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I can be reached at Judsen.Richards@sd41.bc.ca.

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Monday, June 18 – English 12

Today we did different stuff in the two classes.

In class 2, we…

  • …wrote our example composition (40 minutes).
  • …went over general and synthesis essay stuff.  The information is in this PPT.  Next class we will map out our own synthesis ideas and look at some exemplars.
  • …received the King Lear essays back.

In class 4, we…

  • …completed the synthesis multiple choice.  I gave you 25 minutes – this may be an area where you can save some time on the exam to use on the synthesis essay or composition.  We also went over the answers.
  • …received the King Lear essays back and discussed them.
  • …discussed synthesis essay advice in this PPT.
  • …looked at the two synthesis texts, along with the prompt, and brainstormed some synthesis ideas of our own.
  • …examined some synthesis exemplars and marked them based on the rubric.
  • …got back the compositions with my feedback.

Homework (for both classes): Practice exams.  Don’t forget to use the keys even for the synthesis and paragraph writing – it’ll give you suggested answers that you may have missed.

Friday, June 15 – English 8

Today we…

  • …were reminded about missing work (deadline end of today) and missing textbooks.
  • …went over expectations for the performance on Tuesday.  I also gave out the “cards” that you can use as a cheat sheet during your performance.
  • …practiced the scenes in the caf.

Homework:

  • PERFORMANCE IS TUESDAY!  Make sure you bring all props, costumes, sound effects, etc.  Memorize your lines and practice with your partners.

 

Friday, June 15 – English 9 Day 2

Today we…

  • …were reminded about missing work (deadline end of today) and missing textbooks.
  • …went over expectations for the performance on Tuesday.  I also gave out the “cards” that you can use as a cheat sheet during your performance.
  • …practiced the scenes in the caf.

Homework:

  • PERFORMANCE IS TUESDAY!  Make sure you bring all props, costumes, sound effects, etc.  Memorize your lines and practice with your partners.

 

Thursday, June 14 – ELD 9

Today we…

  • …were reminded of the reading assessment on Monday.
  • …completed the writing assessment essay.
  • …did the peer edit of our movie review drafts.  Remember, your final drafts are due next class: Monday, June 18.

Homework:

  • Finish final draft of movie review.

Thursday, June 14 – English 12

Today we…

  • …were reminded about missing work deadlines (Friday, June 15) and missing textbooks.
  • …made sure everyone was familiar with the date for the Provincial Exam: Monday, June 25.  Students should arrive by 8:45 am at the latest.  More information about test location will be given later.
  • …went over some general do’s and don’ts for the exam (Class 2 only…we did it last time in Class 4).  What I discussed is on this PPT.
  • …went over some original composition suggestions, as outlined on this sheet.  We then used the six point scale to assess some sample compositions.  The samples are included here.  The prompt that students wrote about is here.  Hopefully the message you took away is that you are more than capable of getting a 5 or 6!
  • …Class 4 wrote their sample OC.  Class 2 will do the sample next class.

Homework:

  • Have fun at Grad, and if you get a chance on Sunday to put aside three hours, I suggest doing the first run-through practice exam.

Thursday, June 14 – English 9 Day 1

Today we…

  • …were reminded about missing work (deadline tomorrow) and missing textbooks.
  • …went over expectations for the performance on Monday.  I also gave out the “cards” that you can use as a cheat sheet during your performance.
  • …practiced the scenes in the caf.

Homework:

  • PERFORMANCE IS MONDAY!  Make sure you bring all props, costumes, sound effects, etc.

Wednesday, June 13 – English 8

Today we…

  • …were reminded that Friday, June 15 is the last day to hand in missing work.
  • …found out who still owes textbooks.  Remember that “Henry K Larsen” is $8 and “Crossroads 8” (the short story book) is a whopping $48!  Get them in!
  • …went over the performance rubric for the A Midsummer Night’s Dream scenes.
  • …listened to Act 3, Scene 1 of AMSD and used it to give ideas / advice to the groups about their own dramas.  By the way, the entire play is here on Youtube.  I strongly suggest listening to your own act and scene.  Some advice we learned is:
    • Other actors can be active / doing things while another character is speaking.  Don’t just wait around for your line.
    • Take your time and don’t rush.  Linger over lines if necessary.  I would rather you took a shorter piece of the scene and did a quality job on it than rush through.  After all, you still have to complete five to seven minutes in any case.
    • Show your understanding of the character and the scene by how you present your lines (for example, in lines 14-19 Bottom speaks slowly because he’s full of himself and loves the sound of his own voice, and in lines 65-69 Puck chuckles when he speaks because he thinks the Mechanicals’ play is silly and pathetic).
  • …had extended practice time on our Tempest scenes.  Next class I am going to sit with each class, help with cuts to longer speeches, and make sure the performances come in under time.

Homework:

  • Hand in your quotes assignment if you have yet to complete it.
  • Work on your lines and begin gathering props and costumes for the performance on Tuesday, June 19.