1-1 English 8

Thursday, June 14th, 2018: If you’d like to recap the most important parts of the sonnet, here’s a link to the video that we watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he_lxFaYwAA. See you next class!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018: Thank you for your work while I was away, everyone. We’ll talk more about the sonnet next class!

Friday, June 8th, 2018: Essay chosen! Great job, everyone. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018: HOORAY! You did it! See you on Friday. We’ll have about 30 minutes with all three of our essays before we make our final decision.

Monday, June 4th, 2018: Sorry I was away last class, everyone. See you on June 6th, for our FINAL ESSAY!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018: Great job today, everyone! We will have attempt #3 on JUNE 6th!

Friday, May 25th, 2018: As per your votes today, we will have three attempts:

  • Attempt #2 on May 29th.
  • Attempt #3 on June 6th.
  • Choosing Day on June 8th.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018: You completed your first high school essay! Yay! Don’t forget about the optional bonus assignment (outlined above).

Thursday, May 17th, 2018: If you were away today, you should see me asap about when you will write the test. SEE YOU NEXT CLASS FOR OUR ESSAY! Bring your red textbook with you!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away on Friday, everyone. I gave completion marks for the work you did in my absence; if you had an excused absence, I omitted it. Thursday is our OPEN BOOK TEST and NOTES COLLECTION. If you don’t bring your own book, you’ll have to write without – there are no extras. If you want access to your notes during the essay, you MUST submit them on Thursday (this is a hard deadline – notes will not be accepted later).

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018: Were you away today? We watched Act II, scene i, and discussed love as a cause of violence. We started an essay outline (specifically, we worked on introductory paragraphs). No homework. See you on Friday! Due dates still remain: open book test and notes collection on May 17th, and essay attempt #1 on May 23rd.

Monday, May 7th, 2018: Please continue revising your paragraph for homework. It won’t be officially marked (just checked), but use this opportunity to improve and develop your work. See you on Wednesday!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018: Were you away today? We read Act II and students wrote a paragraph on this topic: discuss how the power of love is presented in Act II.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018: Finish today’s revision summary for Thursday. Thank you for your input and discussion today!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018: Take notes on the rest of the play (Acts III to V) for Tuesday, May 1st! If you were away today: we finished watching the play next class.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018: Take notes on the rest of the play (Acts III to V) for Tuesday, May 1st! We’ll finish watching the play next class.

Thursday, April 19th, 2018: Take notes on Act I, scene v and ALL of Act II. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018: We’ll continue with Act II next class. I won’t be checking notes, but will on Monday. So if you want to work ahead, go for it!

Friday, April 13th, 2018: Great work today! For homework, please take your notes on what we have watched so far: Act I, scenes i-iv. Due on Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: Vote is in! We will watch Baz Luhrman’s version of Romeo and Juliet. See you on Friday. ALWAYS BRING YOUR RED Romeo and Juliet book with you to class.

Monday, April 9th, 2018: Thank you for your fabulous presentations today!

Thursday, April 5th, 2018: Thank you for your fantastic book presentations today! If you didn’t get a chance to present today because we ran out of time, then you will present on Monday. See you then!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018: See you with your BOOK PAMPHLETS next class! Looking forward to your presentations!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018: BOOK PAMPHLETS DUE ON APRIL 5th! You will be expected to present that day (as per today’s handout). HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018: Were you away today? We insulted each other in Shakespearean English and interviewed one another as an interviewer and John, William Shakespeare’s father. We also collected the Theatre homework. See you on Thursday!

Friday, March 9th, 2018: Were you away today? You need to schedule a time to write the quiz. I won’t remember to ask you. Students read about the theatre in Shakespeare’s time; they finished this worksheet for homework if they didn’t finish it in class.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018: Were you away today? We watched a documentary about William Shakespeare AND WILL HAVE A QUIZ on what we learned next class. If you were away, you can (A) get notes from a friend or (B) come by after school and I’ll put on the documentary for you. The quiz is fill-in-the-blank and has a word bank with all the answers.

Monday, March 5th, 2018: If you were away today and don’t come see me as soon as possible, I will mark your most recent paragraph (Television).

Thursday, March 1st, 2018: Excellent constructive criticism today, everyone. Can you look at your own work with that same critical eye? See next class for ONE MORE ATTEMPT!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018: Great work, everyone. We’ll talk about how today went on Thursday, and then will have our last and final attempt on Monday. I counted incorrectly today, by the way, because I forgot about the blackout. We will all have two attempts total – today’s and next week’s. I’ll clarify on Thursday if need be.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018: IN-CLASS PARAGRAPH NEXT CLASS!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018: Thank you for your hard work and patience today. What a morning! See you on Friday! We’ll touch base about the paragraphs that you wrote today before we have ATTEMPT #2 on Tuesday, February 27th.

Friday, February 16th, 2018: Thank you for your valuable participation today. As discussed, we will have an IN-CLASS PARAGRAPH on a sight passage on Wednesday, February 21st. You will have access to a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: Happy Valentine’s Day! Were you away today? We went over our Outsiders tests and the answers for the prepositional phrases. We reviewed how to write a literary analysis paragraph and then wrote one in class.

Friday, February 9th, 2018: A big thank you to Ms. DeYoung for coming today! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: Were you away today? You missed some very important instructions from Ms. Rezler regarding our Book Review Pamphlet, which is due on April 5th, 2018. You should ask a friend, myself, or Ms. Rezler asap. (Homework was also collected today.)

Monday, February 5th, 2018: Thank you for your beautiful and amazing projects! Please finish the prepositional phrases worksheet for Wednesday. ALSO, BRING YOUR GOCARD! We will be going to the library.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018: Great job! You wrote your test today. Looking forward to seeing your projects next class!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: OPEN NOVEL TEST NEXT CLASS. Bring your own novel. Project due at the beginning of class on February 5th.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018: ONE MORE CLASS to work on your projects next week. See you then!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018: Great work today, everyone! See you on Thursday for our next work period.

Friday, January 19th, 2018: Thank you for your hard work today, everyone! Bring everything that you need to continue working on Tuesday. Don’t forget to buy and bring your own posterboard!

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018: We started our project today! You can access it here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. To reiterate what we said in class: January 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 30th are for you to work on your project in class. BRING EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED to utilize this time wisely. Marks will be given for work ethic. Our open novel test has been moved to February 1st. PROJECT IS DUE ON FEBRUARY 5th.

Monday, January 15th, 2018: Please finish today’s work on a character of your choice. You won’t be limited to only one character for your project, but it’s a good starting point. Guiding thoughts are:

  • personality/character traits
  • experiences
  • family and background
  • race/ethnicity/nationality
  • gender
  • socioeconomic situation
  • environment
  • physical appearance
  • friends/peers
  • education
  • hobbies/interests

Don’t forget to provide evidence WITH PAGE NUMBERS from the novel. The more clear and insightful your work is now, the more useful it will be for your project.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018: Were you away today? We started thinking about IDENTITY in preparation for a character project. Today we thought specifically about OURSELVES and did a brainstorm that included a self-portrait and thoughts on our:

  • personality/character traits
  • experiences
  • family and background
  • race/ethnicity/nationality
  • gender
  • socioeconomic situation
  • environment
  • physical appearance
  • friends/peers
  • education
  • hobbies/interests

Students could write in point form. Most importantly, students focused on INSIGHT AND DEPTH about WHO THEY ARE and HOW THIS IS EXEMPLIFIED IN THEIR LIFE.

We will have a homework check on Monday, so beef up your brainstorm this weekend. There’s no right answer, but this is a precursor to a project. So the more insightfully you think now, the more useful it will be later!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018: Were you away today? We paused from The Outsiders to look at our short stories. We worked on enhancing our writing through enhanced vocabulary and sentence variety. Good work, everyone!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017: HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS BREAK! Optional bonus assignment: if you can recite Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” BY MEMORY, when you return in January, you will receive bonus marks towards term 2! The poem is on page 77 of the novel.

Monday, December 18th, 2017: Finish the novel for Wednesday!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017: Finish chapters 8 and 9 for next class!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017: Hope you enjoyed the library visit and checked out plenty of Christmas reading! Finish chapter 6 for next class.

Friday, December 8th, 2017: Finish chapters 3 and 4 for Tuesday. Were you away today? We did vocabulary work in class, and the student received marks for doing so. You can find the details here and show me on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017: Were you away today? We read part of chapter two and talked about IDENTITY. Students wrote a short response about factors that shape who they are (Family? Peers? Environment?).For homework, FINISH CHAPTER TWO!

Monday, December 4th, 2017: Were you away today? We finished watching the film and collected the question sheet about narrative writing. Everyone then received a copy of The Outsiders. Read chapter one for homework! If you were away today, you can come get the novel from me tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Were you away today? You missed our movie celebration! Students filled out a question sheet about narrative writing while they watched, which they must finish for Monday’s class. If you were away, you can get the sheet next class (it’ll be on the shelf) and fill out part of it.

Monday, November 27th, 2017: Thank you for your short stories! Don’t forget to enter the contest online at www.polarexpressions.ca – the deadline is Wednesday, November 30th! You can cc me in on your entry, or you can forward me your confirmation.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017: Bring a hard copy of your story to Monday’s class! Then enter it online. There are instructions on the homepage of this blog (in addition to your handout). When they send you an e-mail confirmation of your entry, forward that to me at dliao@vsb.bc.ca.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017: I’m so sorry that I was away today, everyone. We’ll go to the computer lab to work on your short stories on Thursday. Final copies (hard copies please) are due on Monday, November 27th.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017: Thank you so much for your fantastic stories! Can’t wait to read them. A special thank you to the volunteers who read their stories out loud today. READING CARDS NOW OVERDUE.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017: Great work today, everyone! Can’t wait to read your short stories next class!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017: Today’s grammar work packet (comma splice errors, commas, capital letters, quotation marks, punctuating dialogue) will be on the open binder grammar test next class. You can check your answers here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. BRING YOUR BINDER FOR THE TEST NEXT CLASS!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017: Thank you for your reflective editing today, everyone! Remember, as the author, you DO NOT have to accept someone’s corrections or suggestions – you get the final say. If you’re curious or unsure about a correction and want to ask me about it, just pop by after school some time! See you next class.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017: Were you away today? We had a DIALOGUE QUIZ and reviewed how to write dialogue correctly. When you are back at school, you can schedule a time to write this quiz. We also received our marked in-class paragraphs. We revised and rewrote our in-class paragraphs to learn from our mistakes. ROUGH COPY OF YOUR SHORT STORY DUE NEXT CLASS!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017: Next class, let’s have a little quiz about today’s work on writing dialogue. You can use your Writing Dialogue handout, so bring it with you. See you then!

Monday, October 30th, 2017: A big thank to Ms. DeYoung and Ted for their visit today! Don’t forget to have your story ideas/plans for next class. Also, BRING YOUR GOCARD!

Thursday, October 26th, 2017: For November 1st, bring some evidence of your plan/brainstorm for your own CURIOUS STORY. Also, bring your GoCard – we’re going to the library.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017: Were you away today? We watched the opening to a curious film, and discussed strategies to create a “curious” atmosphere. Students received a planning sheet for THEIR OWN curious story (unrelated to “Faces” or today’s film – completely their own), which is due on November 1st.

We will be going to the library on November 1st. Please bring your GoCard!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017: Were you away today? We checked answers to Lesson 26 and 27 and read “Faces” by Dennis Hamley, focusing on SOMETHING CURIOUS! Extra stories are on the shelf in the classroom. NO HOMEWORK!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017: Hooray! You finished your first in-class write! For next class, finish today’s worksheet (Lesson 26 and 27). See you on Thursday!

Friday, October 13th, 2017: Next class we will have at least an hour to finish our in-class paragraph. To prepare, you can review the story, review our parts of a paragraph, and brainstorm evidence that you can use. You will have access to the story, parts of a paragraph, a dictionary, and a thesaurus.

Friday, October 6th, 2017: SEE YOU AT CAMP! We’ll continue with our in-class paragraphs tomorrow. Were you away? We wrote a short quiz, and more importantly, started IN-CLASS WRITING today. Make sure that you read “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up”  before your return.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: For homework, read “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” by Martha Brooks (click here). Be ready for an open book quiz next class!

Monday, October 2nd, 2017: Happy October! We went over the answers for our homework, and reviewed paragraph writing. For homework, REWRITE your “Side Bet” paragraph using everything that we have learned. You can find the story at http://aashley.weebly.com/uploads/4/3/8/2/4382474/side_bet_short_story.pdf and expanded Parts of a Paragraph notes at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017: Thank you for your active and insightful participation today, everyone! We’ll continue with paragraphs next class. For homework, finish Lesson 20: Independent and Subordinate Clauses.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017: Sorry that I was away today, everyone! Were you away today too? The class finished learning about Parts of Speech, and took home a worksheet about simple sentences and types of sentences (Lesson 11 and 12). This is due on Thursday!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017: Love the library! Remember, your new GoCard is your library card here. If you were away: we went to check out our awesome library today, and then learned about parts of speech – adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections pronouns, and verbs.

Monday, September 18th, 2017: Well done, everyone!  For next class, write one paragraph discussing ONE of the man’s character traits (your choice of character trait). This needs to be a ROUGH DRAFT ONLY. It may be handwritten or typed – you can write it underneath your chart from today, if you want (the chart is NOT homework). Due on Wednesday, September 20th. If you need to access the story again, you can find it here: http://aashley.weebly.com/uploads/4/3/8/2/4382474/side_bet_short_story.pdf. If you want to see today’s chart, it’s here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com

Thursday, September 14th, 2017: Thank you for your insightful and enthusiastic participation today! If you weren’t here today, please finish reading “Side Bet” before next class, so that you will know what we read and discussed. You can find the story here: http://aashley.weebly.com/uploads/4/3/8/2/4382474/side_bet_short_story.pdf

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017: Were you away today? We discussed plagiarism, and students received a Plagiarism Contract that they will get signed by a parent/guardian by the end of September. There are extras on the shelf here in the classroom. Also, we started reading a story, called “Side Bet.” For homework, please write a one paragraph response about WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WERE THE MAN in the story. If you want to recap what we read in class, I have attached a copy of the story opening here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Also, here are the links to the websites that I showed you today:

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Citation Machine – MLA Format

Friday, September 8th, 2017: Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017: Great meeting you today! Please remember to bring a silent reading book on Friday.