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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.

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.

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.

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.

June 6, 2011

Block E – English 12 – So weird….. only had 2 students show up for class this morning…. hmmm….. I wonder if there is something up with that? 🙂


Block F – Literature 12 – Wow… no one for this class either….


As a side note, I am getting lots of marking done today.  Thanks for that grade 12’s!


Block G – English 11 – Yeah!  Some students!  Today we did our final Literature Circle meeting.  You met with your group and discussed some final elements of your novel.  You needed to hand in your notes from today’s session.  You have a final writing reflection due next class.  The agenda from today’s Lit Circle is on the Handouts page.


Block H – English 12 – Back to marking!

June 3, 2011

Block C – Family Studies – Today was Parenthood day!  You watched episode 5 “The Booth Job”.  You were to complete a viewing journal and write a paragraph on one of the conflicts in the episode.

Don’t forget that you have a test next class on chapters 21, 22 and the chapters from Closing the Gap.

Block D – English 11 – This was your last Lit Circle meeting.  Apparently the sunshine was a bit of a distraction however I hope that you had some good discussion in preparation for your final writing assignment.  This two page reflection is due next class.

June 2, 2011

Blocks E & H – English 12 – Today was your final Lit Circle meeting.  A copy of the agenda is available on the Handouts page.  You handed in any notes you took during your group discussion and then began working on your final novel writing assignment.

There will be a final activity that involves Finding Forrester.  I hope you all enjoyed this movie – definitely one of my favourites.

This is the last class before your big graduation weekend.  I hope you enjoy every minute of this important right of passage.  I still remember my graduation – yep, I can remember that far back – and it was an amazing experience and still gives me a feeling of pride.  Have fun, and be safe!

Block G – English 11 – We began with some silent reading and then began going over our sentence errors booklet.  Today we went over “quizzes” 7, 8, & 9.  We then looked at an example of the poetry section on a grade 12 government exam.  This will relate to some of the poems we are going to look at over the next few classes.  You need to finish your paragraph for next class.

Block F – Literature 12 – Today we read Dolce et Decorum est, The Second Coming, and The Hollow Men.  We only have 3 poems left to read!  You received some review worksheets to finish for next class.  Be sure to pre-read the poems for next day.

May 31, 2011

Block F – Literature 12 – We are moving at a rapid pace through the Victorian Era.  Today we read Song, Dover Beach, The Darkling Thrush, and Because I Could Not Stop for Death.  You worked on the worksheet/review package that I handed out last day and your exam review sheets.

Blocks E & H – English 12 – After a brief visit from Mrs. Floyd with some reminders for appropriate Commencement behaviour we finished watching Finding Forrester, arguably one of the best movies out there.  I hope you enjoyed the movie but also learned something from the process.  Your final Lit Circle is next class and be prepared to write “William Forrester style.”

Block G – English 11 – Today we began with some silent reading – and a little “Leadership” task for those who are finished their novels.  We also worked on finishing the sentence structure booklet – run-ons and fragments – that you began working on last class.  This booklet should be finished for next class.