2-2 English 10 Byng Arts

Friday, June 15th, 2018: Were you away today? Students wrote topics and then poems on the topics that they picked from a bucket. If your absence was excused, I will omit this from Term 3. If you were away on Monday or Wednesday, don’t forget to pick up the worksheets from the shelf.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018: Were you away today? Students worked together to complete some work on poetic devices, which they handed in for marks. There are extras on the shelf in the classroom.

Monday, June 11th, 2018: Were you away today? Students looked for poems that they liked and filled out a form about their chosen poem (which they handed in for marks). There are extras on the shelf in the classroom.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018: If you were absent today, COME TO ROOM 218 ON THURSDAY, JUNE 14th, at 3:15 PM TO WRITE THE EXAM.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018: SEE YOU NEXT CLASS AT OUR CROSS-GRADE. Please come on time (extra time is not given for late arrivals) and bring blue or black pens. Please go to the washroom before you arrive. Bring your silent reading book and  drink/snack/breaky with you! (You will be asked to stay in the room until you are done.)

Friday, June 1st, 2018: Were you away today? We continued with writing the expository essay. No homework. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018: For homework, write at least 50% of an expository essay on this topic: Older generations teach us important life lessons. To be checked next class!

Monday, May 28th, 2018: Well done, everyone! If you were away today, MAKE SURE YOU SEE ME ASAP ABOUT WHEN TO WRITE THE TEST. For homework, write AT LEAST 50% of a personal essay on this topic: Past experiences affect our future. Due next class!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018: Test on Literary Terms next class! Mainly matching and fill in the blank questions. See you then!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: Study block on May 24th for our Literary Terms Test on May 28th. Bring what you need: flashcards, cue cards, laptop, whatever, to make use of the study block. If you can’t find your glossary, I PHOTOCOPIED EXTRAS! They are on the shelf in the classroom.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018: IF YOU DID NOT hand in your short story today, please be reminded that there is a 10% late penalty per day.

Monday, May 14th, 2018: Sorry that I was away last class, everyone. I gave you completion marks for your work; if you have an excused absence, I omitted it. SHORT STORIES ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY! MUST BE PRINTED. Do not bring your story on a laptop or tablet.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018: Congratulations, Ashley and Jessica! Our dialogue winners! Were you away today? We extended the short story assignment deadline to May 16th. We also discussed the spring cross-grade.

Friday, May 4th, 2018: We’ll continue reviewing our dialogue next class!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018: Thank you for your first drafts today. See you on Friday! Final draft due on May 14th!

Monday, April 30th, 2018: Looking forward to your FIRST DRAFTS tomorrow! Please make sure that you PRINT IT OUT. We will not be passing around phones, tablets, or laptops to peer edit. Were you away today? We finished reading “Forgiveness in Families.”

Thursday, April 26th, 2018: Reminder that the FIRST DRAFT of your short story is due on May 2nd. There are assignment sheets in the classroom (THE YELLOW ONE). We started a short story today, called “Forgiveness in Families” by Alice Munro. You can catch up by reading it during silent reading on Monday. See you then!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018: Were you away today? We discussed “The Metaphor” and started a short story assignment. The first draft of the short story is due on May 2nd. There are assignment sheets in the classroom on the shelf (THE YELLOW ONES!).

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018: Essay Boot Camp is over! Hope you enjoyed it! If you were away today, please let me know which essay you want marked.

If you are going on the band or strings trip on Friday, the class will be reading a story in your absence. You can find an e-copy at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Monday, April 16th, 2018: Well done! We’ll have a chance to look at one or two samples, and then choose which essay is to be marked.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018: FINAL ATTEMPT on MONDAY, April 16th! See you then!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away today. The TOC gave you some questions about “Dead Men’s Path.” If you didn’t hand it in today, then please bring them on Thursday.

Friday, April 6th, 2018: Next and FINAL attempt will be on Monday, April 16th.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018: Thank you for your insightful comments during our essay boot camp today. Next attempt will be on Friday, April 6th! See you then!

Friday, March 16th, 2018: HAPPY SPRING BREAK!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018: We will talk about today’s attempts on Friday. See you then!

Monday, March 12th, 2018: Were you away today? Students were given their essays and Term 2 marks. We reviewed essay techniques as a class. Essay boot camp begins on Wednesday, so be ready for ATTEMPT #1.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed the film! See you on Monday. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: MOOOOVIEEEE! Hope you enjoyed it! See you on Thursday!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018: WOOOOOOOHOOOOO! You did it! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018: Thank you to Ms. Mckay for coming to our class today! SEE YOU FOR YOUR IN-CLASS ESSAY ON FRIDAY. BRING YOUR NOVEL.

Monday, February 26th, 2018: Course planning on Wednesday, essay on Friday! BRING YOUR NOVEL TO THE ESSAY. THERE ARE NO EXTRAS.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018: Were you away today? We discussed strategies for writing insightful thesis statements and topic sentences.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018: Thank you for your mind maps, everyone! Remember, our in-class essay is on March 2nd. Here is my note from today about getting help in advance:

This year, I will NOT be going over outlines, plans, or practice essays individually with students during silent reading/before school/at lunch/after school. If you would like your work looked at before your in-class essay, you can e-mail it to me at dliao@vsb.bc.ca (in the body of the e-mail or in a Word document), and it may be ANONYMOUSLY critiqued in front of the class. Don’t do this if you are too shy or too sensitive; however, if you want some constructive criticism in advance, then this may be a good option for you. There is no pressure, and there are no bonus marks.


Tuesday, February 13th, 2018: Check out the homepage for Ms. Pitchford-Yeung’s English Courses Flow Chart. OUR MIND MAP IS DUE ON FEBRUARY 20th.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018: What a moving assembly! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018: That was the last day this week to work on our mind maps together. On Thursday, we have a FAB. Don’t waste your class time and don’t leave this mind map to the last minute.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018: Due date for the mind map is February 20th, which is a long time from now, BUT NOT A LOT OF CLASS TIME. We have Tuesday next week, and that’s it (FAB on Thursday). DO NOT LEAVE THIS TO THE LAST MINUTE.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: WE FINISHED THE NOVEL!!!! HOORAY!!!

Friday, January 26th, 2018: For next class, read Chapters 26-28. Were you away today? We started our Mind Map project. 

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018: Thank you for your respectful behaviour at today’s assembly. Make sure to finish Chapters 23 and 24; we’ll start on Chapter 25 on Friday.

Monday, January 22nd, 2018: For homework, please read Chapters 23 and 24 for Friday. (We have an assembly on Wednesday; the assembly will not take the entire class, so bring your novel and you can do some of your reading then.)

Thursday, January 18th, 2018: I’m so sorry that I was away today, everyone. Most important: READ CHAPTERS 19-21 FOR HOMEWORK. We’ll start on Chapter 22 on Monday.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018: We finished Chapter 16 and mind mapped the coexistence of good and evil. Students kept their work. For homework, read Chapter 17 for next class!

Friday, January 12th, 2018: Students handed in their homework and wrote a quiz on Part One. We read Chapter 12 together. For homework, finish Chapters 13-15.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018: Great work on your mind maps today, everyone! Don’t forget to finish your Review worksheet for Friday’s class. See you for our quiz and Part Two on Friday.

Monday, January 8th, 2018: Today’s PART ONE Review is due on Friday, January 12th. We will also have an OPEN BOOK quiz that day (on Part One).

Thursday, December 21st, 2017: HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS BREAK!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017: Were you away today? We started watching a documentary, Prom Night in Mississippi, and we will finish it next class. Please finish chapter 9  for next class!

Friday, December 15th, 2017: You missed a pop quiz today. We read chapter 7 and discussed the theme of growing up thus far in the novel. Read chapter 8 for homework!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017: Were you away today? We finished chapter 5 and students are reading chapter 6 for homework. Partners answered the questions below in complete sentences:

Chapter 4

  1. What make believe game do the kids play?
  2. What do the kids find in the hole in the tree?
  3. Who do you guess put it there?  Why do you think it’s that person?
  4. What can you learn about Jem, Scout, and Dill from the parts each kid plays?
  5. What can you learn about Jem, Scout, and Dill from their attitude toward the game?
  6. What do you think is the cause of the laughter in the house?

Chapter 5

  1. Who is Miss Maudie?
  2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo?
  3. Why does Atticus tell the kids that they shouldn’t play the game?
  4. Choose a sentence from the chapter that reveals something about Jem’s personality.  Write it down and then explain what it shows about his personality.

Monday, December 11th, 2017: Were you away today? We read chapter 3 and students wrote about a childhood disappointment/trial/tribulation. Read chapter 4 for next class!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017: Were you away today? We talked about the social and historical context of our novel. There are handouts on the shelf that you can pick up when you are back. Finish reading chapter two for next class.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017: Finish reading chapter one of To Kill a Mockingbird. Pop quiz alert ON!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017: Thank you for your hard work revising your essays today. See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017: Were you away today? We were given back our essays, and revised them. All work was done in class and collected. No homework.

Friday, November 24th, 2017: If you missed today’s quiz, MAKE SURE TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO WRITE IT.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017: Loved your competitive spirit today, everyone! Evidence and Significance Quiz next class, so BRING YOUR JULIUS CAESAR TEXTS FOR THE LAST QUIZ ON THE PLAY.

Monday, November 20th, 2017: YOU’RE DONE YOUR ESSAY! YAY!

Thursday, November 16th, 2017: You will get back all of today’s work on Monday, November 20th, and then you must hand in your finished essay at the end of class. Make sure to do everything you can to prepare. Essay topics here.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017: THANK YOU for your amazing projects! Great work, everyone! See you next class for our two-class in-class essay. Topics at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com (be sure to click on the right one – Day 1 Lit. Arts has slightly different topics). See you then. Also, don’t forget to make sure that your reading card is in the classroom box before you leave on November 17th.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017: Were you away today? We reviewed how to prepare an essay by examining a classmate’s sample outline (thank you to everyone who volunteered!). We then practiced writing a compare and contrast essay. Students received participation and completion marks for their efforts today. Projects due next class. In-class essay on November 16th and 21st; HERE ARE THE ESSAY TOPICS.

Monday, November 6th, 2017: Were you away today? It was the last day to hand in your Find the Lines work (if you want access to it at the essay – if not, don’t worry). We reviewed essay writing and practiced essay writing with this topic:

Discuss how the theme of fate is presented in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar.

Fate (noun): 1. a belief that a power controls all events. 2. the unavoidable events or outcome of a person’s life.  

Optional homework for bonus marks: if you e-mail me a copy of your outline, with the understanding that it will be anonymously examined on the board, you will receive bonus marks towards Term 1.

Here is our in-class essay timeline, as discussed today:


November 8th:

  • Essay topics given in class.
  • Class time to prepare an essay outline.
    • Single-sided, point form


November 14th:

  • Projects due and time to give feedback on anonymous essay outlines from classmates.


November 16th and 20th:

  • In-class essay.


Thursday, November 2nd, 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. See you on Monday.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017: Well done, 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.

Friday, October 27th, 2017: Were you away today? We had a quiz and discussed the skill of COMPARING AND CONTRASTING. Projects due on the 14th, reading cards due on the 17th. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017: Open text quiz on the events of Julius Caesar next class. Projects due on November 14th! Reading cards due on November 17th.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017: Thank you for your excellent participation today! Remember, Wednesday is the one and only designated WORK DAY for your project (the rest must be completed outside of class). Bring everything that you need!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017: Find the lines DUE NEXT CLASS! Were you away today? We discussed our group Julius Caesar project, which is due on November 9th. There are extra project handouts on the shelf in the classroom; be sure to pick one up.

Monday, October 16th, 2017: Find the lines due on Monday, October 23rd (these will not be partially checked before then). If you were away today, make sure you get your Find the lines worksheet from the shelf in the classroom. We’ll watch Act V on Wednesday. See you then!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017: Thank you for your creative performances today! Have a fantastic CAPP conference, and see you next week!

Thursday, October 5th, 2017:  PERFORMANCES ON TUESDAY!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: We will work on our assassination scenes next class, to be performed after Thanksgiving. Keep those brains whirring!

Friday, September 29th, 2017: Were you away today? Homework was checked, and plagiarism contracts were due. We watched poor Caesar’s death. No homework. See you next week!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017: Hope you enjoyed today’s Planning 10 assembly! Please finish the Find the Lines work for Friday, September 29th. You can find an e-copy of the worksheet at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. Also, PLAGIARISM CONTRACT!

Monday, September 25th, 2017: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone. Please finish the Find the Lines work for Friday, September 29th. You can find an e-copy of the worksheet at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017: Were you away today? We watched until the end of Act II, scene ii. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017: Great work on today’s quiz yet again, everyone! If you were away today, we discussed the theme of LOYALTY and started watching Julius Caesar. We watched until the middle of Act I, scene ii (page 20 in your blue text). No homework.

Friday, September 15th, 2017: Great work on today’s quiz, everyone! Please finish reading page 9 of our Julius Caesar text today. We will have a small quiz on pages 5-9.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017: Quiz next class about today’s biography on Julius Caesar. It will have a word bank to help you. Also, remember to get your plagiarism contract signed before the end of September!

Monday, September 11th, 2017: See you on Wednesday! We will finish talking about plagiarism and begin Julius Caesar. Don’t forget to bring your silent reading book!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017: It was so nice to meet you today! If you have it, please bring your old GoCard to class on Monday.