ENG2D, ENG3U, and OLC Instructions for the Next Two Days

Hi all,

I am taking a course for the next two days called ‘Adaptive Schools’. I won’t see you again until Friday. In the meantime, I have left your instructions on the blackboard in front of the class and with information for the covering teacher (see image below). Here is an image of the blackboard so that you can  see what you will be doing over the next couple of days.

Grade 10s: you will be working on your scripts for your assigned act for our ‘Play in a Day’, which is scheduled for May 1st. I have added script information to each of your Google Docs that I would like you to follow during your writing process. The next two days are the only class time you will have for this so please use it wisely – I think you will (for the most part) complete this. If you finish by Thursday and still have some time, I have posted your music video comparisons for act two and three that you could begin to work on.

FORMAT YOUR DIALOGUE LIKE THIS: http://www.playwriting101.com/chapter12

SETTING: http://www.playwriting101.com/chapter10

FORMATTING CHARACTER NAMES: http://www.playwriting101.com/chapter11

NOTE: Swearing in your script is absolutely prohibited!

Grade 11s: read Act III on your own, or with a partner, and complete your study guide as you go. This should be your focus for Wednesday’s class. On Thursday, I would like you to visit the first scene of Act IV, this is where Macbeth revisits the witches, and then you can have the rest of the period to work on your Act II and Act III study guide questions. Should you finish these, you could also work on your journal entries. Please hand in your study guide responses by the end of Thursday’s class. We will do Act IV and V through a film study on Friday.

OLCs: Continue with your course work in The Hub and email me if you have any difficulties or have any questions that your covering teacher is unable to answer.

See you all on Friday! 

This is How We Do!


Working together as a collaborative group can be challenging at times. We all have our own opinions and we may be very passionate about them – and that’s a good thing. During class discussion, both physically in class and online, there may be times when one opinion is perceived as ‘louder’ or ‘more right’ than any other. This isn’t always the case and we want to be sure that all voices are honoured and that everybody has an opportunity to share their ideas, passions, and thoughts. Refer to my first post.

The True Strength in OUR Classroom Lies in the Collaboration of Learners, Not in the Knowledge of One Expert.

Today, we are going to work through an activity where you will express what it is you value when working collaboratively with others and combine those with other folks in the room. Together, we will craft our ‘Rules of Engagement’, if you will, that will guide our work and keep us on track in a respectful and practical way. Remember, a positive learning environment starts with us and we all play a part.

This is OUR learning space. I want to be sure that everyone feels comfortable and safe to share their ideas. We are learning together and learning is messy. Messy is where magic happens!

So….What do you value?

English is….

On Friday, I asked you what ‘English’ meant to you. Tomorrow we will start the period with a ‘Gallery Walk’ where you will review your thoughts and those of other tables. Collectively in all 3 classes, you generated 237 words and phrases that represent ‘English for you’. I dictated all of you thoughts into my iPad and pasted them into http://www.tagxedo.com/ to create a Word Cloud. Words that are larger and bolder are those that appeared most often and those little words are the ones that showed up only a few times (or maybe even once). Here is what ‘English’ means to you…

English Thoughts

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  1. What themes emerged? Are there any surprises?
  2. What dimensions or categories are missing from our maps? Again, any surprises?
  3. Do you see anything in the thoughts of others that you might not have thought of or might expand on your ideas of ‘English’ as a class or discipline of study?

Reply to this post by clicking the ‘Reply’ button and signing in with your HWDSB username and password. Which of these components of ‘English’ do you most enjoy and how do you enjoy to learn them? Share an activity or lesson that really engaged you. What did you like most about it and how did it help you with your learning?