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Posted: February 26, 2012

Look up Anti-Jewish propoganda from the era of WWII.  Bring in an example.  

Posted: February 26, 2012

Practice rants   Write about your favourite (or list favourite short story) and why you feel that way.

Posted: February 26, 2012

Homework: Complete stanza of poetry modeled after "Assignment Poetry"

Posted: February 21, 2012

Today we started the unit on short stories with the reading of "The Betrayal" by Timothy Findley   No homework

Posted: February 21, 2012

We continued the introduction into the poetry unit today.  We looked at two poems: "Class Assignment" and "Assignment Poetry"   Homework:  Write 2 verses modeled after the poem "Assignment Poetry"  
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Posted: February 21, 2012

Today we brainstormed a list of things that we knew about the Holocaust.  We then did a quick write on the poem "The White Flakes".  We had a geat and insightful discussion about the poem and history.  One of the themes in the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the Innocence of Children.  We will be exploring this in detail and depth throughout the study.

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we shared our rants.  Continue to practice them so we can get ready to record them.  Hand good copy in   We also began the introduction of the novel study The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we began a poetry unit.  We started a quickwrite called "The Music in My Heart".  Students wrote down lyrics and lines from songs that brought memories back to them or spoke to their emotions.   We watched a clip from the movies "Dead Poet's Society" which talked about "What is poetry".  We will be doing a film analysis and group assignments within the next two weeks as well as beginning the creatation of a poetry anthology of original and collected poetry.

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we practiced rants.  They were very well done!  Good copy of the rant is now due.  We will soon be transferring the ranmts to a blog.  Stay tuned.   We will be starting a short story unit this week.
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Posted: February 12, 2012

Students are to choose and arguement or point to focus for a Public Service Announcement or rant.  Each student must bring in at least 2 articles (magazine, newspaper. online) focusing on the desired topic.   Students are asked to brainstorm a list of topics they are interested in exploring as a "rant" or a Public Service Announcement (PSA).

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