English 10 (Dr. Lannan)

Welcome to English 10!  

Course Outline:  English 10 Semester 1, 2014-2015

In this course students will have the opportunity to build and improve upon English language knowledge, skills and concepts learned in English 9.   As well, because English 10 features a Provincial Exam, we will have approximately 30 – 35 exam reviews in preparation.

Students will have many opportunities to explore and develop forms of communication through writing, speaking, and debating.  We will examine a variety of genres: short story, novel, poetry, drama, and film.   Students will interact with the very best (content and age appropriate) literature that is available.  As such, we will read Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, Nobel Prize winning author Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, and Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, To Kill a MockingbirdAs a parent, PLEASE encourage your child to review her / his English notes (short story, essay writing, poetry) each day for 15 or so minutes.  This will help tremendously your child’s retention of vital facts and will support further your child’s success.

Friday, November 21 2014

B & D blocks: Today, students will…

write a short reflection on a few different poems to demonstrate their ability to interact with and interpret the poems.

Thursday, November 20 2014

B & D blocks: Today, students will…

write a short quiz on the terms we practice and interacted with yesterday.

read and respond to Robert Frost’s “The Road not Taken”.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

B & D blocks: Today, students will…

identify, discuss, and apply the following poetry terms: onomatopoeia, symbol, assonance, consonance, oxymoron, hyperbole, alliteration, personification, metaphor, and simile.  Students will receive a booklet with a dozen or more examples for each of the above terms.

Quiz on Thursday, November 20 on the above terms.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grade 10 Retreat; no English 10 classes.

Monday, November 17, 2014

B & D blocks:  Today, students will…

Review poetry devices and discuss why each are used.

Read the poem “Blessing” and, in pairs, highlight the poetic devices used.

Create a poem 15 line min. incorporating at least five poetry devices.

 Friday, November 14, 2014

 B & D blocks: Today, students will:

  • Read the following poems and respond to the following set of questions in the purple textbook, Crossroads 10 on the table by the door:

“Now I See You” on p. 197 and “Ancestors’ Graves in Kurakawa” on p. 198; answer question 1. Responding to the Poems on p. 198 a, b, c, d, e.

  • “The Shark” on p. 280; answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 281 a, b, c, d, e.
  • “Road Between Saskatoon and Edmonton” on p. 290. Answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 291 a, b, c, d, e, f.
  • “Low Tide at St. Andrews” on p. 320; “A January Morning” on p. 321; “Nature” on p. 322. Answer question 1. Responding to the Poems on p. 322 a, b, c, d, e.

Time Permitting:  Students may study their poetry terms booklets that they received on Wed., Nov. 12.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 B & D blocks

  • If any students were absent yesterday (Wed., Nov. 12) please give them one documents from each of the three piles on my desk (Practice Quiz booklet; Poetry Terms to Know booklet; and Poetry Terms, Definitions, & Examples 2 booklet).

Today, students will:

  • Complete a Poetry Journal (please see handouts on my desk) 20 minutes or so
  • Read the following poems and respond to the following set of questions in the purple textbook, Crossroads 10 on the table by the door:

“Laura Secord”  on p. 25; answer question a, b, c, & d on p. 25 (not self-assessment section)

  • “The Forecast” on p. 136 and “Reflections Dental” on p. 137; answer question 1. Responding to the Poems on p. 137.
  • “Notes for a Movie Script” on p. 146; answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 147 a, b, c, d.
  • “Dry Spell” on p. 184 and “An Exchange of Gifts” on p. 185. Answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 185 a, b, c, d.
  • “Enlightenment and Muscular Dystrophy” on p. 190 and “To James” on p. 191.

Answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 192 a, b, c, d.

Time Permitting:  Students may study their poetry terms booklets that they received on Wed., Nov. 12.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 Create- in pairs – a creative short story about anything that you and your partner have in common.  It must be fiction and with all of the aspects that combine to make up a short story.  300 words or so.

 Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day; no school.

Monday, November 10, 2014

No school

Friday, November 7, 2014

No school

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Parent-Teacher Meetings Today; shortened classes.

B Block: Students hand in Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  We may share a few short stories.

D Block: Students hand in Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  We may share a few short stories.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

B Block: Reflection on the importance of Remembrance Day.  Students may have time in class to conclude their Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  Good copy due on Thursday.

D Block: Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  Good copy due on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

B Block: Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  Good copy due on Thursday.

D Block: Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 300-500 words, pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal.  Good copy due on Thursday.

Monday, November 3, 2014

B Block: In-Class essay: Are tests the best way to measure student understanding.  Criteria: pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal, four (4) paragraphs.  Due at the end of class, 24 marks.

D Block: In-Class essay: Are tests the best way to measure student understanding.  Criteria: pen, double spaced, logical, creative, origninal, four (4) paragraphs.  Due at the end of class, 24 marks.

Friday, October 31, 2014

B Block: Create scary, yet appropriate Halloween spooky stories and then present them to the class.

D Block:  Create scary, yet appropriate Halloween spooky stories and then present them to the class.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

B Block: Collect questions on “The Tell Tale Heart”.  Conclude debate.

D Block:  Collect questions on “The Tell Tale Heart”.  Conclude debate.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

B Block: Short Story reading and responding to questions (“The Tell Tale Heart”).  For homework if not completed in class.

D Block:   Short Story reading and responding to questions (“The Tell Tale Heart”).  For homework if not completed in class.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

B Block: Short Story quiz. Students will read a story and then have a quiz on that story.  Debate continues.  Students will continue to polish their debating skills.

D Block:   Debate.  Students will hear a lecture on the value of debating skills; then, students will have an opportunity to practice their debating skills.

Monday, October 27, 2014

B Block: Debate.  Students will hear a lecture on the value of debating skills; then, students will have an opportunity to practice their debating skills.

D Block: Debate.  Students will hear a lecture on the value of debating skills; then, students will have an opportunity to practice their debating skills.

Friday, October 24, 2014

B Block: PLANNING 10.  Work will be assigned as part of the Career and Personal Planning component of the curriculum.  

C Block:  Students will write, in groups of two, an argumentative composition on the following:  Is Halloween over-rated?  It must be three hundred or more words.  I will check the completed work on Monday, October 27, 2014.  Time Permitting: Students may complete other work from any other class or complete several short story questions that the substitute has been issued.

Friday, October 24, 2014

B Block: Halloween Writing Contest submissions are due: Students may read their Halloween-inspired poem or short story if they choose.  Time Permitting: Class debate: Is Halloween over-rated? 

C Block:  Halloween Writing Contest submissions are due: Students may read their Halloween-inspired poem or short story if they choose.  Time Permitting: Class debate: Is Halloween over-rated?
Thursday, October 23, 2014

B Block: Halloween Writing Contest submissions are due: Students may read their Halloween-inspired poem or short story if they choose.  Time Permitting: Class debate: Is Halloween over-rated? 

C Block:  Halloween Writing Contest submissions are due: Students may read their Halloween-inspired poem or short story if they choose.  Time Permitting: Class debate: Is Halloween over-rated?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

B Block: Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

C Block:  Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

B Block: Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

C Block:  Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

B Block: Short story terms re-quiz on Monday (Oct. 20)

C Block:   Students have a short story terms quiz

Friday, October 17, 2014

Professional Development Day: No classes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

B Block:  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.  Students will get their short story terms quiz back.   Short story terms re-quiz on Monday (Oct. 20)

C Block:   Students have a short story terms practice quiz.  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

B Block:  Students will hand in their Reflection on Thankfulness.  Short story terms quiz.  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.

C Block:   Students will hand in their Reflection on Thankfulness. Students have a short story terms practice quiz.  Quiz  on Thursday (Oct. 16) on short story terms for marks.  Formal critique of the film, Mockingbird (24 marks) is due today.Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

B Block: Students will complete a Reflection on Why it is Important to be Thankful (10 marks) due on Wednesday (Oct. 15).  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.  Practice short story terms quiz (not for marks).  Quiz on Wednesday (Oct. 15) on short story terms for marks.

C Block:   Students will complete a Reflection on Why it is Important to be Thankful (10 marks) due on Wednesday (Oct. 15).  Students have a short story terms practice quiz.  Quiz  on Thursday (Oct. 16) on short story terms for marks.  Formal critique of the film, Mockingbird (24 marks) is due Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Day: No classes

Friday, October 9, 2014

B Block:  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.  Practice short story terms quiz (not for marks)

C Block:   Students, with a parent approval letter, will discuss, then watch the film version of,  To Kill a Mockingbird, and then debrief including analyzing major scenes and events.  Students will then begin a formal critique of the film (24 marks, due Wednesday, October 15, 2014).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

B Block:  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.  Practice short story terms quiz (not for marks)

C Block:   Students, with a parent approval letter, will discuss, then watch the film version of,  To Kill a Mockingbird, and then debrief including analyzing major scenes and events.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

B Block:  Students will read and discuss a short story, analyzing its parts.

C Block:   Students, with a parent approval letter, will watch the film version of,  To Kill a Mockingbird.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

B Block:  Students will discuss their Reflection (#1) for 10 marks.  Reflection 1 is due on Tuesday, October 7.

C Block:   Students will have a major test of the novel,  To Kill a Mockingbird.

Monday, October 6, 2014

B Block:  Students will then read together the short story Earthquake and respond fully in a Reflection (#1) for 10 marks.  Reflection 1 is due on Tuesday, October 7.

C Block:   Students will have a major test review of the novel,  To Kill a MockingbirdMajor Novel Test on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

B Block:  Quiz #3 on Basic Writing Skills.  Students will then go through the quiz.  Students will then read together another brilliant short story and discuss and identify the devices and components of the story.

C Block:   Students will have read chapters 29, 30, & 31 of the novel,  To Kill a MockingbirdMajor Novel Test on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

B Block:  Quiz #3 on Basic Writing Skills.  Students will then go through the quiz.  Students will then read together another brilliant short story and discuss and identify the devices and components of the story.

C Block:   Students will have read chapters 26, 27, & 28 of the novel,  To Kill a MockingbirdMajor Novel Test on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

B Block:  Quiz #2 on Basic Writing Skills.  Students will then go through the quiz.  Students will then read together a brilliant short story and discuss and identify the devices and components of the story.

C Block:   Students will have read chapters 23, 24, & 25 of the novel,  To Kill a MockingbirdMajor Novel Test on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

B Block:  Quiz on Basic Writing Skills.  Students will then go through the quiz.  Students will have their marks posted and all of the work that they have completed from September 3 and beyond.  Students’ marks will be posted once per week for the remainder of the course.

C Block:   Students will recap chapters 16, 17, 18, & 19 of the novel,  To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will then read chapters 20, 21, & 22 of the novel, To Kill a MockingbirdMajor Novel Test on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday (Sept. 29): Professional Development Day

Friday (Sept. 26) Feast Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

B Block:  Test for marks on the first short story terms booklet that they received.

C Block:   Test on chapters 15-20 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

B Block:  Practice Test on the short story terms.  Students will then create their own short story, utilizing the short story devices and techniques.  Test for marks on Thursday (Sept. 25) on the first short story terms booklet that they received.

C Block:   Students will have a quiz on chapters 16 & 17 that they were to have read in advance for this class.  Students will then read and discuss chapter 18 in class.  Test on Thursday (Sept. 25) on chapters 15-20 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

B Block:  Students will do a practice quiz on the terms from the short story booklet that they received on Friday (Sept. 19).   Test for marks on Thursday (Sept. 25) on the first short story terms booklet that they received.

C Block:   Students will have a quiz on chapters 16 & 17 that they were to have read in advance for this class.  Students will then read and discuss chapter 18 in class.  Test on Thursday (Sept. 25) on chapters 15-20 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Monday, September 22, 2014

B Block: Students will submit their completed Night movie poster.  Students will do a practice quiz on the terms from the short story booklet that they received on Friday (Sept. 19).   We will discuss the short story unit, expectations and format for the Provincial 10 Exam.  Test for marks on Thursday (Sept. 25) on the first short story terms booklet that they received.

C Block:  Collect students’ Mockingbird movie poster.   Students will receive detailed short story booklets, featuring what to expect on the English 10 Provincial Exam in January 2015; students will also receive a booklets with the terms and definitions and examples of everything they will need to know in the English 10 Short Story curriculum.   Students will read and discuss chapters 14 & 15.  Students will read and discuss chapters 16 & 17.  Test on Thursday (Sept. 25) on chapters 15-20 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Friday, September 19, 2014

B Block:  Students will begin the short story unit.  Students will receive detailed short story booklets, featuring what to expect on the English 10 Provincial Exam in January 2015; students will also receive two booklets with the terms and definitions and examples of everything they will need to know in the English 10 Short Story curriculum.  Night movie poster is due on Monday (Sept. 22).

C Block:  Test on chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10.  Students will read and discuss chapters 14 & 15.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

B Block: Students will create a movie poster for the novel, Night.  Due on Monday (Sept. 22).  As well, I will collect the novels.

C Block: Students will discuss / review ch.s 7-10 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will then read chapter 13 and part of ch. 14  of the novel together.  Students will study for their ch. 7-10 test for homework.  Test on chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 on Friday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

B Block: Students will write an in-class essay on the novel, Night or on the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

C Block: Students will create a poster based on the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.    Due Friday (Sept. 19).  Test on chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 on Friday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

B Block: Students will conclude the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.   Students will debrief the film.  Time permitting: Students will get their novel tests back.

C Block: Students will discuss ch. 10 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will then read chapter 11 of the novel together.  Students will read chapter 12 for homework.  Test on chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 on Friday.  Review for the test today & Wednesday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

B Block: Test on Monday (Sept. 16) on the entire novel, Night.  Students will then continue watching the film.

C Block: Students will read and discuss ch. 9 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will read chapter 10 of the novel for homework.  Test on chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 on Thursday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Students will…

B Block: complete reading the novel, Night.  Students, who have signed permission forms, will watch the movie, The Boy in the Striped PajamasTest on Monday (Sept. 16) on the entire novel, Night.  Students will then finish watching the film.

C Block: complete a test on chapters 1-8 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Students will also submit their answers to questions from chapters 1-8.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Students will write a quiz / test on chapters 3 & 4 of the novel.  Students will then debrief, discuss and reflect upon the key aspects of those chapters.  Students studying Night will then be invited to read silently.  All of the novel questions for Night are due on Monday, September 16, 2014.  Students will have a test on the entire novel (Night) on Monday, September 16, 2014.  We will discuss and review the novel on Friday (Sept. 13).

Students studying the novel, Mockingbird will have a quiz on chapters 3 & 4 today.  Students will then read together chapter 5.  Students will complete chapter questions 5, 6, 7, & 8 for Monday, September 16.  Quiz on Monday (Sept. 16) on chapters 1-8.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Students will read, discuss, and complete questions on the novel.  Night: questions for chapters 3 & 4; To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 3 & 4.

Quiz on chapters 3 & 4 for both classes will be on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Students will have a quiz.  B block will test on Night, pp. 1-22; students in C block will test on chapters 1 & 2 of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Students in both English 10 classes will receive handouts on specific aspects of the novel to support their learning.

***Test on Thursday (Sept. 11) for both classes: Night (chapters 3 & 4, pp. 29-65); Mockingbird (chapters 3 & 4).  Students will review & discuss these chapters on Wednesday (Sept. 10) in preparation for their quiz.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Students will have a practice quiz / review for their test on Tuesday (Sept. 9)

Friday, September 5, 2014

NOTE: Quiz on the novel on Tuesday (Sept. 9): B Block, Night pp. 1-22; C Block, To Kill a Mockingbird, chs. 1 & 2.  We will have an excellent review on Monday in preparation for the quiz.

Students will receive a copy of the novel.  They will sign for the book and be expected to keep it in good condition.  Students will begin to read the novel (B block: To Kill a Mockingbird; C block: Night).  Each class we will read a chapter together in class.  Students will be expected to read a chapter per day on their own.  We will have frequent quizzes on the novel, in order to ensure that students are reading on their own; but to also reward students for completing the reading.

HOMEWORK:

B Block: Read, Night, pp. 1-22.

C Block: Read, To Kill a Mockingbird, chs. 1 & 2

Thursday, September 4, 2014

* Students will identify and discuss the roots of racism, the basic lies that perpetuate racism, and examples of racism in the 20th century.  Students will complete a handout that deals with examples of oppression and how they would deal with those various situations.  Students will also receive handouts dealing with specific instances of racism and the subsequent harm that it caused.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

* Students will discover the course expectations, materials examined, and the opportunities available in English 10.  Students will also complete a “get to know each other” document.