2-4 English 10 Byng Arts

Monday, April 16th, 2018: Please finish “The Metaphor” for Wednesday, April 18th. You can find the story here: englishwithliao.wikispaces.com.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018: Were you away today? Students selected the essay that they want marked, and we officially ended Essay Boot Camp. If you were away today, please let me know as soon as possible which essay you want marked. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018: I’m sorry that I was away today, everyone. I hope you feel good about the final attempt that you wrote today. We will have a chance to look at some of them as a class, and then you will be able to make your choice. See you on Thursday!

Friday, April 6th, 2018: Next and FINAL attempt in our essay boot camp will be on Tuesday, April 8th, 2018.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018: Were you away today? Students had Attempt #2 today. If you missed it, don’t worry. We will have another attempt next week.

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

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018: We’ll continue talking about how our first attempts went next class. See you then!

Monday, March 12th, 2018: Were you away today? Students had their first ATTEMPT in essay boot camp. We will be going over their work next class.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018: Were you away today? We finished watching the film, then students were given their essays and Term 2 marks. We went over the details of essay boot camp, which begins on Monday.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: Hope you enjoyed the film! See you on Thursday!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018: Have a great weekend! We’ll finish the film next class. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR COURSE PLANNING SHEET!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018: WOOHOO! You did it! Congrats. Let’s celebrate by watching the film next class. See you then!

Monday, February 26th, 2018: Were you away today? We collected reading cards, returned mind maps, and talked ESSAYS! Essay next class. BRING YOUR NOVEL. THERE ARE NO EXTRAS FOR YOU TO BORROW.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018: Were you away today? We talked strategy for writing insightful thesis statements and topic sentences. If you want your outline potentially critiqued on the board, send it to me at dliao@vsb.bc.ca.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018: Thank you for your mind maps, everyone! Remember, our in-class essay is on February 28th. 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.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018: As discussed today, mind maps are due on February 20th. We don’t have much class time between now and then, so DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE!

Friday, February 2nd, 2018: As discussed today, mind maps are due on February 20th. We don’t have much class time between now and then, so DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: WE FINISHED THE NOVEL!!! YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! For Friday, please have a basic rough draft of your mind map. As discussed today, the mind map will be due on February 20th. Between now and then, this means that we only have THREE classes to work on it. You will have to do the rest at home.

Friday, January 26th, 2018: Read Chapters 27-29 for next class. Were you away today? We started our Mind Map project.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018: Finish Chapter 25 for Friday!

Monday, January 22nd, 2018: Finish Chapter 23 for Wednesday!

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).

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: Projects due on the 14th, reading cards due on the 17th. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017:  Were you away today? We discussed and practiced the skill of COMPARING AND CONTRASTING. WORK DAY postponed to next class. Bring everything that you will need to work on your project with your partner/group.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017: Thank you for your 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!

P.S. Sorry that I completely forgot to check homework today! I will check your Find the lines on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017: Find the lines DUE NEXT CLASS! Were you away today? We finished watching the play. We also 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 enthusiastic and creative performances today! Have a fantastic CAPP conference, and see you next week!

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

Friday, September 29th, 2017: Were you away today? Homework was checked, and plagiarism contracts were due. We watched poor Caesar’s death. We’ll continue planning our own versions of Caesar’s assassination next week – keep those ideas whirring!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017: Were you away today? Students received their quizzes back, and we discussed the many aspects of PERSUASION. We finished watching Act II. 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 the play until about halfway through Act II, scene i (page 41). See you on Monday!

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017: Great work on today’s quiz yet again, everyone! (Don’t forget to see me to write the quiz at a set time if you missed today). 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 today, everyone! We will have a quiz next class on pages 5-9 of our blue Julius Caesar text.

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.