Just a reminder that you can drop-in to room 6 today after 230 to receive help on English. There is a staff meeting Ms. Holmes and I will be attending that may make us late. Alternatively, come by at lunch tomorrow.
I am still looking for a few students who have not been present or for whatever reason have not handed in their Creative Writing piece. Please come see me before the end of week 2 and arrange time to finish this assessment. I will not be "chasing you down" in other classes any longer as you need to take responsibility for your own learning at this point in the year.
The final, published version of your creative writing is due by the end of Thursday, October 15.
You are handing in either a character piece or a setting piece of writing.
Achievement with Merit
90850 - 1.2 Visual Text
Don't study for essays by writing and memorizing - this may mean you do not clearly answer the actual question during the exam because you are trying to make your learned essay "fit."
Instead, know some key areas of the film very well, so that you can use what you know for many different questions. Use the following aspects to guide you below. Collect as much information as you can for each aspect - important scenes and details along with the key film techniques that the director uses to show this aspect in the film.
Setting: We have spoken extensively about the role of the river as a setting, how it helps develop conflict as well as the character's journey. Revisit your notes here and look for three film techniques to apply.
Character - Think about how Sam, Millie, Clyde connect to the river and what journey they each take over the course of the film (setting or character question). Then decide why they have changed and have some evidence from before and after the change (character or conflict question). Finally, think about how each of these characters is showing an idea in the text (character or idea question).
Conflict - Consider what the main conflict is and the director's purpose in developing the conflict (method and purpose question). Next, look at where the conflict came from - what was the root cause of the main problem? How does this connect to the world? (idea and conflict questions) What scenes show the conflict the best? (Truth or Dare, the opening scenes)
Idea What are some of the big, important ideas that the director wanted you to remember after viewing the film? (important idea and director's purpose) How does the director choose to show the idea - through setting or character? or both? Look at the variety of ideas and how each character may reveal different ideas in the film (Marty - culture of bullying; Sam - making adult decisions; Clyde - knowing who we are; Millie - struggling to know what is right or wrong)
What is the director's purpose and intended audience? This interview with Jacob Aaron Estes might help you decide.
Check out this teacher's website with some nice resources and writing ideas
Download this essay planning chart:
What things should you know about the film? Mean Creek Learning Objectives have been handed out to you in class.
Can't remember some of the techniques or things that happen in Mean Creek? Here is a quiz for that.
I will continue to add resources for you throughout Term 4 and we will co-create some together.
During Week 10, you are writing practice external exams. You will write your English exam on Wednesday morning (845-1145). You will write 1 or 2 externals in the 3 hours.
These exams are used to gauge where you are for further review in Term 4. They are also used in case of an accident or extremely serious incident that prevents you from writing the exam in November/December. They are to be studied for and taken very seriously.
I will again approach you on Thursday and confirm which externals you are choosing to write and make any necessary adjustments. I have entered your preferences and you need to pay the school your exam fees. Late entries can be done, but they are challenging.
Any questions? Email me or come find me around the school. Alternatively, ask Ms. Wallace or Mr. Smith.
We have started a second creative writing task for those of you who did not feel confident with your character writing.
It is describing a setting or place at two different times or from two different perspectives. The task is titled "Now and Then."
On Thursday's class, I will give you the task booklet for creative writing and you will decide which piece of writing you will write to completion. You must present me with a complete final draft of the writing by next Monday, September 14th. From there, I will read all of the writing and give specific feedback. You will have 2 hours during the first week on Monday, October 12th to edit, adjust and publish your writing. Then you will submit it no later than Thursday, October 15th for assessment.
Monday August 17 - Task handed out, explained and students have 30 minutes for planning
Homework: complete planning for approval at start of Thursday
Thursday, August 20 - Mini lesson on writing introductions and structuring paragraphs. Students write introduction and body paragraph 1 on Mean Creek.
Monday, August 24 - Writing of body paragraphs 2 and 3, on second and third selected texts
Thursday, August 27 - writing body paragraph 4 on text 4 and writing a conclusion. All students must submit a complete draft by at the end of class.
Monday, August 31 - Students must use feedback to finish their report in the last two hours of the assessment. Final report is due by the end of today.
Making connections is a challenging but worthwhile process that students will practice in many different arenas in their life. It is necessary to make connections across many different learning areas, but in English, we are focusing on making connections across different texts. Specifically, we are looking at the big ideas of texts and making connections.
We started with the film Mean Creek. Then each student read a selected novel. Now we are studying short stories in class, including "The Flowers" by Alice Walker, "Ka Kite, Bro," "Fathers and Sons," and more
In today's double period, we visualized the mannerisms and behaviours of our characters and got that wonderful thinking down onto paper. We also thought more closely about the environment of our character and how they interact with it.
At the end of the double period, I expect you to have completed a first draft of your character sketch. If you have not completed this, please spend time outside of the classroom finishing this creation.
We will be doing some more creative writing to add to our portfolio so that we can choose our best piece to publish for assessment purposes.
For Thursday, please bring your second and third novel activity and be prepared to make connections between the film and your novel.
We also read Alice Walker's "The Flowers" and looked at how the author showed us Myop's life instead of telling us what her situation was. Its this type of writing that you want to emulate as you create a character.
By the end of Monday's double period, you will be expected to have a draft piece of character writing.
Year 11 English
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