – Monday, June 17 @9am, Tuesday, June 18 @1pm, Wednesday, June 19 @9am

May 15, 2013

Congratulations to the students who represented the grade 12 class at the speech festival – Betsie, Katelyn, Branden M., Erika, Erica, and Colin.  All of the students did an amazing job!

We have a few stragglers to finish speeches but for the most part, we are done.  Today we worked on creating a character chart for The Crucible.  You want to describe the characters’ personalities and then find “evidence” from the play to explain how you know the character demonstrates that trait.

Next class we will begin reading Act 2.

May 9, 2013

We have had the pleasure of listening to some awesome speeches this week!  It really does demonstrate that the process of participating in oral presentations pays off, as is it very evident that you are all practiced public speakers by grade 12.  I am very impressed!

We will be selecting 4 or 5 students to represent the grade 12 class at our school Speech Festival on Tuesday, May 14th.

On Monday we will finish up the speeches and then continue our discussion of Act 1 of The Crucible.

May 3, 2013

We have now finished reading Act 1 of The Crucible.  Some important things to make note of:

  • major themes – hypocrisy, guilt, revenge, authority, hysteria, integrity/courage
  • atmosphere – fear created by witchcraft, bleakness, it is tense and somber
  • in a sense, the entire play is an historical allusion
  • use of backstory
  • lots of foreshadowing
  • allagorical narration
  • key “players” in Act 1 – Parris, Abigail, Hale, Putnams, Proctor, Rebecca
  • important conflicts – Abigail vs the Proctors, John Proctor vs himself

Don’t forget that our two classes next week will be devoted to speeches.  Those of you not attending the music festival with jazz band need to be prepared to present your speech on Tuesday, May 7th, the remaining speeches will be on Thursday, May 9th

April 30, 2013

Because so many students were on the Physics 11/12 Playland trip, we used this class to work on speeches or to finish the Crucible pre-reading inquiry questions.

Just a reminder that several of you will be gone for Jazz Band on May 7th, our scheduled first day of speeches. Those of you not in Jazz Band can expect to do your speech on that day – those of you in Jazz Band will do your speech on May 9th.

We have class both Thursday and Friday this week.  We will be reading Act 1 of The Crucible.  To make the most of this oral reading experience, it is best if you have pre-read the material.  You can expect that everyone will read aloud at some point during our study of The Crucible 🙂

April 24, 2013

Today you received a print-out of your term 3 mark.  Remember to check it over carefully for errors or omissions.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to come see me.  Your mark should never be a surprise.

After silent reading we began talking about our speech topic…

As I move on to this next phase of my life…

We brainstormed possible ideas for the speech and then you were given time to work on it.  Don’t forget that we will begin presenting our speeches on May 7th.  Your speech should be 4 to 5 minutes long.

Next class we will begin discussing The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.

April 12, 2013

Your Kite Project was due today.  Those of you who did not hand it in today only have until Monday to hand it in as the end of term is next week.

Today we passed around 5 discussion topics that will become your in-class write topics on Tuesday. The topics were:

  • Is Amir a selfish character?  Does he redeem himself?
  • Can you bury the past or will it come back to haunt you?
  • Our childhood experiences determine who we become.
  • betrayal and redemption
  • Hero of The Kite Runner? Amir or Hassan?

Don’t forget that for your in-class write you may use any notes you have in your binder as well as your novel.  You may also work on these topics over the weekend so that you will be prepared with ideas to respond to the write options.  You will only write on ONE of the topics.

Up next will be speeches and The Crucible.