Friday, May 1, 2015

Learning Goal:  create poster for your literature circle novel that highlights key ideas/themes in the text and makes connections to everyday life

Preparation/Planning Checklist:
o All members of group are expected to contribute
o All members are respectful and on-task during work times
o All members of group agree upon topic/focus
o All members bring what they are assigned
o All members plan to be present for Gallery Walk; Gallery Walk will be in the front foyer of the school on Friday, May 8th

Poster Checklist:
o Title of novel is large and visible
o Text is visible from a distance
o Content relates to the theme/message/issue/topic of your novel
o Communicates theme/message/issue/topic through:
o   Organization of poster content
o   Aspects of visualizer (colour, line, balance, unity, etc.)
o   Word choice, language that is appropriate to your novel
o   Word wall/new vocabulary that is unique to your novel and that viewers may not know
o   Connections to everyday life
o   Images or illustrations
o Avoid using:
o   Creating digital media (exception is that you may type passages/information for legibility)
o   Retelling the story
o   Small fonts/images

Oral Presentation Checklist:
o Not reading from the poster
o All members are able to expand on poster content
o Knowledge of content is evident by explanations of what is on the poster

o All members can respond to questions with a common understanding of what their poster represents

March 25, 2015


Please see the steps below for today's task on using technology to provide feedback in writing.

1. Share your news report with a classmate on Google Drive
2. Read your partner's report and provide feedback by adding "comments" or "notes".
3. Log into Google Classroom and click on the feedback form under "Assignments"
4. Upload or open the form to Google Docs and complete it.
5. Submit the form to the teacher on Google Classroom (click on the Assignment, click "add", click "Google Drive", select the peer feedback form, and choose to "turn it in"

If you run into any problems, we can fix them tomorrow during class.

February 13, 2015

Students are currently correcting their news articles using the success criteria and editing checklist. Articles are due Tuesday, Feb 17th.

Editing Checklist


ü  Beginning of sentence
ü  Names and proper nouns (English muffin)
ü  Titles

ü  End of sentence ( . ? !)
ü  Compound sentence joined by a linking word and a comma (FANBOYS)

       Complete Sentences
ü  This piece is free of fragments.
ü  This piece has no run-on sentences

ü  Subject verb agreement

ü  Correct Tenses (present, past, future)

February 6, 2015

We are currently reading and writing non-fiction texts in Language class. Below is the learning goal and success criteria that we came up with as a class today.

LG: Write a news report based on the headline and picture

Success Criteria:
  • ·     Make up the facts and information, answering all of the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
  •       The lead or opening paragraph should give the reader the main idea of the story
  •       The story should be structured in the inverted pyramid style
  •        Add a caption and credit to the photo
  •        Include a:
-         Flag
-         Byline
-         Dateline
-         Quotes

November 29, 2014

Students are currently writing an original 3-5 page Gothic/horror short story. 
Before they can start writing the first draft of their story, students must have their completed plot diagram and short story proposal approved.

Important dates:
Proposal is due: Monday, December 1st
Rough Copy is due: Monday, December 8th
Good Copy (including the analysis) is due: Monday, December 15th

Story Success Criteria: Your short story will include…
  • A Title (Be creative!)
  • All sections of a plot (Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution)
  • At least one of the four types of conflict as a main conflict in the plot (man vs man, man vs nature, man vs society, man vs self)
  •  1 or 2 main characters and 1-3 supporting characters
  •  A theme.  Make sure your story has a meaning beyond just the story itself.  Some lesson or main idea that we can take from your story will make it more memorable and meaningful to your readers.
  •  Some dialogue. That means your characters must talk directly to one another, and this speech should be indicated with “quotation marks” and correct punctuation.
  •  At least 2 of the following literary devices:  Foreshadowing, Flashback, Suspense, Symbolism, Imagery, Allusion, Motif, and Metaphor
  •  Proper sentence structure, spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Along with the short story, students will also submit:
  •  The completed plot diagram
  •  The approved short story proposal
  •  A completed analysis on your story 

November 24, 2014

Today we read "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. Students will be independently completing a short story analysis on the text tomorrow.

Short Story: The Most Dangerous Game

Audio Version of the Most Dangerous Game

November 21, 2014

Learning Goal: 
1.7 Analyse a variety of short stories and explain how the various elements in them contribute to meaning and influence the reader's reaction  (e.g., the climax is the height of action in the story and occurs just before, at least some of the problems are solved).

*Homework: Finish the multiple choice and short answer questions on The Monkey's Paw.

Elements and Characteristics of Short Stories

Audio version of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Short Story: The Monkey's Paw by William W. Jacobs

Video: The Monkey's Paw

October 18, 2014

Students are currently learning how to identify the point of view presented in texts. Below is a link to a fantastic video we watched in class by Flocabulary. It covers the different points of view and is extremely catchy! Enjoy :)

Flocabulary - Point of View video

September 15, 2014

Students have been working on developing their grammar and punctuation skills over the past few weeks. There will be a quiz this Wednesday on the conventions below:

  • identifying the subject and predicate in complete sentences
  • identifying sentence fragments and run-on sentences
  • identifying the correct subject verb agreement
  • capitalization
  • verb tenses (past, present, future)
Here are some links a video and games to help review:

Video: Schoolhouse Rock Subjects and Predicates

Game: Differentiating Sentences, Run-ons, and Fragments

Game: Subject Verb Agreement

Game: Verb Tenses Jeopardy

Mrs. Davis :)

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