Learning is a process.
This week we have been working on building our collection of memoirs which will make up a significant section of our end-of-year project. As this is our first attempt, I encourage you to try and get as much as you can down for your first narrative, and we will take some time to add, edit and revise as we develop more ideas and learn to become better writers.
Learning is a process.
This week we worked on an analysis of the film "Whale Rider" and attempted to gain a deeper understanding of the film and the themes that it expresses, primarily those of the important role that cultural identity can play in shaping who we are, and also how significant people in our lives can have a profound affect on who we are and who we become.
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This week we will work on how film deals with ideas of identity, in particular through the influences of culture and significant people in our lives. The film we are watching is "Whale Rider", directed by Niki Caro and based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera. Here are the resources we used for our learning this week:
This week we will be undertaking an examination of good writing. As we explored last week, writers write on a wide range of topics, and this week, I will post some examples of good writing here for you to engage with as we make our way on our journey as writers. From these, we built our criteria for good narrative writing and used that criteria to begin revising our writing from last week. I hope that somewhere here you find some pieces that you enjoy and learn from, as well as find some ways to improve your own writing. Have fun!
Narrative Mentor Texts
Hi there! Welcome to the English 10 information page. Here is where you will find information about the ideas that we have been exploring in class as well as some of the resources that we have used to help us explore those ideas. I hope that you find this page helpful in supporting your thinking and learning. Please feel free to remind me to update it!
Once again, for the first part of this week we have been working on our novel studies, reading further into them, discussing them with our literature groups and reflecting in our reading logs. At this point, 5 reading logs should have been completed.
The second part of this week, we took a look at our future selves, and the question of "Who do we hope to become?" To inspire our reflections, we studied the Tennyson poem, "Ulysses". We had a few questions to help guide us through this complex piece of writing, and then we used our skills of visualization to create a collage of the imagery that we see when we read through Tennyson's work.
For the first part of this week we have been working on our novel studies, reading further into them, discussing them with our literature groups and reflecting in our reading logs. At this point, 4 logs should have been completed.
Over the second half of this week, we used the memoir "Old Friends" to reflect on the question, "How do others see me?". After reading through the text together, we discussed the ways in which we have created limited definitions of others in the past, and reflected on how similar limited definitions may exist of ourselves. We worked our memories and our creativity to create some snapshots similar to those that we read in "Old Friends".
Last week, we began our literature circles. There are about 6 copies of each novel that will circulate during the remainder of the course. You may read as many of the novels as you like (as long as you read at least one), and at your own pace. As part of our study of literature, you are also required to participate in discussions with others reading the same novel, and to explore and reflect on your thinking and understandings through writing journals or reading logs. See the Handouts section along the side for a sample.
How does culture affect identity? This is the question around identity that we have been exploring recently. We have reviewed three readings written by Canadians (Geddes, Suzuki, Yusufali) who have described their own experience of living in a multi-cultural Canada. In preparation for our response to the key question, we have also written about our own sense of culture, and how it affects our own identity.
English 10 Course Outline