June 25

What’s on my bookshelf? Check online to see!

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.

Curious about a book? Ask me about it!

GoodReads Shelves Ms Waldner

You’ll see on the left of the page a number of Shelves – click through them to skim books that apply and are potential choices within your class.


January 16

ELA A10 B7 Roles of Gender in Society – Topics to Consider

You’ll be doing some research on a topic that relates to the current roles our genders hold in society. The purpose of this is to pick something of interest to your personally and that may have an impact on your own future.

These topics range from older, ongoing topics to more recent issues that have come up through mass media and other influences. The topics themselves are categorized to be more related to Female, Male or Both genders.

If you have an idea for another topic to use for your project, let me know and I’ll confirm it is an appropriate topic to move forward with.


Both Genders – Issues of Conflict:

  • 2017 New: The #metoo movement on social media – people are coming forward sharing their experiences being the victim of sexual harrassment or assault. It is mostly females protesting how males have the power or are able to be protected despite this behaviour for years.
  • 2017 New: Also the #metoo movement focuses mostly on the female perspective, though several males have also recently come forward to disclose experiences of sexual harrassment. This voice in the #metoo movement is not as loud, though. Is is not happening as often or not as much of a concern?
    #metoo is also being used by males sharing they have also been the victim of sexual harrassment, including actor Terry Crew of the Old Spice Commercials.
  • analysis of movies to look at how genders are commonly represented. Ex: Lethal Weapon tv show has mostly male cast – only 3 female characters, all secondary characters including the one detective’s wife who is a Lawyer, but mostly only represented inside her home, answering the door or in her kitchen.
  • Snapchat – look into the controversy of its use for Sexting among teens.
  • Analyse advertisements for similar products that are gender specific. Ex: Men’s body wash ads versus female body wash ads.
  • Teens are now being charged with creating and distributing child pornography for sending and sharing sexting images. Consider why these new applications of the law are necessary.
  • Female same sex relationships in media seem more accepted than male same sex relationships. Why?
  • Compare clothing sold for kids and the disparity between the gendered items. Ex: Boys shorts go down to almost the knee most often, while young girl’s shorts end mid-thigh. Is there a sexualization of children’s clothing that mostly targets young girls?
  • Compare treatment and media representations of male and female pro athletes. Ex: Bouchard pro women’s athlete asked to “spin around” after winning a major title game.
  • Compare dress uniform expectations for male vs female workers in restaurants. Ex: Males are often fully dressed with flat heeled shoes, while women are often asked to wear tight, low-cut, short skirt/dress outfits with high heels. Boston Pizza and Original Joes are examples of this. Complaints have been made by waitresses to Canada’s Human Rights Commission.

Female Gender Issues of Conflict:

  1. Women’s magazines target the age group younger than their own. Ex: Women’s Mags target teens, Teen Mags target Tweens, etc.
  2. In some countries, it is now required to include Warning Labels so consumers know the images have been edited or photoshopped.
  3. Look into what “violence against Women” is; it’s not just physical, but includes many other elements.
  4. Look into the difference in typical women’s clothing sizes from the past to now. Ex: The norm used to be size 14, now it’s size 10. There didn’t used to be such a thing as a size 0.
  5. Some stores have had PR issues after there was negative feedback about the types of items targetted to very young boys and girls. Ex Little bralettes with sexualized phrases on them, or boy’s shirts that say “Pimp” on them.
  6. The topic of Vocal Fry, the really low, gravely voice some women use in media. It possibly is considered a negative quality by future employers.
  7. Look up the contrast of female to male CEOs of Canadian or North American Companies. The representation may be as low as 4% – 4 out of 100 CEOs might be women. Why the vast disparity?
  8. Pressure on new moms to “bounce back” after a pregnancy. Consider samples of celebrity mom bloggers who look very similar to their pre-pregnancy bodies and what pressure that puts on every day new moms. Consider what is realistic vs represented as the expectation.
  9. Trends in high schools across Canada/US of young girls protesting school dress codes, such as a “go braless” movement.
  10. Analyse the treatment of women compared to men in a global sense – in other countries, how are women treated compared to their male counterparts. Ex: In some countries, women aren’t allowed to drive, have to be completely covered when in public, cannot be in the company of any male who is not their father or husband, can be stoned to death by a husband under suspicion of adultery, etc.
  11. Female Genital Mutilation (or Female Circumsicion). Why is this done, what does it involve, and what countries/cultures participate in it. What is the expectation related to this potential practice being done in Canada – is it allowed? What’s the reaction if caught?
  12. 2018 India – response to 8 month old raped by 28 yr old cousin. Calls for changes in women’s protections.
  13. 2018 SAG Awards – Nicole Kidman won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Mini Series and, in her acceptance speech, championed those in the film industry who recognize women past 40 “are viable” still. Compare that to the attempts to maintain a youthful appearance by many, including Kidman, whose upper lip was frozen and unmoving during the SAG Awards evening.
    2018 Golden Globe Ambassador, Simone Garcia Johnson, daughter of “The Rock” Johnson, a 16 year old presenter at the awards show had a noticeable frozen upper lip as well. Is botox only for the older crowd?

    Half of the searches that show up on YouTube for her relate to her mouth.










Male Gender Issues of Conflict:

  1. Comparison of misogyny of the past to present. Example: Compare the treatment of women from entertainers like Andrew Dice Clay and Howard Stern compared to recent comments of Donald Trump regarding women.
  2. Do an analysis of the Stanford Rape Case, the young Olympic swimming hopeful who raped a girl and got a very light sentence. His father famously commented to the press that his son’s future was ruined over “20 minutes of action”.
  3. Analyze the issue of Rape Culture and represent some findings. Ex: Some Canadian University sports teams (hockey/football) have had instances of rape by team members and coaches/schools looked the other way for fear of losing funding and reputation loss.
  4. Canadian military – there is much reported recently about the high incidents of sexual assault and harassment against women in the military. Compare the rates to rates of the general public. Could compare in as well rates of reported/alleged assaults against female RCMP members.
  5. Rates of murder-suicide among men. Many incidents of this in recent years in Canada – men kill their kids, wives, and possibly others before killing themselves. What are the warning signs or what is contributing to this? Why is it predominantly men committing this?
  6. Roid Rage in young men. Many examples of pro athletes committing brutal assaults on female partners (ex: player beat up his girlfriend in an elevator & dragged her somewhere). Look into the effects of steroid use that may increase violent tendencies/inability to control emotions.
  7. Look into how some of the different cultures represented in Canada historically/culturally treat women. Ex Some cultures still believe in Honour Killings.
  8. Compare the acceptance of female to male mental health issues. Does it seem more accepted for women to admit mental health issues compared to young men? Is there a greater stigma attached for males? Are the rates higher or lower in comparison by gender?
  9. The “Boys Will be Boys” Excuse. There is the belief this phrase is out-dated and only plays up and reinforces some of the negatives of the boy/male stereotype – like boys have to be tough, boys can’t show emotion, boys are reckless and that’s okay/to be expected.
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January 11

ELA 20 Ten Days Left of Class – here’s what’s planned

Hi 11s,

We currently have a cold weather day, so there were only 4 students here for class this morning. We may have other cold weather days and some of you will miss this coming Monday and Tuesday for the ski trip, but you’ll all still be responsible for completing the following work/assignment and being ready to present during the last two classes we have.

The last topic explored through literature for us is Gender Roles in Your Society/Future. Here are two video parodies of topics that fall under this subject. 

Here’s what’s planned:

The B7 Section work is in Blue.

The B7.1 Assignment work is in Green. 

  1. Wed Jan 12: planning/making up activities to complete that satisfy the curriculum indicators for this section.
    1. explain how this topic relates/contributes to you being “socially responsible”
    2. select some type of tasks to help you develop and analyse the two documentaries Before Viewing, During Viewing, and After Viewing
    3. figure out how you’re going to demonstrate
      1. that you were critically evaluating the ideas of the documentaries
      2. that you noticed the methods used in the videos to manipulate or persuade viewers
    4. identify and analyse how the two videos of the same topic were similar and different from each other
  2. Thurs Jan 13 P1: Viewing 45-50 minutes of Tough Guise (embedded below)
  3. Thurs Jan 13 P6: Viewing 45-50 minutes of Codes of Gender (embedded below)
  4. Fri Jan 13: complete your viewing Comprehend and Response activities that you selected Tuesday/Wednesday
    We’ll also discuss the upcoming Assignment – Introducing/Speaking on a Familiar Topic
  5. Mon Jan 16: (Ski Trip People Away) Researching selected topic 1 of 2
  6. Tues Jan 17: (Ski Trip People Away) Researching selected topic 2 of 2
  7. Wed Jan 18: Planning/Writing for Speaking Assignment 1 of 3
  8. Thurs Jan 19: Planning/Writing for Speaking Assignment 2 of 3
  9. Fri Jan 20 P1: Planning/Writing for Speaking Assignment 3 of 3 – practicing/finalizing
  10. Fri Jan 20 P6: Presentations of Speaking Assignment (6 people)
  11. Mon Jan 24: Presentations of Speaking Assignment (6 people)

Documentaries: These documentaries have been edited slightly to remove any images inappropriate for a classroom setting.

This video clip ends @ 23:00 (the documentary starts over again). At 23 minutes in, move on to the second video (below).

This video clip also ends part way through @ 17 mins in.



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November 1

ELA 20 A4 CC: Listening Activity Link – CBC Radio Podcast

Most students watched the documentary “Angry Kids and Stressed-Out Parents”, which focused on the topic of improving and monitoring mental health of children when they’re young, before the costs of dealing with that health issue grows as they mature.

After viewing, you’ll listen to the following podcast that discusses the same issues of mental health needs in Canada for young kids. The podcast is 19 minutes long.

As you listen:On any given day, roughly half of all overnight hospital patients aged 5 to 24 are being treated for a mental disorder.

  • take jot notes of important conversation points
  • people who were mentioned in the podcast
  • the statistics included
  • proposals suggested that would help alleviate the strain on our health services


Half of all Hospital Beds in Canada for Kids and Youth Filled to Treat Mental Health

You could also scan this QR code for the podcast page.


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October 28

ELA 20 Independent Novel Reading – Book Options

In the past for ELA 20, we’ve read one novel together as a class – To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a great story and young readers become easily attached to the one supportive character, Boo Radley, but there are so many great books to choose from and such diverse interests, so last year we developed a collection of book titles that would fit our course theme of “transition from youth to adolescence”.

These are the book options you can choose from this year and, if you know of another title that would fit, run it by me and we could maybe add it to this growing list!

Each selection is linked to a novel summary page that includes other reviews and includes the visual summary as well. 

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Husseini) – the female story
  3. The Kite Runner (Khaled Husseini) – the male story
  4. Medicine Walk (Richard Wagamese) – Canadian text
  5. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
  6. The Book of Negros (Lawrence Hill) – Canadian text
  7. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  8. An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)
  9. The Beginning of Everything (Robyn Schneider)
  10. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
  11. Throwaway Daughter (Ting-Xing Ye) – Canadian text
  12. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards)
  13. Shine (Lauren Myracle)
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October 13

ELA 20 Oct 13/16 AR Task – planning for Dramatic Reading Assignment

Your next assignment is to choose a text to then record or perform live your dramatic narration of the text. What is dramatic narrative, though? Here are a few fun samples to help make it especially clear.
Note: Your performance or recording will be audio only.


After viewing the two samples given, in your AR task:

  1. Identify qualities or techniques used by the two people in the videos that made their narration Dramatic Narrative
  2. Look through the Rubric and make a list of the things you’ll have to consider or include in your recording/performance to meet the requirements.
  3. List a few strategies you could use to prepare well for this oral recording assignment.
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