ENG10: Due tomorrow, October 21- Original Poetry Project

Original Poetry Project- Creative Writing, Process rubrics (PDF)


Your published draft of your poem should have:

  • An enlarged title (double the font size as the main text of your poem- 24 pt recommended)
  • Indented, standard sized, single spaced easily readable font (no Comic Sans, Times!), 12 pt recommended
  • A visual anchor (find a photo that accentuates the message, concept of your poem)

Sample Published Draft – Where I’m From, Mr. Wozney (PDF)

ENG10: Publishing Walkthrough

Where I’m From

An homage to George Ella Lyon’s poem of the same title By Paul Wozney


I am from twisted pines and bleached stony forms

From fog horns blaring and buoys clanging in storms,

From everything but sports is stupid and gay

From climbing granite walls, covered in misty ocean spray.


I am from Baba’s homemade buns and perogies,

From Mom’s fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies,

From Grandma’s cherry, apple, blueberry pie,

From tables so full it brings tears to the eye.


I am from summer vacation on Cavendish tides

From Sandspit’s go-karts and five limitless rides,

From Avonlea Cottages’ small pool, glittering blue,

From relief from teen torment I suffered through.


I am from Oswald, helping people back on their feet

From Leo, providing groceries and money in ways discrete

From Bill, who responded to hate with endurance and grace,

From Cindy, who met challenge with courage, face to face.


I am from resentment, being outcast and shunned

But that’s not where I’ll end up when this is all done.

I am from one who turned into five

And because of them, is learning how to live, love and thrive.

ENG10: Writer’s Reflection, a listening activity- due Friday, October 17


As a follow up to our conference about the poem we intend to publish over the past two classes, here’s your first task to be entered in the speaking and listening category for the semester:

Where I’m From Poem, draft, by Paul Wozney (PDF)

Writer’s Reflection (outline, rubric) (PDF)

Writer’s reflection (teacher sample, B Block) (PDF)

Writer’s reflection (teacher sample, A Block) (PDF)

Looking forward to getting your reflections in class tomorrow!

ENG10: Drafting a “Where I’m From” poem

Here are notes from today’s class about how to plan/prepare for and draft a “Where I’m From” poem:

The original (there are audio and video versions to look at here- great resource!):

2014 10 13 – Planning, Drafting “Where I’m From” – lesson notes, sample poems (PDF)


ENG11: Guiding questions for Animal Farm, chapters 5-6


Hey they are.

Remember- next quiz on WEDNESDAY, October 1


Make sure you’re collecting annotated passages that help you identify and explore items on our Scavenger hunt list. These notes are the raw material for the essay we will start writing next week. No notes/annotations=scary pressure to read/annotate/think/write all in one step. Recipe for meh… type results, at best….

Use some of your time on Monday’s PD day to start if you haven’t.

Happy weekend, and Go Cheetahs (by that I mean all Cheetahs competing in games tonight and over the weekend).


ENG10: Signing into Moodle


Firstly, I have been asking you to register and complete a task in moodle for almost two weeks. During those two weeks, I have offered extra help four times. I provided time in class to set this up as well.

For those who are panicked about not being able to get into our online classroom in time for tomorrow’s deadline, I say this: Where have you been?

If you need help, you solve questions by coming in for extra help. It doesn’t mean spending your whole lunch hour, or sending me an email late at night. It does mean taking time to resolve issues before it’s too late- this is expected of you now. Fair warning moving forward, OK?

That said, here is my last how to/walkthrough/helping hand on getting set up with moodle:

1. You need your provincial student ID number- it’s 10 digits long, usually beginning with 3100 or 3000. You can find it on any of your junior high report cards, and on registration documents for CPA.

2. You need to sign up for a student webmail account at https://selfservice.nspes.ca/cgi-bin/account.pl


Your password MUST NOT include a whole, easy to recognize word (a name, anything that can be found in a dictionary). It MUST be at least 4 characters long with one capital, one lowercase letter, one number and one special character (like a punctuation mark).

TAKE A PICTURE of your userID before you leave this page, and write your password down somewhere safe.

3. Find the login page for your moodle on my website:

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4. Enter your userID and password you set up earlier:

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5. Enter the enrolment key I gave you during class (this is a password to get in. You will only need to enter it one time).

6. Complete the IRP: My September Novel Is… activity. Click the link, read the instructions and then add your entry by clicking the “add new discussion topic” button.

Good luck! Students who do not post this by the end of the school day tomorrow will see a zero for this item in powerschool. Thanks everyone- see you for Reading Day tomorrow!



ENG11: Guiding questions for Animal Farm, ch3-4

Hey English 11,

So we had our first Mimio vote quiz for chapters one and two yesterday in class. Who knew multiple choice could be so much fun when you include shiny different coloured light up buttons?

Our next quiz is tomorrow in class- Friday, September 26.

One thing I noticed was that some people were finding it challenging to notice where references/connections to history/real people/ideals/events were occurring in the novel, so I have provided a set of guiding questions (usually 3-4 per chapter) that will help you notice where some of these connections are happening. You can find these questions in our moodle.

Your most important job as we read Animal Farm is to annotate- to collect, flag and make notes about passages where you see the novel representing different items on the Animal Farm Scavenger Hunt. These annotated passages will become the raw material you will use to write your first major essay in this course. If you are not annotating, you will struggle to complete and succeed on this essay- it means you will need to re-read, think and write all in one step. This is extremely difficult, and places a ton of pressure on you in a short time period.

If you’re stuck with annotating because you’re finding it hard to locate examples that “scratch the itch,” think about using the guiding questions for each reading as a stepping stone to independence.

Good luck, and happy hunting. :)

ENG11: Animal Farm Scavenger Hunt

Hey ENG11,

Below is a link to the reading guide for Animal Farm by George Orwell. In addition to our schedule/comprehension check quizzes, 2014 09 22 - Reading Sched, Intro to Orwell

a key job you need to focus on while you read is noticing passages that draw your attention/connection to actual people, events, groups, etc in the period of time Orwell was addressing with his novel.


1. When you find a passage that helps you make a connection/reveals allegory at work, use sticky notes. Flag the passage in your copy, and make notes on that sticky that reveal the traits/characteristics that link your reading to something on your scavenger hunt list.

2. When you find a passage that helps you make a connection/reveals allegory at work, use the e-text PDF version of Animal Farm posted in our moodle. Copy and paste passage into a word document, and make your notes on that digital copy. Remember that with word you can use highlighters, format text, add comments, footnotes, etc- the possibilities for annotating are myriad!

00 Allegory Scavenger Hunt (PDF)

Good luck, and happy hunting.

PS: Wanna listen while you read? CLICK ME.

ENG10: For Tuesday, September 23


Thanks for being here and working hard, even when most other students were at home with school power and plumbing not working after the big storm!

For tomorrow you need to:

1. Finish annotating your independent poem. You need a printed copy (NOT HANDWRITTEN!). Use a photocopier, scan and print, take a photo with your phone/email/print. Follow the three stages as per our class (1. out loud/solve tricky words/note breaks, 2. straight/squiggly 3. code (colour) and explode (make notes about meaning).

2. Start Task 2:

00 Digging Into Poetry, Task 2 Instructions

I will check this in class tomorrow, and we will share examples and compare as a class, ESPECIALLY the meaning we pull from examples we locate.

Good luck!