There are a lot of cool books on the shelves of the bookcase at the back of the room. Most are separated to fit their best course or genre that they relate to, but it can be deceiving, since many overlap and fit a number of high school ELA courses.
To help you see what your options are and decide, I’ve created online shelves in GoodReads. At the link below, you can skim through and read summaries to every book on my shelf and get a sense of its topic, rather than judging by colour.
There are a lot of stages of writing a formal type of essay like this and not everyone is going to need help on the same elements. Rather than handout a whole wack of handouts to you, I’m making them all available to you digitally; you can use the ones if/when you need help with that part of the writing process.
To help you understand which ones will be useful to you, I’m providing an image of the handouts. Sometimes, you know what the handout you want looks like, but aren’t sure which to open in the Folder shared with you through OneDrive. The file titles won’t always be so clear to tell.
On your iPads, I realized you can open the ones in Word doc format in Safari and click on the Comments. It will then open on the right-hand side and you’ll be able to click each comment and see its correlating phrase highlighted on the page to understand what explanation is given for each.
You can open the handout from OneDrive by clicking on the hyperlink below each image.
Coming up to your Eye Witness account of an event assignment, you’ll be learning to “show, not tell” some of the details in your narrative. This young girl does a really good job of explaining with examples to help you understand the difference between “tell” and “show”.
Several of you are heading away and missing school on Friday and Monday for an awesome ski adventure in Fernie, BC. Unfortunately, it’s not without a little homework!
The easiest homework I can assign, though, is to watch an interesting film. The first option is called The Cove about the cruel treatment/slaughter of dolphins to feed the marine entertainment industry. The second documentary, Blackfish, is about exposing the habitat and dangers of marine life in entertaining aquariums like Sea World. If you have another documentary in mind ask me about it and you might be able to use it.
Note: I’ve added another alternative documentary, for more choice. It is called The Disappearing Male and is about the falling testosterone levels around the world that are thought to be the harmful result of the chemicals in all the products around us. There are fewer males being born in the world; what might this lead to? (See embedded video below)
Purpose to consider before viewing:
You will later be creating a multimedia personal response to the documentary of your choice. For now, your homework is to have watched a documentary that’s suitable for the assignment. You should also take note of some specific parts or points of the film that stand out and cause a reaction from you.
You could use an outline like the one below. Be sure to have copied out a minimum of 5 points and 5 reactions.
Event / Comment from film: My initial reaction:
The Cove documentary
Blackfish – this documentary is available on Netflix if you have access to that.
Welcome back from the Winter Break! I hope everyone had a great time away with their family and friends. It’s always a bit rough trying to jump back into school, so for today’s double class we have a movie to watch. It is part of the Quest category of stories, but before watching you need to clarify what that means.
There are two of you who were away to Agribition in Regina all this week. Here’s what you missed and what you should have completed for this coming Tuesday when we’re back to school:
We finished reading the novel. It was a tense ending and not everyone was satisfied with it.
Reflect on what you thought of this novel, including the following prompts. When you’ve reflected, use your Fotobabble app to record your audio response now that you’ve finished it.
What was your impression / response to this novel. If you did / didn’t like it, explain why.
What about the novel (reading) will stand out to you? Any particular messages or elements of the writing?
Adding comments to share your Active Thinking while reading didn’t really pan out with our class, but when I handed out the little slips of paper with an Active Reading Prompt on it everyone did great. How did these prompts affect the way you read the book?
You’ve had experience with Venn Diagrams – they’re used to show how two things have similarities and differences. Make up a Venn Diagram and identify what of this novel and the movie we watched The Village are similar and different.
Students were given a class to continue working on their plan for their visual representation of their podcast experiment. This is to be done in two parts: record the audio explanation of your experiment and then video tape your visual representation of it using tactile movement of objects.
The other classes for this week were used by students planning for carrying out one of three experiments we learned about recently. They were sorted into groups, got to pick between the experiment options, and had to make a plan for how to carry out the experiment, including a list of steps, the differences between experimental groups, thwarting possible confounds etc. They got to do the experiments on Thursday in one of our three ELA / Psych classes that day. They then used Friday’s class to review the data they collected, make conclusions on their control vs experimental group(s) and then record a brief explanation of their experiment’s purpose for the staff who are still curious about what it all really meant.
For you, it worked out to be a good time to be away, since there’ll be no homework for you on this.
We’re about to begin reading a novel for our A10 class and it’s a doozy – you’ll enjoy it, I promise! But it’s not just about the writing itself that can influence your experience of this novel. We can have a little fun with it while we read along. That’s what this video is for…
One thing that’s so great about this author’s writing is their development of chapter endings. They always leave you hanging! Wanting more! Unsatisfied! There’s tension! One of the other classes I read this novel with was getting really involved in this book, but when we got to the chapter end we collectively would quietly chant the little medley you’ll find in this video. It’s not mandatory, but I think a few of you will get into it and hum along a bit. We’ll see if you’re up for it. Anyway… watch the video and listen for the medley.
Your next assignment is to “perform” a poem. I put that in quotations because I want to emphasize this point; you’re not just reading it, but you have to include emotion and power through your voice. This isn’t easily done and it will certainly take you outside your comfort zone.
We just listened to it in class, without the visual, so you could focus on the narrator’s use of voice. This copy here is for those of you who want to watch it as well.