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)

Gender Equality

Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. What is gender equality and what is feminism? Why is it still needed? Why has “feminism” become such a hated word?


Read the following story by Thomas King, a Cree Nation author. For tomorrow, have the following questions answered in your OneNote under “Indigenous Story Telling”. Point form is fine.

  1. What is King’s mother’s story?
  2. What is King’s father’s story?
  3. “The truth about stories is that is all we are” pg. 208. Do you agree or disagree? How does this one quote summarize the theme of the story?

Thursday- Circle Talk

A. Reminder there will be a quiz on the poetic devices, the biography of the poets, the main historical events of the Harlem Renaissance, and the meaning of the poems. You do not need to look outside the sources we used in class.

B. How do these poets express their identity in their poems? Remember, that will be the question for your “choice” poem. You cannot copy and paste your paragraph onto the test- you should remember your main points and be ready to write a chunky paragraph  on the test.

C. After the Circle Talk, I ask that you reflect on the experience in OneNote in “journal entry” with the title “Circle Talk”. Due MONDAY. Choose ONE to discuss in a chunky, insightful paragraph:

  1. Choose ONE of the First Nations Principals of Learning and explain how  this experience reflected this principle? Eg. how did this experience show you that learning is embedded in memory, history and story?
  2. How can one learn through aural and oral communication?
  3. How did this exercise build community in this room?


Synthesis Essay- last in-class day

Pecha Kuchas- Mark and River 🙂 

Process of writing:

  1. Brainstorm- check!
  2. Organize your ideas- check!
  3. Write your rough draft- check!
  4. Edit….Reminders about academic writing:
    1. Formal- no “I” “We” “You”, no slang
    2. No conversational language: eg. This quote shows…. or… This essay shows
    3. When analyzing literature, it is in the present tense
    4. After stating their first and last name in the introduction, you can then refer to the authors by their last name only
    5. Abbreviate the title of the poem after the introduction. Eg. “Marvel” “Rivers” “Juicy”
    6. BOLD your thesis
    7. BOLD your example of combining two complete thoughts with THAMO and BOLD your example of interrupting a thought with THAMO
  5. Have it printed and stapled for me for the beginning of class tomorrow. No title page needed.
  6. Conclusions: Here is an example of two good ones from grade 10 students

Monday- Citations and In-text Citations + Write!!

  1. How to do a citation for an old source (our poems in this case). It entails some research!
  2. In-text citations for poetry. Basic rule: “…..” (Last name line #). Eg. Hughes writes, “I’ve known rivers/ancient dusky rivers” (Hughes 1-2).
  3. No Red Ink- formatting MLA quotes
  4. One Note- “Essay Writing” Do your introduction today.