1-4 English 9 Byng Arts

Thank you so much for your wonderful poems today, everyone! THEY BROUGHT COMPLETE AND UTTER JOY TO MY LIFE, so OBJECTIVE ACHIEVED!

See you next class for our party. Remember to bring snacks to share!

Thursday, June 13th, 2018: Can’t wait to hear your beautiful poems and see why your fabulous photos! Here’s a recap of the important points:

  • Give your good copy (artistic copy) to the person or place.
  • Take a photo. Send this photo to dliao@vsb.bc.ca by 8:40 AM on Monday, June 18th.
  • Bring a hard copy of your poem with your three underlined poetic devices to class.
  • In class, you will read your poem with your photo on the screen behind you.


Tuesday, June 11th, 2018: Bring everything you need to work on your poems next class!

Friday, June 8th, 2018: Here is today’s video if you found it helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he_lxFaYwAA. Don’t forget to bring everything you need to work on your poem next class!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018: Thank you for your enthusiasm and LOVE FOR POETRY! Here’s what we discussed today:

  1. Reading cards are due on June 13th.
  2. For your date about bringing a poem that you enjoy/like/love (NOT written by yourself), click here.
  3. For details about our newly named project, Stan’s Bench, click here.

Monday, June 4th, 2018: YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You’re done! See you on Wednesday for some POETRY!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018: FINAL ESSAY NEXT CLASS! Here are some thoughts from our discussion today:

  • Make sure your thesis matches what you say in your paragraph.
  • Enhance your thesis by thinking BIGGER PICTURE. What is significant about what you are trying to say here?
  • Written expression and sentence fluidity/variety enhances and improves your argument. We saw evidence of that today.

Friday, May 25th, 2018: Thank you for your hard work! See you on Tuesday. Next attempt is May 31st, Choosing Day is June 4th.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018:

Notes from today:

  • Avoid summary:
    • Do so by always thinking about why your evidence is SIGNIFICANT and IMPORTANT (so that you’re not just retelling the plot).
    • You can write your evidence and explanation together, in the same sentence for example, so that your paragraph doesn’t end up feeling like a list of Evidence, Explanation, Evidence, Explanation, Evidence, Explanation.
    • Your paragraph should be fully developed, which is more about quality than quantity. Have you talked about everything in detail and directed it back to your thesis statement?
  • Connectives and transitional words/phrases can help your sentences to build upon one another:
    • indeed,
    • In fact,
    • We thus see,
    • This is demonstrated, shows, presents, signifies, exemplifies
    • Here’s an example sentence:She follows him into the danger of the night; indeed, even Demetrius questions the risk that she takes, telling her that she “impeach[es] her modesty too much” by following him.

As per your vote today, we will have three attempts. Attempt #2 is on Friday, May 25th. Attempt #3 is on Thursday, May 31st. Then CHOOSING DAY is on June 4th (this will take about thirty minutes).

Thursday, May 17th, 2018: First attempt complete! We will talk about how they went next class. Remember, our next essay attempt is on FRIDAY, MAY 25th.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away last week, everyone. I gave completion marks for your work (and bonus marks in some cases); if you had an excused absence, then I omitted it. See you on Wednesday for our FIRST ESSAY ATTEMPT.

Monday, May 7th, 2018: Were you away today? We watched a small part of a documentary, and discussed gender stereotypes and issues in our play. No homework.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018: Were you away today? We analyzed student samples, and then used what we learned to improve our own practice essays.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018: Here are our class notes from today’s essay workshop. Great job, everyone!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018: Were you away today? We went over the test! See you next class – we’ll go over our essay samples from last class.

P.S. Reminder: the notes from your class brainstorm on an essay are here.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018: Were you away today? We had a practice essay, worth 2.5% of Term 2. You need to schedule a time with me to write.

Thursday, April 19th, 2018: Practice essay next class!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018: Awesome job, everyone! If you missed today’s test, please see me to reschedule ASAP. We’ll continue talking about essays next class. Remember, we will have a PRACTICE ESSAY on Monday, April 23rd. Just trying on the practice essay is worth 2.5% of Term 3.

Friday, April 13th, 2018: Test on April 17th! Great brainstorm today. If you want to see it, you can download it here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: Were you away today? We checked answers four our Discussion Questions. Next class we will talk about ESSAY WRITING!

Monday, April 9th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed the Word Show today! Your displays look amazing! Reminder that we will have a CLOSED BOOK test on Tuesday, April 17th.

Thursday, April 5th, 2018: As discussed today, our CLOSED BOOK test will be on Tuesday, April 17th.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018: Thank you so much for your beautiful and creative projects today! FANTASTIC WORK! See you next class.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018: Lecture notes do next class. Creative Book Display due April 3rd!

Friday, March 9th, 2018: We finished watching Act V today. Students then had time to work on their lecture notes. We agreed that lecture notes would be completed for Thursday, March 15th (for completion marks).

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018: Were you away today? Students were shown their marks today. We then started watching Act V.

Monday, March 5th, 2018: I had no idea that you were all such talented actors! Next class we’ll watch Act V via film and set a due date for our lecture notes. See you then!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018: Whoa. We were in the zone today! See you on Monday. For Monday, make sure to have finished reading Act IV. We’ll start on Act V together.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018: Don’t forget to bring everything you need on Thursday! We’ll continue with A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018: As agreed, don’t forget to bring everything you need next week to work on your CREATIVE BOOK DISPLAY! See you then.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018: WOW. What a morning! Bring the hard copy of your stories (plus the two peer editing sheets) on Friday. We’ll enjoy them then.

Friday, February 16th, 2018: Okay, to summarize what we said today:

FEBRUARY 21st: STORIES DUE. Bring a hard copy!

FEBRUARY 23rd: Finish Act IV for today.


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: Thanks for a wonderful Valentine’s Day party today, everyone! See you on Friday! (Don’t forget that y now you should have finished reading Act III.)

Friday, February 9th, 2018: Thank you for your thoughts on love today! Great discussion, everyone. By the way, here is the notes on dialogue that we talked about today: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. See you for our Valentine’s Day party next class!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: Thanks for your hard work today. Don’t forget that the final draft of your story is due on February 21st.

On Valentine’s Day we will have a Valentine’s Day party! Thanks to all our volunteers who said they would bring snacks. Don’t forget about the class peanut allergy.

Monday, February 5th, 2018: You will have Wednesday’s class to work on your short story (in exchange for changing the deadline to February 21st!). You MUST bring your story, whether it be on usb, google doc, school account, etc. Feel free to bring your own laptop if you want.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018: As per our discussion today, we will go to the computer lab on February 7th, and final stories will be due on February 21st. Creative book displays will be due on April 3rd, but you are welcome to bring it in before spring break if you like.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: Thank you for your diligent editing today. Please make sure to bring back your story and yellow peer editing sheet next class so we can finish. Also, please make sure to have read Act II!


Oh man, if you were away today, you missed some VERY important information. Ms. Pitchford-Yeung came to speak to us about the CREATIVE BOOK DISPLAY aspect of this project. She showed us examples and walked us through everything. The description is on the back of your handout, and you should ask a friend to tell you more about it.

Also, read all of Act II for Thursday’s class!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018: Please finish reading Act I, scene ii. We’ll start on Act II on Thursday.

Friday, January 19th, 2018: Were you away today? We:

  1. Received our in-class writes on “The Father” and filled out personal writing records.
  2. Received our Reading Comprehension and Terminology Tests and went over the answers.
  3. Received copies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and read the first three strategies for understanding Shakespeare (pages 4-5), reading pointers (pages 10-11), and the character list.
  4. For homework, read up to line 130 (which is on page 18).

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018: What a fantastic assembly today! http://outinschools.com/

Monday, January 15th, 2018: Great job on your test today! See you for our assembly next class.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2018: Great job today, everyone! We’ll have our final Reading Comprehension and Terminology quiz on Monday. If you have missed any of our quizzes (we did one on Tuesday and one today), then it is YOUR responsibility to find a time to write it after school with me. Here are the tips we discussed today:

Reading Comprehension Tips:

  1. When you’re reading, THINK about what you’re reading. This might be as simple as:
    1. Forming an opinion about what you’re reading (do you like it or not?)
    2. Making a prediction about what’s going to happen.
    3. Making a judgement about a character.
  2. If you don’t know what a word means, LOOK IT UP! The wider and more expansive your vocabulary is, the more impressive your own reading and writing skills will be.
  3. If you can’t look up new word, then guess the definition based on the context of the word (what is happening in the story? What is the subject matter? What are the contextual clues?)
  4. Remember, multiple choice questions don’t usually have one obvious right answer and three obvious wrong answers. Multiple choice questions have one BEST answer, and three not so good but kind of okayish answers. So choose the BEST answer.
  5. When writing a test, read the questions beforehand so that you can keep an eye out for the answers.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018: Were you away today? You missed a Reading Comprehension and Terminology Quiz. We will have another quiz on Thursday, leading up to our test on Monday.

Monday, December 18th, 2017: BRING YOUR FIRST DRAFTS NEXT CLASS! Failure to do so will seriously harm your Term 2 grade – you MUST bring a paper copy of your first draft – no passing around laptops and phones. To check the answers and notes about dialogue from today, check englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017: Hope you checked out some Christmas reading today! See you on Monday. Make sure to work on your story (first draft due on December 20th).

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017:  Thank you for your in-class work today. Don’t forget: BRING A PAPER COPY OF YOUR FIRST DRAFT ON DECEMBER 20th. Failure to do so will seriously harm your Term 2 grade.

Friday, December 8th, 2017: Hope you enjoyed the beautiful concert! Beautiful, Emi and Mizuki!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017: Were you away today? We finished the second half of the essay. You should come find a time to write it (there won’t be time during Friday’s class).  DON’T FORGET: YOU SHOULD BE WORKING ON YOUR SHORT STORY ASSIGNMENT AT HOME. THIS IS ONGOING HOMEWORK, AND THE FIRST DRAFT IS DUE ON DECEMBER 20th. 

Monday, December 4th, 2017: Were you away today? We took our first step of the year towards writing an essay. If you want to review the story for next class, here is a copy: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. Students wrote on this question: discuss how the father in Hugh Garner’s short story, “The Father,” changes over the course of the story.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Thank you for your hard work on your paragraphs today. Remember, if you need five or ten more minutes, you can come after school either today or tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017: Were you away today? We received our Change Short Stories. We reviewed writing a literary analysis. We looked over a paragraph sample and discussed what needed to be improved. No homework. See you next class!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017: I’m so sorry that I was away today, everyone. I see your paragraphs here, sitting on my desk. Thank you for your hard work. See you on Thursday!

Friday, November 17th, 2017: We’ll have some time to go over our Literary Analysis worksheet next class. Great brainstorm today, everyone! If you want to see your thoughts, you can find them here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017: Thank you so much for your short stories today! Great work, everyone!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017: Hope you enjoyed today’s story, “The Father.” Good luck on your stories, which are due NEXT CLASS! Just ask if you have a question regarding your writing.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2017: Glad to hear you all had fun at Take Your Kids to Work Day! Thank you for your hard work peer editing your classmates’ rough copies today. Final copy due on November 15th!

Monday, October 30th, 2017: Have fun at Take Your Kids to Work Day! Rough copy of story due on November 3rd.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017: New dates! November 3rd: rough copy due. November 15th: final copy due.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017: Were you away today? We checked answers for our grammar worksheet, which you may use for next class’s PUNCTUATION QUIZ on semicolons, colons, and commas.

We started reading “The Friday Everything Changed.” There are extras on the classroom shelf; we will finish reading the story next class. Mr. Hartley-Folz came to check goals. We also received a Short Story Assignment, which you can see at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. The rough copy of this short story is due on October 30th, and the final draft is due on November 7th. There will not be class time to work on this assignment.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017: Were you away today? We discussed question 11 to “A Television Drama” – state what you think is the theme of the story. We then individually brainstormed story ideas inspired by “A Television Drama”, picked our best idea, and stated a possible theme for this story idea. This was handed in at the end of class.

For homework, finish the grammar worksheet on semicolons, colons, and commas. If you were away, there are extras on the classroom shelf, so come pick one up on Monday. Also for homework: write a one paragraph response to this question: Discuss how Carolee is affected by what she sees.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017: Thank you for your constructive and positive feedback on your in-class descriptive assignments today. Were you away? Students handed in their homework on “A Television Drama.” No homework – see you next class!

Friday, October 13th, 2017: Thank you for your participation today! You are all incredibly fascinating. For homework, complete questions 7-11 for “A Television Drama.” This will be checked on Tuesday, October 19th. Homework check will be checked for completion, complete sentences in your responses, and thoughtfulness and effort demonstrated in your responses (NOT about getting a “right” answer).

Friday, October 6th, 2017: Well done, everyone! Thank you for your hard work on your in-class descriptive writing assignment today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and a fantastic CAPP conference. See you next Friday!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017:  We will have our in-class descriptive writing assignment on Friday, October 6th. You can find a copy of the exact assignment here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. Remember, your cue card must be SINGLE SIDED and must be in point form.

Monday, October 2nd, 2017: Thank you for your courage, participation, and reflection today! We will have our in-class descriptive writing assignment on Friday, October 6th.

OPTIONAL BONUS ASSIGNMENT DUE ON Wednesday, October 4th, 2017:

Write a descriptive piece on this topic: SOMETHING YOU FOUND.

Minimum 250 words total. E-mail it to dliao@vsb.bc.ca WITH THE UNDERSTANDING that it will be shared on the board anonymously. If you don’t want it shared, SAY SO CLEARLY IN THE SUBJECT OF THE E-MAIL, and I will still give you PARTIAL bonus marks. Due by 1:45 pm on October 4th.

Here is a copy of the assignment: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com

Thursday, September 28th, 2017: Thank you for your excellent description today, everyone. Next class we will talk about our first in-class descriptive writing assignment. See you then!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone. Thanks so much for all your hard work in my absence. Were you away today? We wrote about a beloved family tradition, this time adding sensory details to our repertoire of literary devices.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017: Were you away today? We tried expanding and enhancing our writing with similes, metaphors, and examples of personification. We described a stressful situation (students handed this work in). No homework. See you on Tuesday!

Monday, September 18th, 2017: Thank you for your descriptive paragraphs today. WHAT A FABULOUS ASSEMBLY!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017: Remember to bring your descriptive paragraph about a relaxing place on Monday, September 18th, and your plagiarism contract before the last day of September. Fantastic assembly today! See you on Monday.

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 started thinking about DESCRIPTIVE WRITING, and sketched/added vocabulary of a place that makes us feel relaxed (real or imaginary). For homework, write one descriptive paragraph about your relaxed place. This is due on Monday, September 18th.

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! 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.