October 14

ELA 9: A3 Doing the Right Thing

Moral questioning through science fiction writing – that’s the focus of this section’s written text. Would you use your advantage to get something you really want if you know it comes at the cost of someone else not getting the same? Is that cheating or just using everything you have access to in order to help yourself or others?

Characteristics of Science Fiction - Teach 21 Too

Resources to Support this Section:

  1. Ethics is Key to Filling Growing Gap as Technology Outpaces Regulation (article)
  2. What is Science Fiction Writing? (article) 



Text Copies:

  • Short Story “And the Lucky Winner is…” online copy to follow along with the reading
  • Audio Recording of Text: “And the Lucky Winner is…” by Monica Hughes (Waldner recorded 2020)



This text is rated C, challenging at the ELA 9 level. How did you do in reading and understanding the storyline?

October 7

ELA 9 A3 Moral Dilemma Scenarios – Role Playing

Knowing what’s the Right and Wrong thing to do in a situation may not be as simple as black and white. There are often a lot of other influences pressuring us in our choices. The following Role-Playing Scenarios will walk us through a few examples of those grey-area Right or Wrong moments.Challenge | How to Manage Moral Dilemmas at Work

Group 1:
5 Characters: Antonia, Marco, Professor Max, Sonyeter, and Natalie (the school janitor)

Group 2:
5 Characters: Nicole, Ernesto, Coach Albert, Sarah, Sandra

Group 3: Consider the following events.
5 Characters: Officer Lavoie, Officer Maturana, wallet owner #1, wallet owner #2, and Police Chief of that detachment.
Instructions: You can read through the following events of this scenario and take on one of the five roles in this scene. If you do, record (video or audio) your personal responses to being in your roles and this ethical dilemma, and then share it with me. Season 1 Wtf GIF by Mr. Mercedes - Find & Share on GIPHY

  1. Police Officer Lavoie is on a night shift with his partner, Officer Maturana, when a Good Samaritan drops off a found wallet at the station.
  2. Officer Lavoie and partner try to return the wallet to the house location found inside the wallet at 3.22 am. They rang the doorbell and waited, but no one answered the door.
  3. The next evening, again on the night shift, Officer Lavoie and partner returned to the home to once again try returning the found wallet to that home location. They rang the doorbell, this time at 1:22 am. There was again no answer.
  4. Officer Lavoie next examined the vehicle parked in the driveway and noticed another wallet on the passenger’s seat and found that the car door was unlocked.
  5. He opened the car door, took the second wallet from the car in the driveway, and confirmed by the documents inside that the owner also lived at that residence.
  6. Consider for yourself,
    1. What are the possible “right” ways to respond to this circumstance?
    2. What possible scenarios could you think of for why one wallet was found, another wallet sat in an unlocked car in the driveway, and no one was responding to the doorbell in the middle of the night? Would you suspect foul play? Explain why or why not.
    3. What is the worst thing you can think of the Police Officers doing in that moment, in response to their concerns?
  7. Read the article at the following link to discover what the Officers actually did in response to that scenario and what played out after the fact. Leave your responses to the true results below as a Comment to this blog post.
    1. Note: This scenario is actually a cross-over into our Social 10 discussion topic as well – rights of citizens and protections against unlawful actions of police.



October 5

ELA 9 A3 Section Resources & Supports

Do we just enjoy reading or do we actually benefit in a variety of ways from reading literature? That’s a great question! Let’s see, shall we?

There is great freedom in many countries over choices of what texts are available to read. Some countries go so far, though, as to ban some books making them illegal if shared or read. Consider what might be the danger of this – what could be so harmful in a book to make it illegal?

Research Proposal: Identify the tangible/actual benefits gained from reading experiences and study, also, the counter-arguments, if there are any, that argue no gains from reading experiences.

Start with the following article: “Reading Literature Makes us Smarter and Nicer”

  1. You might find the article easy to read/comprehend or you might want to try using a website that exchanges the challenging words for less challenging ones. You can Copy the text of the article and paste it in the website Rewordify and see if it makes it easier for you to understand.
  2. You can also take either a) the original text or b) the Rewordify text with simplified words and paste it into a Text-to-Speech website and listen to it read aloud. Try it out using the following website as a trial.
    1. You can adjust the speed of the speaking.
    2. You can adjust the voice – male or female or an accent
    3. You can also adjust the font that you read along with
  3. The article has 9 paragraphs – in one sentence summarize each of the nine to narrow the focus of the article’s point. (You can do this in paper or in a Google Doc for yourself or shared with a partner.)
  4. Single Summary: Reread your nine sentence summaries and attempt to reduce the whole focus of this article to one single sentence; what is the main message from the writer?
  5. Personal Response: What do you agree with from this reading or not agree with? Try to identify 3 insightful observations you can make from reading the article.


September 4

ELA 9 A2 Resolving Conflict

Some tough situations we find ourselves in have easily-found ways to deal with that conflict. Other situations of conflict for people can leave them quite unsure how to resolve it. The story in this section is a playful look at someone in a situation they don’t want to be in; read to find out how it all ends!


  • Fan Bad Reactions to Game of Thrones Series Finale (Tweetdeck collection) Source ScaryMommy.com
  • “The Landlady” art: scroll down in this page and look at the collection of drawings that depict, in the artists’ minds, the story of  “TheLandlady”.
  • Peer Reviewing Creative Writing Punctuation: here is your list of edits to correct and identify with the text in colour.













Consider the images collected below and make a judgement about what you anticipate this story will be about or the tone of it.

The Landlady by Roald Dahl - English for everyone

The Landlady - Short Film - YouTubeIllustration based on "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl. | Roald dahl short stories, Roald dahl, IllustrationMy Take On: The Landlady - My take on: The Landlady By Roald Dahl - Wattpad

My Alternative Ending to 'The Landlady' by Roald Dahl | Travel BlogThe Landlady on Behance
















































Instructional Videos for Support:


Dialogue Punctuation Practice:
In a Google Doc, write out these short paragraphs reformatted to include the proper mechanics: new lines for new speaker, quotation marks, commas, etc.

Make sure your document title is (your name) A2 Dialogue Punctuation and share with me. Ask me for the link to check your own writing. 🙂

















Curricular Objectives Connected to this Section Include:

September 3

ELA 9 A1 Dealing with Conflict

Unfortunately, it’s a common human experience to deal with and encounter conflict throughout our lives. We encounter it in big and small ways constantly and have to learn to deal with it through our experiences. Other ways to learn how to manage these moments in our lives is through literature – to read and understand how other people handle the conflicts they encounter. That’s what this section of ELA 9 begins with.

Resources for this section:


Extension Activities:

    • Identifying Elements of Plot Structure: One challenging activity when reading literature is trying to identify the moments when tension increases (rising action) or pinpointing a climax moment. If you want more to challenge yourself, see if you can fill these in and agree with another over your choices.
    • Connection to Real World – For Discussion: What happens when your identity as part of a group isn’t one you can just remove, like a jacket? Cultural and racial groups are still subject to judgements of others that affect the treatment they receive and conflicts they encounter. How does an example like the one in the video below relate to this short story about a boy in a gang? Do they share a similar theme?

Curriculum Objects Connected to this Section:

May 4

ELA 9: Exploring Mythology

We have the cool opportunity to have both Social and ELA together as a group and the timing works perfectly to begin studying Narratives and Mythology just as we are studying Greece and Rome, where many of the most popular myths stories originated.

In looking at ancient civilization mythology, it’s interesting to recognize how many patterns exist in the myth stories, despite the fact that the cultures that developed them have such different beliefs, values, and experiences from the far corners of the globe.

Consider this – almost every civilization has a “Flood Myth” story. How can that be?

PPT Patterns in Mythology – Source SAUSD Site

January 9

ELA 9 Indendent Novel Reading – Initial Observations

Everyone’s picked a new novel they’re going to read on their own, but good readers think about the writing as they progress through a book. It’s important to consider certain questions at the beginning of a book; it helps establish a deeper Image result for beginning a new book quoteunderstanding of the complex plot the author developed and helps you make connections to the rest of the text as you read along.

After you’ve read enough of the beginning of your book (maybe 20 – 40 pages), pause a moment to consider some of the following prompts. You don’t have to answer all of them and shouldn’t respond with a Question-Answer format. Just journal your thoughts as they come together.

Prompts to consider from the beginning development of your book:

  • The setting is a super important part of a book’s beginning. Whether a series of events happens in the past, the present or the future, the possible outcomes depend on when in time the events happen. Where it is happening, that you understand the surroundings, the locations the main character goes back and forth from, and where they are in relation to others around them, these are also all parts of the setting to consider. Some authors may develop this really clearly at the beginning while others maybe don’t pay enough attention to it. How is the development of setting affecting the way you are reacting to the book? 
  • Main character development – We usually have to be able to relate to a character if we want to follow them along through their experiences. Even if they have very different qualities than you, you often can find similarities with them from the ideas they have, the way they treat people, the hopes they have, their background etc. How are you connecting with your novel’s main character? 
  • What about the author’s style of writing do you like, so far? Or what about it do you not like, so far? It can be how they use dialogue. It can be whether personality shows through in descriptions of how characters act around others. It can be how they divide the chapters; some of the most popular books have chapters that end with a bang and entice readers to keep reading! Some authors may use sentences that are too long. Others may use some that are too choppy.
  • Establishing the problem: Every story is about a character in a situation they don’t want to be in. The rest of the story is about their attempt to solve their situation and the distractions that get in their way. If an author develops the beginning of a book for too long, though, without identifying the problem, a reader may lose interest and feel the pace is dragging. An author may fail to create a believable problem, oversell the danger and not deliver with an exciting story to follow. With what you’ve read so far, a) are you aware of the conflict the main character wants to solve and b) is it an interesting problem/does it make for a good story in your opinion?


December 6

ELA 9: Dec 6 Writing/Speaking Challenges

We’ve played a bit with some creative activities. Here is a collection of some Speaking and Writing Challenges to choose from to experiment a bit more.

Speaking Challenges:

Narrate/Record the letter addressed to Inspiration.

Narrate/Record this break-up letter addressed to KFC staff.

Voice Acting Challenge: Record this Gollum-like character who is utterly useless



Writing Challenges:

Write about the worst customer service experience you ever had.

Write a poem about how nasty Poison Ivy is.

Write a completely fake bio of yourself. (reinvent your life)

Write a Dear Diary entry as a dog.

Finish this sentence: “Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than…

Write a story in 140 characters (letters)

Write an exchange between comical/bitter rivals



Visualizing Challenge:

Create a meme out of this cat image