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English 10 Spoken Language / Literary Studies Calendar
Course Work & Learning Materials - Week by Week
This will include learning materials accessed digitally in the classroom, deadlines, assignments and supplementary / support materials.
If a student misses time, they are expected to access their work on this site. If there is limited access from home or the location in which a student will be spending time, students will need to use access when they are back at school in Lunch Labs, after school or on breaks, or access resources available through services like the Whitehorse Public Library, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre's After School Tutoring Program, the Kwanlin Dün Kenädän Ku House of Learning, and/or other available community resources.
Week 5 - Monday Sept 17th - Friday Sept 21st, 2018
- continued our daily reading (15 mins) and logging of the reading,
- more review of the concepts and elements of literature and language found on the English Terminology Survival Kit,
- and delved further into the magic of sentences.
At their most basic, sentences need the following:
- a complete idea
- a noun that serves as the subject (who/what the sentence is about, the noun or pronoun performing the verb)
- a verb (action, thought, feeling),
- opens with a capital / majuscule letter
- closes with one of three punctuation marks.
I = pronoun acting as a subject, a written with a majascule
am = simple present of the verb "to be", followed by a period because it's a declarative sentence.
The sentence, "I am", however, is not terribly interesting. We create more accurate and effective communicating by adding more details, descriptive words and complex structures without sacrificing clarity.
Like an architect and a contractor need to understand the available tools and materials to build safe, effective houses in which people will enjoy living, so too must a writer or editor understand the tools and materials they use to create/build a piece of text.
Week 4 - Monday Sept 10th - Friday Sept 14th, 2018
As is so often the case, lots of help can be had from various sources on the internet.
Two key points - ALL sentences must have certain characteristics.
Two of the most basic are:
- A sentence MUST begin with a capital (majuscule) letter. This is true whether or not the first word of the sentence is a proper noun (proper nouns also always take majuscules).
- ALL sentences must end with one of three types of punctuation:
- Declamatory sentences (statements) end with a period. (.)
- Interrogative sentences (questions/queries) end with a question mark. (?)
- Includes direct questions, add-on questions, tag questions, but not indirect questions,
- Exclamatory sentences (exclamations of strong emotions) end with an exclamation mark. (!)
Week 3 - Tuesday Sept 4th - Friday Sept 7th, 2018
I have evidently created a monster - students keep asking for more School House Rock and so I have obliged. (Amazingly, they sing along...)
Below is a video explanation from Andrew Rosenthal (New York Times Editorial Page Editor) of what an editorial is, and how an editorial staff at a reputable and trustworthy publication manages the process of creating editorial opinion pieces for publication both in print and online.
How to write an Editorial
by Andrew Rosenthal, NYT Editor
Week 2 - Monday Aug 27th - Friday Aug 31st, 2018
After our reading session, we watched more of the film, The Princess Bride - from the Sword Fight scene through to the clear out of the Thieves Forrest. We will watch the remainder of the film on Tuesday.
We will then go through the terminology and literary elements (please see the Survival Kit below) using the film of The Princess Bride as the common reference for examples and analysis. Later, likely the week of Sept 10th, there will be an initial quiz/text on the basic terminology we will have covered, including material covered next week, on classroom expectations, and on the film The Princess Bride.
I will share a series of links below to supplementary information about the story and the film. As with most films based originally on novels, and as an English teacher, I heartily recommend that if you enjoy the film, you should read the original book. I have one of the original paperbacks, "borrowed" from an aunt (an English teacher) in 1987, the year the film was made. It is one of my most treasured books. The film is a classic film - comedy, action, romance, adventure, camp and wisdom. To miss it would be ... inconceivable.
But why grammar and why read and write literature? Those are addressed in the initial videos.
(Students are reminded that not all materials will be covered in class. We have few text books. Supplemental materials are made available on this site. It is up to students to access materials they need to help them deepen their understanding of materials covered in class, particularly if they feel that they are not confident about something we've covered.)
This week we will begin doing our structured reading responses. Students will have in-class time to read on most days. Every day we read in class (and for homework if we don't have time in class) students will record basic observations about their reading materials.
There is a reading log (please see the document below). Each copy of the document/file allows for one week of structured reading response.
I am also providing an English Survival Kit. Students will need this information, as well as the Grammar packages and Banish Boring Words packages as an ongoing reference for the remainder of the semester. They should either keep these tidy and accessible in their binder or create a duotang/booklet that they keep accessible for daily reference as needed.
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Week 1 - Wednesday Aug 22nd - Friday Aug 24th, 2018
I used the opportunity of sharing the connections between the 7 Grandfather Teachings and the images on the posters (a form of text) to offer an example of both oral storytelling and presentation.
Referring to these will be our touchstone for the semester.
We also began our daily routine of daily reading. Most days, students will read for 10 mins and will have another few minutes to fill in a reading log.