Thursday, April 5, 2012

Eng 12: Thursday, 5 April

Today we reviewed the poem "David." We used the study guide questions as the basis for our discussion.  On Wednesday, we will write our first poetry test - it will be on "David."  I strongly suggest you go to the the SlideShare link on this blog and review the PPT on "David" because the first 7 multiple choice questions on the test are vocabulary-type questions and some of the words are in that PPT.  The next 8 questions are linked to understanding the poem's meaning and the study guide would be the best review for that.  Next, I have some quotations that have literary devices in them: you must match the example to the device (this is a matching exercise).  In general, don't think because the fist part of the test is multiple choice/matching that it will be easy - it won't, so please study.  The last section of the test is a written section.  You will be given lots of choice.  First, you will choice to write a 300-word essay, OR three 100-word paragraphs.  The essay will be on one element of fiction.  If you choice the paragraphs, you will have to write three from a list of six - again, more choice. 

Enjoy your break.  If you have questions, email me at ; I usually check my e-mail daily.  You may also post questions as comments to this post; or, you can text one another - good luck.  This test will be a key part of your third term mark.

History 12: Thursday, 5 April

Today we wrote the Germany, Italy, Middle East, India in the inter-war years exam.  Please see yesterday's post with regards to reading prep for Wednesday's class.  Have an enjoyable break.

English 8: Thursday, 5 April

Today we did some practice activities identifying the principal parts of speech.  There is no homework.  Have an enjoyable break and I'll see you on Thursday next week.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

English 12: Wednesday, 4 April

Today we completed our study guide questions for "David."  Anyone who was absent, or unable to complete the work in class, should do so for homework.  We'll be discussing the questions tomorrow, so I need everyone in a position to actively participate.  We shall have a test on the poem on Wednesday when you return from you long weekend/pro-d day break - don't miss tomorrow's class if you can at all prevent it - it will make the test soooooooooooo much easier.  (If you're sick, rest; I'll work with you outside of class when you return).

History 12: Wednesday, 4 April

Well, we hit the beaches hard today and there were many casualties.  With only three left standing, I chose to postpone the exam until tomorrow - hopefully reinforcements will have arrived by then.  It would seem we are under attack from the Novovirus (Norwalk virus) so take care to wash your hands 1,000,000 times a day.

We got a head start on the USA/New Deal mini-unit and I showed the "Boom or Bust" video (if you were away, you can watch it at lunch when you return.  I issued worksheets # 18-22 - you can read the workbook pp. 65-72.  Also, you can look at DeMarco p. 113 - 120. We'll be working through this quickly, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

English 12: Tuesday, 3 April

Today we had a PPT discussion on the vocabulary terms associated with the imagery of the poem "David."  We sent the remainder of the class reading the poem and starting on the study guide questions.  We'll finish tomorrow - there is no homework BUT I need you to get your journal entries and any other missing work in BY THURSDAY at the latest.

The "David" PPT can be viewed via the SlideShare link found in the list of links on this blog.

Law 12: Tuesday, 3 April

Today we did our first debates and I thought you all did well.  Next time you'll have a frame of reference and a better idea of what is involved.  There is no homework.

History 12: Tuesday, 3 March

Today we started by watching some old newsreel segments about Gandhi.  Then we finished the PPT and examined the realities associated with partition.  We also debriefed Ex. #16 - 17.  Finally, we reviewed Italy and Germany in terms of a timeline of key events in preparation for tomorrow's unit test. We did not review the Middle East of India since we just studied them.   If you also review your notes and ensure you have a what/so-what understanding of all of the workbook vocab. terms, you'll be in great shape.  Hmm, I wonder what will be the topic of the paragraph?  Could it be about the role of nationalism in the four subject states between the wars?  Or, could it be about the failures of the democracies and the Treaty of Versailles in allowing the establishment of fascist dictatorships?  Good luck: study hard but get some sleep.

Eng 8: Tuesday, 3 April

Today we did a short quiz to see how everyone is doing as far as the parts of speech are concerned.  I was satisfied with your progress - keep it up.  We finished off the series of videos - you can check them out on YouTube under "School House Rock grammar videos."  Finally, we discussed the notion of dividing a sentence by subject and predicate.  There is no homework.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Eng 12: Monday, 2 April

Today we reviewed the literary devices we learned on Friday.  Then we used the poem "Golden Passage" as a means to practice locating sound and meaning devices.  Finally we read DH Lawrence's "Snake" and made note of the use of sound devices.  I love the imagery - what did you think was the theme?  We also researched the allusion to Coleridge's albatross.  Tomorrow we'll do an biggish activity studying Earl Birney's "David."

Law 12: Monday, 2 April

Today we chose our debate topics and worked on preparing for tomorrow's debate.  We'll each talk for three minutes, sitting at our desks.  I hope we all have fun - please be prepared.

Hist 12: Monday, 2 April

Today we debriefed Ex14-15 on the Middle East. The most important thing to take away from that was the fact that Britain and France had no intention of exercising self determination in the area and used the mandates as a way to extend their imperial ambitions.  Remember the importance of the oil and the Suez - link to the jewel in the British crown (India).

We also discussed the India and Gandhi PPT: we noted the role of satyagraha - or non violent resistance.  Tomorrow we'll finish the PPT at partition in 1947.  Then we'll debrief Es 16-17.  After that, we'll review for Wednesday's unit test.