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.
Well, finally got this page up and running again...yes, I know, it took me long enough. I hope that you find it will have been worth the wait. We have recently read Mirror Images, which you will find attached here if you click on the title. We also watched an episode of Crash Course on Personal Identity, which you may want to take a look at. Hope it makes you think!
Worked together on writing body paragraphs for a literary analysis. Used the related forms from the "Handouts" list.
Read W.D. Valgardson's short story, "Identities", generating questions about the text during reading. Began working on the included critical thinking questions (embedded in the second copy of the story which follows the first).
Responded to questions #3 to 6 on the last page of the "Boys and Girls".
English 10 Course Outline