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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.

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September 5, 2012

Hey everyone, as promised here is our first update for English 12.  Today was a pretty straight forward first day of class.  We went over the outline, did a brief questionnaire about our social networking, and personal goals, and then we headed to the library to select books for silent reading.  Don’t forget to bring this to read EVERY class!

Just a reminder that Friday’s class will be in the library.  You will be working on that crazy list of terms and devices the Ministry of Education says you need to know by the end of the year – remember, don’t freak out, you already know at least 3/4 of them.  It is the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, so I will also be soliciting some help getting things started.

I have posted the outline on the HANDOUTS page in case you lost it between 3rd or 4th period and getting home.  Please remember to share it with your parent(s) and have them sign it.  Please take some time to explore the blog and perhaps follow on an RSS feed or by email.

I have also updated the “What I’m Reading” page to include the books I read this summer.  Most are available in the library, if you are interested.  And yes, if you are wondering, Dinner: A Love Story is a cook book, and yes, I read it from cover to cover – it was also semi-biographical, and totally inspirational.

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 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.

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.

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.