This week’s assignment…

Sorry people- I forgot to post this on my Edublog as well as TEAMS. Here are the directions but the images are on the document.

Please post this assignment in TEAMS by Thursday, April 9th

Respond to ONE of the following images in a genre or your choice:

  • Lyrical poem (free verse or structured)
  • Short, short story (max. 500 words)
  • Persuasive paragraph (approx. 250-500 words)
  • Personal narrative (250-500 words)

Response to COVID-19

Monday, April 6th

Here is the email I sent on Friday. If you did not read it or get it, here it is again:

Hello Literary and Composition 10 Honours class,

Before I get into more details, I wanted to put this invitation to a TEAMS video check in first, so you won’t miss it. On Tuesday, April 7th– I want you to “play” with TEAMS. I have sent you all an email with an invitation to join the class. Feel free to explore this platform before our first video conference call on Tuesday. We will be doing a “check in” and Q & A with each other in small groups. Be ready to share a “feel good” story about something in the world or your own life. Please be on your computer with TEAMS loaded at your required time. These are your time slots:

10:25-10:50- Fanny, Isabella, Kevin, Simon, Charlotte, Rahma, Amy

10:50-11:15- Hallie, Yuito, Philip, Ksenya, Jalene, Christian, Elisabeth, Elise

11:15-11:40- Sophia, Jannea, Emily, Lauren, Megan, Annika, Nabeel

Now for the rest of the email 😊I hope you are feeling both mentally and physically healthy right now. This has been a crazy few weeks! I know you are probably mourning all the Spring activities more than the actual classes. For some of you, not seeing your friends is probably the hardest part. As your teacher, I am really going to miss connecting with you personally, but I am hoping we can continue online instead. I am sure you are hearing it from your parents and the media already, but I encourage you to find connections best you can and capitalize on those. In the first week back, we will find and share the silver linings and the “feel good” stories of this pandemic to build our resiliency and hope.

You are probably curious how your continued learning is going to look in this class. I am committed to your education as I want you feeling confident and ready to tackle English 11 next year.  Mrs. Okabe is not sure what is expected of her at this point which is very frustrating for both of us. One moment they tell us that her practicum has been postponed and then the next moment they are telling her she is still required to do a few more weeks. It is hard to have so many unknowns! Rest assured, between the two of us, your education will continue and we will provide the skills you need for next year. I am also aware that some of you may have extra stress or must look after younger siblings. If you have any obstacles that can hinder your learning during this time, please email me and let me know. I can adapt to suit your unique needs.

As you may know, the Ministry is asking for 3 hours per subject per week. I will be keeping to these guidelines but there will be extra time needed for reading (this is English class, after all). Here is a breakdown of the NEW English 10 class:

  • We will be following the same block schedule as school. I will be teaching via TEAMS video conferencing at this time (10:20-11:45). I will NOT be teaching every day, but there will be days when you are required to video conference with your classmates. There will be days when you are independently writing or reading, and you can do that whenever you want. Each week will look different.
  • No Red Ink- I will be assigning this often as it is the best online tool I can find that teaches grammar and mechanics. There will be no tests. The “test” is how you write your essays 😊
  • My blog is how I will communicate the “Shape of the Day” and we will use TEAMS and OneNote.
  • Content:
    • Free writing in response to this moment in history. This can be journaling, poetry writing, or short story writing.
    • Writing analysis– reading a variety of narrative essays and analyzing the writing style
    • Using this knowledge to write your own narrative essay
    • Of Mice and Men novella with some small assignments/discussions
    • Literature Circles
      • Learning and applying literary lens to your novel
      • Personal connections and responses to your novel
      • Arts or Science based responses to your novel
      • Discussing the novel with your group (video conferencing)
      • Connecting with students from other parts of Canada or USA when discussing this novel (still trying to set this up)
    • Synthesis Essay – I will guide you through this through video so don’t stress about it.
    • PechaKucha OR Spoken Word- perform in front of your family OR your peers (more information to come)
    • Multi-media inquiry project (keep watching Netflix and music videos. More information to come)

 

Please know that I may have to change or adapt this based on our new reality. Be patient and don’t be afraid to email me, or even better, reach out through video conferencing on TEAMS.

I look forward to seeing your lovely faces on my computer screen on Tuesday.

Please take care and give your family a hug.

Mrs. Thomasen

 

Monday, April 6th

Here is the email I sent on Friday. If you did not get it or read it, here it is:

Hello English Studies 12 class,

Before I get into more details, I wanted to put this invitation to a TEAMS video check in first, so you won’t miss it. On Tuesday, April 7th– I want you to “play” with TEAMS. I have sent you all an email with an invitation to join the class. Feel free to explore this platform before our first video conference call on Tuesday. We will be doing a “check in” and Q & A with each other in small groups. Be ready to share a “feel good” story about something in the world or your own life. Please be on your computer with TEAMS loaded at your required time. These are your time slots:

1:50-2:10- Quinn, Lucy, Amir, Conor, David, Thea

2:10-2:30- Nyssa, Cassidy, Gracey, Kylee, Peter, Morgan

2:30-2:50- Gio, Jason, Maya, Clare, Tobiasz, Michael, Mark

2:50-3:10- Daisy, River, Ben, Owen, Hiroshisa, Julia, Brayden

Now for the rest of the email 😊I hope you are feeling both mentally and physically healthy right now. This has been a crazy few weeks! Remember how I said on the last day of school that there is no way the Ministry would cancel classes for longer than a week after Spring Break? Boy, was I ever wrong. I feel horrible for you senior students. I know you are probably mourning your grad activities more than the actual classes. For some of you, not seeing your friends is probably the hardest part. I am sure you are hearing it from your parents and the media already, but I encourage you to find connections best you can and capitalize on those. In the first week back, we will find and share the silver linings and the “feel good” stories of this pandemic to build our resiliency and hope.

You are probably curious how your continued learning is going to look in this class. I am committed to your education as I want you feeling confident and ready to tackle your post-secondary aspirations in whatever form they may take. Even if you never have to write an essay again, you will have the skills to communicate effectively in whatever career you choose and to have a stronger understanding of the human condition (relevant in the best of times but especially in the worst of times). I am also aware that some of you may have extra stress or must look after younger siblings. If you have any obstacles that can hinder your learning during this time, please email me and let me know. I can adapt to suit your unique needs.

As you may know, the Ministry is asking for 3 hours per subject per week. I will be keeping to these guidelines but there will be extra time needed for reading (this is English class, after all). Here is a breakdown of the NEW English 12 class:

  • We will be following the same block schedule as school. I will be teaching via TEAMS video conferencing at this time (1:50-3:10). I will NOT be teaching every day, but there will be days when you are required to video conference with your classmates. There will be days when you are independently writing or reading, and you can do that whenever you want. Each week will look different.
  • No Red Ink- I will be assigning this often as it is the best online tool I can find that teaches grammar and mechanics. I will also use GrammarBytes. There will be no tests. The “test” is how you write your essays 😊
  • My blog is how I will communicate the “Shape of the Day” and we will use TEAMS and OneNote.
  • Content:
    • Free writing in response to this moment in history. This can be journaling, poetry writing, or short story writing.
    • Writing analysis– reading a variety of narrative essays and analyzing the writing style
    • Using this knowledge to write your own narrative essay
    • Literature Circles
      • Learning and applying literary lens to your novel
      • Personal connections and responses to your novel
      • Arts or Science based responses to your novel
      • Discussing the novel with your group (video conferencing)
      • Connecting with students from other parts of Canada or USA when discussing this novel (still trying to set this up)
    • Research Synthesis Essay #2
    • PechaKucha OR Spoken Word- perform in front of your family OR your peers (more information to come)
    • Multi-media inquiry project (keep watching Netflix and music videos. More information to come)

 

Please know that I may have to change or adapt this based on our new reality. Be patient and don’t be afraid to email me, or even better, reach out through video conferencing on TEAMS.

I look forward to seeing your lovely faces on my computer screen on Tuesday.

Please take care and give your family a hug.

Mrs. Thomasen

Monday, March 30th

Morning everyone,

I hope you are feeling physically and mentally healthy this morning. The past two weeks have been surreal, haven’t they?

At this point, we are still unclear what your “continuing education” will look like.  Mrs. Okabe and I are awaiting further instructions from the District and Province. Please keep checking your email and this edublog as we learn more about finishing this semester online.

Take care! Mrs. Thomasen and Mrs. Okabe

 

Monday, March 30th – Oral Storytelling

I hope you are feeling healthy and your family is doing well.  I also hope you are in a safe place of social isolation. I am sure you are missing your friends, and I know you must be even more upset that this is happening in your senior year. I feel for you. I really hope we can all return back to our normal lives sooner than expected.

As your teacher, I am still waiting to hear what the rest of the year will look like for you. As for Capstone, I don’t know about that either; I should know by next week. Us teachers are just as anxious to find all this out as you may be.

I am writing to you to you to discuss the oral storytelling unit that is due today.

Here are the details:

  • It is due 9am Monday, March 29th. I will begin marking then as I wait for my instructions on continued learning for grade 12 English. There are no extensions.
  • Please mark your “pages” exactly as shown below. It is too confusing when you all have different titles and OneNote can’t organize for me properly.
    • Split Tooth
    • Legend of the Sugar Girl
    • Traplines
  • Fill in the green portions of the rubric on the “Oral Storytelling” page. NOTE: I am marking only ONE of your assignments so choose your BEST (most insightful) and write it on the top.
    • As noted at the top of the rubric, you will get 1/3 of your mark deleted for each assignment not complete. So for example, if you choose “Traplines” as your best assignment and you get 24/30, but don’t complete “Split Tooth”, you will only get 16.8/30. I will be looking at all three, but concentrating on one. I may need to look at another assignment to fully assess all the criteria on the rubric. If you have done minimal work on the other assignments, I will be taking marks off the final grade.
    • I will be asking you to self-assess the “participation” mark. It does affect your final grade.
  • Please add your “arts-based” assignment to the story in which it is related. Be sure to add the explanation. NOTE: some of these were given to me on Friday and I did not bring them home. When I get back into my classroom late next week, I will get them. For those of you who did leave them there, can you email me? For those who did a visual, can you take a photo and add to your OneNote under the story’s page? Thank you!!
  • Marking key
    • Yellow= good thinking!
    • Blue= you have a vague idea and your thinking needs to be extended
    • Red= wrong or insufficient
    • Shaded= obvious mechanical/grammar issues

I think that is it. I will be on my computer all morning so if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Take care everyone!

Wednesday- Story #3

Today you will read story #3.

Tomorrow you will do the assignment for that story.

All assignments due by Friday 3pm BUT if you think you will work on this over spring break, you are welcome to do so but there will be a 5% deduction off the total mark. It is all due Monday, March 30th with no extensions.

Friday- the whole block will be devoted to an arts-based response to ONE story. If you do not have anything in mind, I will ask you to do a FOUND poem based on the words already in the story. Here is an example:

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Monday- Story#2

  1. Read story #2
  2. Do the questions and the paragraphs for story #2
  3. Writing conferences:
    1. do the corrections on your essay
    2. post your corrected essay on your blog with the TAG: synthesis1
    3. Include images of the authors
    4. reflection- two things you are proud of and two things you want to do better on synthesis #2.
    5. You must include all this criteria to get the full 5 marks (yes, 5 marks)