Tuesday, 29 April 2014

April 29

We did self-assessment for our essays today (they were handed back with extensive teacher corrections and feedback) and each student had the opportunity to conference with me about their strengths and areas for improvement, and ask any questions he/she had.

We begin Romeo and Juliet tomorrow. Please bring a device with internet access if possible!!

Friday, 25 April 2014

April 25

We finished watching the hunger games movie. We also completed our lesson on common errors in essay writing. Student should be diligently reviewing these notes in preparation for the final exam. 

Don't forget to be reading away for your independent novel study because the first journal is due on May 5. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Essays are being assessed. 8 down, 26 to go! My goal is to have them back to you by April 29, as each essay takes about 15 minutes to mark and give feedback on.

You will have a self assessment sheet for the essay like you did for your short story test. We will discuss how this will work on Tuesday. 

Have a good Easter weekend! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ISU UPDATE and April 15

Please note date of first journal has changed to May 5th.

All proposals are APPROVED. Students may begin to start reading novels!

In class literary essay due April 17. April 17th at lunch is the work period for students who missed a class. All essays will be collected at 12:05 on that day for assessment.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014

April 8, 9, 10, 11

Thursday-Thursday (10-17): 
Essay writing  - essay due at end of the period on the 17th.

We've been working really well through the essays! Keep up the great work! By tomorrow I will have conferenced with each of you once, giving you some feedback to help you structure your ideas.

Monday, 7 April 2014

April 7

Today we did most of our essay writing lesson. We continue tomorrow then move right into the writing of them. 

Remember in class only for essay writing. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

April 4

Final blog post due on Monday. See prompt in previous posts for guidelines. Please post to blog.

Essay writing lessons start Monday.

Will review proposals and give students their assigned book by end of week of April 14.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

April 3

Final HG quiz/test tomorrow.

It will cover part III and the entire book, for big ideas like themes and messages.

Remember to review figurative language, literary devices, methods (not TYPES) of characterization and themes. Be able to explain themes in relation to the novel, using specific examples! Thinking/Application questions will always require you to tie your statement to something that is significant, thematic or symbolic. Review past quizzes and the corrections that you made during our in-class 'take up' of correct answers to help you prepare.


- Control
- Appearance versus Reality
- Dehumanization and Desensitization - we talked about this on the very first day! If you don't know these words, make sure you look them up and are familiar with them!
- Violence
- Love
- Sacrifice

Remember to bring your characterization notes to class in HARD copy format tomorrow and post to the blog.

The final blog reflection is due on Monday (this is posted in an earlier post).

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April 1st (plan for 2/3rd also).

Today we are completing the group activities; discussion questions and quote identification significance for the quiz on Friday. We will discuss big themes in the novels.

April 2 and 3: Will be work periods; students can work on their ISU proposal, quiz studying, characterization notes or final HG trilogy mini task (a blog post reflection). Students should come to class prepared with everything they need to be productive during these periods. If time is being wasted, extra work will be assigned.


Characterization notes due Friday at the very start of class. Have a copy posted to the blog AND printed out. If you do not have a printer, the library has one at a cost of 10c per page.

Final blog post (below) due Monday at the start of class. 

Final Blog Post Reflection:

You may HAND write the ROUGH but MUST post the final to your blog. Proof-read for spelling and grammar mistakes and ensure that your reflection is detailed, thematic and well explained.

PROMPT for final blog post: 

The Hunger Games Trilogy is a great fictional read but there's also a lot of deeper meaning. What are the two most disturbing aspects of the Panem dystopia society and why? (Tie to themes). Why go deep – not just 'entertainment value or a good read') do you think that Suzanne Collins wrote this series to be the way that she did? Examine aspects of the book closely. How can you find examples of this (your) reason in the book(s)? 

Examples from last semester were already posted on March 17: http://eng1dvalois.blogspot.ca/2014/03/exemplars-hunger-games-posts.html

The final blog post is in place of introspection and discussion questions (it's combined) so your final post should be double the length of a normal post... at least 400-500 words. These examples are just a GUIDE as they are completely different questions from what I am asking you.