Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 course outline

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Students worked and then presented their group mandela assignments in class. This served as review for our upcoming short story unit test next week.  We also had time to play a review game before the class was finished.

Homework:

  1. For Friday: finish close text analysis of 2nd excerpt (end of chapter 8)
  2. For Wednesday: Short Story Unit test – review sheet, terms, stories (6), crossword

Tuesday, Nov. 19 

Monster mini projects were handed in today. We reviewed LOTF chapter 8 and did some close text analysis of two excerpts from the chapter.

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Overdue — short story review; Short Story Mandelas due in class
  2. For Friday: finish close text analysis of 2nd excerpt (end of chapter 8)

Monday, Nov. 18 

Today we took our quiz on chapters 5-8 of Lord of the Flies. Then we continued to work on our monster mini projects.

Homework:

  1. For Tuesday: Monster mini project must be complete (monster + paragraph)
  2. For Wednesday: Overdue — short story review; Short Story Mandelas due in class

Friday, Nov. 15 

Today we went over the chapter 7 questions and our first quiz. Then we worked on our “Society’s Monsters” mini project.

Homework:

  1. For Monday: Read chapter 8 and complete questions/notes. You will have a quiz on chapters 5-8.
  2. For Tuesday: Monster mini project must be complete.
  3. For Wednesday: Overdue – Short Story Review; Short Story Mandelas due in class

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Today we went over/discussed the “Two Fishermen” short story.  Questions were returned to the students.  We also did a little bit of grammar as their suspense stories were also returned in class.  Students began working in their groups on a group assignment which we will continue next Wednesday.  This will serve for review for our Short Stories Unit test: Nov 27th.

Homework:

  1. For Friday: Select your “monster” and fill in the back side of the monster mini-project sheet. Be prepared to work on the project in class on Friday.
  2. For next Wednesday: Overdue – Short Story Review
  3. Short Story Mandelas due in class

 

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Today we went over/discussed the “Monsters and the moral imagination” article questions. Then we did some brainstorming about society’s “monsters” and went over the criteria for our mini project (due Nov. 19th).

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Short story review
  2. For Friday: Select your “monster” and fill in the back side of the monster mini-project sheet. Be prepared to work on the project in class on Friday.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 

Today we reviewed some grammar – sentence structure and apostrophes.  We also learned when and how to use colons and semicolons for more effective writing.   AS we are wrapping up our Short Stories Unit, students worked on writing a review of one of the six stories we have read in class.  Those who did not finish or who were away, please hand in next Wednesday.

Homework:

  1. For Tuesday: Finish Monster article questions
  2. Chapter notes/questions should be complete up to (and including) chapter 7
  3. Wednesday: Short Story Review

Tuesday, Nov. 5 

Today we explored society’s obsession with monsters. We read “Monsters and the Moral Imagination,” by Stephen Asma, then worked in groups to analyse the article and its relevance to Lord of the Flies. Criteria for a mini project was handed out; we will discuss and work on this next week.

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Suspenseful story due
  2. For next Tuesday: Finish Monster article questions
  3. Chapter notes/questions should be complete up to (and including) chapter 7

Monday, Nov. 4 

Today we finished up our discussion of Moral Foundations Theory (as it applies to Jack). Then we reviewed chapter 6 of Lord of the Flies and read/discussed chapter 7.

Homework:

  1. Complete chapter 7 questions/notes (due tomorrow)
  2. Suspenseful story due Nov. 6 (for Ms. Aujla)

Friday, Nov. 1

Today we learned about “Moral Foundations Theory.” Students took a questionnaire, watched a brief video, and discussed the theory as it relates to present-day politics. Then we did a group activity to apply the theory to Lord of the Flies. 

Homework:

  1. “Jack” groups — be prepared to present on Monday.
  2. Questions/notes should be complete up to and including chapter 6
  3. Suspenseful story due Nov. 6 (for Ms. Aujla)

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Today we finished our group discussion activity for chapter 6 of Lord of the Flies. Discussion charts were handed in. Then we worked on chapter questions/notes.

Homework:

  1. For Friday – questions/notes should be complete up to (and including) chapter 6.
  2. Suspenseful story due Wednesday, Nov. 6

Tuesday, Oct. 29 

Today we finished our group discussion activity for chapter 6 of Lord of the Flies. Discussion charts were handed in. Then we worked on chapter questions/notes.

Homework:

For Friday: Questions/notes should be complete up to (and including) chapter 6.

Monday, Oct. 28 

Today there was a pop quiz on chapter 5 of Lord of the Flies. We discussed chapter 5 and then read chapter 6 in small groups, stopping at designated points to share insights, connections, questions, and predictions.

Homework:

If your group did not reach the end of section two (pgs. 107-112), please make sure that you have read this by tomorrow.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 

Today we worked on some vocabulary words before reading the short story “Two Fishermen”.  Students learned about ostracism and the definition of a scapegoat. Students completed a journal response and questions that were collected.

Homework:

For Monday: Finish reading chapter 5 and complete the chapter questions/notes

Tuesday, Oct. 22 

Today we took a quiz on chapters 1-4 of Lord of the Flies. Then we went over our chapter 4 questions and started reading chapter 5.

Homework:

For Monday: Finish reading chapter 5 and complete the chapter questions/notes

Monday, Oct. 21

Today we briefly reviewed some things that came up in the articles from last class. Then we read and discussed chapter 4 of Lord of the Flies.

Homework:

  1. Chapter 4 questions/notes
  2. Quiz tomorrow on chapters 1-4

Friday, Oct. 18 

Today we continued our Lord of the Flies civilization discussion by reading a variety of articles to explore “civilized” and “uncivilized” behaviour in our own society.

Homework:

Read the Stanley Cup riots letters and respond to the last two questions on the “Civilization vs. Savagery” sheet. Sheet should be complete — to be handed in next class.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Today we reviewed a past short story “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” as the assignment was handed back.  Short story terms quizzes were also returned.  We read, reviewed and discussed a new story, “Always a Motive”.  Students took notes and reviewed the importance and effect titles can have on a  story. Our apostrophe worksheet was also reviewed in class.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 

Today we reviewed chapter 3. We talked about point of view and contrasted the two scenes with Jack and Simon. We also did a group activity and filled in a graphic organizer to explore the word “civilization.”

Homework:

Apostrophe worksheet due tomorrow

Friday, Oct. 11

Today we filled in the self evaluation portion of the interims (going home next week). We finished and presented our chapter 2 group questions. Then we read and discussed chapter 3.

Homework:

  1. For Monday: Finish reading chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies and complete chapter questions/notes.
  2. For Wednesday: Apostrophe worksheet due

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 also reviewed “The Fall of the City” questions and “The Painted Door” reading quizzes were returned and recorded.  Students had time to work on a descriptive writing piece which they handed in at the end of the block.

Homework:

Apostrophe worksheet due next Wednesday

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Today we talked about assessment and started a tracking sheet (to be kept in your binder). We went over the chapter questions/notes. Then we learned about Bloom’s taxonomy and worked on using higher order thinking skills while working in groups to look more closely at chapter 2.

Homework:

Short story terms quiz tomorrow

Monday, Oct. 7 

Today we read and discussed chapter two of Lord of the Flies, then worked on our notes and chapter questions.

Homework:

Review chapters 1 and 2 (possible upcoming quiz). Notes and chapter questions should be complete.

Short Story Quiz Wednesday (terms only)

Friday, Oct. 4

Today we finished and scored our LOTF island maps. Congratulations to the winners! We also went over our chapter notes and questions.

Next Wednesday: Short Story Quiz (terms only)

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Today students read about residential schools in Canada.  We also read “The Legend of the Sugar Girl” and began discussing our questions.  Students should remember to review their Elements of Short Stories notes, in addition to irony and point of view notes for their short story quiz. Please email any late short story assignments to Ms. Aujla.

Next Wednesday: Short Story Quiz (terms only)

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Today we did an island mapping competition! The winners will be decided on Friday.

Friday, Sept. 27

Today we discussed Orange Shirt Day and watched a short video. Quite a few students were at the Climate Strike, so the remaining students had a “catch-up block” to read or complete missing homework.

Reminders:

  1. Don’t forget to wear orange on Tuesday!
  2. Chapter 1 questions AND notes (other side of the page) must be complete!

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Today we completed a reading check quiz on the homework reading “The Painted Door”.  This was followed by group questions and discussions.  Lastly, we began to watch an Oscar nominated short film adaption of this short story.

Homework:

  1. For Friday: Finish LOTF chapter 1 questions/notes

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Today we finished reading chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies. We discussed the characters, in particular looking at the contrast between Jack and Ralph and their respective attitudes towards nature/the island. Then we started on chapter questions and notes.

Homework:

  1. For tomorrow: Read “The Painted Door” (p. 47)
  2. For Friday: Finish LOTF chapter 1 questions/notes

Monday, Sept. 23

Today we went over the chart from The Push and watched a plane crash scene to introduce the first chapter of Lord of the Flies. We signed out our books, did some pre-reading brainstorming, and read some of chapter 1 together.

Homework:

For Wednesday: Read “The Painted Door” (p. 47)

Friday, Sept. 20

Today we did another “ethical dilemma” discussion. We also finished watching The Push and took notes on a chart. The purpose of the chart was to document strategies employed to encourage social compliance as well as which aspects/vulnerabilities of human psychology were being exploited.

Homework:

  1. For Monday: Complete The Push chart
  2. For Wednesday: Read “The Painted Door” (p. 47)

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Today we read and reviewed the short story “The Fall of a City”.  Students were asked to use different reading strategies discussed on class to help them with their reading comprehension.  Students wrote about a childhood toy or game they remembered growing up.

Homework:

Read “The Painted Door” for next Wednesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Today we reviewed our morality survey and discussed some other ethical questions, including whether or not there is a situation in which murder is justified. We started watching Derren Brown’s The Push.

Homework:

“Gentlemen, Your Verdict” questions and paragraph due tomorrow if it was not handed in during class.

Monday, Sept. 16 

We started by debriefing our survival activity from last class. Then we did a Quick Write on the central question of our unit: Are human beings essentially evil? Finally, we completed a morality survey.

Homework:

  1. Complete morality questions and survey
  2. Parent letters are overdue — please return ASAP.

Friday, Sept. 13

Today we did a survival challenge to introduce our Lord of the Flies novel study.

Homework:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!
  3. “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” questions and paragraph due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th if it was not handed in during class.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 

Today we began our short story unit by reviewing short story terms.  We read our first story, “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” in class.  If you were absent, please see the extra copies binder for your notes and question sheet.

Reminders:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!
  3. “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” questions and paragraph due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th if it was not handed in during class.

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 

We started independent reading time today. We also continued to discuss the articles from last class and reviewed the cell phone policy. Finally, we started to plan for our writing preassessment.

Homework:

  1. Prepare 1/2 page of notes for our writing preassessment tomorrow. You will be asked to write about a defining moment or turning point in your life.
  2. Reminders: return your parent letter/cell phone policy and bring a silent reading book.

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.

 

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