January 13

ELA A10 Jan 13/17 Watching Your Selected Documentary

You should naturally have a habit now of thinking of a text in stages of Before, During, and After. You’ll have to submit evidence that you used strategies for each step to help you make meaning and connections to the text you chose to study.

Some options of what you can review/analyse/write out to prepare yourself for viewing include:

Before Studying/Viewing the Documentary:

  • setting a purpose for why you’re going to view the film
  • reminding yourself of what the characteristics of a documentary are
  • consider the style you observed in watching The Cove and how they constructed their argument and their methods to persuade the viewers
  • Set certain questions for yourself that you hope are answered by the text
  • Look up some background information about the documentary you’ve chosen

During Studying/Viewing the Documentary: 

  • make jot notes of things that stand out to you as you watch the film
  • record the questions you find yourself asking as you’re watching that you may later look up the answers to
  • keep a list of elements of the film you’re critical of or find suspicious
  • monitor your own reactions, mentally and emotionally, to the storyline and images you view

After Studying/Viewing the Documentary:

  • write a personal reflection of how you feel/your thoughts immediately after viewing the film
  • write out questions you have, now that you’ve completed watching it
  • read reviews of the film to check if your reaction is similar to how others received it
  • Tweet comments/reflections out about the documentary
  • make a T-chart and list some of the things you wrote down During Viewing on the left and on the right side expand on why they stood out to you

To prepare for your final assignment, a presentation and informal talk, you’ll need to review and possible rewatch parts of the film for the following:


January 9

ELA A10 B9 Challenges Society Has Faced – Documentary Sites

You’ll soon begin a project-based inquiry, focusing on developing your skills of questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving. For this activity, you will select a Documentary and study it for its codes and conventions, including such things as the source, any agenda the makers might have had, relevance or truthfulness of the information relayed, as well as any techniques employed to manipular the viewer.

Documentaries may be a genre of video text that you have less experience with,Image result for documentaries so you’ll first need to develop a fair understanding of what sets this type of film apart from other video texts, like movies. While a movie has the purpose of entertaining, documentaries have the purpose of convincing audiences of something. For that reason, a viewer needs to be aware of that agenda and monitor what they view with a critical eye.

Website Sources of Documentaries you could choose from:


Sample Documentary Titles you might be interested in:

  • The Cove – dolphin killing in Japan
  • Blackfish – on Netflix or I have a copy
  • White Like Me – racism and white privilege
  • Myths for Profit – exploiting notion of Canada as peacekeeper vs involved in arms trade
  • Supersize Me – man eats nothing but McDonalds food to see how it affects the body
  • My Life as a Gamer – gamers play/develop and donate their proceeds to Save the Children funds
  • Audrie and Daisy – two young hs girls both sexually assaulted by boys at their school / after math (Netflix)
  • Miss Representation – documentary explores the codes of female gender repeated through media
December 6

ELA A10 Challenges Text – The Sniper short story pdf

You’ll be reading the story called “The Sniper”, by Liam O’Flaherty. As you read, you should use Active Reading and watch for and be able to answer the following:


  • Make a prediction
  • Ask a question of the text
  • Clarify something you don’t exactly understand
  • Make a comment
  • Make a connection to yourself
  • Share what puzzles you of the text
  • Identify something unique about the writing
  • Identify an example of inference
  • Summarize what’s happening
  • Make a connection to another text
  • Share what you visualize
  • Identify what is motivating characters right now
  • Make a connection to the world / society
  • Identify something relevant or irrelevant
  • Identify a single phrase or sentence that is significant
November 3

Nov 3 Planning for Gr 9/10 Showcases

We’ll soon have Showcase evenings where your parents and you will join us one of two evenings at the school to share and celebrate some of the learning yoImage result for kenaston school logo transparentu’ve done so far this school year.

To plan for this, you have a few tasks to complete: one mandatory and three optional choices.

  1. Mandatory: Reflection Sheet reviewing progress/accomplishments in classes. Open Handout Here: Gr 9&10 November Course Reflection Sheet

    Options 2, 3, 4 (Choose One)

  2. Learning about course selections and DLC options.
    In handout, choose A B or C. Open Handout Here: course-and-dlc-exploration

    1. Math Pathways Parent Brochure
    2. Saskatchewan Math Pathways
    3. Science Pathways
    4. Sun West Distance Learning Center – Course Descriptions and Requirements 
  3. Exploring a future post-secondary option.
    Identify a possible area of study you’re considering for Post-Secondary Schooling and look up what pre-requisites are needed for you to enter that program.

    1. University of Saskatchewan – pre-requisites for the different colleges
    2. SIAST – requirements list
    3. Other?
  4. Tech Five (app, program, blog) – Show and tell.
    You have learned to use several new apps and created two different websites in your classes. Pick your Top Five of these features that you want to share with your parents to show how they work and what you can use them for.

    1. You could create a blog post and link or embed different projects you’ve created using the different apps.
September 12

ELA A10 Sept 12/16 Poetry Activity C – “Six Blind Men of Hindostan” visuals

Poetry is intended to elicit many ideas and senses in the reader/listener, but some are constructed to activate one sense over another. The following poem easily does this with visualizing. This poem also is narrative, meaning it tells a story that progresses.

  1. Read the poem and discuss each stanza to ensure you understand the poem’s larger meaning.
  2. For this task, you will read the poem and decide with your partner on an image that would suit each stanza’s message.
  3. You can choose what program/app to use to put these images into order, like Google Slides.
  4. Include a type of transition between slides, but be mindful of your use of class time.
  5. Publish/share your Visual Slideshow as a comment below. You can add it to your own individual blogs as well.


The Six Blind Men of Hindostan

It was six men of Hindostan,
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the elephant
(Though all of them were blind)
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.


The first approached the elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl,
“Bless me, it seems the elephant
Is very like a wall.”

The second, feeling his tusk
Cried, “Ho! What have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp
To me ‘tis mighty clear
This wonder of an elephant
Is very like a spear.”

The third approached the animal
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Then boldly up and spake;
“I see”, quoth he, “The elephant
Is very like an snake.”


The fourth stretched out his eager hand
And felt about the knee;
“What most this might beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
“Tis clear enough the elephant
Is very like a tree.”


The fifth who chanced to touch the ear
Said, “Even the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an elephant
Is very like a fan.”


The six no sooner had begun
About the beast to gropeTha
n, seizing on the swinging tail,
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” cried he, “the elephant
Is very like a rope.”


And so these men of Hindostan,
Disputed loud and long,
Each with his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And each was partly wrong.

September 12

ELA A10 Sept 12/16 Poetry Activity B – “Silver”

Some poems are written as Choral poems, meant to be read aloud but in groups to really explore the rhythm and rhyme of the wording. For this poem activity, you and your partner will practice reading the poem out together with exaggeration to develop the rhythm and then you’ll record and publish a Fotobabble of your poetry reading/speaking.

You can publish the Fotobabble to

  1. both your blogs under the A2 section label
  2. and post a Link to your Fotobabble as a comment to this post.

Walter de la Mare

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees,
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and a silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

September 12

ELA A10 Sept 12/16 Poetry Activity A – Alphabetical Order -“The Listeners”

It’s challenging enough to try to understand some poems when their lines are in order, but in this activity you’ll try to understand the background of a poem when the lines are switched out of order and put in alphabetical order.

With the poem lines below, study them to:

  1. look closer at the word choices, not the message, and make judgements about the
    1. tone of the poem
    2. topic the poem may be about
    3. characteristics of the author’s word choice – repeated phrases, unusual word choices/pairing
  2. predict what lines may connect with each other to try to piece the poem back into order – what’s the topic?
  3. what other observations can you make of the lines of the poem out of order?

After studying the poem together with a partner and discussing what you can infer from the line order, leave a comment below to explain what conclusions you came up with.

(title not included for now)

Above the Traveller’s head:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
And how the silence surged softly backward,
And the sound of iron on stone,
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
But no one descended to the Traveller;
But only a host of phantom listeners
By the lonely Traveller’s call.
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
From the one man left awake:
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
Is there anybody there? he said.
Is there anybody there? said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Louder, and lifted his head:
Neath the starred and leafy sky;
Never the least stir made the listeners,
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Of the forest’s ferny floor:
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That dwelt in the lone house then
That goes down to the empty hall,
That I kept my word, he said.
Their stillness answering his cry,
Though every word he spake
To that voice from the world of men:
When the plunging hoofs were gone.
Where he stood perplexed and still.
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,

April 15

Ap 15/16 Handout Resources for Writing Analytical Lit. Essay – both 10s & 20s

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.