Ms. Kelly Notes

Language Arts 9


Posted: April 5, 2016

Currently we are halfway through reading The Outsiders, and there have been several small assignments as well as reading homework. All work must be passed in by Friday in order to count on next week's report card.

  • You should have read up to Chapter 7. We are starting Chapter 8 tomorrow.
  • Chapter 1-3 questions were due last week, and if you didn't complete them, see me for a make up assignment.
  • What/So What or Quotation Illustration assingments are due on Thursday, April 7. You had classtime on Monday and today to work on these.



Posted: March 1, 2016

Due to the school cancellations over the past week, I am cancelling the spoken performance part of the final poetry assignment. The written component is now due on Friday, March 4.

Posted: February 24, 2016

Your final poetry assignments will be due next week. The written portion is due on Thursday, March 3, and you signed up in class for a poem presentation date. Please see the attached assignment outline.

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Posted: February 18, 2016

This week we have been looking at gender roles and expectations, and today's focus was fairy tales. You were asked to choose a copy of a fairy tale and make a chart comparing the roles of men and women in the story. Please have the story read and the chart complete for tomorrow's class.

Posted: February 15, 2016

  • Please pass in your poem reflection assignments on the two song lyrics you brought in (this was due today for Periods 1, 2 and 4, and due tomorrow for Period 6).
  • Today (in Periods 1, 3 and 4) you worked on "Just Because" poems. Please have these completed for tomorrow's class.

Posted: February 8, 2016

For tomorrow's class, please bring in the lyrics to two songs (print or write out the lyrics so they can be passed in). You will need them for a class activity.

Posted: February 1, 2016

This semester I will continue to use the Remind program. This allows me to send texts or emails to students and parents without using my phone number or yours. I've attached the instruction sheets below- just look for the correct period number. You can choose to have the messages sent via text or email.

I've also attached the course outline. Please note the materials needed: students need to have a Writer's Notebook and a novel with them each class. 

Posted: January 21, 2016

Grade 9s will write the ELPA on Monday, January 25, from 12:30 until 2:30. Please be in the room of writing at 12:20 with several pencils. Students must stay in the room for the full time. Remember: No electronic devices are permitted during the exam. If you are sick that day, please call the school in the morning.

For this reading assessement, the only thing you could study would be the list of terms I provided in class (and the additional ones from the puzzle you completed on Tuesday). If you are familiar with these terms, and remember your multiple choice test taking strategies, you'll be fine! Just get a good night's sleep on Sunday and be ready for lots of reading on Monday.

Posted: December 11, 2015

Energy Drink Parody Print Ad We have looked at different appeals and claims that advertisers use to market their product, and we have read articles about the dangers of too much caffeine in energy drinks and the effects it can have on people, especially teenagers. Your assignment is to use this knowledge to create a print ad for an energy drink that exaggerates the appeals and claims for marketing the drinks.  You must include the following:original name for the drinkoriginal design for drink (in colour)use at least 2 appeals and 2 claims (see your handout for these)put warnings on label and advertisementAttach a small write up explaining your ad and how it makes fun of real energy drinks and their claims.Due: Tuesday, December 15 Print ad: 15 pointsParagraph: 5 points

Posted: December 9, 2015

Your second reading reflection is due on Friday. You've had lots of class time for reading and you have known about this for over a month, so be sure to pass it in!

Posted: December 8, 2015

We have been looking at different appeals and claims that advertisers use to market their products, and today we focused on energy drinks. You were given an article about energy drinks to read, and a main ideas map to complete. Please read the article for homework and complete the main ideas map (3-5 main ideas you can take from the article). You will be using these main ideas for group work tomorrow.

Posted: December 2, 2015

Due to the cancellation today, the figures of speech quiz will now be on Thursday, December 3. Here are the terms you need to know: Terms to know:alliterationallusionapostrophehyperboleirony (situational, dramatic and verbal)metaphoronomatopoeiaoxymoronpersonificationsimile

Posted: November 30, 2015

Figures of Speech Quiz: Wednesday, December 2 Terms to know:alliterationallusionapostrophehyperboleirony (situational, dramatic and verbal)metaphoronomatopoeiaoxymoronpersonificationsimile 

Posted: October 28, 2015

Extended Narrative AssignmentSo far in this unit, this is what we have done:Looked at sample extended narratives and discussed how they are made up of snapshot moments (it isn't necessarily a story told from beginning to end; rather, it is a collection of moments based in a place, or all about the same emotion or person)Sketched a place that is significant to youCreated a storyboard of memories you have of that placeWhere we are now:Decide on what memories from your storyboard to include in your narrative. What will be the theme that will tie everything together?Choose one of the moments and write it as a snapshot moment (due Friday) Other work:I passed back your snapshot moment assignments, and explained how the Independent Correction Sheet works. Make sure you show me the corrections so 10% isn't deducted from your assignment.Reading reflection #1 is due next Friday, November 6. Make sure you have your novel and assignment complete by then!

Posted: October 21, 2015

Today we looked at an example of an extended narrative, "14 Black Birch Lane."Read the piece as a writer, and identify the following elements: conventional artistry (all caps, italics, semi-colons, etc), snapshot moments, and emotion. I will be collecting this tomorrow.