Welcome Back!!!

It’s a new school year and I’m slowly getting organized. This year I am teaching English 1201, 2201, 3201 and 3202. I’m quite excited to be directly involved in the continuum from grade ten through grade twelve! So far, as the classes are settling, they are showing that they are full of students eager to learn and excited about graduating high school.

I will, as always, use this front page to communicate information to my classes and their parents. This is in addition to power school and information from your kids as they go home talking about their day! (I know… they don’t necessarily go home telling you anything!)

For each of my classes, I have a link for notes and a link for assignments. These can be found in the menu to the side. I will put up as much information here as I can. When an assignment is due, I will indicate the due date and then once that date is passed, upload an alternate assignment for students to complete.

Students in all academic courses have been issued books and need to have them read by the middle of October. Please encourage this as much as possible!

Any questions, please email!

Deadlines and work

Below is a list of all the work due for each course for this term. If the assignment title has a line through it (like this) it means that it is past due and students must complete the alternate assignment. Alternates for all assignments, including ones which are not yet due, can be found on the assignments page for each respective course.

English 1201

Media Literacy – Due April 26th. Alternate Assignment can be found here: Media Literacy – alternate assignment

Media Strategies Assignment – May 2nd and 3rd. Alternate assignment can be found here: Media Strategies Assignment – Alternate

Into the Woods – Fairy Tales Booklet – Due May 17th.

1201 Research Unit – Due June 2nd


English 2201

Media Strategies Presentation Assignment– April 20th to 22nd. Alternate assignment can be found here: Media Strategies Assignment – Alternate

Laramie Project – Listening (if you missed it, please do it) – Speech on Youtube

The Laramie Project – Due May 16th

Thematic Unit on Relationships– Due June 2nd


English 3202

Novel Study – Heist Society – Due May 20th

Media and Visuals  – Due May 27th

Thematic Unit – Due June 2nd

Counting down the days….

There are, by my count, twenty six teaching days left until exams. This is, of course, not including weekends, a PD day on May 13th and a holiday on May 23rd. This means the following:

  1. There is not much evaluation left in each course. I will detail what’s planned below, but the amount of work given will not be great.
  2. Review will be happening and students CAN study for English.
  3. Attendance is vital at this point, especially given the review which is embedded into all work. For each course, within those 26 days, that means 16 or so classes. Missing two classes means missing 13 percent of the time left in that course.
  4. June 2nd is the final ultimate deadline. This includes work from April 15th to June 2nd.

The administrative team is working on the exam schedule, however I can tell you the following:

  1. All academic levels have a listening section on May 31st. We will know the exact schedule soon, but it does include 1201, 2201 and 3201. The listening section is worth 10/60 marks on their exam. Missing this section requires a doctors note, just like missing an exam.
  2. Based on information from CDLI, the English 2201 exam will be in the morning session of exams on Monday the 13th. The English 1201 exam will be in the afternoon session of Monday the 13th. Both are common exams with the rest of the province. The 13th is the first day of exams.


In 1201, we will be doing the following evaluation:

Into the Woods/Fairy Tales Booklet: We will be watching the video of the Broadway production of ‘Into the Woods’ and completing work on this. This will be due May 17th.

Research: Students will be doing research on the development and history of fairy tales. They will NOT be writing a research paper, but instead will be making notes, writing a paragraph and using citations and references. We will have lots of time in the LRC for them to work on this. This is due June 2nd.

Booktalk: Students will pick ANY BOOK they want and present on it. This will begin around the 27th of May.

After that, will we be doing review.

In 2201, we will be doing the following evaluation:

The Laramie Project: We have viewed the ‘Laramie Project’ and have the scripts for the 10 Years Later Epilogue. Students are doing a mixture of reading and viewing and completing activities on this work. This work is due on the 16th.

Thematic Unit: The students and I will be working through a thematic unit. This will be due June 2nd.

Book Talk: Students will pick ANY BOOK they want and present on it. This will begin around the 27th of May.

In 3202, we will be doing the following evaluation:

Book Study: We are currently working on the book ‘Heist Society’. We will continue work on this until May 20th.

Media: We will do a unit on Media

Thematic Unit: We will do a study of short stories, essays, poems and visuals from the text book.


Any questions, please email me!

March Madness!

It’s been crazy times at PWC this month. In English we’ve been working on all kinds of ideas and projects! Students in 1201 and 2201 can talk about the novels they’ve done, 3202 can spout wisdom from ‘Into the Woods’ and we can all talk about looking forward to the break!


I wanted to point out an assignment I’ve posted for 1201 and 2201. For each of those courses, I’ve made an optional assignment covering several genres from this year – a short story, an essay, a poem, a visual and an analytical essay for them to write. It’s a big assignment. HOWEVER, the perks of doing it are as follows:

  1. For each grade, it can replace an assignment. I’ve listed on the front page the assignments that it can replace. If a student does it, I will put the mark for this optional assignment in for one of the listed assignments, if the did better. It can only replace one, but for some, it’s a chance to get a zero changed to a mark. For others, it’s a chance to do better than they originally did.
  2. I will enter this as it’s own grade. So, the mark will be in powerschool twice. If they do well, that’s double the fun!
  3. If a student does not do well and it would bring down their mark, we will chalk it up to practice and I won’t put it in. The goal is to help their marks!

This assignment is made up of elements that might be on their exam that we’ve covered already this year. So, for any student, it is practice for the final. That never hurts!

You can find the assignment in either 1201 or 2201 assignments, whichever you’re looking for.

Any questions, please email!

Where do we go from here?

Luckily, we are exactly where I intended us to be.


Right now, in English 1201 and 2201 we are doing short stories. This has meant a mix of reading with no evaluation, reading with journal questions, reading with multiple choice and short answers. A variety of assignments have been given in class – my intern Mc McNeil and I will be putting up alternate ones for those who did not get them done in the next few days. We will be testing on the 22nd and 23rd.

Novel studies will begin after the tests. Students in each grade were given book talks on eight different books and had to choose their top three. They were then assigned one of them to read. The novel study is one that gives them some choices in their evaluation. However, it also gets students working with literary concepts with a work I have not covered with them. This is important as it how they will be tested in their final – they will be writing an analytical essay on the unseen essay on the exam.

We will finish up beore the spring break with A Mid Summer’s Night’s Dream in 1201 and research in 2201. My intern is planning some great units for the students and I think it will be great!

In 3202 we are currently starting our major dramatic work ‘Into the Woods’. Students will complete a booklet included short answer questions, personal response and an essay. We will then look at more short stories and essays and students will complete research on real life tragedies. We’ve had some fantastic discussions on the issues that have emerged from our work so far so I look forward to continuing that process!

As always, any questions, please email me at alisonedwards@nlesd.ca.



The exam schedule has been published! Exams that pertain to my classes are as follows:

English 1201 – Friday, January 22nd at 8:45. Two hour exam. Written in the Gym.

English 3202 – Monday, January 25th at 8:45. One hour test. Written in the classroom.

English 2201 -Tuesday, January 26th at 8:45. Two hour exam. Written in the Gym.

If we have a snow day for a full day, all exams will shift a day. So, for example, if Monday, January 25th is a snow day for the full day, all Monday exams will be written on Tuesday, Tuesday exams will be Wednesday and so on.

If we have a snow day for a half day, the ones being written while school is open stay the same. Then, exams which were supposed to take place during the time when schools are closed will shift a day. So, if school is closed in the morning of Friday, January 22nd, but open in the afternoon, the afternoon exams will still be written. Then, on Monday the 25th, the exams which should have taken place during the school closure will be written in the morning and there are no exams in the afternoon. Then the entire Monday schedule shifts to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday and so on. In these cases, check the PWC website for a new schedule.

The Full Schedule: