• The Rest of the School Year

    Posted by Sean Souter on 5/6/2019

    For the remainder of the school year we will be doing the following:

    1) Finishing our unit on poetry

    2) Analyzing The Merchant of Venice

    3) Culminating task

    4) Final exam

    Students will be given dates for the above as the semester progresses.

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  • April 15 to 19

    Posted by Sean Souter on 4/14/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Monday, April 15

    - The Hero's Journey character arc analysis

    - Novel themes review

    Tuesday, April 16

    - Hero's Journey, continued

    - Novel themes review

    Wednesday, April 17

    - Unit test on the entire The Chrysalids novel

    Thursday, April 18

    Friday, April 19

    - Good Friday, no school

    Monday, April 22

    - Easter Monday, no school

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  • April 8 to April 12

    Posted by Sean Souter on 4/9/2019

    Monday, April 8

    - Snow Day

    Tuesday, April 9

    - Chapter 10: Rachel and Eve

    - Chapter 11: Hailey H. and Kathryn

    - Introduce "Time Capsule"

    Wednesday, April 10

    - Chapter 12: Amber and Maria

    Thursday, April 11

    - Chapter 13: Olivia and Liam C. and Anik

    - Chapter 14: Jacob L. and Connor

    - Chapter 15: Jacob W. and Evan and James

    Friday, April 12

    - "Time Capsule" presentations

    - Key event Tableau

    - Chapter 16 and 17: Mr. Souter

    ** NOTE: Chrysalids final test on Wednesday, April 17

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  • April 1st to April 4th

    Posted by Sean Souter on 3/31/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Monday, April 1

    - Media Study: Chrysalids themes

    - All students must read the chapters for the next day/s BEFORE coming to class

    Tuesday, April 2

    - Chapter 6 presentations: Haley S. & Elizabeth W.

    - Chapter 7 presentations: Alex H. & Liam D.

    Wednesday, April 3

    Chrysalids Test, chapters 1 through 7, whole period

    **Students will need their copy of The Chrysalids in order to do the test. Part of it is open book.

    - vocabulary, facts and content, application of literary analysis.

    Thursday, April 4

    - Chapter 8: Malley H. & Emma H.

    - Chapter 9: Jacob C. & Andrew P.

    Friday, April 5

    - PD Day, no school today

    - Students should read ahead in The Chrysalids to at least chapter 11

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  • March 25 to March 29

    Posted by Sean Souter on 3/24/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Monday, March 25

    The Chrysalids book sign out, introduction, and chapter one

    - Note that each chapter will have a set of activities and questions assigned on that day, due the following day.

    These activities will include items like: vocabulary, analysis of theme and conflict, plot structure and character development, and writing a persuasive paragraph on Text to Self, Text to World, Text to Text, and Text to Theory relationships.

    **Note: Interim Reports go home with students today. They will be handed out during period 4. Please ask your student to see their report, sign off on it, and have your student return the signed portion to teachers.

    Tuesday, March 26

    The Chrysalids chapter 2

    Wednesday, March 27

    The Chrysalids chapter 3 and 4

    Thursday, March 28

    The Chrysalids chapter 5

    * Parent-Teacher Interviews are on this evening from 3 until 7:30 PM. You can make an appointment with me by sending in the sign up sheet (which went home with the interim reports) with your student.

    Friday, March 29

    The Chrysalids group project. Students take ownership of a designated chapter to read, analyze, and lead part of a class.  One day's worth of work will be chosen and graded today. Students should come to class with all of this week's work complete and ready to hand in.

    NOTE: Once presentations start next Monday all students are expected to read every chapter BEFORE they come to class. A schedule will be posted.


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  • March 18 to March 22

    Posted by Sean Souter on 3/18/2019

    Monday, March 18

    - Persuasive Essay writing: Thesis and Research

    - How to use Google Advanced Search to find .edu and .gov sources of information (and NOT Wikipedia!)

    - Computer lab to finalize topic and do research in order to choose a thesis statement that students can prove given the research available.

    Tuesday, March 19

    - Persuasive Essay Writing: Referencing and Critique

    - Students will analyze student work from past classes to identify strong and weak points of persuasive writing

    Wednesday, March 20

    - Computer lab time for writing

    Thursday, March 21

    The Great Debate topic selection and teams

    Friday, March 22

    - Persuasive Essay due at the end of the period

    - Extra time used to research for The Great Debate which will go ahead on Tuesday, March 26

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  • March 4 to March 8

    Posted by Sean Souter on 3/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Monday, March 4

    - Peer Editing of Short Stories

    **As noted last week, students must bring in a hardcopy of their short story for peer editing.

    Tuesday, March 5

    - Short story wrap up and transition to persuasive writing mini unit

    Wednesday, March 6

    - Computer lab for final edit and submission of final version of short story (electronically into a drop box, not paper)

    Thursday, March 7

    **Short Story Unit Tests handed back today.  Please ask your student to see their test, sign it, and return it to Mr. Souter

    - Persuasive Writing

    Friday, March 8

    - TBD

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  • February 25 to March 1

    Posted by Sean Souter on 2/24/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, February 25

    - Short Story Writing

    Tuesday, February 26

    - "The Pedestrian" 

    - Review of literary terms for Thursday's short story test

    Wednesday, February 27

    - Short Story Writing

    Thursday, February 28

    - Short Story Unit Test

    * Plot graph and analysis of story structure

    * Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World, Text to Theory method of understanding writing

    * Literary terms (handed out last Friday)

    * Analyzing a provided short story (Theme, Mood...)

    * Grammar: quotation marks and dialogue, regular punctuation, colons, semicolons

    Friday, March 1

    - Short Story Writing Finished

    NOTE: Students must bring a paper copy of their short story to class on Monday for peer editing.


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  • February 19 to 22

    Posted by Sean Souter on 2/19/2019

    Monday, February 19

    - Family Day

    Tuesday, February 19

    - Hand in 10 lines of Dialogue (was due Tues, Feb 12)

    - Take up short stories from last week

    - Mood worksheet

    - Character development worksheet

    Wednesday, February 20

    - Grammar Work

         - Commas

         - Apostrophes

         - Colons and Semicolons

         - Quotation Marks (review)

    Thursday, February 21

    - Building a Believable Setting

    Friday, February 22

    - "The Monkey's Paw" short story

    - Short Story Unit Test on Thursday, February 28

    * Plot graph and analysis of story structure

    * Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World, Text to Theory method of understanding writing

    * Literary terms (summary sheet handed out today)

    * Analyzing a provided short story (Theme, Mood...)

    * Grammar: quotation marks and dialogue, regular punctuation, colons, semicolons

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  • Feb 11 to 15

    Posted by Sean Souter on 2/18/2019

    Monday, February 11

    - My Blueprint session in the library to choose next year's course.

    - Parents must look at and sign the course selection sheet students printed today.

    Tuesday, February 12

    - Snow Day

    Wednesday, February 13

    - Snow Day

    Thursday, February 14

    - "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" short story

    Friday, February 15

    "Lamb to the Slaughter" short story

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