Week 11 – Factoring Polynomial Expressions

This week in math we learned about the steps for factoring polynomial expressions. These steps can be remembered using the acronym CDPEU. It’s not necessary to remember it but if it works for you, use it.

C – Common Factors

D – Difference of squares

P – Patterns within the polynomial

E – Easy – Is the leading coefficient 1 and is the expression easy to factor

U – Ugly – The expression is not easy to factor and will require further work

Also always remember to fully factor/simplify your expressions.

Example: 8x^4 + 10x^2-3

(4x^2 -1) (2x^2 + 3)

This can then be simplified to:

(2x + 1) (2x – 1) (2x^2 + 3)


Bard in the Classroom


On January 11th, 2017, two actors from Bard on the Beach came to our English 10 class to teach us about Shakespeare’s plays, how to decipher the language, and a bit about Shakespeare himself. It was an excellent experience to have professional actors reading the lines and demonstrating the scenes, as well as explaining the play “Much Ado About Nothing”. Both were very enthusiastic and passionate about their craft, and it became apparent very early on in the workshop as they had everyone on their feet and being interactive. We began each session with various warm-up activities, then were able to participate in the reading and acting of the plays. It was an enjoyable 3 days but perhaps my favourite part was watching others awkwardly get up in front of the class and perform lines of the plays, as well as creating tableaus of our ideas of Shakespeare’s 4 genres of plays; history, tragedy, romance, and comedy. On the other hand one aspect of the workshop I did not particularly enjoy was that at times it resembled more of a drama session than a Shakespeare lesson and the two actors did not explain the general plot of the play in much detail, instead focusing more on just the key characters, rather than how they interact with each other throughout the play. So although I still don’t understand “Much Ado About Nothing” because of the little plot information given, I did learn how to recite the lines properly and adjust my voice at the end of lines accordingly. One thing that the presentation did especially well was teach us students how to interpret the language used within Shakespeare’s plays and how to recite the lines properly. We also learned that the title of the play means a lot of fretting about gossip which is appropriate given all the deception and jealousy within the piece. Finally, my favourite activity within the workshop was one in which an individual plays the role of the king or queen, and the others must invent creative ways to please him or her so they will not be killed. It demonstrates the social hierarchy and the drastic differences between the rich and the poor in those times. In conclusion, it was a pleasure to take part in and I would gladly do it again.

(Tragedy tableau in English 10, Block C)


“We Remember – Liberation Poem”

This poem is an interpretation of Charles V. Feree’s journal describing his experiences liberating Jewish concentration camps during WWII. It describes the liberator’s experience as well as describing what it means to truly remember. My poem also serves as a tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of their native countries.


The Jewish people celebrating their liberation.

Source: http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=99452

We arrived at the gates
The air heavy with the smell of gas and flesh
Infiltrating my mind, overwhelming my senses.
My eyes search the area.

Sounds of speeding bullets go off in my head.
I do not budge.
For I am motionless,
Paralyzed by the sights beginning to appear before me.
Supressing the fear churning my stomach, I enter.

Skeletons piled high, bodies on either side,
Some move slowly, others can only stare,
As we search through barracks, separating dead from dying,
Their faces twisted with pain, overflowing with suffering.

They reach out bony arms with gratitude, they are free.
But where to?
Their families have been taken, massacred, by the uniformed men.
Some seek revenge, some cannot move,
Some try to forget, others try to remember.

Remember those who were not given a chance,
Remember those whose lives were taken away,
Remember those who lost treasured family,
Remember those who are no longer able to forget.

For should we forget, we forget an important lesson.
One that reminds us of our past.
A past that we must not repeat.
And for that we remember.



Veldt Poem







Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should

Any man with half a brain would know that, he would

Yet we are still overcome with greed
And purchase things we wand but do not need
Mankind climbs over corpses, one by one,
To catch a glimpse of the glowing sun
We fill the void, our own black hole
The act of consuming takes over our soul
Go big or go home, the bigger the better
Why do we believe, more things bring more pleasure?