English Studies 12

English 12 course outline

Friday, March 13 

Today we reviewed our chapter 5 questions and read/discussed chapter 6. Then we worked on adding to our motif charts.

Homework:

  1. Complete OMAM motif chart: at least 4 examples/motif + significance
  2. Instagram assignment due April 1st.

Have a great Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 11

Although I was away today, this is what was covered in class.  Students presented their Borders part C literary device to the class.  Unfortunately, there were not very many students prepared for this except for a handful.   Good work to Daryl, Roy, Kieran, Jordyn and Micky whose efforts were noted!  Next, students worked on their character Instagram assignment in class, which is due April 1st.   This assignment sheet should be done and emailed by this date. If you were away and need details about this assignment, please email me.  My email is aujla_r@surreyschools.ca

Homework:

  1. Finish Instagram Character assignment by April 1st

Tuesday, March 10 

Today we briefly reviewed chapter 5 and did a close reading exercise for the chapter. Then we started working on our chapter questions.

Homework:

  1. For Wednesday: present your findings to the class (part C “Borders” worksheet)
  2. For Friday: Finish chapter 5 questions

Monday, March 9

Today we reviewed chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men and read/discussed chapter 5 together.

Homework for Wednesday: present your findings to the class (part C “Borders” worksheet)

Friday, March 5

Today we read/discussed chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men and worked on some review questions.

Homework:

Chapter 4 questions due Monday.

Wednesday, March 4 

Today we reviewed a previous short story we read, “Hunters in the Snow”.  This was from a few weeks ago to allow students who were not done to complete it.  Once we finished reviewing the story, we reviewed the difference between a theme and a moral.   We also discussed the importance of titles and tied it into the stories we have read.  Lastly, we read “Borders” by Thomas King and students were partnered up to present on a specific element which will be presented next class (part c of worksheet).

Homework:

1)There are still some missing parent letters missing (cell phones)

2) Wednesday: present your findings to the class (part C “Borders” worksheet)

Tuesday, March 3 

Today we reviewed the rules for quotation integration. Then we did an in-class literary analysis paragraph on chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men (three topics to choose from). If you were absent today, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Reminder: Please email Ms. Aujla (aujla_r@surreyschools.ca) overdue “Hunters of the Snow” questions.

Monday, March 2

Today we reviewed chapters 1-3 of Of Mice and Men by creating practice quizzes for each other and completing them in groups. Tomorrow we will do an in-class writing assignment (literary analysis paragraph). You will be given a few questions to choose from and will have access to your book. We spent some time today reviewing the rules of literary analysis writing/quotation integration (to be continued).

Homework:

  1. In-class literary analysis paragraph tomorrow. To prepare, review the rules of literary analysis writing and chapters 1-3
  2. Email Ms. Aujla (aujla_r@surreyschools.ca) overdue “Hunters of the Snow” questions.

Friday, Feb. 28

Today we discussed chapter 3 of Of Mice and Men as a class, specifically focusing on power dynamics: Who has the most power? Who has the least? Why? We started looking for motifs in the novella and filled in a chart. We also filled in our interim self evaluations today.

Homework:

  1. Continue to fill in your motif chart. At this point, you should have at least 2 quotations/motif, along with some ideas about the significance of each.
  2. Get parent letters signed (cell phones)
  3. Email Ms. Aujla (aujla_r@surreyschools.ca) overdue “Hunters of the Snow” questions.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Today we had our Short Story terms quiz, a short grammar lesson on apostrophes and we also finished reviewing last week’s short story “Interpreter of Maladies”.   We also read and discussed Toni Morrison’s “Sweetness” short story.

Homework:

  1. Finish OMAM chapter 3 for Friday (if not finished in class)
  2. Get parent letters signed (cell phones)
  3. Email Ms. Aujla (aujla_r@surreyschools.ca) overdue “Hunters of the Snow” questions

Tuesday, Feb. 25 

Today we read and discussed chapter 3 in small groups, focusing on the relative power/agency of the characters.

Homework:

  1. Short story terms quiz tomorrow
  2. Finish OMAM chapter 3 for Friday (if not finished in class)

Monday, Feb. 24 

Today we finished reading chapter 2 and filled in the rest of our character chart. Then we worked on review questions for the chapter.

Homework:

  1. Finish chapter 2 review questions (due tomorrow)
  2. Short story terms quiz Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 19 

Today we finished our discussion of the “n-word” and its use in literature. Then we started reading chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men and filled in a chart to keep track of the characters.

Homework:

  1. Anyone who still has not handed in “Hunters in the Snow” questions (or was asked to re-do) should submit to Ms. Aujla tomorrow.
  2. There are still many missing parent letters for this block! (see list on board)

Tuesday, Feb. 18 

Today we finished our discussion of the “n-word” and its use in literature. Then we started reading chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men and filled in a chart to keep track of the characters.

Homework:

  1. Anyone who still has not handed in “Hunters in the Snow” questions (or was asked to re-do) should submit to Ms. Aujla tomorrow.
  2. There are still many missing parent letters for this block! (see list on board)

 

Friday, Feb. 14 

Today we did a lesson on the “n-word” in preparation for chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men. We watched a news story, did a “Quick Write,” and read/discussed an article and a poem.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Today we began our Short Stories Unit which will be happening on Wednesdays.  Students reviewed the Elements of Fiction with a Kahoot game.  Students were also given notes on characterization.  We then read our first short story, “Hunters in the Snow”.  Most students completed their questions by the end of class. Those who didn’t can finish the remaining questions and hand them in on Friday. There are some students who will be getting their questions back as they were not answered fully or written in complete sentences.

Homework:

Finish “Hunters in the Snow” questions (individually) for Friday

Monday, Feb. 10 

Today we went over our chapter 1 review questions and worked on a close reading exercise.

Friday, Feb. 7

Today we read and discussed chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men, then started on some review questions.

Homework:

Finish chapter 1 review questions.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 

How do you read? How are we taught to read? Today we discussed different theoretical lenses and approaches to reading. To prepare to read Of Mice and Men, we continued to look at the context in which it was written (1930s America). We explored the concept of the American Dream by looking at two New York Times news stories, one from 1933 and one from 2009. Then we did a listening/drawing activity for the beginning of Of Mice and Men. 

Tuesday, Feb. 4 

Today we rotated around the classroom and shared our mini presentations on the context of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. 

Reminders:

  1. Bring  signed parent letter/cell phone policy
  2. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Monday, Feb. 3 

Today we went down to the Learning Commons and worked in groups to research the context of Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men.

Reminders:

  1. Bring  signed parent letter/cell phone policy
  2. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Friday, Jan. 31 

Today we did an introductory stations activity. Students moved around the classroom and completed small introductory tasks (e.g. reviewing courses expectations and cell phone policy, goal setting, etc.)

Homework:

  1. Bring silent reading novel and signed parent letter/cell phone policy Monday
  2. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.