Tuesday, April 16th, 2018: Whew! Essay boot camp is almost finished. On Thursday, I will be away on the Band and Choir trip. You will read a story while I’m gone, called “The Metaphor.” If you are on the band trip, could you read the story for Wednesday, April 25th? You can find it here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.
Friday, April 13th, 2018: Our last and final attempt of Essay Boot Camp is on Tuesday, April 17th.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: Great work, everyone! Just to give you a heads up: our final and last attempt will be on Tuesday, April 17th.
Monday, April 9th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed today’s interesting assembly! See you for our next attempt on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 5th, 2018: Thank you for your constructive criticism today, everyone. Well done! Our next attempt will be on Wednesday, April 11th.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018: Our next attempt will be on Wednesday, April 11th. See you on Friday!
Thursday, March 15th, 2018: Were you away today? Don’t worry, we will have TWO more essay attempts after spring break. (You will be able to choose which of your essay attempts you think is best, and I will mark that one towards Term 3). HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018: See you for our first attempt at ESSAY BOOT CAMP next class!
Friday, March 9th, 2018: Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed the film! We’ll finish it on Friday.
Monday, March 5th, 2018: What interesting presentations today! Great question and answer periods as well. Thanks, everyone! We’ll celebrate our hard work with THE FILM on Wednesday!
Thursday, March 1st, 2018: WOOOOOHOOOO!!! Great job, everyone! See you on Monday – we’ll celebrate with the movie!
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018: Thank you so much for your amazing projects today! So brilliant. See you on Thursday for our in-class essay. BRING YOUR NOVEL. THERE ARE NO EXTRAS.
Friday, February 23rd, 2018: Were you away today? We talked strategies for writing thesis statements and topic sentences. As noted in class, I am NOT meeting individually with students to give feedback on essay outlines. If you want some feedback on your essay outline, e-mail it to me at email@example.com, and we may critique it anonymously for you in front of the class.
Discrimination projects are due on Tuesday, and then we will have the essay on Thursday. See you on Tuesday!
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018: WHOA. What a morning. Don’t worry about bring your mind map by tomorrow. You can hand them in on Friday, February 23rd. See you then!
Friday, February 16th, 2018: MIND MAPS DUE ON FEBRUARY 21st!
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: Happy Valentine’s Day! See the above dates. We have Friday together, but not much class time as Ms. Whelan will be coming to speak to us about work experience. Don’t leave your mind maps to the last minute!
Friday, February 9th, 2018: A big thank you to Ms. McKay for coming today! Have a great weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: That was our last class this week to work on our mind maps, as Ms. McKay will be here for course planning. Mind maps are due on February 21st.
Monday, February 5th, 2018: As per our discussion today, discrimination projects are postponed to February 23rd. See you on Wednesday!
Thursday, February 1st, 2018: As per our discussion today, the mind maps will be due on February 21st. We really only have two classes (February 5th and 7th) to work on these in class.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: While today’s mind map is not homework for next class, I obviously invite you to think about it and work on it. We’ll set an actual due date next class and continue working on it: the more you’ve written, the more useful feedback will be.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018: Hope you had fun at your field trip! See you on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018: Thank you for your discussion today! See you next class.
Friday, January 19th, 2018: That was our last work period for your projects, which are due on FEBRUARY 14th.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018: Bring everything you need to work on your project on Friday!
Monday, January 15th, 2018: Okay, as per agreed, bring EVERYTHING YOU NEED to work on your project on Wednesday. You can find the details here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.
Thursday, January 11th, 2018: Great work on today’s test, everyone! See you on Monday. We’ll talk about our next project then.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018: Thank you for your discussion today, everyone! If you’re interested in today’s documentay, here is the link: https://www.nfb.ca/film/colour_of_beauty/. As per our schedule, we’ll have our OPEN NOVEL test next class, January 11th.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017: HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS BREAK! Novel finish date: January 11th.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017: For Wednesday’s class, write a short response about your thoughts (minimum 150 words). You might write about, for example, your initial reactions/feelings, something/someone that struck you, a connection with your own life or experiences, or a connection to the book. Here is a link to the documentary: https://www.nfb.ca/film/in_the_shadow_of_gold_mountain/
Thursday, December 14th, 2017: For Monday’s class, write a short response about your thoughts (minimum 150 words). You might write about, for example, your initial reactions/feelings, something/someone that struck you, a connection with your own life or experiences, or a connection to the book. Here is a link to the documentary: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2015/06/canada-lost-women-150610131159600.html
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017: Thank you for your insightful discussion today. See you on Thursday!
Friday, December 8th, 2017: If you want to watch the end of today’s documentary, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpPZHIEcRVk. (If you were away, start on Part 1.) For Tuesday’s class, write a short response about your thoughts (minimum 150 words). You might write about, for example, your initial reactions/feelings, something/someone that struck you, a connection with your own life or experiences, or a connection to the book. Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017: Were you away today? We talked about the historical and social context of our novel. There are handouts about the racial segregation of the time period on our shelf.
Monday, December 4th, 2017: I love silent reading parties. Don’t forget that we have agreed to finish TKAM by January 11th. We will have an open novel test that day.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Silent reading party on Monday! Yahoooooo! Bring your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and a mug. I’ll provide the tea. Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own delightful snacks to eat while you read. Our AGREED UPON FINISH DATE: January 11th. On that date, there will be an open novel test.
Monday, November 27th, 2017: You rocked that game, people! See you on Wednesday. We’ll get back our essays and move on to our novel study: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017: What a beautiful FAB assembly! See you on Monday!
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017: I’m so sorry that I was away today, everyone. I see that you have finished your essays, and Ms. Young told me that you are the sweeeeeeeeeeeetest class. Which you are! I’ll see you on Thursday for our FAB assembly.
Friday, November 17th, 2017: Great work! See you next class for part two of our in-class essay. Also: reading cards now overdue.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017: See you next class for our two-class in-class essay! Topics here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017: Here are the essay topics for your in-class essay on November 17th and 21st. Can’t wait to see your projects next class!
Friday, November 3rd, 2017: Were you away today? Students handed in their Find the Lines work, to be used at our essay in a couple weeks. IF YOU WANT ACCESS TO YOUR FIND THE LINES DURING YOUR ESSAY, YOU MUST HAND THIS IN BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6th. We received a handout and reminder about citing sources in our projects. Extra handouts are on the shelf, and these are helpful links:
We acted out Act V and discussed significant details. Great work to everyone: actors, audience, and post-it-noters! Fantastic. See you on Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017: Fantastic partner work today, everyone. If you were away: we continued to develop our thinking skills by comparing and contrasting. We compared and contrasted Brutus, Antony, or Cassius (everyone chose which two). Students handed in their work and received completion marks for doing so.
Monday, October 30th, 2017: Thank you for your hard work today. Projects due November 15th!
Thursday, October 26th, 2017: Brilliant work today, everyone. Next class is your WORK DAY, so bring everything that you and your partner/group will need to work on your project!
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017: Thank you for your active participation today! We agreed to postpone our Work Day to Monday, October 30th. See you on Thursday!
Thursday, October 19th, 2017: Were you away today? Find the lines was checked, and we discussed theme ideas before formulating project groups. See you on Tuesday!
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017: Were you away today? We finished watching the play! Find the lines are due on Thursday. We then were introduced to our big JC project, which will we discuss in more detail next class. Extra handouts are on the classroom shelf.
Friday, October 13th, 2017: Loved our final performance today! Thank you so much! Were you away today? We then continued watching the play (until the start of Act IV, scene ii). Students received a Find the lines worksheet that is due on Thursday, October 29th. It will NOT be checked until then. There are extras on the shelf in the classroom.
Friday, October 6th, 2017: Thank you for your hilarious, charismatic, and thoughtful performances today! You rock! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and CAPP conference next week. See you next Friday!
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: PERFORMANCES ON FRIDAY!!!
Monday, October 2nd, 2017: PERFORMANCES ON FRIDAY!
Thursday, September 28th, 2017: We’ll continue on with our own versions of poor Julius Caesar’s death next class. Keep that brain whirring with ideas. See you then!
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone. Please finish the Find the Lines work for Thursday, September 28th. You can find an e-copy of the worksheet at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017: Great work on today’s quiz! We’ll continue with Act II next class. See you then!
Monday, September 18th, 2017: Thank you for your valuable input today, everyone! For homework, please read the handout titled “Introduction to Julius Caesar.” Be ready for a little quiz about the reading on Wednesday. See you then!
Thursday, September 14th, 2017: Thank you for your insightful and enthusiastic participation today! We will continue discussing Act I, scene ii next class. See you then!
P.S. Don’t forget to get your plagiarism contract signed before the end of September!
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. We received our Julius Caesar textbooks and watched a biography on Julius Caesar’s life. No homework. See you on Thursday!
Also, here are the links to the websites that I showed you today:
Friday, September 8th, 2017: Have a wonderful weekend! Please remember to bring your silent reading book on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017: Great meeting you today! Please remember to bring your old GoCard on Friday.