MYP Language and Literature 9

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Monday, Jan. 14 

Today in the Colour Game, students payed taxes and had a chance to purchase “luxury items.” We also read and discussed chapter 10, then worked on reading strategies and journals.

For Homework:

  1. Journals #1 and #2 should be complete by Thursday.
  2. Chapter 10 reading strategies

Thursday, Jan. 10 

Today we started the Colour Game! We went over all the rules, set up our journals, and selected our colours. We also worked on our reading strategies for chapter 9.

For Homework:

First Colour Game journal entry due on Monday.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Today we updated our portfolios, went over our first reading quiz, and read chapter 9 of The War Between the Classes. 

The Colour Game begins on Thursday!!

Thursday, Dec. 20 

Today we did some text-to-text analysis, looking at The War Between the Classes and the film Bend it Like Beckham. We also applied the Bechdel test to the film.

Monday, Dec. 17

Today we reviewed chapter 8. We also discussed gender/race representation in movies and used the Bechdel test (and variations) to evaluate a number of popular films.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Ms. Keller was away at a workshop this morning. With Ms. Sarai, we read chapter 8 in groups and discussed at designated stopping points. We also finished our character/point of view worksheet and worked on reading strategies.

For Homework:

  1. Character/point of view worksheet should be complete.
  2. Reading strategies should be complete up to (and including) chapter 8.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 

We read and discussed chapter 7 of The War Between the Classes and worked on our reading strategies. Then we reviewed literary terms (character and point of view) and started a worksheet to practice applying these terms to the novel.

For Homework:

  1. Reading strategies should be complete up to (and including) chapter 7.
  2. Complete first half of character/point of view worksheet (1-5).

 

Friday, Dec. 7

Today we created and presented role plays to explore family dynamics in The War Between the Classes. 

Thursday, Dec. 6 

We went to the “Find Your Fit” Career Fair. Then we had small group discussions about family relationships in The War Between the Classes and in our own lives.

Monday, Dec. 3 

We did a drawing “challenge” to examine our own ingrained gender stereotypes, then read chapter 6 and filled in our reading strategies chart.

For Homework:

Reading strategies should be complete up to chapter 6.

Friday, Nov. 30

We took a “quiz” on gender roles and analysed the male/female relationships in the novel.

For Homework:

Finish gender roles chart.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 

Today we took a reading quiz on chapters 1-5. Then we started talking about gender in The War Between the Classes. 

If you were absent today, please see Ms. Keller to make up the quiz.

Friday, Nov. 23

Today we read chapter 5, worked on our reading strategies, and continued with the “Spent” challenge.

For Homework:

Reading Strategies should be complete up to chapter 5. Please be prepared for a reading quiz (chapters 1-5) on Tuesday.

Thursday, Nov. 22

Today we read chapter 4 and worked on our reading strategies. Then we started an online poverty simulation. You can try it out at http://www.playspent.org

For homework:

Reading strategies should be complete up to and including chapter 4.

Monday, Nov. 19

We finished our paragraph-writing competition by scoring each other’s paragraphs in two rounds to determine the winners. Congratulations to Jin, Johao, and Jazon!

Thursday, Nov. 15

Today we did our persuasive paragraph writing competition! Next class we will score the paragraphs and decide on winners.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 

Today we finished reading/discussing chapter 3 and worked on our reading strategies. Then we picked our preferred colours and started making a T-chart in preparation for a persuasive writing competition next class.

For Homework:

Finish your T-chart — at least 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages for each side.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Today we watched a CBC video clip about the Japanese internment camps. We answered some viewing questions and discussed our reactions to the video. Then we started to read chapter 3.

Monday, Nov. 5 

Today we reviewed and discussed chapter 2. We learned about characterization and worked on “Gathering Information about Amy (Emiko) Sumoto” (yellow chart). If you were away today, please make sure that you complete this.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Ms. Keller was away today. The class had a discussion with Ms. LeForte about power/privilege, then read chapter 2 and worked on reading strategies.

For Homework:

Chapter 2 reading strategies should be complete.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 

Today we finished our chapter one reading strategies (Summarizing, Making Connections). We had a discussion about power and privilege and did a “Sociometry of Oppression” activity.

For Homework:

Write a short reflection about the activity we did in class today. What was your assigned “identity”? What was the experience like for you?

Friday, Oct. 26

We finished reading chapter 1 and worked on some of our reading strategies: Asking Questions, Making Inferences, Making Predictions.

Thursday, Oct. 25 

We practiced one of our reading strategies (making inferences), then took “What Kind of Reader are You?” surveys. We started to read chapter 1 of The War Between the Classes. 

Monday, Oct. 22

We finished our “4 Corners” discussion activity today. Then we (anonymously) shared and discussed selections from our journals.

Thursday, Oct. 17 

Today we finished organizing our portfolios. Then we started a “4 Corners” discussion activity in preparation for our novel study. Interim reports also went home today.

For Homework:

You will not have any more class time to complete portfolios. Please bring them home if not complete.

Monday, Oct. 15 

Today we edited our journals (focusing on fragments and run-ons) and handed them in. We also edited our portfolio reflections and filled in interim self-evaluations.

Thursday, Oct. 11

We had some portfolio time, then worked on our journals (if not complete). We also reviewed common sentence errors (fragments and run-ons) and did some practice with this.

For Homework:

Journal entries (1-1.5 pages double spaced) must be complete for next class. No exceptions! This is the topic:

  1. Have you ever been stereotyped or experienced discrimination because of your culture, gender, age, religion, etc.? Explain what happened and how it made you feel.
  2. If possible, ask a parent, relative, or older sibling to answer the above question. Record their answer (in your own words).

Tuesday, Oct. 9

In preparation for our novel study unit, we started to talk about issues of identity: stereotyping, prejudice, and different types of discrimination. We did some brainstorming, discussion, and fill-in-the-blanks.

For Homework:

Write a journal (1-1.5 pages double spaced) on the following:

  1. Have you ever been stereotyped or experienced discrimination because of your culture, gender, age, religion, etc.? Explain what happened and how it made you feel.
  2. If possible, ask a parent, relative, or older sibling to answer the above question. Record their answer (in your own words).

 

Thursday, Oct. 4 

We finished our reading strategy stations, then had some portfolio time.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Today we reviewed reading strategies and did a “reading strategy stations” activity (to be continued next class.)

Friday, Sept. 28 

Today was our last full block for working on portfolios. All reflections and self-assessments should be complete at this point: Learner Profile, ATLs, Criteria A, B, C, D

Thursday, Sept. 27 

We worked on our portfolio reflections (Criteria A, B, C, D) and decorated our portfolios.

Friday, Sept. 21

In class today:

We worked on our ATL self-assessments and created our portfolios.

For homework:

Learner Profile and ATL self-assessments should be complete. Please bring art supplies next class.

Thursday, Sept. 20

We went down to the Learning Commons today. Ms. Cauduro did a presentation on “Surrey Teen Reads” books, and then we selected our first independent reading novels.

For Homework: Bring a poster board and your silent reading book next class.

Monday, Sept. 17 

In class today:

We reviewed aspects of the MYP, then worked in groups to become “experts” on learner profile traits. We also did a learner profile self-assessment.

For Homework:

Complete learner profile self-assessment and bring a poster board by Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 13 

In class today:

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

For Homework:

Please bring your poster board next class.

Monday, Sept. 10 (Day 1) and Tuesday, Sept. 11 (Day 2) 

In class today:

We went over course expectations and took a quiz, then visited this website and voted in the poll (below). We prepared for our writing pre-assessment (Thursday) by filling in a planning page.

For Homework:

  1. Continue to prepare for your writing pre-assessment. The topic is: “What are your most vivid childhood memories?”
  2. Return your signed parent letter.

Thursday, Sept. 6 (Day 1) and Friday, Sept. 7 (Day 2) 

In class today:

We went over the course outline, filled in a 20 questions “Getting to know you” sheet, and played “Two truths and a lie.”

For Homework:

Please bring your signed parent letter and all course materials for next class.

 

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