1-1 English 8

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.