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Count down for the end of the year!

The countdown is on – upon writing, there are three and a half weeks left before exams! So, what do you need to know?

1. The ultimate due date for all work from April 20th to June 10th is June 10th. If you did not pass in work on time, please ensure you are completing the alternate assignments from the course pages.
2. The final exam for both 1201 and 2201 includes a listening component. This component will take place outside of the exam time, on June 11th. The 1201 classes will complete it at 9am and the 2201 classes will complete it at 10am. More details on where will be provided soon.
3. The final exam structure for 1201 and 2201 is as follows:

  • Unseen Prose – 20 marks (8 multiple choice, 2 constructed response)
  • Visual (media) – 10 marks (4 multiple choice, 1 constructed response)
  • Analytical Essay – 20 Marks (based on prose, here
  • Listening – 10 marks (4 multiple choice, 1 constructed response, completed on the 11th of June)

Each exam – 1201 and 2201 – has been constructed by the School Board and each will be common for all 1201 and 2201 students across the province.

Specifics for my courses:

1201
We have completed – since April 17th – the following:
1. A media booklet
2. Listening
3. Digital Literacy, including a demand piece
4. Into the Woods (due May 25th)
5. Book talk (Due June 1-5, given in class)
6. Research (Due June 10th)

2201
We have completed – since April 17th – the following:
1. Listening
2. The Laramie Project (due May 19th)
3. Digital Literacy, including a demand piece
4. Book Talk (Due June 1-5, given in class)

3202
We have completed – since April 17th – the following:
1. The Princess Bride
2. Little Red Riding Hood
3. Narnia
4. Listening
5. Digital Literacy

As always, if you have questions, please email me!

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Short Stories and Novels

Short stories are nearly done and novels are beginning. For all level one and two classes, there have been tests in Short Stories. If you missed the test, the retest is on Monday, March 2nd at lunch in 209. If you did the test and did not like your mark or want extra practice, there is an assignment linked on the 1201 and 2201 assignment pages. You can complete that, pass it in by March 5th and it will be averaged with your test mark.

Any questions, please e-mail.

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Term Two!

So, by now the midterms are back, the new books are handed out and the students are ready to keep on the good path they were on or fix their mistakes from term one. So, what’s on board for term two?

English 1201

We are currently doing Short Stories. My intern, Aileen Worrall, is teaching this unit. She has broken down the topics of Short Story and has found a story to help illustrate each point with them. They will be tested on the 17th and 18th of February. Following that we will do an assignment where students will write a Short Story and include visuals.

Next, we have a Novel Study. Students were given a choice of seven novels and were each assigned one of their top three choices. Students who have the same novels will work together but pass in their own work. There will be a group component to the assignment, but the main part of the assignment will be individual. They should have the books read by February 26th.

Following the novel study, we will be doing A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. There will be a little bit of research built into this unit as well. This will continue until the Spring break, which starts April 3rd.

Once we return, we will revisit the units of study we have done already. In addition, students will give a book talk on a book of their choosing.

English 2201

In English 2201 we are currently doing Short Stories. This will continue until the 18th of February, when each class will have a test with an unseen short story.

Next, we have a Novel Study. Students were given a choice of seven novels and were each assigned one of their top three choices. Students who have the same novels will work together but pass in their own work. There will be a group component to the assignment, but the main part of the assignment will be individual. They should have the books read by February 23rd as the novel study will begin in class then.

Following the novel study, we will do research. My intern is making a research assignment for them. We will begin this unit on March 10th and their final product will be due March 30th and 31st.

We will begin visuals with the level two classes on March 23rd. This will continue until April 2nd, when we break.

After the break, students will be doing a review of all the topics we have done. We will also be doing our major dramatic work. In addition, students will do a ‘book talk’ on a novel of their choosing’.

English 3202

Our major novel studies are behind us in 3202. From that, our focus will now be on shorter works, such as poetry, short stories and essays. Each month we will take a different genre – Comedy, Tragedy, Sci Fi and Fantasy – and focus our poetry, short stories and essay study around those areas. February will be comedy, March will be Tragedy, April and May will be Sci Fi and Fantasy. We may also do a novel study where students complete a novel assignment on a book of their own choosing.

Any questions, please e-mail!

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Extra Credit Assignments – 1201 and 2201

I am offering an extra credit assignment in both 1201 and 2201. This assignment is one that students can choose to do – if they do not it is not detriment to their mark. If they do choose to do it, the deadline is January 9th, 2015. This will give me time to evaluate the work before the exam period so students are aware of their grade before they go into the exam.

1201

Christmas Carol Extra Credit Assignment

Full text of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

2201

Oedipus Rex Extra Credit Assignment

Full text of ‘Oedipus Rex’ by Sophocles

 

 

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Updates – English 1201 and English 2201

Work is in, reports are out and time marches on…

Here are updates for English 1201 and English 2201:

English 1201
We have completed our novel study on ‘Divergent’. Our culminating activity, once the booklet work was done, was an in class five paragraph response essay. I made the essay similar to one students will be given for in their midterms to help them plan for what they need to study. As we continue, we will be doing the following:

  • Poetry– A short look at poems contained in the English 1201 Text
  • A Christmas Carol – I will be reading the novel to students using the PadWorx App ‘A Christmas Carol’ – An Interactive Novel.
  • Visuals – A study of Media and Visuals will begin in January.

English 2201
We have completed our novel study, first finishing the booklets which appeared on the November report and then completing an in class comparative essay between the novel studied and the movie ‘Schindler’s List’. The essay questions were taken from previous midterms to help students mentally prepare for midterms this year. As we continue, we will be doing the following:

  • Poetry – A short study of poetry, including a Group Project
  • Oedipus Rex – A study of Greek Drama and specifically the play ‘Oedipus Rex’
  • The Fault in our Stars – Novel study. Novels were distributed the week of November 24th.

More information to come as we get close to the January exams!

 

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Assignments, Due Dates and Holidays

This post is for the parents of my students who might come to my page. We have a few important dates coming up in terms of evaluation and assessment, ones that might be useful as you approach this long holiday weekend.

The Ultimate Due Date for all work from September 3rd until now is November 14th. This includes any and all assessment done in class. On a side note to that point, I will not be in school November 13th and 14th so students are being advised that if they are not comfortable giving their work to a substitute, they MUST give it to me by the 12th.

We do have Monday the 10th and Tuesday the 11th as holidays from school. It’s a great long weekend!

Report cards will be given out on the 26th and then Parent Teacher Interviews will follow on the 4th of December. The work that will be on the report cards includes:

1201

  • Essay Booklet
  • Five Paragraph Essay
  • Essay Test (averaged with the make up assignment if students did pass that in)
  • Divergent Faction Choice (if students were absent that day, they are excused from that mark)
  • Divergent Booklet 1-5.

All of this work can be found on the 1201 Assignments page.

2201

  • Essay Booklet
  • Five Paragraph Essay
  • Essay Test (Averaged with the make up assignment if students did pass that in)
  • Novel Booklet (Night or the Book Thief)

All of this work can be found on the 2201 Assignments page.

3202

  • Hunger Games 1-5
  • Hunger Games 6-10
  • End of Part One worksheet
  • Hunger Games 11-15
  • Hunger Games 16-20
  • End of Part Two Worksheet
  • Hunger Games 21-26
  • End of Part Three Worksheet

All of this work can be found on the 3202 Assignments page.

Nothing will be accepted from this list after November 14th.