Wednesday, Thursday, February 13 – 14



  • Inquiry – review: which ones work? how should some of them be re-written? Questions are in the Inquiry Tab
  • Pick your top four in partners: make sure you try to edit them a bit and pick questions from a variety of themes:
    • human nature – identity, relationships
    • how we live our lives, choices, consequences
    • human society: how we live together, how we organize and the outcomes of that; power structures
      • due Wednesday, February 20
      • post here
    • “Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.”
      – Salman Rushdie
  • Discuss the quote
  • We will begin the process of addressing the Human Condition through the inquiry questions and explore how literature answers these questions. (your questions will be posted later in the Inquiry Tab)
  • Read the first short story in class together – The Friday Everything Changed (in the short story tab)
  • Discuss setting clues in The Friday Everything Changed: due Tuesday, February 19

Monday, February 11


  • Your Pathways with the Inquiry questions should have been uploaded to the Padlet
  • Today you will research/ brainstorm your grammatical concept
  • today and tomorrow, Ms. Shong will circulate to make sure you are on the right track with your concept – that you are on your way to making it ‘accessible’ for your peers, that you are thinking about a possible theme or memorable teaching tool
  • tomorrow:
    • grammar project
    • review questions: can some of them be combined? do they fall into categories? can you organize them based on categories (self, society, relationships, identity, etc) which ones are the best based on the fact that they address the Human Condition? Choose your top three.

Thursday, Friday – February 7, 8


  • sitting in your original groups, take 5 minutes or so to re-fresh your memories of your pages from Beekle
  • finish the Beekle discussion of image/text/meaning
  • Class will do the Pathways to Theme activity together for Beekle (document is in the Inquiry Tab); each person should open the document and take notes as we go through it as a class
  • this document can help you with some of the terms on the Pathways: Grade Nine short story terms-16wqlo5
    such as – plot; conflict; text to world/self/text connections and theme
  • Children’s books: in groups of three you will read the books and as a group, do a Pathways to Theme for each book (open a new doc in the tab)
  • the groups are: Groups and Books-qimtc9
  • Procedure:
    • 1. read the children’s book, discuss the interplay between the visual and the text, and what meaning emerges.
    • 2. Discuss the Pathway to theme with the books before you write
    • 3. Then as a group, write one Pathway to Theme on each book. Share the work; as long as each book has a Pathway to Theme. Each book should have around 4 – 5 inquiry questions
      • what makes a good inquiry question? Power point in the inquiry tab – class review
  • When each book in each group has a Pathway to theme, save the file and name it according to the story:  (names in your group and the book)
  • Upload your Pathway here
    • each person/group will be given a mark on the Pathway based on completion, effort, good use of class-time and thoroughness – formative assessment marks
    • /8

Tuesday, February 5


  • review all of the posters; try to find parallels or common themes; can you categorize the questions? Green dot= the question relates to the individual and personal; Red dot = society and human nature
  • How will the questions get answered?
  • “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.Barbara Tuchman
  • Beekle activity – in groups of 3 or 4 follow the instructions on the padlet
  • Introduction to the Grammar Project

Monday, February 4


  • intro-writes – make sure they are emailed if you have not done so
  • review the videos – your thoughts about the challenges or positive aspects of the human condition should have been addressed in the form of  questions
  • read the Bertrand Russell essay – what aspects of the Human Condition does he address?
  • What do the quote and the essay have in common?
  • Poster Activity

Friday, February 1


  • quick review of concepts from yesterday’s discussion of the artwork
  • Same process as yesterday, but today you will take a few brief, point form notes on the videos using the prompts:
    • What feelings did you have while you viewed?
    • What challenges do you see addressed?
    • What aspects/insights, either positive or negative about people/ society are evident?
  • Try to put your thoughts down in the form of a question:
    Why do/is/are….? How do/is/are…?
  • Reminder for the weekend: your intro-writing assignment is due Monday, February 4

Thursday, January 31


  1. Questions? about the intro-writing assignment – due on Monday, February 4
  2. Explanation about the Blog-log assignment (red tab)
  3. Introduction to the Human Condition – materials are on the Inquiry tab
  4. For each image or video, consider the following:
    • What feelings did you have while you viewed/looked at?
    • What challenges do you see addressed?
    • What aspects, either positive or negative about people/ society are evident?


    Try and put your thoughts down in the form of a question:

    Why do….

    How do…