English 12

Provincial Exam Resources: 

Provincial Exam Prep: mock-exam-student-prep

Examinable Lit Terms: english-12-literary-terms

Practice Exams: https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/search

Wednesday, March 8

First Block: We took our final Of Mice and Men quiz

Second Block: We started watching the film version of Of Mice and Men

Tuesday, March 7

In class today:

We took a look at some “Stand-Alone Text” exemplars, then peer edited one another’s practice responses from yesterday. Interim reports were handed out.

For Homework:

Of Mice and Men quiz tomorrow

Monday, March 6

In class today:

We reviewed feedback on our literary paragraphs and went over format/expectations for the “Stand-Alone Text” response on the provincial exam. Then we wrote a practice “Stand-Alone Text” response.

For Homework:

Continue to prepare for the quiz on Wednesday.

Friday, March 3

In class today:

We discussed possible meanings of the title Of Mice and Men, read the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, and watched the “Thugnotes” summary/analysis of the text. Then we worked in groups to consider the significance of light/darkness and other motifs in the novella.

For Homework:

Final Of Mice and Men quiz Wednesday

Wednesday, March 1

First block:

We reviewed the end of chapter 5, then did a close reading exercise (handed in). We spent the rest of this block discussing Steinbeck’s portrayal of women (specifically, Curley’s wife) in Of Mice and Men. Was Steinbeck being sexist or subversive?

Second block:

We read and discussed an article by Leighton Meester re: Steinbeck’s portrayal of women. Then we read the last chapter of the novella.

For Homework:

Finish filling in your motifs chart. You should record at least 3-4 quotations for each motif, along with the possible significance of each.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

In class today:

We went over yesterday’s discussion questions, then read chapter 5.

For homework:

Finish the last few pages of chapter 5.

Monday, Feb. 27

In class today:

We read chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men, then worked in groups on discussion questions.

For Homework:

Please make sure that you are keeping your motif chart up-to-date. At this point you should have at least two quotations for each motif.

Friday, Feb. 24

In class today:

We took our quiz on chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men. 

For Homework:

Work on your motif chart (green sheet). Record at least two quotations for each motif (from chapters 1-3), and suggest the possible significance of each.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

First block:

We went over the chapter 2 review questions. Then we read chapter 3 (in partners) and started to fill in the motif chart.

Second block:

We prepared for Friday’s quiz (chapters 1-3) by reviewing paragraph structure and quote integration. We also worked in groups to come up with potential multiple choice questions.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

In class today:

We finished reading chapter 2 and continued to add to our character charts. Then we started on some review questions.

For homework:

Finish chapter 2 review questions.

Monday, Feb. 20 

In class today:

We finished up our “n-word” lesson with a 4 corners discussion activity, then started to read the second chapter of “Of Mice and Men.” As we read, we filled out a chart to help us keep track of characters.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

First block:

We finished the chapter 1 discussion questions, then worked on a “close reading” of excerpts from chapter 1. We discussed the close reading as a class and took a look at a student exemplar.

Second block:

In preparation for chapter 2, we spent this block talking about the “n-word.” We did a number of different activities (watching / reading / writing / discussing) to explore our own and others’ perspectives on this word.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

In class today:

After an introductory visualization/drawing activity, we read and discussed the first chapter of Of Mice and Men. In groups, we started working on discussion questions (to be continued next class).

Friday, Feb. 10 

In class today:

To prepare for starting Of Mice and Men next week, we discussed  “American Dream” rhetoric in the 1930s and today. If you were absent, please go through this PowerPoint: the-american-dream

We took a look at a New York Times news story from 1933 and responded to some multiple choice questions, then did some brief synthesis (comparing the 1933 article with a NY Times story from 2009).

For Homework:

If you were absent today, please go through the above PowerPoint and pick up the article/MC questions from the absentee binder.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

First block:

Writing pre-assessments were handed back. We talked a bit about literary theory (different ways of approaching a text), and worked in groups to research the context of Of Mice and Men.

Second block:

We prepared mini slide shows on our research and presented them to the other groups.

Friday, Feb. 3

In class today:

We worked as “Hiring Committees” to evaluate cover letters for effectiveness, then peer edited and provided feedback on each other’s letters.

For Homework:

Good copy of cover letter due Monday. Please type your letter in Times New Roman size 12 font.

**Return parent letters!

Wednesday, Feb. 1 

First block: We reviewed the format of the provincial exam and used Kahoot to review literary terms.

Second block: We reviewed the format/content of a cover letter and prepared to write our own by filling in a graphic organizer. After this, we moved on to writing the rough copy.

Homework:

  1. Cover letter rough copy due Friday
  2. Signed parent letter due back by Friday

Tuesday, Jan. 31

In class today:

We did our writing preassessment. If you were absent today, please come see me to arrange a time to make this up.

For Homework:

Please return your signed parent letter by Friday.

Monday, Jan. 30

In class today:

We went over the course outline and expectations. Then we began to prepare for a writing preassessment.

For homework:

Write out 1/2 page of notes to prepare for your writing preassessment (tomorrow).

The topic: Write the story of your final grade 12 semester as if it has already happened. Make it as realistic or unrealistic as you like!

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