January 2010

Well done classes.  You have survived Semester One! Now for the exams…

ENGLISH 9: Tuesday January 26th from 1:00 – 4:00 in the gym.

ENGLISH 12: Wednesday, January 27th from 9:00 – 12:00 in the Math Wing

ENGLISH 10: Thursday, January 28th from 9:00 – 12:00 on the third floor

Remember to…

  • leave electronic devices such as cell phones, mp3 players, calculators, ipods, etc… at home
  • bring two pencils, two pens (blue or black), a good eraser, and a highlighter to the exam
  • take your time on the exam

Need to find me next week? Please contact me via e-mail and we can arrange a time to meet.  My schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: To be announced
  • Tuesday: 10:30 – 3:30
  • Wednesday: morning only
  • Thursday: morning only
  • Friday: first official day of maternity leave

Dear Students: Marks have been posted outside my door.  I’ve had a fun semester with you.  Best of luck next semester, especially grads.  I’ll keep you posted about whether or not the baby is a girl or a boy.  Stay tuned!  February 8th is the big day!



It is highly recommended that you spend time every day studying your terms for the English 12 Provincial exam.  Click here to link to my on-line matching quizzes.


Homework: Please complete the poetry questions for “The Eagle” – we will mark this in class tomorrow. 

Continue to work on your self-paced unit for In the Heat of the Night.  Remember that there are only 3 classes remaining for you to complete your assignments.


Assignment: Your modest proposal assignment will be presented on Friday.  You will be given class time to prepare this.

It is highly recommended that you spend time every day studying your terms for the English 10 Provincial exam.  Stay tuned for on-line matching quizzes.


Reminder:  The mock provincial exam will begin at 2:30 on Friday in our classroom.  Make sure you eat something before or bring something with you.  


Homework:  Write a persuasive paragraph of approximately 150 words on the following topic:   

Discuss the attitude of the speaker towards her father in the poem, “As in the Beginning” by Mary di Michele.

Paragraph Checklist:

  • Hook statement
  • Topic sentence that also refers to the title of the poem and the poet’s name
  • Quotations for evidence, with line references
  • Persuasive Language ex: furthermore, therefore, moreover, ultimately, etc…
  • Reference to Terms ex: simile, metaphor, personification, allusion, etc…

Continue working on your self-paced novel study on In the Heat of the Night.  If you have not completed the novel, aim to have it finished by Sunday, at the latest.


Homework: You will need your Inside Poetry book.

  • Read “The Inheritance” on pages 155-156 and answer questions 2 and 3 on page 157
  • Read “My Father and the Fig Tree” on pages 157-158 and do questions 2 and 3 (not with a partner)
  • Read “Family Reunion” on page 159 and answer questions 1-3 on page 160


Heads Up: Tomorrow you will be writing a timed composition (Part D of the Provincial Exam).  Try to think of a personal story that you may be able to write about.

Reminder: Mock Provinicial will take place on Friday at 2:30 in our classroom.  E-exam mock provincial will be in the North Computer lab.


Continue working on your self-paced unit on In the Heat of the Night.  Try your best to finish reading the novel by this weekend.

Here is the format of the English 9 Final Exam (worth 15% of your course mark)

  • Part A: Responding to Fiction (250 – 350 word literary paragraph)
  • Part B: Responding to Poetry (250 – 350 word literary paragraph)
  • Part C: Responding to Literature (350-450 word literary essay based on at least two works we have studied this semester)


  • Be sure to hand in Journal Responses 5 & 6 and the Final Project today.  Friday is the final deadline.
  • No homework today 🙂



  • Complete TPCASTT for the poem “From the Inside Out” on page 176
  • Continue working on your assignments for In the Heat of the Night


  • Due tomorrow: Response Journals #5 & 6 and 1984 Final Project


  • Continue working on your self-paced novel study.  If you are following my schedule, complete the Level One Assignment and read chapter 3


  • Due tomorrow: Finnie Walsh final project.
  • Homework: Complete TPCASTT for the poem “Dulce et decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen.  For the connotation section, be sure to find at least one example for each of the following:
    • hyperbole
    • image
    • irony
    • metaphor
    • paradox
    • simile

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