Friday, November 21, 2014

Homework for the story, "The Woman of the House"

Using the questions found on the reverse of today's worksheet or the “Guide to Literary Terms,” (click for more complete information, including theme and point of view; Word document) write a paragraph answer based on the page number given to you at class on Friday.

You may comment on more than one example (e.g. for setting you could refer to both the physical setting and the social environment) that occurs on those pages.

Remember to have one overall topic that is more general than your content so we know how you plan to answer. Write about 200 words in a single paragraph. Quote at least twice and work to integrate your quotations into your own sentences. Try to show how your page relates to something that happens either before or after it in the story.

I will post a sample answer here this weekend.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Learning to See (An Image Presentation) LINKS

NOTE: It would be nice if we could all plan to bring a donation for the Food Bank on Wednesday! Consider this your official reminder. See this link for more information.

Thank you all for your wonderful and heartfelt presentations and images. It was a great day to be a teacher.

Here are links to student photos:

Amber

Darshan

Elmira

Emma

Gary

Fahimeh

Jenn

Lily

Nurdan

Paul

Rachel

Shawna

Taka

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sample Photo for Friday's Image Presentation

Here's the photo I will present to you on Friday. To see a larger version, click on the photo.


Two benches, a coffee table and a tree in a blue pot (centre background). How can this possibly represent community? First off, this is the front yard of a neighbour's house, not the back. People who live on my street are always welcome to sit (it's a sunny spot) and rest or contemplate. But, more importantly, the tree in the blue pot is in memory of a neighbour of mine, one who had a profound effect on all who live near me. She (I won't name her since I want to preserve my privacy as a teacher.) died last year, suddenly, from cancer. Where I live, I know my neighbours. I've been living on this street for nearly 30 years. The woman who died, a wife and mother, always took the time to have a conversation whenever we met on daily errands. She employed my daughter as a babysitter and her husband and I go back 35 years to when we met while working at a community centre in Vancouver. They moved to my street intentionally, because of the community feeling we share. When she died, my neighbours knew they needed to do something to honour her memory. That's how the tree was added to the benches that were already there. Last year, on her birthday, we met together, shared stories, sang and remembered her. It was a short ceremony but a very important moment. To me, community is walking down the street and being greeted by name, catching up on the latest news and, sometimes, sitting down and remembering those who have left us.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Learning to See: Responding to the Film, "Temple Grandin"

Write a personal response to the film. Include a comment on one scene you liked (for example, an interesting scene early in the film shows Temple’s mother trying to help her learn to read; other important scenes include Temple’s college graduation speech, buying a truck, the door at the market, visiting her professor etc.) Write 150 to 200 words in a paragraph, word process and bring to class. Be sure to mention specifically something we see (an image) and not only what happens.

If you missed class or wish to watch scenes again, here is a link to an online stream for the film, Temple Grandin. Be patient as the stream is slow. Pause the playback for a time to avoid buffering.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Experience with Writing Essays: Funny, Sad, Frustrating or ?

Write between 150 and 200 words on your previous experience with writing an essay in an in class, high pressure setting. Answer as many of the following questions as appropriate in the body of your paragraph. It is not expected (or possible) to answer them all. Choose the questions that reflect your experiences the best and expand on these. Give examples to illustrate.

What kinds of problems have you had with the organizing/brainstorming section? Give an example of something that has happened at this point.

What do you usually do first (second, third etc.) during the test? Why do you do that? Do you feel that you are efficient in your use of time?

What kinds of feedback have you received on your writing in the past? How have you tried to improve based on the suggestions your teacher has given you?

Do you have any funny (or sad) experiences while writing an essay that you would like to share with the class?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Personal Reaction to Class Activity and William Zinsser's "Writing Good English"

What is your personal reaction to what you learned about writing from your peers and from William Zinsser? Did anything surprise or puzzle you? Do you strongly agree or disagree with any suggestion? Explain why. Answer in a paragraph. Write no fewer than 150 words and no more than 200. 

Due in time for Friday's class. Bring a copy, word processed and double spaced, please.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Here I Am

Write your version of "Here I Am" here as a comment to this post. Remember to follow the format of my examples exactly (use the same punctuation and word forms etc.).

I will provide my new version here as well.


NOTE: Be sure to post your "Here I Am" here as a comment and not to "post" to the blog.
Remember to bring a copy on paper to class for your performance. Good luck!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Something New; Something Memorable


Write two paragraphs, one for each topic, one for "something new" and one for "something memorable." You may mention multiple examples or expand on one example. Your paragraphs should be a minimum of 150 words and maximum of 200 words for each topic.

Be specific and detailed in your writing. Use your best sentences and proofread carefully. Work is due before class time on Wednesday, June 11. Post here and bring a copy, properly formatted, to class to hand in that day. Thank you everyone.

My comments will follow yours and will be posted before the end of next week.