Following is the schedule for presentations in English 20-1. If you have an unexcused absence on the day that you are supposed to present, you will not receive credit for this assignment. Please ensure that you are in school on the day you are scheduled to attend.
For the next two weeks, we will be starting with one presentation, have a ten-minute break, move to the second presentation, and conclude the class with silent reading.
Tiffany Douglas – Tuesday, Jan 7
Morgan Cook – Tuesday, Jan 7
Alex Oczkowski – Wednesday, Jan 8
Tisha Moulson – Wednesday, Jan 8
Sadee Pisony – Thursday, Jan 9
Jilisa Finn-Fraser – Thursday, Jan 9
Ryley Penner – Friday, Jan 10
Abby Zur – Monday, Jan 13
Sam Paton – Monday, Jan 13
Anna Blomgren – Tuesday, Jan 14
Morgan Michalsky – Tuesday, Jan 14
Raeley Hucik – Wednesday, Jan 15
Raelyn Rutledge – Wednesday, Jan 15
Hannah Penner – Thursday, Jan 16
Britnie Zur – Thursday, Jan 16
The final “weekly assignment” for English 20-1 will be a paper on one of the presented poems, to be assigned on Thursday, January 16 and due at the end of class on Wednesday, January 22. This is the last assignment of the semester for 20-1 students as there is no written final exam for the course.
For homework, read (and follow the steps given in class) Sinclair Ross’s short story “The Painted Door.” Be prepared to discuss tomorrow.
There are four major themes that can be found within Canadian literature:
-desolate/empty landscape (prairies, ocean, harsh mountains/forests, etc.)
2) Frontier life
-contemporary fascination with rural life (urban/rural divide)
3) Our position within the world
-multiculturalism (which should be its own theme, but for our purposes right now…)
-influence of U.S. / mild anti-Americanism
-isolation of small towns, even cities from each other
All three lead to what Northrop Frye (and, later, Margaret Atwood) term
4) The garrison mentality
-characters tend to look outwards, outside of themselves
-characters tend to build walls (metaphorically) against the outside world, shutting out friends, family, others
John Donne said “No man is an island”, but Canadian literature tends to write about the opposite.
SO, how do you read a Canadian short story?
1) Read the story & annotate: what do you get? What don’t you get?
2) Read the story again and look for these themes. At this point, just identify.
3) Then, ask the “Why? So what?” questions: what do these themes mean? How do they change our interpretation of the characters’ actions? How does the weather, frontier life, our isolationism, and/or the garrison mentality mirror the characters’ thoughts or actions? THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to get here!
For homework, be ready to tell Mr. F what you’re working on & bring all necessary materials so that you can be productive in class tomorrow.
For tomorrow, finish reading the book Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice and be ready to discuss it. We’ll also be looking at the creative assignment on the book that will be due before Christmas break.
You need to check out this link. On this page you’ll find students from grades 9 to 12 in Canadian schools reciting poetry. Note the tone, the pacing, the emotion in their recitations! This is what I’m looking for!
Remember to read chs. 1 & 2 of Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice for Thursday!
We’ll be finishing Macbeth tomorrow. You are responsible for reading and comprehending the following passages on your own time:
4.3 (up to 160)
Be assured that you will be tested on passages from the above scenes…
For homework, memorise the first three lines of your poems and get ready to present them. Also, your play assignments are due at the beginning of class on Monday.
For homework, read 2.1 and 2.2 of Macbeth. Enjoy!