2018 BYNG ARTS 8 Term 3 Projects and Deadlines AND Homework

Melanie Jackson’ Mystery Unit See the HOME PAGE of my BLOG and go to the Melanie Jackson Unit for more unit requirements.

Mystery novelist Melanie will be in class with you for three (3) classes in a row starting Monday the 9th of April.
Class 1: Elements of the Mystery story.
Class 2: Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and mystery elements
Handout for planning your mystery
– Complete this handout for your 3rd class; it will be assessed for completion.
Class 3: Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and mystery elements

Class 4: First DRAFT DUE! A First draft must be between 3 and 4 pages. It can be hand written, but remember the final draft will be word processed/typed on a computer, so hand writing usually means you will need more pages. The word count for the final copy is 800 – 1750.

Short story is due to Melanie at dinahgalloway@gmail.com on April 27rd, 2018. It must be sent an attachment. NEW extended DUE DATE

Class 5: Work on second draft. Incorporate sentence variety, active voice, and ‘in medias res.’ Click HERE.

Class 6: A FULL second draft is due today. (Day 2: 24 April/ Day 1: 25 April). This is a draft that still needs editing, it can still be hand written (or on computer), but it has a FULL story arc. This is your first complete draft.

Tell your story in the past tense, unless present tense is a purposeful choice to create a desired effect. Try and use third person omniscient or limited omniscient.

WikiHow on formatting and punctuating dialogue in a story.

Readers’ Digest has this GREAT explanation of using dialogue in fiction AND the punctuation rules.

Class 7: (Day 2:26th April 7 Day 1 April 27th): Continue to work on your drafting, edit for sentence variety, and edit for correct dialogue punctuation (see links above).


REMEMBER: A COMPLETE AND FINAL DRAFT IS DUE ON FRIDAY THE 27TH by 11:59 PM. It must be emailed to Melanie as at dinahgalloway@gmail.com
If it is a google doc, share and enable editing. If if is NOT a google doc., send as an attachment: .RTF file.

Poetry Unit
This unit began the week of April 29th.

Day 1:
1. Take a photo of something in nature. Try and make this a close up, not a distance shot.
2. See Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” on link below.
We listened to Noma Dumezweni read the poem. (See YouTube link below).
3. Homework for Day 2: Look carefully at your photo. Consider what this piece of nature might represent; try to have it represent a part of your personality or something you value (but don’t think of it as the thing it actually is); your first homework task is to write a first draft and play with METAPHOR. To do this, set a timer (use your phone or the stove) and write for 20 continuous minutes. Do not stop to second guess yourself. Do not worry about rhyming; we will work from this first draft to move toward a poem.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

Noma Dumezweni reads “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud” on the BBC

Day 2 of Poetry Unit

Here is the Poetry Unit material we have worked on today. Here you will find terminology and a bit of a preview of what is to come. Please check this link often; it is a ‘live’ link and is updated regularly.

Day 2 Homework:
Take the ideas from your 20 min contiuous write about the natural ‘thing’ of which you took a picture last day: you are now turning it into a poem!
Your FIRST draft of your poem is due on Class 3.
Your First draft must be 16-20 lines long and contain at least 3 of the devices discussed in class (see link above). Your devices must be used purposefully. There WILL be a homework check at start of class #3!; work will be collected before silent reading in Class 3.

Class 3 Notes on the requirements of the poetry assignment AND how to do your editing for your 2nd Draft, due at beginning of Class 4.

Class 4: We start looking at the Shakespearean Sonnet. You will need to click here on The Prologue to Romeo and Juliet to see the first sonnet and work on your homework for Class #5.

Class 5:
Byng Arts English 8 Sonnet Package (contains Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, “If I Profane” from Romeo and Juliet, and “Shall I Compare Thee.” This is a printable link. If you lose the sonnet package (it is one sheet!) given to you in class, it is your responsibility to print off another one.

TASK: For each of the sonnets you need to: label the rhyme scheme, use a highlighter to indicate the punctuation, paraphrase what is being discussed in each stanza of common rhyme (i.e. what is being said in each quatrain and in the heroic couplet at the end?). In “If I Profane” does Shakespeare break any of the sonnet rules we have learned? What is the ‘desired effect’ you think Shakespeare is trying to achieve by breaking rules of the form.

Day 6: 1. Pop quiz so you see what you have to study.
2. Rhyme scheme in support of meaning analysis of “If I Profane”
3. Sonnet Test set for 24th May (Day 2s) 25th May (Day 1)
4. Poem with picture assignment due anytime between May 14th and May
22nd. Follow example layout found HERE.

Poetry Project: Should be done in google slide as per layout in above link. Poetry with picture assignment MUST be sent
to tinkertoyzine@gmail.com

SONNET TEST reminder! Day 2s on May 24th and Day 1s on May 25th. BRING A PENCIL and good eraser.

Term 3 Book Cards are due on June 13th!!

1 June HW for 2.2 and 2.4
4 June HW for 1.2

In class, we have now read up to p.28 in the novella, The Snow Goose; for the on-line copy, you can see where we are by finding the last lines we read: “That summer, out of his memory, he painted a picture of a slender, grime covered girl, her fair hair blown by a November storm, who bore in her arms a wounded white bird” (28)

The homework: Our OBJECTIVE IS TO FIND CONNECTIONS AMONG THE CHARACTERS based on what we have learned so far about Rhayader, Fritha, and the Snow Goose, you will each create a web which includes:
1. The names of each character: Rhayader, Fritha, and the Snow Goose.
2. List physical, emotional, behavioural similarities between and among the character.
3. Use lines, arrows, colour codes to connect those attributes that are shared.

Ultimately, we want to find symbols, characters, and setting to help us prove the existence of one of the themes in the novella. We are starting this exploration with this homework on character.

Click HERE for photo of our class-time start on making connections among characters from The Snow Goose.

Click on this link to find an online copy of the novella.

Review of THEME.

Making a Concept Map for The Snow Goose
Click HERE to see how to lay it out and learn what to do for pages 1-28 in the actual book; this is up to near the end of page 7 of the online version you can get to from the above link.
Read on page 7 up to, and including:
“That summer, out of his memory, he painted a picture of a slender, grime-covered child, her fair hair blown by a November storm, who bore in her arms a wounded white bird.”

Click HERE for an example of how you might lay out the words to make your concept map. REMEMBER you need to put the page number onto the line. If you can make part of the quotation onto the line, too, that would be great!

POETRY RE-TEST: If you received less than 80% on the first poetry unit test, you may choose to re-test; however, you will not be given anymore than 80%, regardless of how well you do on the second test. 80% shows clear competency on the task and is in line with the original class average.
At this point, those of you who both qualify and have an interest in doing the re-test have let me know by writing “re-test please” on the back of your original scantron.

There will be ONE sitting for the re-test so make sure you are there with an HB pencil, a good eraser, and an ink pen.

Poetry Re-test is at 3:15 (right after school) on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018. This is your one chance, please be there.

Homework assigned on June 11th for Day 2s and on June 12th for Day 1s and DUE on June 13th for Day 2s and 14th for Day 1s; to be handed in at the beginning of class prior to silent reading.


In 3-4 well written paragraphs that follow the rules you have been taught re: how to write about literature, answer the following, but only use pp.1 -28; Read on page 7 up to, and including:
“That summer, out of his memory, he painted a picture of a slender, grime-covered child, her fair hair blown by a November storm, who bore in her arms a wounded white bird.”

Focus question:
Explain what kind of a man Rhayader is.

At least one paragraph should address his physical nature while a second paragraph should address his emotional nature and behaviour. I would suggest that you do an INTRO + Physical+ Emotional/Behavioral+conclusion.

You need to include:
– T.A.G. (This book is a novella)
– Literary present tense
– Underline title
– include one quoatation (min) per paragraph (for the paragraphs on physical and emotional/behavioural)
– you need to make sure you EXPLAIN how and why your evidence proves what kind of man Rhayader is. Remember that Rhayader is not a static character.
– Keep quotations between 1-4 words; work on ‘embedding’ a word or two from the text into one of YOUR OWN SENTENCES; this, too, is quoting.

Treat this as a draft; do the best you can as a first draft.

Homework for Friday 15 for 2.2 and 2.4 AND for Monday 18th for 1.2:
-Review and/or finish the paragraphing worksheet.

There is an ‘In-Class” Literary Analysis Writing on The Snow Goose; this will be part of your Term 3 Mark.

Block 1.2 will write on Monday, June 18th
Blocks 2.2 & 2.4 will write on Tuesday, June 19th
– You may, and should, use your concept maps for the novella.
– You will have a copy of the novella to use in class when you write.
– You must write in blue or black ink (no pencil or unicorn coloured ink)

Homework to prepare for Inclass:

Click HERE to see the answers to colour coding paragraph work sheet, “The Story of the Snore.”

Here is a Punctuation worksheet on the comma from

Here is the answer sheet to the above worksheet:

Practice writing task for pp.29-end of The Snow Goose:
Discuss how the character of Fritha changes over the course of the novella.

Blog Post Re Paragraphs by A Hughes on Scribd

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