Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 course outline

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Today we reviewed our poetic devices and then we had our last quiz of the semester on poetic devices.  Lastly we finished our final conferences and started the second episode of The Society in order to make comparisons with Lord of the Flies.

Thank you for a great semester Grade 11s!! We wish you all the best!

Homework:

**Please submit missing books by Friday** 

Course completion days are Thursday and Friday. Students should know what they are missing by now.

Monday, Jan. 20

Today we continued with our final conferences. We also watched the first episode of The Society in order to make comparisons with Lord of the Flies.

Homework:

**Please return missing books by the end of the day tomorrow** 

  1. The Society worksheet due next class
  2. Poetic devices quiz next class

Friday, Jan. 17 

Today we wrote our in-class synthesis essays and started our final conferences. If you were absent today, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make up your essay.

Homework:

  1. Final conferences to be continued on Monday
  2. Poetic devices quiz postponed to Wednesday (last day of class)

Tuesday, Jan. 14 

Ms. Hayler did a brief presentation on District Programs. Then we went over the guidelines for our final conference and in-class synthesis essay. We discussed some of the poetry options for the essay.

Homework:

  1. Tomorrow: quiz on poetic devices
  2. For Friday: prepare for your final conference and in-class synthesis essay. The topic of the essay is: Select two poems and compare and/or contrast the speakers’ views on parental influence. You can prepare a short outline to bring to class (thesis statement, topic sentences, re-stated thesis)

Monday, Jan. 13 

Today we took a look at “Beethoven” and three other poems, all addressing the topic of parental influence. For tomorrow, finish filling in your note-taking sheet and think about which two poems you might want to write about in your synthesis essay on Friday.

Friday, Jan. 10 

Today we did a writing workshop with our literary analysis paragraphs. We marked and edited a sample paragraph together, then worked in small groups to provide feedback on each other’s work.

Homework:

  1. For Monday: Read the poem “Beethoven” by Shane Koyczan. You can watch the poem on youtube as well. Complete a TP-CASTT for the poem (see handout).
  2. Wednesday: Poetic devices quiz

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Today students were given some time to work on their literary analysis paragraph which is due on Friday.  We also reviewed poetic devices (Kahoot) and students were given a terms list with definitions and examples.  There will be a quiz next week (Wednesday) on poetic devices.  We also looked at two poems where students had to identify the poetic devices.  We were able to review one in class.  Students also had a course selection assembly in the theatre today during the second block.

Homework:

Write a literary analysis paragraph (8-12 sentences) responding to the following question:

What is one possible theme of “This is My Voice” by Shane Koyczan?

Due Friday. Use quotes from the poem (at least 2-3) in your response.

Wednesday: Poetic Devices Quiz

Tuesday, Jan. 7 

Today we went through “This is My Voice” together, then reviewed rules for literary analysis writing and quotation integration. We started on a paragraph outline — to turn into a literary analysis paragraph by Friday.

Homework:

Write a literary analysis paragraph (8-12 sentences) responding to the following question:

What is one possible theme of “This is My Voice” by Shane Koyczan?

Due Friday. Use quotes from the poem (at least 2-3) in your response.

Monday, Jan. 6

Happy New Year! Today we started our poetry unit. We did some brainstorming and a Kahoot to review/learn some poetic devices. Then we watched/read the spoken word poem “This is My Voice” by Shane Koyczan and analysed it for poetic devices.

Homework:

Try to find at least 10-12 poetic devices in “This is My Voice”

Friday, Dec. 20 

Today we watched scenes from two versions of Macbeth, the 1971 version (Polanski) and the 2015 version (Kurzel). We paid specific attention to the characterization of the witches to determine whether the adaptations might be suggesting different interpretations of their role.

Homework:

If you have not yet handed in your Monster assignment or socratic seminar notes, please email to Ms. Keller ASAP.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 

Today we did group movie analysis of Run Lola Run. We also completed self assessments for our Socratic seminar.

Homework:

Please bring all texts that have not been returned yet.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 

Today we did our socratic seminar on Lord of the Flies and Macbeth. We will complete self assessments this week to hand in along with socratic seminar notes.

Homework:

Have your Run Lola Run notes ready for your group (Movie Analysis)

Monday, Dec. 16 

We spent this block preparing for tomorrow’s socratic seminar. Please remember to bring your notes, your Lord of the Flies text, and your Macbeth booklet to hand in after the seminar.

Friday, Dec. 13 

Today we finished reading/discussing Macbeth (abridged) and filled in our charts — one sentence summary for each scene; notes on major themes in preparation for our socratic seminar.

Homework:

  1. Finish your Macbeth chart (to hand in Monday)
  2. Continue to make notes in preparation for our socratic seminar. You will have one block (Monday) to continue to work on this; socratic seminar is on Tuesday.
  3. Run Lola Run notes due next Wed.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 

Students began their movie analysis of “Run Lola Run” today.  We completed a journal response and students were asked to complete notes on a particular topic (ex: plot, theme, symbolism, etc.).  We then watched the film.  After the film, students re-responded to the initial journal quotes and met with their groups.  Next week, students will have 1 block to work in their groups to prepare for their group presentation (2nd block).

Homework:

  1. For Friday: Macbeth worksheet (both sides of the page). Write a one sentence summary of each of the scenes we read today (1-10) and take notes on the socratic seminar topics. At this point, you should have notes on at least five of the seven topics.
  2. Prepare for our socratic seminar (next Tuesday)
  3. Wednesday: Have your notes on your topic ready for your group (Movie Analysis)

Tuesday, Dec. 10 

Ms. Keller was away today. Students read and discussed the first half of Macbeth (abridged version) and made connections to Lord of the Flies.

Homework:

  1. For Friday: Macbeth worksheet (both sides of the page). Write a one sentence summary of each of the scenes we read today (1-10) and take notes on the socratic seminar topics. At this point, you should have notes on at least five of the seven topics.
  2. Prepare for our socratic seminar (next Tuesday)

Monday, Dec. 9

Today we were introduced to Macbeth — one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. We will be reading an abridged version of Macbeth over the next couple of classes and will use it to make connections with Lord of the Flies in our socratic seminar next week. To prepare to read the play, we took some fill-in-the-blanks notes and did a four corners discussion activity.

Homework:

Start preparing for our socratic seminar (Tues. Dec. 17th)

Friday, Dec. 6 

Today we wrapped up our discussion about LOTF and gender, then returned to our larger unit question: Are human beings essentially evil? We watched a short video about the Stanford prison experiment and did some writing. Then we went over the criteria for our final unit assessment — a socratic seminar.

Homework:

Start preparing for our LOTF socratic seminar (Dec. 17th)

Wednesday, Dec. 4 

Today we watched the Lord of the Flies film.  Students were given their short story summary reviews back.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 

Today we reviewed Lord of the Flies with a fill-in-the-blanks summary, then took our final quiz.

Monday, Dec. 2 

Today we watched a “Thug Notes” summary/analysis of Lord of the Flies, then wrote/shared some final thoughts about the novel (final lines, WWII context, Freud, gender).

Homework:

Final LOTF quiz tomorrow

Friday, Nov. 28 

Today we reviewed chapter 11 and read/discussed chapter 12 (the last chapter!!) Then we worked on questions and notes for chapter 12.

Homework:

Finish all LOTF questions and notes

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Today we completed our Short Story Unit test.  Students who were missing their short story review finished this in class.  Lastly, we finished reading chapter 11 and students worked on their questions and poetic devices worksheet in class.

Homework:

Lord of the Flies Chapter 11 Questions, notes and Worksheet (Poetic Devices) due Friday

Tuesday, Nov. 26 

Today we reviewed chapters 9 and 10, then read (most of) chapter 11. To be continued next class..

Homework:

Short Story unit test tomorrow — review sheet, terms, stories (6), crossword

Monday, Nov. 25 

Ms. Keller was away today. With Mr. Zentner, students read to the end of chapter 10 and started working on questions/notes.

Homework:

  1. Questions/notes for chapters 9 and 10
  2. Wednesday: Short Story unit test — review sheet, terms, stories (6), crossword

Friday, Nov. 22

Today we finished reviewing chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies. We discussed the final scene with Simon and the pig’s head, learned about “Beelzebub” and allegory, and analysed some of the characters according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Then we started reading chapter 9.

Homework:

  1. For Monday: Finish reading chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies
  2. For Wednesday: Short Story Unit test – review sheet, terms, stories (6), crossword

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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