Category Archives: Block B

May 10, 2012

Believe it or not, we only have 11 classes left!  This means some important time management on your part.  Remember that graduation weekend will consume a lot of your focus over the next couple of weeks so you need to plan accordingly.

We are almost finished reading Act 3 ofThe Crucible.  Lots of shocking comments and irony in this act.  Great reading, by the way!  I am very impressed by the passion some of you put in to reading your character’s parts.

You have also now received your Lit Circle novel.  If you were absent on Thursday, be sure to see me to get your novel.  You will meet with your Lit Circle group on Monday to map out your reading schedule.

On Monday we will also finish Act 3 and share a few notes on the important elements of this Act.  Those of you going on the Band trip to Disneyland, be sure that you know what you need to do for the class that you will be absent.

May 2, 2012

We had a homework quiz on last day’s review questions then you had the opportunity to discuss all of the questions with classmates in smaller groups.

For the second half of the class we went to the computer lab to begin working on our second blog posts for The Crucible.  You were assigned 1 quotation each, and then had to choose 4 more from the handout (on the handouts page).  You need to write a thoughtful response for each of your 5 quotations.  You will have next class to finish this assignment.

Some of you are behind with your first blog posts for The Crucible.  You have until Friday to post your response journal for Act 1.

April 30, 2012

Today we did some review of Act 2 via a series of Powerpoint slides.  These notes will become more valuable as we continue our reading.

After the notes you worked on some review questions for Act 2.  These questions can be found here or on the handouts page.  The questions are to be completed for next class – expect a homework quiz.  You do not have to do the quotations on the reverse of this handout – this is for your next blog post.

Some of you have not completed your Act 1 response journals on your blogs – and some of you have not responded to 3 classmates’ blog posts – you have until the end of this week to complete this task.

April 23, 2012

Today we had a quiz on Act 1.  This was a simple opportunity for you to make sure you are “on track” with the play.

We also worked on a review of Act 1 so that we can be sure we are following the action of the play.  It is important to understand the series of events leading up to the “calling out” so that we understand the motivations of the characters.  A copy of the review is on the handouts page.

April 19, 2012

Last class we took some notes together on the symbolism in the first act of The Crucible.  If you were away, be sure to get these notes from a classmate.

We then went to the computer lab to begin working on a response journal on Act 1.  Your response journal will be posted to your blog.  this time I would like to see you take your blog posts to the “next level” by adding hyperlinks or images in your blog posts.  This will be especially effective in part 2 where you discuss the connections you made while reading the play.

We continued working on our response journals today.  Don’t forget that you will need to comment on at least 3 of your classmates’ blog posts.  Your comments need to be more significant than “good job” or “I agree.”  These comments are encouraged, but you need to follow them up with specific references to their post.

You blog posts should be complete for Monday and don’t forget that you also have a quiz on Act 1 on Monday.  If you can’t remember the criteria for a response journal you can find it on the Handouts page of this blog.

April 10, 2012

Just a quick reminder that the end of term is this Friday, April 13th.  You have until that date to hand in your Visual Found Poems and/or Quotation Journal if you did not hand them in when they were due – BEFORE SPRING BREAK!

We have been reading Act 1 of The Crucible.  There are a lot of characters introduced in this first act so we are each creating some form of character information/note taking – this can be a chart or notes, or whatever suits your learning style.

We will finish reading Act 1 on Friday so be sure to have pre-read the rest of the Act.

April 3, 2012

Today was the last day for class time to complete your pre-reading assignments forThe Crucible.  Remember that you can use your notes for the quiz on Thursday.  The quiz is out of 25 marks but you will also hand in your notes so that I can adjust that mark if you did quality research but did not know the answer to one of the questions.

We will begin reading the play next day, so remember to bring it to class.

New Calendar feature

Please check out the class calendar on the side bar and on the “Calendar” page above.  This will give you an outline of our English classes until the end of the year.  This is subject to change.

March 26, 2012

Welcome back everyone!  I hope your break was great.  You will be surprised at how quickly these last couple of months will go, especially with graduation looming in the distance.  Be sure you are keeping up to date with your assignments as TERM 3 ends in a couple of weeks.

Today we began our study of The Crucible by Arthur Miller.  (although dismayed that so few of you are watching Smash, at least one person in each class knew that Arthur Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe) You have a 3-part pre-reading assignment – a copy can be found on the “Handouts” page.  You will have the three periods this week for research and then we will begin reading the play next week.

I think you will find both the setting of the play, and the allegorical setting of McCarthy Era USA to be interesting.  You can expect some blog commentaries during our reading of the play.

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a great spring break!  I just wanted to remind you that the block order on Monday is B A D C, which means we start with English for some of you 🙂 I can’t think of a better way to start back after a holiday.