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Posted: October 7, 2011

Writing 110: Please complete the drafts of your extended narratives for Tuesday. English 112: Today we analyzed the poem by Sara Teasdale, "There Will Come Soft Rains", which is featured in our most recent short story.  For Tuesday, write a half page comparitive piece outlining the thematic similarities between the poem and the story.

August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains

Posted: October 5, 2011

The Sniper

Posted: October 5, 2011

Posted: October 5, 2011

Writing 110: Over the past few days, we have been looking at the differences between writing plot-based stories and thematic-based stories.  Also, today, we spoke about creative use of dialogue and punctuation to add voice to our characters.  Continue working on your extended narratives.   English 112: Today we read "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains", a science fiction piece by Ray Bradbury.  We will be working cooperatively over the next two days to figure out the themes in this story and connect them to the real world.  Also, students received their first "One Pager" today, which needs to be completed for Friday.  This assignment is to be completed on your silent reading book.   English 10: Today we read "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty.  We completed open mind portraits, which helps to fine tune our visualization skills.  We visualized what the sniper was thinking about in the middle of the story, and then again at the end.  We will be doing follow up activities over the next few days.  
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Posted: October 3, 2011

English 112: Today we talked more about the real world connections within the short story "The Lottery".  Students are completing a theme layers chart, which asks them to compare one of the themes of the story with themselves, their family, their community, and their nation.  This is due for tomorrow.   English 10: Please finish the thematic paragraph on your song of choice.  It is due on Wednesday.  Also, tomorrow we will be completing the OCA (Ontario Comprehension Assessment), which allows me to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each student's reading comprehension skills. Homework for Wednesday:  Using a song of your choice, write a 1/4 page -1/2 page response where you:   1. state the name of the artist and the title of the song (in quotation marks) 2. state what you feel the theme of the song is and why 3. use two to three phrases from the song to prove your point of view (be sure to put the phrases in quotation marks)   *Don't forget to use complete sentences, with proper conventions!    
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Posted: September 30, 2011

Writing 110: Writers notebooks were collected today.  Also, we placed our snapshot moments into our writing portfolios with a reflection card.  We are continuing to work on our extended narratives. English 112: Today we discussed the group questions that you were given in yesterday's class.  We also watched the video adaptation of "The Lottery".  I will put the youtube links on the website. Englishs 10: We talked about theme today, and used songs as a prompt for writing thematic paragraphs with quotations.  You may bring in your own song for Monday's class so we can further practice this skill.

Posted: September 26, 2011

Writing 110: We have been continuing our work on the extended narrative.  Students are working on their storyboards and writing snapshots from their storyboards.   English 112: I collected the satire assignments today.  Remember, it's 10% per each day that the assignment is late.  Students were given a new assignment today on "The Lottery Ticket" (p. 198 Echoes).  I gave a mini-lesson on how to properly incorporate quotations in your responses.  This is the assignment: “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov Answer the following questions on looseleaf.  All answers should be paragraph length responses AND incorporate quotations. 1.      Chekhov’s story can be considered as a satire.  What is the story satirizing?  What are two attributes of satire that are evident in the story and how are they used? 2.      Find the place in the story where the narrative switches from past tense to present tense.  Why does the narrator change the tense at that point? 3.      The narrator does not give much insight into the wife’s actual thoughts in this story.  Make an inference, and state what you believe the wife was thinking.  Be sure to support with evidence from the text. 4.      Imagine that at the end of the story, the couple had won the lottery.  What do you predict that would mean for their family? English 10: Today we reviewed plot structure.  Tomorrow we will be reading our first short story - "Charles" by Shirley Jackson.

Posted: September 22, 2011

Writing 110: We have moved on to extended narrative, and we are playing around with place narrative as a genre for our next piece.  We are currently in the prewriting process, and have been experimenting with sketches and storyboards to help us generate ideas.  Remember that your snapshot moments are due tomorrow.   English 112: Today we read the short story "The Lottery Ticket" on page 198 of the Echoes text.  We did some pre-reading activities that focused on satire.  The following assignment is due on Monday: Find a pop culture example of satire and complete the following assignment.  This should be written in essay format and should be two pages double spaced in length: 1. include a short summary of the source2. state the definition of satire3. refer to how at least three elements of satire are used in the source4. comment on the criticism of a literary work/person/society that is satirized in the source   English 10: We have started our short story unit.  Don't forget that your personal narratives are due tomorrow.

Posted: September 20, 2011

Writing 110: Today we talked about the revision process and students were given rubrics for their snapshot moments.  There is a blank section of the rubric that they need to personalize - it should be something that the students want me to mark them on individually.  The final copy of your snapshot is due on Friday.  We will be starting extended narratives in class tomorrow.   English 112: We looked at satire today and also worked on our note-taking skills.  Tomorrow, we will continue with the concept of satire, to enhance our understanding of the genre.   English 10: Today we focused on the revision process.  Final copies of your narratives are due on Friday.  You must hand in all rough copy work with your narratives (it counts for marks).  Below you will find a copy of the rubric for your narrative.
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