1-4 English 9 Byng Arts


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.