I'll try to post an announcement here each Friday to remind students and parents of what we accomplished during the week and what homework, assignments or tests are coming up.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ENGLISH 2201: IF ANYONE WAS ABSENT FROM CLASS TODAY, MONDAY MAY 13, THE WRITING PROMPTS FOR THE IN-CLASS NARRATIVE ON THURSDAY HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE 2201 WEBSITE.
Friday, May 10
Students are currently working on an essay. If it is not finished next class (Monday), it will have to be completed at home.
Some "Death on the Ice" assignments have not yet been handed in.
During this past week I have returned the narrative essays (research) and have informed students about their grades on the essay analysis test.
We have begun reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Students have been given a study guide. This will be the basis for a quiz when we get further into the play. The answers to NOT have to be written out and handed in. Students have also been provided with their final assignment. There is NO OTHER homework whilewe read this play, the understanding being that students will use homework time to complete ongoing work on their assignments.
All documents can be found on this website.
I hope to have the essay analysis tests returned early in the coming week. For the past couple of days we have been working on some writing exercises to prepare for the in-class essay to be written this Thursday, May 16. Students will be given topics this Monday from which they can choose one. They will be able to think and plan for their essay, but must produce the essay in a test situation.
Students should also be reading the book Night. The reading check has been scheduled for May 22. A reading guide has been given out and can be found on this website. The answers DO NOT have to be written out and/or handed in.
I am still waiting on several research papers which are now two weeks overdue. I plan to return these after the long weekend.
I have corrected the poetry terms quiz and will be returning these first period in the coming week.
Currently students are working on a "media deconstruction" assignment. Many are working with a partner. We have spent two periods in the computer lab, and students must now finish the assignment on their own by May 15 (Slot B) and May 17 (Slot E). Students MUST BE READY to present their assignments to the class on those dates.
Students should also be reading "Catcher in the Rye". This should be read by May 24.
Friday, May 3
The test on the "The Holdin' Ground" was postponed until this coming Wednesday, May 8.
Students wrote their "essay analysis" test last period. We will begin the Shakespearean play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" next class. There will be a quiz after Act III. Students will be given a study guide -- they do NOT have to write out the answers to hand in, just make necessary notes for themselves for the quiz. The final evaluation will be a representing assignment which will be given out as we start the play and which students can then work on for the several weeks that we are reading the play in class.
We have our "essay analysis" test this coming Wednesday, May 8. Students must study and know all the items on the terms sheet. In a former message I had indicated that we would analyse and essay and write a short essay in the same evaluation, but we have decided to break this up. Students will be writing a narrative essay in class next Thursday, May 16 . In the meantime, they have been assigned the novel "Night" to have read independently by May 23 when there will be a reading check. Students have been given a reading guide, not to be completed in writing, just as a checklist of their knowledge about each chapter.
We are beginning a "media decontruction unit". A "media deconstruction" assignment has been given and students will be asked to present their "deconstruction" on May 16. Students should also be reading "Catcher in the Rye" independently. The reading check for this novel is on
Friday, April 26
We are reading the play "The Holdin' Ground" in class. There will be a quiz a week from today, May 3. Several students have missed classes; they will be responsible for reading missed sections of the play themselves.
I STILL do not have all the Death on the Ice assignments in, though the due date was almost two weeks ago.
There will be a test on the "essay analysis" unit on Friday, May 3. Students must be VERY familiar with all the lists and terms on the terms sheet.
For the remainder of the year we will be reading the Shakespearean comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
There will be a number of evaluations coming up. The unseen essay analysis test will be on May 8. Students must be VERY familiar with the terms and lists on their terms sheets.
There is a narrative writing unit coming up next, and students will be asked to write a narrative in class.
Finally, there will be a reading check on the book Night -- date to be announced very soon.
We will have a poetry terms quiz this Wednesday, May 1. Next, students will be given a short research assignmenting on the topic of "deconstructing media". Details to follow.
Friday, April 19
An assignment on Death on the Ice was due yesterday, but so far I only have one passed in!
On Monday we will beginning reading the Newfoundland play The Holdin' Ground.
The Interview/Narrative project was due today, but several have still not been handed in. Monday, please.
We are still working through a unit on essay and visual analysis. I have collected the homework/classwork exercises and will have these back on Monday. The test on this unit has been scheduled for May 3.
The research paper is due on April 29 which means time is getting short! I have offered three "extra help" times for students who have questions. Tomorrow (Saturday) at the A.C. Hunter library in the Arts an Culture Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday coming (April 23) in the school resource centre both lunch time and after school.
We are working on an essay/visual analysis unit. I have taken up exercises with homework/classwork and will be returning them next class. The test on this unit is scheduled for May 8.
We are currently reading some poetry, with the specific intent of making sure students know all the terms on the public examination "examinable terms" list. There will be a quiz on poetry terms on May 1.
Students have been told to begin reading Catcher in the Rye and to bring the novel to class so that they can read during any "down" time which might occur in the coming week as several students might be leaving the class for different aspect of prom preparation. The TENTATIVE date to have Catcher read is May 13.
Friday, April 12
The Death on the Ice project is due this coming Thursday, April 18. You can find the instructions for this assignment on this website.
The interview/narrative assignment is due this Thursday, April 18. Several students did not submit their topics for approval. I can only hope that this does not mean that they have not even located an interviewee yet. Students were given an entire month to complete this project. All the instructions can be found on this website. We have read and analysed sample narrative essays in class so that students should be familiar with elements of good narrative writing.
We are currently studying essay analysis. There will be a test on this topic (an unseen essay) on May 3.
A reminder that the research paper is due in two weeks - April 29. All instructions can be found on this website.
We are currently doing a unit on essay analysis. The test on this unit will include a short essay to analyse AND require the student to write a short essay. This test is scheduled for May 8.
Night has been assigned as an independent read. The reading check for Night will be on May 13.
We are currently having a look at several different literary genres including myths and fables, and several genres of poetry. We are also reviewing the analysis of visuals. I will be giving a quiz on poetry terms on May 1 (slot E) and May 2 (slot B).
Catcher in the Rye is being assigned as an independent read. The tentative date for the reading check on this novel is May 13.