English Studies 12

English 12 course outline

Wednesday, Nov. 20

For our first block today, students worked on their satire assignments after reviewing the requirements.  The rest of the class was used to review for our Short Story Unit Test (six short stories we have read, plus terms).  A handout on theme vs moral was given with a few additional terms on the back. Absent students should make sure they pick this up to review for our short story unit test next Wednesday.

Homework:

  1. Review for Short Story Unit Test, Wednesday, Nov 27th
  2. Satire assignment due Wednesday, Dec 4th

Tuesday, Nov. 19 

Many students were away on field trips today (SFU / WE Day). The rest of us watched Act I of Othello (Oliver Parker film adaptation).

Homework:

Any overdue assignments: e.g. Walter Mitty artistic unity, motif paragraph outline

Monday, Nov. 18

Today we read and discussed Act I of Othello.

Homework:

Any overdue assignments: e.g. Walter Mitty artistic unity, motif paragraph outline

Friday, Nov. 15 

Today we prepared to read Shakespeare’s Othello. We did a “4 corners” discussion activity and a slide show with some fill-in-the-blank notes. We returned our OMAM texts and signed out the Othello texts.

Homework:

Any overdue assignments: e.g. Walter Mitty artistic unity, motif paragraph outline

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Today students received two of their writing assignments back: Borders diary entries and  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writing assignment.  We also spent a little bit of time reviewing run on sentences and sentence fragments.  Students were introduced to the element of satire through a reading of Swift’s A Modest Proposal. They took a few notes from a powerpoint lesson and watched a few videos to understand the concept. Students are asked to think of a topic in society they might want to critique for next Wednesday.

Homework: Any overdue assignments – artistic unity for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Today we handed in motif paragraph outlines and movie worksheets. We also took our final Of Mice and Men quiz.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Today we watched the movie version Of Mice and Men. Students were reminded of their  final quiz (next Tuesday).  Students were also reminded of their short stories assignments (The Secret Life of…., Borders diary entries and artistic unity assignment) and were encouraged to email any missing assignments by Friday.

Homework:

  1. Overdue: “Walter Mitty” artistic unity assignment
  2. Due next Tuesday: Paragraph outline (pick another motif from your chart, and outline a paragraph exploring its significance to the text)
  3. Also next Tuesday: Final OMAM quiz (multiple choice and paragraph response) and OMAM video worksheet (some completed in class on Wednesday)

Tuesday, Nov. 5 

Today we watched the “Thugnotes” summary/analysis of Of Mice and Men. We discussed the final quiz (next Tuesday) and went over the feedback on our first literary paragraphs. We did an activity to explore the motifs of light and darkness in the novella, then started working on a paragraph outline for another motif.

Homework:

  1. Due tomorrow: “Walter Mitty” artistic unity assignment
  2. Due next Tuesday: Paragraph outline (pick another motif from your chart, and outline a paragraph exploring its significance to the text)
  3. Also next Tuesday: Final OMAM quiz (multiple choice and paragraph response)

Monday, Nov. 4 

Today we finished reading Of Mice and Men. We discussed the final chapter and the significance of the title. Then we analysed the poem to which the title alludes, “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. Finally, we worked on our motif charts.

Homework:

  1. Due tomorrow: Motif chart should be complete (min 3 quotations/motif + significance)
  2. “Walter Mitty” artistic unity assignment Nov. 6

Friday, Nov. 1 

Today we continued to discuss Steinbeck’s portrayal of women (Curley’s wife) in Of Mice and Men. We had small group discussions, read two different articles, and held a mini whole-class debate.

Homework:

“Walter Mitty” artistic unity assignment Nov. 6

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Today we did a close reading exercise for chapter 5 (handed in). We also started a group discussion about Curley’s wife and misogyny in Of Mice and Men. 

Homework:

  1. Wednesday: Complete “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” writing assignment
  2. Wednesday: Missing assignments due: RHW & “The Drunkard” comparison worksheet, “Borders” diary entries
  3. If you were absent today, please pick up a copy of the close reading exercise and hand it in by Friday.

Monday, Oct. 28 

Today we finished discussing chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men and went over the chapter questions. We made predictions for chapter 5 and read it as a class.

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Complete chapter 5 questions. You can find them here: Chapter 5 questions
  2. Wednesday: Complete “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” writing assignment
  3. Wednesday: Missing assignments due: RHW & “The Drunkard” comparison worksheet, “Borders” diary entries

Wednesday, Oct. 23 

Today students were given time to work on “The Rocking Horse Winner” and “The Drunkard” comparison worksheet.  We then read a new story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.  Students answered and discussed the questions in class.  The writing assignment (back) was assigned for homework.

Homework:

  1. Monday: Finish reading chapter 4 and complete the review questions.
  2. Wednesday: Complete “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” writing assignment
  3. Wednesday: Missing assignments due: RHW & “The Drunkard” comparison worksheet, “Borders” diary entries

Tuesday, Oct. 22 

Today was a very short block (late start and fire drill). We read and discussed (most of) chapter 4.

Homework:

For Monday: Finish reading chapter 4 and complete the review questions

Monday, Oct. 21

Today we took our quiz on chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men. If you were away today, please come see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Friday, Oct. 18

Today we discussed our upcoming quiz on chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men. The quiz will be comprised of multiple choice questions and one literary analysis paragraph. We reviewed paragraph structure, the conventions of literary analysis, and quotation integration. Students worked in groups to come up with possible multiple choice questions.

Homework:

Prepare for Monday’s quiz on chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men. 

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Today we read, reviewed and discussed a new story, “The Rocking Horse Winner”.  Students took notes and reviewed the importance and effect titles can have on a  story. Students also handed in their homework, “Border” diary entries.

Homework

  1. Friday: OMAM motif chart (at least 2 quotations/motif)

Tuesday, Oct. 15 

Today we reviewed and discussed chapter 3, focusing on the power hierarchy of the ranch. We also discussed motifs in the text and started filling in a chart.

Homework:

  1. “Borders” diary entries due tomorrow (typed)
  2. Friday: OMAM motif chart (at least 2 quotations/motif)

Friday, Oct. 11

Today we filled in the self evaluation portion of the interims (going home next week). We went over our chapter 2 questions, then read and discussed chapter 3 in small groups.

Homework:

  1. Finish reading chapter 3 of Of Mice and Men. Focus on the power hierarchy of the ranch — who has the most power? Who has the least?
  2. “Borders” diary entries due Wednesday (typed)

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Today students completed, marked and recorded their short story terms quiz.  They entered their marks on their tracking sheet (kept in their binder). We went also reviewed “Border” questions and “The Most Dangerous Game”  and “Hunters in the Snow” reading quizzes were returned and recorded.  Students had time to work on a diary entries writing piece from the “Borders” short stories which are due next week.

Homework:

  1. Chapter two review questions due Friday
  2. “Borders” diary entries due Wednesday (typed)

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Today we spent some time talking about assessment in this course, and we started using a tracking sheet (to be kept in your binder). We finished reading chapter two of Of Mice and Men and filled in a character chart. Then we worked on review questions.

Homework:

  1. Short story terms quiz tomorrow
  2. Chapter two review questions due Friday

Monday, Oct. 7

Today we continued our discussion of the “n-word” and how to approach it in literature. Then we read and discussed chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men. We also started on a chart to keep track of characters.

Wednesday: Short Story Quiz (terms only)

Friday, Oct. 4 

In anticipation of OMAM chapter 2, today we did a lesson on the “n-word.” In order to explore this word and its connotations, we watched a news clip, read an article and a poem, did a free write, and did a “4 corners” discussion activity.

Next Wednesday: Short Story Quiz (terms only)

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Today students read about residential schools in Canada.  We read “Borders” and began discussing our questions.  Students also copied down short story terms which they will be quizzed on next week. Students should remember to also review their Elements of Short Stories notes, in addition to irony and point of view notes from the board. Please email any late short story assignments to Ms. Aujla.

Next Wednesday: Short Story Quiz (terms only)

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Students who were absent last class completed the close reading exercise for chapter 1. We went through it together and looked at some examples of close text analysis. We also went over the chapter 1 questions.

Friday, Sept. 27 

Today we discussed Orange Shirt Day and watched a short video. Quite a few students were away at the Climate Strike; those who were here worked on a close reading exercise for chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men. 

Don’t forget to wear orange on Tuesday!

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Today we completed a reading check for the short story “The Most Dangerous Game”.   This was followed by discussion questions and point of view notes.  Lastly, students wrote a creative writing piece that was completed in class.

Homework:

  1. For Friday: Finish OMAM chapter 1 questions

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Today we reviewed chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men. We shared examples from the mood and tone exercise, then worked in groups on our chapter questions.

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Read “The Most Dangerous Game”
  2. For Friday: Finish OMAM chapter 1 questions

Monday, Sept. 23

Today we did a setting/drawing activity to introduce the first chapter of Of Mice and Men. We analysed the first page, paying particular attention to the mood, tone, and potential allusions (Garden of Eden?). Then we signed out our books and read the rest of chapter 1 together.

Homework:

  1. Complete mood and tone exercise for tomorrow
  2. Read “The Most Dangerous Game” by Wednesday.

Friday, Sept. 20 

Today we looked at what the “American Dream” may have meant to Americans in the 1930s. We read a New York Times article from 1933 and answered some questions. Then we watched a New York Times news story from 2009 and made some comparisons between Recession and Depression-era versions of the American Dream. On Monday, we will start reading Of Mice and Men!

Homework:

Read “The Most Dangerous Game” by Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 

Today we read and reviewed the short story “The Drunkard”.  Students worked in groups completing question. We also discussed the different forms of irony and linked them to this story.  We also reviewed different reading strategies to help with reading comprehension.

Homework:

Read “The Most Dangerous Game” by Wednesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 

Today we reviewed our historical context notes and spent some time exploring the American Dream in its contemporary iterations. We analysed some video clips (2016 US election) for American Dream political rhetoric, and discussed whether similar rhetoric exists in Canada.

Homework:

“Hunters in the Snow” questions due tomorrow

Monday, Sept. 16 

Today we presented our Of Mice and Men historical context slideshows. We took notes on each other’s presentations and shared them in our groups.

Homework:

“Hunters in the Snow” questions due Wednesday

Friday, Sept. 13 

Today we discussed different “types” of reading (literary theories) that focus on the text, author, reader, and context. To prepare for our Of Mice and Men novel study, we spent some time looking at the historical context: America in the 1930s. We worked in small groups to research relevant topics (the Great Depression, etc.) and prepared slide shows to be presented next class.

Homework:

  1. Be prepared to present your slide show (4-5 slides) next class. You will have 10 minutes at the beginning of class to get organized. Don’t forget a bibliography!
  2. “Hunters in the Snow” questions due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th

 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Today we began our Short Story unit by reviewing short story terms.   Students read and reviewed characterization which was a focus in our first short story, “Hunters in the Snow”. If you were absent, please get your copies of the assignment, notes, story from the extra copies binder.

Reminders:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!
  3. “Hunters in the Snow” questions due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Tuesday, Sept. 10 

Today we did our initial writing assessment. If you were absent, please see Ms. Keller to make it up.

Reminders:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!

Monday, Sept. 9 

Today we started our independent reading time (approx. the first 15 minutes of every class.) We continued to discuss the articles from last class and reviewed the cell phone policy. Then we started to prepare for our writing preassessment.

Homework:

  1. Write 1/2 a page of notes (max) to prepare for your writing preassessment. You can find the topic and criteria here: Pre-assessment
  2. Reminders: bring silent reading book and signed parent letter/cell phone policy

Friday, Sept. 6

Today we finished reviewing course expectations. Then we read and analysed articles on the use of technology (Purpose, Audience, Argument, Persuasive Techniques). We shared our ideas in small groups and then with the class. (To be continued..)

Homework:

Please have your silent reading book and all course materials by Monday.

Thursday, Sept. 5

Today we went over the course outline, then rotated through stations with different introductory activities (reviewing course expectations, goal setting, etc.)

Homework:

  1. Please have all course materials (including a silent reading book!) by Monday.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, vote in the poll below.