English 9

And Then There Were None.


Thursday, March 26th.

We continued reading the play.

We finished Act I.

Journal # 1 assigned.


Tuesday, March 24th.

We started reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We read to page 20.


Wednesday, March 11th and Friday, March 13th.

We finished working on our movie posters.

We wrote the final test for the novel.


Monday, March 09, 2009

We worked on movie posters.


Thursday, March 5th.

We finished viewing the film.


Tuesday, March 3rd.

We started viewing the film version of In the Heat of the Night.


Friday, Feb. 27th

We continued delivering our speeches.


Wednesday, Feb. 25th

We stared delivering our speeches.


Monday, Feb. 23rd

We read chapter 11.

We worked on transferring our speeches on to a cue card.


Thurs. Feb. 19th.

We finished reading chapter 10.

We were given time to work on our speeches and other assignments.

Completed speeches are due next class.


Friday, Feb. 13th

Shortened class due to Activity Day.

We began reading chapter 10


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We watched part of King’s “Dream” speech and compared three themes to the novel.

We wrote about the strategies King used to write and deliver an excellent speech.


Friday, Feb. 6th.

We read the lyrics to a Bryan Adams and linked them to the novel.

We had a quiz on chapters 7-8.

We started reading chapter 9.

The rest of 9 was assigned.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

We read part of chapter 8; the rest was assigned.

Quiz on chapters 7-8 next class.

We were given a little time to work on our poems or our persuasive essay.


Monday, Feb. 2nd.

We read chapter 7.

All students were asked to write a poem about love.

Each poem needed to have four poetry forms:

Concrete, free verse, haiku and limerick.



Thursday, Jan. 29th.

We wrote a quiz on chapters 5-6.

Students wrote two journal responses.

Students were given time to read or work on speeches.

Chapter 7 was assigned.


Tuesday, Jan. 27th.

We wrote a quiz on chapters 3-4.

We looked at the year 1965 and filled in a work sheet.

Chapter 6 was assigned.


Friday, Jan. 23rd.

Quiz on chapters 1-2.

We read chapter 4 out loud.

We worked on our persuasive essays (speeches). Chapters 4 and 5 were assigned.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We read chapter 3 of the novel.

We read over information on the Civil Rights Movement, and filled in an information sheet.

We began writing our first body paragraphs of our speeches.

Body paragraphs are due next class.


Monday, Jan. 19th

We read chapter two of the novel.

We had speech day two.

Introductory paragraphs are due next class.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

We read chapter one of In the Heat of the Night.

We had some time to work on our book vs. movie essay from last class.

Speech day #1.

We got in pairs, chose a topic, opposed each other on the topic and came up with three arguments each.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We watched the last 15 minutes of the film.

We then worked on an outline for an essay showing how the film and book are quite different.

Students started to write the essay, which is due next class.


Friday, Jan. 9th.

We almost finished watching the film.


January 7, 2009

We started viewing And Then There Were None.




Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We completed two character pages for our novel projects, which are due next class.

We looked at various essay examples and graded them.

We worked on projects, essays or general exam review.


Friday, December 05, 2008

We finished reading And Then There Were None.

We looked at examples of essays, and as a class graded the essays.

We started grading our own essays in small groups.

Final test on the novel is next class.


Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.

We reviewed for the December exam.

There are several parts:

Short story multiple choice;

Short story linking elements;

Paragraph on theme or character;



Monday, Dec. 1st.

We wrote a quiz on chapter 11.

We read chapter 12.

We started looking at the parts of speech for the Dec. exam.

Chapter 13 was assigned.

Quiz next class on the novel up to the end of chapter 13.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

We read a brief summary of each character in the novel.

We read chapter 10 out loud.

We started writing two paragraphs on the novel:

-Appearances are deceptive.

-People deal with guilt in different ways.

These paragraphs and chapter 11 are due for homework.


Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

We wrote a quiz on the characters and the murder they have been accused of.

We discussed theme and its role in various stories we have read this year.

We started writing a paragraph on theme.


Friday, Nov. 21st.

As a class, we wrote a character sketch on Anthony Marston.

As a class, we completed one page of our major assignment for this novel.


Wednesday, Nov. 19th.

We wrote creative endings to the novel.

Students could start at any point they wished.


Friday, Nov. 14th.

We wrote a quiz on chapters 1 – 7.

We read chapter 8 out loud.


Wednesday, Nov. 12th

We had a mock quiz on the cast of characters.

We worked on chapter questions.

We read chapter 5 out loud, and assigned chapters 6 and 7.

Quiz on chapters 1 – 7 next class.


Monday, Nov. 10th

Short class; missing half the students.

We worked on our essays.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

We read chapter 3 of the novel.

We wrote a quiz on chapters 1 – 3

We read a little about Agatha Christie, and wrote a short bio on her.

I introduced an essay topic: Friendship. Students are to write an essay on this topic which is due next class.

Students are also to finish reading chapter 4 for next class.


Tuesday, Nov. 4th

We started reading And Then There Were None.

Students were to read to the end of chapter 2.


Friday, Oct. 31st.

We finished watching “Dragon.”

We completed a worksheet on the movie.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We continued viewing “Dragon.”


Monday, October 27, 2008

We started viewing “Dragon, The Bruce Lee Story.”


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We wrote the final test for the book.

Students were given time to work on their assignments from last class.


Monday, Oct. 20th

We finished reading the novel.

I gave out workbooks for the novel that included six writing assignments.

Students are to complete four of the six assignments.

If they complete all of the assignments, then two will count as bonus marks.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

We read chapters 9 and ten in class.

I assigned a biography on Paul Zindel.

Students are to read chapters 11 and 12 for homework.

Students are to think about a hero who they can write a more comprehensive biography on.

There will be a quiz next class.


Tuesday, October 14th,

We finalized our top spellers in class.

We read chapter 8 and started on the creative writing assignment for this unit:

Rewrite the final paragraphs from chapter 8 from the point of view of Mr. Pignati.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

We wrote a quiz on chapters 1 – 4.

We read chapter 5.

I assigned the following:

Read chapters 6 – 7

Write a character sketch on John or Lorraine

Write 2 paragraphs on 2 elements of the novel (setting and mood would be fine).


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

We began reading The Pigman (chapters 1 – 2).

Chapters 3 – 4 were assigned for homework.


Friday, Oct. 3rd.

Student presentations of “The Landlady” stories.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

We marked the quizzes from last class.

Students then wrote spelling test number one.

Students were then given the opportunity to work on any missing assignments.


Monday, Sept. 29th.

Students wrote a multiple choice test on a poem.

Students then wrote a quiz on the elements of the short story.

A composition was assigned after the quizzes: In my opinion, what makes a short story interesting is:


Thursday, Sept. 25th.

We wrote an essay as a class comparing two of Aesop’s fables.

We read the beginning of two stories. Students were asked to write a creative ending for one of them.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We read the original story “The Landlady.”

We then discussed the character of the old lady and character in general.

We organized passages to include in our characterization paragraphs, which are due next class.

Students were also given time to go to the library and get books for the accelerated reader program.


Friday, September 19, 2008

In groups and by genre, students wrote a story titled “The Landlady.”

A short biography on Roald Dahl was assigned for homework.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We read “Fever Dream” and “A Day’s Wait.”

Students were asked to write a two paragraph composition comparing the two stories.


Monday, September 15, 2008

We read “The New Food” and “The Friends of Kwan Ming.”

As a class, we wrote a two paragraph essay showing how these two stories are similar.

We focused on structure and providing passages for support.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

We read “The Turtle” and “Operation Survival.”

We linked the elements of the short story to both stories.

Students were assigned three paragraphs on the two stories, on mood, setting and conflict.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

We read “Lamb to the Slaughter.”

We discussed this story while filling in a sheet linking ten of the elements of the short story to this story.

As a class we wrote a paragraph describing how the author builds suspense in this story.


Friday, September 05, 2008

We started class with a reading from this Sunday’s mass.

Students wrote a response to this reading.

We read about Amnesty International.

We broke into groups and looked through newspapers, finding examples of social injustice in our world.

We summarized our findings, and presented them to the class.


Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008.

  • We read the read the Rosa Parks story.
  • We read the short play “Accomplices,” and two journal questions were assigned:
    1. What can I do about social injustice?

2. What can I do to preserve the earth?

            These are due on Friday, September 5th.