Ms. McGuigan - Archive 09/2012 Notes

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Posted: May 27, 2011

Language Arts III:  We continued watching Freedom Riders and answered questions on the Note Taking Organizer.   Writing 110:  Continued our discussion about stereotypes and wrote an in-class narrative essay.  In-Class Writing Assignment                                         May 27, 2011   Write a narrative explaining why the characters listed below find themselves in a hall outside a courtroom. Please use pronouns clearly when you refer to the characters so that I can easily tell to which characters you refer and so that I know who does what. (If you want, you may even give the characters names to identify them.) You have the remainder of class to write your narrative. Have fun with your story!   The Characters:   an attorney a physician a police officer a judge a teacher                                                                                                                       a professor a nurse  

Posted: May 11, 2011

Read Chapter 25 for tomorrow.

Posted: April 26, 2011

Please return permission forms by Friday, April 29th.

Posted: April 26, 2011

I have attached a calendar outlining the unit.
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Posted: April 6, 2011

Short stories are due on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 On this date students must submit:      1.  Story elements organizer      2.  Character chart(s)      3.  Story board      4.  Draft with revisions      5.  Final copy  

Posted: March 29, 2011

I am unavailable for parent-teacher interviews Thursday evening because I am coaching the JV girls volleyball team and we travel to Caraquet for a game that evening.  I will be available for parent-teacher interviews on Friday afternoon, if you wish to meet at an alternate time please email me at
Students have questions and a creative extension to complete on the short story "Sentry."  Please submit to Mrs. McGuigan by Thursday, March 24.

Posted: February 24, 2011

Please have the first draft of your narrative completed for class tomorrow.

Posted: February 24, 2011

Answer the following questions about the short story Charles and pass in tomorrow:   1.  According to the narrator, how did Laurie change when he went to kindergarten? 2.  Describe the irony that occurs at the end of this story.  Why is it ironic? 3.  What is the message of the story? 4.  Give examples of foreshadowing (hints) that occur in the story. 5.  Why did Laurie's parents take so long to find out the truth about Charles? 6.  Why did Laurie create the imaginary boy Charles? 7.  What does Laurie's mother mean when she says, "With the third week of kindergarten Charles was an institution in our family...?" 8.  Why is Laurie's mother so eager to meet Charles?  

Posted: February 4, 2011

Students listed memorable moments in their lives and from the list chose a topic for their personal narrative. 

Posted: February 2, 2011

In class students read a personal narrative titled "Yamhill Street."  For homework students are to find evidence within the text that shows it is a personal narrative.  

Posted: January 20, 2011

Please find the exam outline attached as a document.

Posted: January 18, 2011

Finsh writing your poetry analysis draft and good copy of "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

Posted: January 17, 2011

Read "The Charge of the LIght Brigade" poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson and identify poetic devices and story elements.

Posted: January 12, 2011

1. You are a member of the Dead Poets Society. You are in the headmaster's office. Your parents are there. You are asked to sign the document. What are your thoughts at this moment? Do you sign? Why? What do you think Todd did? Why? 2. You are a talented actor. It is your chosen career. Your father wants you to study medicine. You have been offered the lead in a play. You are determined to act in the play, but you need your father's permission. You know he won't give it. What do you do? Why? How does your decision compare with Neil's? Why are they similar or different? 3. You have just met the most beautiful girl you have ever seen. You decide to ring her up. She invites you to a party. You know she already has a boyfriend who will be there. What do you do? How does you decision compare with Charlie's? Why is it similar or different? 4. Imagine a meeting between Todd and Charlie in ten years' time. How have they changed? 5. What would John Keating do next? Where would he go? What job would he do? How would the incident at his old school impact on his life?