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February 14, 2013

Poetry Projects – just a reminder that your poetry projects are now past their due date.  After our Term 2 discussions I expected a better hand-in rate. English 12 is essential to your graduation and your future!

We have now started The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Today we discussed the ethnic groups that populate Afghanistan and we began work on our pre-reading assignment.  A copy of the UNIT SCHEDULE and the pre-reading ASSIGNMENT are on the HANDOUTS page.

October 25, 2012

We finished up our responses to quotations from The Power of One today.  Remember you should print out a copy of your response as well as post it to your blog.  I want to have the opportunity to give you some more specific feedback on your writing mechanics.

Today I also handed out copies of the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon.  I hope you will enjoy this novel as much as I do.  On Monday you will receive a reading schedule and we will begin our pre-reading with some discussion about autism and Aspergers.

October 19, 2012

Last class I was away at We Day!  What a fantastic experience.  The highlight for me was hearing Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  I feel a bit blessed to have been in the same building as him.  What an amazing man, and an amazing life he has lead.

Ms. Campbell took care of you while I was away.  You had some time for silent reading and then finished watching The Power of One.  I hope you enjoyed this film as much as I do.  There are some powerful messages and lessons in the film.  Next class we will make a decision for those of you who were away – about 7 people in each class.  (please note that I have seen a pattern for a couple of you that when I am away, so are you – I hope this isn’t intentional)  I think the plan will be for those of you who missed the film to watch it on Tuesday while the rest of us begin our writing assignment in the computer lab.  The assignment is based on powerful quotations from the movie and from Bryce Courtney, the author of the original book.

October 5, 2012

I was away today but I know you were probably excited to have Ms. Campbell for the day 🙂

After silent reading you headed to the computer lab to begin looking for connections to the short stories and poem that we read.  Again, I encourage you to consider your connections carefully.  This is not a race, but a chance for you to “enjoy the journey.”  Consider a newspaper article about a good Samaritan, a song about choosing the “right” path, or an essay on career choices.  The more interesting your connections, the more interesting your thoughts on them will be.
I have posted a copy of the assignment on the handouts page.

Next class we will evaluate our progress, but you are reminded that this assignment should be completed and posted to your blog by the end of class on Friday, October 12th.

October 3, 2012

Today we read Invitations by Carol Shields, and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  We then had a discussion about choices and how they are influenced.  Your next assignment is going to be to find two more connections to the short stories – Invitations, and The Three Questions – and the poem.  You will post these connections on your blog page. They can be a story, a poem, a movie, a book, a piece of art…. You will then discuss your connections and how everything relates.

If you were away for this class you will need to see me to get a copy of the story, the poem, and the assignment.

Just a reminder – only one of the students going on the Drama field trip checked in with me to let me know she would be absent.  I wish all of you had done the same, hint, hint…