#ENG10 Memoir Leads

Hey English 10,

Your first task for our course is to locate and bring to class for Friday a memoir you’re excited to read.

A recap of our chat today:

– Look for something that “scratches your itch” as a person. Love sports? Find a sports memoir. Love adventure? Check out a travel memoir. Love politics or war? There are options for you. Can’t pick a topic? Look for a memoir by a celebrity that inspires you or frustrates you.

– You can borrow a memoir. Our school library will have some, and our very own Ms. Morgan at CPA would LOVE to show you the options you can sign out for free from our school library. The Halifax Public Library has LOADS of options. A library card is free, if you don’t already have one, and if you get on it ASAP, they can bring a copy at a branch elsewhere in Halifax to the one closest to your home in 2-3 days. Awesome, or what? You could ask a friend or family member who loves reading. They may have one sitting on their shelf they’d love to share with you- good reads AND good connection. #winnerwinner

– You can buy a memoir. Chapters and Indigo will have sections that feature this genre, and there are some hot sellers that have tremendous appeal for teens. I Am Malala, by last year’s teenage Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai? Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah? The Chapters and Amazon.ca websites will also have lists of memoirs, and plenty of suggestions. If you buy online from Chapters, they might be able to ship to the store closest to you. Amazon offers free shipping on orders over a certain amount, but it might arrive after Friday. That’s sad. :( There are also lots of great used bookstores in Halifax. Otis & Clementine’s in Tantallon is awesome, and Buy the Book on the Bedford Highway at Flamingo Drive is jammed with options too.

Looking for leads?

I have some faves, and some copies I can loan. Aside from that, why not check out these lists of suggestions:

Young Adult memoirs at Stackedbooks

Memoir Book List at goodreads.com

Amazon’s bestsellers in Young Adult Biographies

Bios & Memoirs Teens Will Read on pinterest

Still stuck? Come and see me in room 223 tomorrow at lunch. We can chat and find some options for you. There is a memoir ready to rock your world. We just have to find it. :) Happy searching!

#CMT11 CBlock StopMotion FilmFesto Viewers’ Choice Winners!

Hey C Block,

Thanks to everyone for the tremendous effort to plan and execute a stop motion animation project. I had a great time in class yesterday as you premiered your films and we had a chance to celebrate the creativity and initiative shown by each group. Plus, we got to eat Doritos. Any class you get to eat Doritos is #awesome.

We held our vote, and the results are in. Here are this year’s Viewer’s Choice Champs for CMT11 C Block:

2nd Runner Up (3rd Place):

1st Runner Up (2nd place):

Grand Champion

Congratulations not only to our winners, but to everyone who persevered and created a final project to be proud of. Well done CMT11 C block!

#CMT11 DBlock StopMotion FilmFesto Viewers’ Choice Winners!

Hey D Block,

Thanks to everyone for the tremendous effort to plan and execute a stop motion animation project. I had a great time in class yesterday as you premiered your films and we had a chance to celebrate the creativity and initiative shown by each group. Plus, we got to eat Doritos. Any class you get to eat Doritos is #awesome.

We held our vote, and the results are in. Here are this year’s Viewer’s Choice Champs for CMT11 D Block:

2nd Runner Up (3rd Place):

1st Runner Up (2nd Place):

And, finally, our grand champion:

Congratulations not only to our winners, but to everyone who persevered and created a final project to be proud of. Well done CMT11 D block!

#ENG10 Motif Study: Third Marking Period Key Passages

Hey English 10,

In case you need an extra copy of the key passages for our motif study in SPEAK (passed these out in class on Friday, January 8), here you go:

Key Passages, Third Marking Period- SPEAK, Motif Study (PDF)

Be ready with annotations for each passage for Monday’s class for discussion/analysis together. Thanks, and happy hunting. :)

#ENG10 Motif Study: Second Marking Period Key Passages

Hey English 10,

If you’ve misplaced your copy of the key passages for second marking period for SPEAK, you can download a digital version here:

Key Passages, Second Marking Period: Motif Study, SPEAK, Laurie Halse Anderson (PDF)

Come ready on Thursday to share your thoughts/analysis about how the tree (art project/natural object in a process of survival) reveals more about Melinda, our protagonist in her struggle to figure life after trauma out.

Friendly reminder that tomorrow is our short story speak up day. Bring your cue cards, annotated copy of the story and something to write with. Don’t forget to prepare a clear “3” theme statement to share with you group as part of discussion.

 

#ENG10 Motif Study: First Marking Period Key Passages

Hey English 10,

Friendly reminder that Anthology of Insight Projects are due in class tomorrow.

We began the process of reading/annotating key passages related to the tree motif in SPEAK today. Here is the first set of key passages if you lost your copy:

Key Passages- SPEAK, Motif Study (PDF)

Come ready tomorrow having made some notes about what you notice in terms of what is happening with the art project and with the tree as a part of the natural setting/time of year/process of survival.

#ENG10 Formal Essay- MLA Formatting

Hey ENG10,

Friendly reminder: extra help on Tuesday/Thursday at lunch in room 125.

Practice formatting

Download the following to practice making your essay spiffy according to MLA formatting standards:

WORKS CITED!!!! Use easybib.com, chapter>anthology. Use the ISBN (this is on the bar code you would scan at the store) from the anthology to started filling out the form. You’ll need to:

– add the Chapter title (Title of Your Story)
– change the source author to source editor
– add a contributor (Selection Author- the author of your short story)
– add the page numbers of where your story starts and stops in your anthology

My entry for my sample essay below:

Myers, Walter Dean. “The Treasure of Lemon Brown.” Boys’ Life Mar. 1983: 36+. Boys’ Life Wayback Machine. Web. 14 Mar. 2011. <http://boyslife.org/wayback#issue=j2YEAAAAMBAJ&pg=34>.

YOUR FINISHED ESSAY SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS:

Proofreading/Editing Resources

#ENG10 Heads up: Formal Essay & Anthology of Insight

Hi English 10,

We are well underway in our unit exploring how stories shape how we see the world. At this point, you should:

  • have selected and prepared a photocopy of a short story from the copy of the Issues Collection anthology I distributed earlier this semester
  • well on the way to completing a thorough annotation of this story, as per the process I modelled/we followed together during our reading/study of Walter Dean Myer’s The Treasure of Lemon Brown
  • have committed to one of the options for the Anthology of Insight Project on our sign up list in class
  • have a clear picture of the requirements, outline and topic for the formal essay for our unit based on our discussion today in class
  • have ready for Monday’s class a clear, concise thesis AND two notable passages from your independent short story that illustrate the use of literary aspects related to theme

Next week, we will be workshopping on a process to create an effective essay. It is essential that as we set targets to complete in reaching our goal of crafting our first formal essay effectively that you hit them. I will check/post your follow up in powerschool as a way to monitor your dedication to developing quality writing through a process.

Need more time/help? I am offering extra help at lunch daily until holiday break instead of regular times on Tuesdays on Thursdays.

Happy annotating and note making. Looking forward to getting started on developing a skill that will matter for you throughout high school, and for college/university too!

#ENG10 Motif Study: Readings, Quizzes and Lesson Schedule

Hey English 10,

This week we begin the final chapter of our independent reading portfolio. We will be reading Laurie Halse Andersen’s novel SPEAK. Below, please find the schedule for our readings, comprehension check quizzes and lessons. Note that quizzes happen on their scheduled date whether you have read the required text or not; it’s your job to manage your “magic number” to be ready for these and prepared for lessons according to the time table set out below.

Friendly reminder that extra help happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch hour in room 125. Can’t make it due to conflicts? Drop me an email to arrange a time before or after school with fair notice. I’m a nice guy and I want to help you. I’ll probably even say yes. :)

Looking forward to this last stretch of digging deep into fiction with you! Happy reading, and see you in class.

#ENG10 The Treasure of Lemon Brown- First Publication, Resources

Hey English 10,

Here’s a link to a site where you can read the original publication of The Treasure of Lemon Brown in Boys’ Life Magazine from 1983, complete with illustrations, ads, etc. :)

http://books.google.ca/books?id=j2YEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA1&pg=PA34#v=twopage&q&f=true

A reminder that you should be ready to share ideas about setting for this story gathered by annotating tomorrow in class. Good luck, and happy reading/annotating!

Reading Resources

BEFORE READING: Article about Harlem (PDF)

Activity Guide – The Treasure of Lemon Brown (PDF)

Activity Rubrics for The Treasure of Lemon Brown (PDF)

DURING Reading: Rules of Notice for Reading Fiction- notes (PDF)

DURING Reading: The Treasure of Lemon Brown, annotated (PDF)