2-3 English 8

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018: Finish your sonnet for next class! If you want to watch the video that we watched in class, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he_lxFaYwAA

Monday, June 11th, 2018: For next class, bring a rough copy of a sonnet.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018: Were you away today? We chose the essay that we want marked and went over the Romeo and Juliet test. READING CARDS ARE DUE ON JUNE 13th! And also bringing a reading book every day for the rest of the year is of utmost importance.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018: You did it! We’ll have our CHOOSING DAY next class. See you then.

Friday, June 1st, 2018: Glad that you had fun at your field trip last class! Here is the optional bonus assignment that we talked about:


  • Write a practice essay on this topic: Discuss the character of Romeo and/or Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. Then e-mail it dliao@vsb.bc.ca BEFORE 8:40 AM on June 5th, 2018
  • MUST BE: intro, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion.


Monday, May 27th, 2018: Great work, everyone! Have fun on your field trip next class. We’ll look at how today went when I see you on Friday, and we’ll have our third and final attempt on June 4th.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018: As per your vote today, we will have essay attempt #2 on May 28th. Because everyone is on a field trip on the 30th, our third attempt will be on June 4th.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: We will look at how today’s essay went next class! Remember, our next attempt will be on May 28th.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018: Were you away for today’s test and notes collection? You should come speak to me asap.

Monday, May 14th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away last class, everyone. I have given you completion marks for the practice essay outlines that you did. See you next class for our OPEN BOOK TEST and NOTES COLLECTION (if you want to use them during your essay; if not, don’t hand it in). Bring your GoCard as well. The test will not take the whole class, and we will be going down to the library afterwards.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018: Were you away today? We watched and studied Act III, scene i and a bit of ii, and discussed the theme of love as a cause of violence in the play. Students started a practice essay outline.

Friday, May 4th, 2018: Please continue revising your paragraph for homework. It won’t be officially marked (just checked), but use this opportunity to improve and develop your work. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018: Thank you for your hard work today! Were you away? We read Act II and wrote one paragraph on this topic: Discuss how the power of love is presented in Act II.

Monday, April 30th, 2018: Please finish your revision summary for Wednesday! See you then.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018: On Monday, April 30th, notes for Acts II, II, IV, and V will be checked. Were you away today? We finished watching the play!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018: Missed you while I was on the band trip! To summarize Friday and today, we’ve watched Act II, III, IV, and the very beginning of V. As we discussed today, ALL NOTES for Acts II to V will be checked on Monday, April 30th.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018: Were you away today? Ms. Rezler came to our class to talk about the book pamphlets. We had our last book presentation. Notes were checked. We watched two versions of Act I, scene v.

Monday, April 16th, 2018: Please finish your notes for Act I, scenes i-iv.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018: Thank you for your engaging and interesting presentations today! See you on Monday!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone! I have seen the results of your R and J vote. BE PREPARED TO PRESENT NEXT CLASS if you didn’t present on Friday. We will be going to the library to hear your presentations.

Friday, April 6th, 2018: Great presentations today! If we ran out of time and you were not able to present, please be ready for next class.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018: See you with your Book Pamphlets next class! Looking forward to your Book Presentations.

Friday, March 16th, 2018: HAPPY SPRING BREAK! Don’t forget that your Book Presentations will be presented on April 6th!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018: Were you away today? We insulted each other in Shakespearean English and read an article about how little we actually know about Shakespeare. We also talked about the Book Presentations after spring break. Students received a handout about this presentation; there are extras on the shelf in the classroom.

Monday, March 12th, 2018: Were you away today? You need to schedule a time to write the quiz. I won’t remember to ask you. Students read about the theatre in Shakespeare’s time; they finished this worksheet for homework if they didn’t finish it in class.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: Students chose which of their three attempts they want marked towards Term 2. If you were away and I don’t hear from you, I will mark your second attempt on “When Television Ate My Best Friend.”

Friday, March 2nd, 2018: Think as critically about your own writing as you did about today’s samples. See you next week for our last and final attempt.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018: Great job, everyone! We’ll talk about how today’s in-class paragraph went on Friday, and have our FINAL ATTEMPT next week on Tuesday.

Monday, February, 26th, 2018: Were you away today? We collected reading cards, returned project marks, and looked at samples of paragraphs written last class on “The Bet.” We will have another attempt at a sight passage on Wednesday, February 28th. See you then!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018: Great work, everyone! We’ll talk about how today went on Monday. See you then.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018: IN-CLASS PARAGRAPH NEXT CLASS.

Friday, February 16th, 2018: Thank you for your valuable participation today. As discussed, we will have an IN-CLASS PARAGRAPH on a sight passage on Thursday, February 22nd. You will have access to a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018: Today’s project is due on April 6th! DON’T LOSE THAT YELLOW SHEET.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018: A big thank you to Ms. DeYoung for coming today! Have a great weekend, everyone! Please finish the grammar worksheets for next week, February 13th. We’ll be going to the library that day, so don’t forget to bring your GoCard.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018: Thank you for your fantastic projects today! Please finish today’s grammar worksheets for next week, February 13th. We’ll be going to the library that day, so don’t forget to bring your GoCard.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018: Well done on today’s test! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR PROJECTS NEXT CLASS!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: See you next class for our open novel test. As discussed today, remember to proofread your project – PUNCTUATION IS YOUR FRIEND!

Friday, January 26th, 2018: Have a great weekend! See you on Wednesday for your last class time to work on this project. Bring everything you need!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018: Today was our first period of three periods to work on your project. See you on Friday for your next one. Don’t forget to bring everything that you need!

Monday, January 22nd, 2018: Here is an e-version of today’s project: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. To confirm what we discussed in class: you will have January 24th, 26th, and 31st to work on this project, and then the rest will be completed at home. We will have an open novel test on Friday, February 2nd. The project is due on February 6th. BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO USE YOUR WORK TIME WISELY!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018: Were you away today? We thought specifically about a character of our choice from the novel. We followed the same format as before, but applied our thoughts to this character.

  • personality/character traits
  • experiences
  • family and background
  • race/ethnicity/nationality
  • gender
  • socioeconomic situation
  • environment
  • physical appearance
  • friends/peers
  • education
  • hobbies/interests

This wasn’t homework. We will finish next class.

Friday, January 12th, 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 Tuesday, 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!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018: Were you away today? We discussed and practiced enhancing our writing through vocabulary and sentence variety. Students revised a part of their short story (and received marks for doing so).

Monday, January 8th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed today’s movie! See you next class.

Thursday, December 21st, 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.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017: We finished the book! Yaaaaaaayyyy! Were you away today? Students wrote a short response (12 minutes, in class) to the novel: likes, dislikes, favourite parts/characters, things they’d change, etcetera. They handed this in for marks.

Friday, December 15th, 2017: Finish chapters 9 and 10 for Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017: Were you away today? We read chapter 6 together and then learned some new vocabulary from the novel. You can find the work here. Read chapter 7 for next class!

Monday, December 11th, 2017: Finish chapter five for next class!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017: Finish chapters two and three for homework! See you on Monday!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017: Were you away today? We started reading chapter one of The Outsiders. Please finish it for homework!

Thursday, November 29th, 2017: No homework. See you next week.

Tuesday, November 28th, 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 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. If your reading card isn’t in the box already, make sure to drop it off before you go home for the weekend tomorrow. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017: Great work on your open binder grammar test everyone! Can’t wait to read your curious stories next class!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017: Check your answers here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. See you for our open binder grammar test next class!

Monday, November 6th, 2017: Remember, YOU have the final say about whether you accept your peers’ corrections or not. Thanks for all your hard work today, everyone.

Thursday, November 2nd, 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 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!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017: Were you away today? We learned the fine details of our short story assignment, reviewed writing dialogue (quiz next class), and went to the library. See you next class!

Friday, October 27th, 2017: Thank you to Ms. DeYoung and Ted for coming to see us today! Don’t forget to have some planning and ideas down on paper for Tuesday – this will be checked. Also, bring your GoCard! We’ll be going to the library to see some new books.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017: Hope you found today’s story curious. No homework for next class, but remember to have evidence of curious story planning (whether you use the handout or not) for October 31st. Also, bring your GoCard on October 31st as we will be going to the library.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017: Plan your own short story on today’s planning sheet (focus: SOMETHING CURIOUS). This is due on October 31st.

Wednesday, October 18th, 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!

Monday, October 16th, 2017: Hooray! You finished your first in-class write! For next class, finish today’s worksheet (Lesson 26 and 27). See you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017: Next class will be the LAST DAY to work on our in-class paragraph. You will have practically the entire period to write this one 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.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017: Good work today! We’ll continue with our in-class paragraphs next class. (Here’s the story if you want to read it again: “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” by Martha Brooks.)

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017: For homework, finish reading today’s story, “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” by Martha Brooks (click here). Be ready for an open book quiz next class!

Friday, September 29th, 2017: Good work, everyone. Were you away today? We checked answers for our homework (get the answers from someone!) Students are REWRITING their character trait paragraphs, using all that we have learned about paragraphs. You can access the story here: http://aashley.weebly.com/uploads/4/3/8/2/4382474/side_bet_short_story.pdf. For expanded and enhanced notes on what we discussed today, check out englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017: Were you away today? We checked answers for our homework (get the answers from someone!) and looked at our “Side Bet” paragraphs. For homework, finish Lesson 20 on independent and subordinate clauses. Thank you for your hard work today!

Monday, September 25th, 2017: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone. Were you away today? Students learned about Parts of Speech (there is a worksheet in the classroom). Also, for homework, students are completing a worksheet about sentences that is due on Wednesday (Lesson 11 and 12). See you on Wednesday!

Thursday, September 21st, 2017: Were you away today? Students handed in their homework today, and we went to the library. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 19th, 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 Thursday, 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

Wednesday, September 13th, 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.” If you were away, you can read the story opening at englishwithliao.wikispaces.com. SEE YOU ON THURSDAY!

Also, here are the links to the websites that I showed you today:

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Citation Machine – MLA Format

Monday, September 11th, 2017: See you on Wednesday! We will finish talking about plagiarism before delving into our first short story. Don’t forget to bring your silent reading book!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017: It was so nice to meet you today! Please bring a silent reading book next class!