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Tuesday November 27th, 2018

Good Morning,

Yesterday we started looking and choosing our novels for Literature Circles.

*Silent Reading

*Class Activity:  on a piece of paper, draw what comes to mind after reading the opening of your novel.

■  A scene, character, moment, or event from the story
■ An image or picture that came to mind while you were reading; it
   could be a memory or scene from your life
■  A diagram, flow chart, or map of the story
■  An abstract form that represents a thought or feeling you got from the
    reading—an explosion, a thunderbolt, a pattern, etc.
*Meet back in your group.  (Some groups may be larger so we may have to divide in two).
-Confirm The Reading Schedule
-Establish roles and and reading necessary for our first discussion which will take place on Thursday November 29th.
-Complete Role Sheet for the discussion

Monday November 26th, 2018

Good Morning,

*Writing Poems:  I would like to finish up writing our poems as well as reflecting on the poems that we have written on a rubric…

Today, we will be starting our Novel Study and we will do this through Literature circles.

Novel Titles:

1) Night by Elie Wiesel

2) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

3)  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

4) Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels

5)  All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


6) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

8) The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

9)  Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

* Book Talks:  Time to look, research and choose novels.

*Once you have chosen a novel, you will meet with group members to establish a reading schedule….

Friday November 23rd, 2018

Good Morning,

*Today we will start with anyone who has not yet presented their spoken word.

*Friday Write:  Write on ONE of the topics below.  This week will be a little different.  I want you to get more comfortable with time pressure.  You are to complete this in the time allotted to the best of your ability…

  1. The pursuit of freedom involves change.
  2. determination

Wednesday November 21st, 2018

Good Morning!

*Head’s Up:  Spoken word…will be presented in class on Thursday November 22nd and 23rd.  Finals in the Cafeteria are on Friday November 30th (For Grade 11’s and 12’s)

*No Red Ink:  Commonly Confused Words III

*Writing Poems:  Finish writing our poems.  We will also start to look at the Rubric (formative assessment).

Monday November 19th, 2018

Good Morning!

Head’s Up:

*Poetry Test:  Tuesday November 20th, 2018

*Spoken Word in class:  Thursday November 22nd and Friday November 23rd.

Kahoot:  Devices Review

*Quote Integration:  poetry

*What makes a good poem?  Think/pair share

*Concept Maps:  how are we making out?

Friday November 16th, 2018

Good Morning!

*Head’s Up:

-Poetry Test on Tuesday November 20th, 2018

-Spoken Word on Thursday November 22nd and Friday November 23rd.

Friday Writes:  We will be doing a Friday write.  Remember, you should be saving these into a Friday Writes Folder.

Brainstorm:  What have we discussed in class that would make a strong composition essay on your Provincial exam?

Student samples from past provincial exams


1) Sometimes people are unable to control the directions of their own lives

2)  Acceptance

*Yesterday we started a concept map –brainstorming the various poems we have looked at in our unit and writing down all we know about these poems while also making connections between poems…

*Spoken Word

Thursday November 15th, 2018

Good Morning!

*Head’s up:  Spoken word will be taking place next week on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd

*Poetry Test:  Looks like it will be on Tuesday November 20th.

The Poems we’ve studied and the connections between…

What Do I Remember of the Evacuation, Walking on two Sides of the Border, Caged Bird, My Mistress’ Eyes, Shall I Compare thee to a Summers’ Day, This is America, I Hear America Singing, I,Too America Sing, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Sympathy….

*Create a Concept Map as a review exercise…

Wednesday November 14th, 2018

Good Morning!

*Reminder that there will be a poetry test early next week….you should be reviewing terms and poems that we have studied.

*No Red Ink:  Commas and Commonly Confused Words.