MYP Language and Literature 9

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Friday, Feb. 28 (Day 2) 

Today we started to work on making connections between global and local issues. We did some brainstorming as a class. We also worked in groups to look at the UN Goals for Sustainable Development. Each group researched two of the goals and considered the following questions: 1. Which of these goals would you prioritize and why? 2. Can you make a connection between one of these goals and a local (JH/Surrey) issue? We will present our ideas next class.

Homework:

Everyone must have a book for silent reading. Your first book blog is due anytime before Friday, April 3rd.

Thursday, Feb. 27 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Today we went down to the Learning Commons to exchange books. Then we did some silent reading and/or working on book blogs. We updated our portfolios (Criterion C) and also shared responses to the question from last class: What is wrong with YOUR world?

Homework:

Everyone must have a book for silent reading. Your first book blog is due anytime before Friday, April 3rd.

Monday, Feb. 24 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Feb. 25 (Day 1) 

C1 and C2 did the “speed booking” activity (D2 did it last class). All blocks received info about the book blog assignment and goodreads.com. C2 and D2 also started our next unit by doing a brainstorm in response to the question: What is wrong with YOUR world?

Homework:

All paragraphs should now be handed in. If you have not yet done your presentation, please arrange a time to make it up with Ms. Keller this week.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

C1 and C2: Finished presentations and worked on mini book review/questions in preparation for “speed booking” activity next class.

D2: Wrote mini book review and did speed booking activity.

Homework:

C1 and C2: Finish book review and questions in preparation for next class.

Friday, Feb 14 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Feb. 18 (Day 1) 

Today we continued with our presentations and handed in paragraphs. There are still a few students who will need to present next class. Block C1 also had their library presentation.

Thursday, Feb. 13 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Today we started the final presentations for our short stories unit. Everyone who did not present today will present next class. All paragraphs will be collected after the presentations.

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

Today we went to the Learning Commons for a presentation from Surrey Public Libraries (C2 and D2 only; C1 will do this next week). We also peer edited our compare/contrast paragraphs.

Homework:

Projects are due next class (Thursday): presentation + good copy of paragraph. Your paragraph should be typed in Times New Roman size 12 font (or written neatly) and double spaced.

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

Today we talked about how to go from an outline to a paragraph. We took a look at a sample paragraph and practised adding transition words and integrating quotations. Then we worked on writing our own paragraphs.

Homework:

Paragraph rough copy due next class (Monday for Day 2, Tuesday for Day 1).

Friday, Jan. 31 (Day 2) and Monday, Feb. 3 (Day 1) 

Today we took a look at a sample outline for a compare/contrast paragraph. Then we started working on our own outlines.

Homework:

Paragraph outlines due next class.

Thursday, Jan. 30 

Today we finished reviewing our “paragraph basics” booklet and spent some time talking about formal/informal language. We went over the criteria for our compare/contrast paragraphs and worked on our topic sentences.

Homework:

  1. Write the topic sentence for your paragraph
  2. Colour Game journals are now overdue.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 (Day 1) 

Today we debriefed the colour game. We also reviewed paragraph structure (because part of the final project is a paragraph) and marked/edited a sample paragraph together. We did a short exercise to practice using transition words.

Homework:

Colour Game journals are now overdue and must be handed in.

Over the semester break, you should continue to work on your final project. At  minimum, your planning page should be complete.

Monday, Jan. 20 (Day 1) and Tuesday, Jan. 21 (Day 2) 

Today was our final day of the colour game. We did promotions, demotions, and fines, and then competed in our Final Colour Game Showdown. Congratulations to the winners!

Homework:

Journals (all three entries) are due tomorrow (day 1 and day 2 classes.)

Thursday, Jan. 16 (Day 1) and Friday, Jan. 17 (Day 2) 

Today we continued to play the colour game. We paid taxes and had another money-making “challenge.” Then we spent more time talking about the final project. Ms. Keller gave a sample presentation and we started working on our planning pages. You can find the final project criteria and planning page here: Final project

Homework:

  1. Fill in your Colour Game log sheet for today
  2. All journal entries (3) due Tuesday, Jan. 21
  3. Continue to work on your final project planning page

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (Day 1) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (Day 2) 

Today we continued to play the colour game. First, Blues and Dark Greens had the opportunity to “donate” to lower colours. We did promotions, demotions, and fines, had our second pay day, and had the opportunity to purchase “luxury items.” Then we went over the expectations for our final project.

Homework:

  1. Fill in your Colour Game log sheet for today
  2. All (3) journal entries due Tuesday, Jan. 21

Friday, Jan. 10 (Day 1) and Monday, Jan. 13 (Day 2) 

Today we continued with the colour game. Journals and arm bands were checked. We paid taxes, had the opportunity to purchase luxury items, and attempted a money-making venture. We also spent some time working on our journals.

Homework:

  1. Fill in your Colour Game log sheet for today
  2. Your first reporting slip is due by the end of the day today (Friday)
  3. First journal entry due Monday (Day 2) or Tuesday (Day 1)

Thursday, Jan. 9 (Day 1 and 2) 

Today we judged each other’s Colour Game paragraphs, then got organized to begin playing the Colour Game. We reviewed the basic rules, went over guidelines for reporting slips and journals, selected our colours, and had our first “Pay Day.”

Homework:

  1. Fill in your Colour Game log sheet for today
  2. Your first reporting slip is due by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday)
  3. First journal entry due Monday (Day 2) or Tuesday (Day 1)

Monday, Jan. 6 (Day 1) and Tuesday, Jan. 7 (Day 2) 

Happy New Year! Today we went over the rules for the “Colour Game” — our unit-end game/social experiment. We also did a paragraph writing competition in small groups. Winners will be determined next class, and will have the opportunity to select their preferred colour when we start the game!

Homework:

No homework; please just make sure that your unit chart is up to date. You should have 8 stories on it (including the movie we watched before the break.)

Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Today we watched/finished Bend it Like Beckham and added it to our unit chart. Day 2 classes also applied the Bechdel test to the film.

Homework:

Make sure that your unit chart is up to date. You should have 8 stories on it (including the movie we watched this week).

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (Day 1) 

Today we added “The Veldt” to our unit chart. Then, for the final “short story” of our unit, we started watching the film Bend it Like Beckham.

Monday, Dec. 16 (Day 2) 

Today we added “The Veldt” to our unit chart and watched a related clip from The Simpsons. Then we learned about the Bechdel test (gender and racial versions) and applied it to movies we have seen.

Thursday, Dec. 12 (Day 2) and Friday, Dec. 13 (Day 1) 

Today we updated our portfolios, reviewed “The Veldt,” and then worked in groups of 2 or 3 to compete in “The Great Veldt Challenge.” Congratulations to the winners!

Tuesday, Dec. 10 (Day 2) and Thursday, Dec. 12 (Day 1) 

Today we did some pre-reading activities, then read and discussed the short story “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury.

Friday, Dec. 6 (Day 2) and Monday, Dec. 9 (Day 1) 

Today we wrote our “On the Sidewalk, Bleeding” narrative (from a different character’s perspective). These were all handed in today. If you were absent or didn’t finish, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make this up.

Thursday, Dec. 5 (Day 1 and 2) 

Today we discussed theme, symbolism, and point of view in “On the Sidewalk, Bleeding.” We did a few point of view activities and then started on a planning page for a narrative POV assignment.

Homework:

Finish your planning page. Next class, you will use it to write a narrative from the perspective of one of the other characters in the story: the drunk, Freddie, Angela, Laura, the cop, or the Guardian who stabbed Andy. If you were absent today, you can find the criteria and planning page here: OnTheSidewalkBleedingWritinginRoleNarrativeEssayAssignment

Monday, Dec. 2 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Dec. 3 (Day 1) 

Today we went over the vocabulary activity and made some predictions for the story. Then we read “On the Sidewalk, Bleeding” and discussed it together. Finally, we worked on some post-reading activities to further unpack the story.

Homework:

Finish post-reading activities: “Andy’s thoughts” and “The Individual vs. The Royal”

Thursday, Nov. 28 (Day 2) and Friday, Nov. 29 (Day 1) 

Today block C2 finished reading “Barney,” and all blocks added “Barney” and “Thank you Ma’am” to the unit chart. We also prepared to read our next short story, “On the Sidewalk, Bleeding.” We worked on a pre-reading vocabulary activity.

Homework:

Finish vocabulary sheet (if not complete)

Tuesday, Nov. 26 (Day 2) and Thursday, Nov. 28 (Day 1) 

Today we did our short stories reading quiz. If you were absent today, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Friday, Nov. 22 (Day 2) and Monday, Nov. 25 (Day 1) 

Today we read and discussed “Barney,” by Will Stanton. We worked on two reading strategies: Asking Questions and Making Inferences. Due to an unplanned evacuation, block C2 didn’t quite finish the story — to be continued next week.

Homework:

Review your short story terms (including parts of a plot) in preparation for a quiz next class. (Tuesday for Day 2, Thursday for Day 1)

Thursday, Nov. 21 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Ms. Keller was away today. With the TTOC (Mr. Liang), we read and discussed “Saturdays and Cowboy Hats,” by Ivan Coyote. We also added “X: A Fabulous Child’s Story” to our unit chart. Finally, we reviewed short story terms in preparation for a quiz next week.

Homework:

Review your short story terms (including parts of a plot) in preparation for next week’s quiz.

Monday, Nov. 18 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Nov. 19 (Day 1) 

Today we finished/discussed “X: A Fabulous Child’s Story” and looked at some real life examples of people raising “gender neutral” children. Then we did a group activity to practice asking good questions.

Thursday, Nov. 14 (Day 2) and Friday, Nov. 15 (Day 1) 

Today we finished our gender stereotypes activity and talked about understandings of gender as a binary and as a spectrum. We did a 10 minute “Quickwrite,” had a brief class discussion, and  read “X: A Fabulous Child’s story.”

Tuesday, Nov. 12 (Day 2) and Thursday, Nov. 14 (Day 1) 

Today we went over our character terms (first page of terms booklet). Then we started to discuss gender stereotypes in preparation for our next short story. We brainstormed examples of these stereotypes and considered which ones do/don’t apply to us as individuals. To be continued next class..

Thursday, Nov. 7 (Day 1 and Day 2)

Block D2 went to the Remembrance day assembly today. Blocks C1 and C2 did a “speed booking” activity to introduce their independent reading books to other students in the class.

Homework:

The first page of your literary terms booklet should be filled in.

Monday, Nov. 4 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Nov. 5 (Day 1) 

Today we watched Alfred Hitchcock’s film version of “Lamb to the Slaughter,” then added the story to our unit chart. We also started to review literary terms.

Homework:

Finish filling in the first page of your literary terms booklet (character terms)

Friday, Nov. 1 (Day 1) 

Today we finished our “Lamb to the Slaughter” dialogues. We shared them in small groups, then presented some to the class. All dialogues were handed in.

Thursday, Oct. 30 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Today we reviewed the parts of a plot and did a collaborative scary story writing activity. Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

Tuesday, Oct. 29 (Day 2) 

Today we finished our “Lamb to the Slaughter” dialogues. We shared them in small groups, then presented some to the class. All dialogues were handed in.

Thursday, Oct. 24 (Day 2) and Monday, Oct. 28 (Day 1) 

Today we continued to discuss the short story “Lamb to the Slaughter.” Then we reviewed dialogue rules and worked in partners to write the conversation that may have taken place between Mary and Patrick when he “told her.”

Homework:

Next class, you will have 15 minutes (max) to finish writing your dialogues. If this will not be enough time, you should work on it at home over the weekend to ensure that you will be able to finish.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Day 2) and Thursday, Oct. 24 (Day 1) 

Today we debriefed the Sociometry of Oppression activity from last class. Then we read and discussed the short story “Lamb to the Slaughter,” by Roald Dahl.

Friday, Oct. 18 (Day 2) and Monday, Oct. 21 (Day 2) 

Today we did some brainstorming about power — what it “looks like” and “doesn’t look like.” Then we did a Sociometry of Oppression activity to further explore what power and privilege look like.

Homework:

Complete “After” column your Sociometry of Oppression chart. What can you add, as a result of having done this activity?

Thursday, Oct. 17 (Day 1 and 2) 

Today we reviewed our plot diagrams and performed specific discussion roles while exploring possible themes of “Yertle the Turtle.” We also started on a chart to keep track of the stories we read and how they address the unit question(s). Interim reports went home today — please see Ms. Keller if you were absent or haven’t received one.

Friday, Oct. 11 (Day 2) and Monday, Oct. 15 (Day 1) 

Today we filled in our interim self evaluations (to go home next week). Then we reviewed plot structure and applied it to a children’s story, “Yertle the Turtle.”

Homework (for Thursday):

Finish your “Yertle the Turtle” plot diagram

Thursday, Oct. 10 (Day 1 and 2) 

Today we finished our reading strategies practice (handed in.) Then we did a written response to the following unit questions:

What is wrong with the world? How can we fix it?

Homework:

  1. If you did not complete your reading strategies chart, you should complete it at home and hand it in next class. You can find the prompts here: Reading Strategies
  2. Written response (questions above) should be completed and handed in.

Monday, Oct. 7 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Oct. 8 (Day 1) 

Today we reviewed our reading strategies and did some guided practice with our independent reading novels.

Poems are now overdue!

Thursday, Oct. 3 (Day 2) and Friday, Oct. 4 (Day 1) 

Today we finished up our poems (if not complete) and did a feedback/sharing workshop. Then we started talking about reading skills and did a Reading Survey (“What Kind of Reader Are You?”)

Homework:

If your poem is still not complete, please finish it at home and bring it next class.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (Day 2) and Thursday, Oct. 3 (Day 1) 

Today we created our poems using selected “inside text” and “outside text.” We titled our poems and decorated them (time permitting).

Thursday, Sept. 26 (C2) and Friday, Sept. 27 (C1) 

Today we worked on step two of our Found Poetry assignment: “Outside Text.” We picked out words and phrases from magazines, books, newspapers, etc. to be used in combination with our “inside text.”

Tuesday, Sept. 24 (C2) and Thursday, Sept. 26 (C1 and D2) 

The writing assessment was handed back and discussed. Then we started step one of an introductory “Found Poetry” assignment: “Inside Text.” We identified lines from our own writing to be (potentially) used in our poetry.

If you have not yet completed your writing assessment (childhood memories), please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Friday, Sept. 20 (Day 2) and Monday, Sept. 23 (Day 1) 

Today we set up our portfolios and reviewed the assessment criteria for Language and Literature. Blocks C1 and  C2 also did an MYP Kahoot; block D2 had a fire drill.

Reminders:

  1. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class.
  2. Parent letters and “20 Questions” are very overdue!
  3. If you have not yet completed your writing preassessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Thursday, Sept. 19 (Day 1 and Day 2) 

Today we went down to the Learning Commons and Ms. Cauduro did a “Book Talk” about new/popular books available for sign-out. We picked out our first independent reading novels, went over a handout about independent reading, and spent some time getting into our books.

Reminders:

  1. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class.
  2. Parent letters and “20 Questions” are very overdue!

Monday, Sept. 16 (Day 2) and Tuesday, Sept. 17 (Day 1) 

Today we did some brainstorming about MYP and rotated around to six MYP “Reflection Stations.” If you were absent today (or if your reflections aren’t complete), you can find the worksheet and questions here: MYP Stations

Reminder: Parent letters and “20 Questions” now overdue!

Thursday, Sept. 12 (Day 2) and Friday, Sept. 13 (Day 1) 

Today we finished up our imagery competition, then did our initial writing assessment. We also started on a “20 Questions” Getting-to-know-you sheet.

Homework:

  1. Finish “20 questions”
  2. Parent letters are now overdue — please return ASAP.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 (Day 2) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (Day 1) 

Today we went over the course expectations and did a pop quiz to see if everyone was listening 😉 We also talked about the writing preassessment (next class) and did an imagery competition to prepare. (Day 1 will do imagery competition next class)

Homework:

  1. Initial writing assessment next class. Bring your completed planning page (childhood memories)
  2. Bring signed parent letter/cell phone policy

Friday, Sept. 6 (Day 2) and Monday Sept. 9 (Day 1) 

Today we went over the course outline, took a look at the website, and voted in the poll (below). We discussed the poll results and did some brainstorming in small groups, then went over the classroom cell phone policy.

Homework:

  1. Bring signed parent letter and cell phone policy.
  2. Bring writing assessment planning page (childhood memories) (Day 2 only)

 

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