Category Archives: Block B

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,, 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.

June 13, 2012

Well…. that’s it folks!  You have survived English 12 – hopefully it was a bit of fun too 🙂

Today we did our final Lit Circle meeting.  You handed in your notes, a final reflection, and your novels.  The agenda is available on the handouts page.

Don’t forget that our tutorial schedule is available on the school website, but I will also list it here:

Monday, June 18 – 1pm – Library

Wednesday, June 20 – 9am – Library

Friday, June 22 – 1pm – Library

FINAL EXAM – Monday, June 25 – 9am – GYM

Thanks again for a great year.  It has been a pleasure working with you all this year.

June 11, 2012

This is our second-to-last class before the end of the year.  After some silent reading, we headed to the computer lab to finish up any missing assignments or blog posts.  Remember that you want to go into your final exam with as strong a mark as possible.

We will have our final Lit Circle meetings on Wednesday.  All groups should be finished their novels for this class.

I will be collecting all novels, copies ofThe Crucible, and any other items that belong to me or the school, during Wednesday’s class.

Are you studying?  You should be!  Review those terms, review the practice exams, review what we did during the year.  Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed on the final exam!

June 7, 2012

Things are winding up quickly around here.  We have finished watching The Crucible and you began working on a reflection on the movie on your blogs today.

We also had our 3rd Lit Circle meeting today. You discussed conflict and theme in your novels.  Be sure that you handed in your discussion points at the end of the class.  A copy of today’s Lit Circle agenda is on the handouts page.

I also gave 2 practice exams today for you to use as you begin studying…. which you should definitely be doing!!!  You will need to bring these exams for our tutorials.  Check the school website for the exam and tutorial schedule.

May 30, 2012

We had our second Lit Circle meetings today.  The focus was on each of you sharing what you brought for your “role.”  If you were away, the agenda is on the handouts page.  You should have handed in your notes and whatever you brought to your group for your role – discussion leader, illustrator, etc.

Your one-page response to today’s discussion is due on Friday, June 1.

May 28, 2012

We have now finished reading The Crucible.  Everyone did a great job reading the last act aloud – especially Jake and Caris (I even got a little teary).

On Wednesday we will have our second Lit Circle meeting.  Make sure you have read the next section of your novel and that you are ready for your “role” in the group.

On Friday (right before graduation weekend!), we will begin watching the movie version of The Crucible.

May 22, 2012

I hope everyone had a great “May Long” (not sure I like this shortened version – is it really that hard to say May long weekend?)  I finished reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – awesome!  book by the way, and started reading The 11th Hour by James Patterson – my secret indulgence reading, LOL.  I am also reading Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli – it is on the grade 8 curriculum but I have never read it – really interesting point of view for a Holocaust/WWII book.

Today in class we had our first Lit Circle meetings.  You can find a copy of the agenda on the handouts page.  I will remind you that you will only get as much out of the Lit Circles as you put in.  The more discussion you generate with your group, the more rewarding the experience will be – it will also make the writing assignments that much easier as you will have more material to write about.

Some people are already not keeping up with their reading commitments – this causes problems in the group, so you need to make time for reading 🙂

Our next Lit Circle meeting is May 30th.  Don’t forget that you should each have a “role” for this next meeting.  Please come prepared.

May 16, 2012

We began with some silent reading today – don’t forget that your first Lit Circle meeting is on Tuesday.

We did an “unquiz” today on the homework.  You were asked to write about one of the questions that you had difficulty answering.  What did you do to try to solve your issues with the question?  What conclusion/answer did you decide upon?  This was a reminder of your problem solving skills – something that will be very important on your final exam.

After a quick review of the class blog and school web site we headed to the computer lab for your 3rd blog post on The Crucible. You need to find an article about The Crucible, provide a link, summarize and then respond to the article.  You also need to comment on at least 2 classmates’ posts.

Enjoy your long weekend!

May 14, 2012

We began with some silent reading today.  You also met briefly with your Lit Circle group to decide on your reading schedule.

Lit Circle Dates:

May 22

May 30

June 7

June 13

Remember that you want to be able to participate fully in your group’s discussions so keep up with the reading schedule you decided together.

We then finished reading Act 3 of The Crucible, took a few notes, and then worked on a few discussion questions for Act 3.  (they are on the handouts page)  These questions are due next class.  You can expect a quiz and we will also be doing a blog post.