2-4 English 10 Byng Arts




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.