Category: Eng 9 .T2 2023-24

Mid Term Final Update

The next test for the Mid Term Final is the in-class writing test. For this test, you will write an expository essay that is focused on an idea common to all three of the films. This essay is not about the films. Instead, it is about an idea. You will then develop the idea, using examples that include the films and other texts.

The original plan was to have a memorized portion focused on key terms. Based on the progress on Monday, I changed the test for Part 2. You will now start with a 20 minute speed write that reflects your knowledge of the system for writing an essay, including the 4 subsystems and the related cognitive tools. You do not need to memorize the study guide for this. Just come prepared to discuss your writing process and plans for the expository essay. We did this for classes that started on Tuesday and it worked well.

Friday’s schedule is changed, too. Instead of doing the key concepts test, you will have more time to work on your in-class essay test. At the end of this, you will write another speed write that demonstrates that you know how to use the systems, models, frameworks, and cognitive tools for writing an essay. We will do a new test (focused on the key concepts) on Friday April 5.

The April 5 Key Concepts Test will not change your grade for Term 1. It will be a Term 2 test, even though it’s done before the start of Term 2. That is because you will benefit from doing a required preview test for when you will need to complete the key concepts test for the Unit II Test and the Final Exam – but it’s too late in Term 1 to make this test change your grade. The timing for assessing the key concepts is all that has changed – these are still required concepts for the course. We will wait until April 5 to focus more on memorized understanding of the key concepts. Until then, we’ll focus on using the writing process to write an essay.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the week:

Period 2/4

  • Wednesday – Start the in-class writing test (speed write + essay work time)
  • Thursday – Work on the in-class writing test (essay work time + conferences)
  • Friday – 60 minutes for the in-class writing test + 20 minute speed write (key concepts)

Period 1/3

  • Wednesday – Work on the in-class writing test (essay work time + conferences)
  • Friday – 60 minutes for the in-class writing test + 20 minute speed write (key concepts)

Eng 9 Week Update Mar 4-8

Monday Mar 4 – Expository Essay Due Today

  • Period 1 – 8:45-10:05
    • Grade Assembly 8:50-9:15
    • Work Day 9:15-10:05
    • Turn in expository essay by 3:01 PM today
    • Sample Mid Term Exam packet is available today
    • Email home at 3:15 PM today if your expository essay is not at least partially completed and/or if you have missed any films
  • Period 2 – 10:13-11:33
    • Turn in expository essay by 3:01 PM today
    • Sample Mid Term Exam packet is available today
    • 10:15-11:30 – Course Selection Sessions
    • Email home at 3:15 PM today if your expository essay is not at least partially completed and/or if you have missed any films
  • Period 3 – 12:13-1:33
    • Work Day 12:13-1:33
    • Turn in expository essay by 3:01 PM today
    • Sample Mid Term Exam packet is available today
    • Email home at 3:15 PM today if your expository essay is not at least partially completed and/or if you have missed any films

Tuesday Mar 5 – Early Release or Eng 9 Catch-Up Afternoon

  • Period 1 – 8:45-10:10 AM
    • Work Day (expository essay, short story report, or study for exam)
  • Period 3 – 10:25-11:50 AM
    • Work Day (expository essay, short story report, or study for exam)
  • Catch Up Afternoon – 12:30-3:01 PM
  • SPT Interviews – 6:30-8:00 PM
    • Note – There will also be student-led conferences for students in Eng 9 with Mr. Kertes on these dates (sign up here):
      • Monday Apr 15 from 5:30-9:00 PM
      • Tuesday Apr 16 from 3:15-6:00 PM
      • Wednesday Apr 17 from 5:30-9:00 PM
      • Thursday Apr 18 from 5:30-9:00 PM
      • Friday Apr 19 from 3:15-6:00 PM

Wednesday Mar 6 – Mid-Term Exam Review (+Theories of Narrative and Outlines)

  • Period 1 – 8:45-10:05
    • Mid-Term Exam review
    • Outlines
    • Theories of Narrative
  • Period 2 – 10:13-11:33
    • Mid-Term Exam review
    • Outlines
    • Theories of Narrative
  • Period 3 – 12:13-1:33
    • Mid-Term Exam review
    • Mid-Term Exam review
    • Outlines
  • Theories of Narrative

Thursday Mar 7 – Early Release or Eng 9 Catch-Up Afternoon

  • Period 2 – 8:45-10:10 AM
    • Work Day (expository essay, short story report, or study for exam)
    • Course Selection (expect to be called to the MPR at some point this morning)
  • Period 4 – 10:25-11:50 AM
    • Work Day (expository essay, short story report, or study for exam)
  • Catch Up Afternoon – 12:30-3:01 PM

Friday Mar 8 – Mid-Term Preparation Day

  • Prepare for the Mid-Term Exam
    • Repeat of “The Giving Tree” lesson (take notes for the Learning Story Test)
    • Go over the packets that will be part of the exam (advance reading)
    • Go over the notes (notes that you can bring to the exam for certain portions)
    • Review the films (including going over scripts and passages)

Next Week – Mid-Term Exam Week

If you have not at least partially completed the expository essay, you will work on this during the exam and can start the exams once the essay is at least partially completed. You can then make up missed exam portions on the Make Up Day (Apr 22) or on a Homework Help (most Mondays after school, be sure to schedule an appointment).

If you have missed a film, you will view the film before starting the exam. You will do this during the exams and can later complete the exams on the Make Up Day (Apr 22) or on a Homework Help (most Mondays after school, be sure to schedule an appointment).

  • Monday Mar 11:
    • Learning Story Test
  • Tuesday Mar 12, Wednesday Mar 13, Thursday Mar 14:
    • In-Class Writing Test
  • Friday Mar 15
    • Key Concepts Test

Eng 9 (1/3) Update Feb 27

Today was a long day for Per 1 and Per 3 Eng 9.

The entire period was focused on writing the expository essay.

Mr. Kertes conferenced with each student to go over the essay and students’ other work so far for the term. The first Informal Learning Update will be provided on Wed Feb 28. The next one goes out on Mar 4, which is the due date for the essay.

We will continue working on the essay on Wed Feb 28.

Eng 9 Feb 26 Update

Today we:

  • Continued The Outsiders novel study reading
  • Looked over the calendar and adjusted some of the due dates
    • The expository essay is still due Mar 4
    • The short story report is now due Mar 8
    • The poetry reflection report is now due Apr 5
    • You must view the film before you can start the Mid Term Exam
      • Watch it in class (attend class on the day of the viewing)
      • Watch in homework help (most Mondays after school, be sure to schedule this), on a Catch Up Afternoon (12:30-3:00 on Mar 5 and Mar 7) or on a Make Up Day
      • Watch at home (get parent/guardian note + write 5-paragraph summary essay of the film)
      • Watch during test day and then make up the test during homework help, catch up afternoon, or make up day
    • You must have at least partially completed the expository essay before you can start the Mid Term Exam
  • Went over the study guide for the Mid Term exam
  • We did not have time to go over narrative theory, so this will not be part of the expository essay (we will cover this on Friday so that you can use this part of the cognitive toolbox for the next essay, including for the Mid Term exam in-class essay)
  • Completed Quiz 3
    • What are the levels of analysis?
    • What is metacognition?
    • How is metacognition used in this class?
    • Who was Lev Vygotsky?
    • What are the levels of the “ZPD Target”?
    • Draw the ZPD Target and Cognitive Toolbox.
  • Completed Homework 4
    • Write a 3-4 sentence summary of the article on Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” song.
  • Completed Speed Write 13 (Metacognition)
  • Completed Speed Write 15 (Expository essay idea)

Here are photos from the board:

Eng 9 Feb 26-Mar 1 Weekly Update

Mon Feb 26

  • NOVEL STUDY
    • “The Outsiders”
  • LESSON 1
    • Quiz #3 (this will be quick and you do not need to study for it)
    • Homework #4 (we do this together in-class and you do not need to do it before class)
    • Poetry Packet #3 and #4 (quick overview)
    • Poetry Packet #5 and #6 (quick overview)
    • Prepare for Homework #5 (due Friday Mar 1)
    • Prepare for Homework #6 (due Friday Mar 8)
    • Prepare for Quiz #4 (study guide will be provided – the quiz will be on Fri Mar 1)
    • Mid-Term Exam Study Guide (preview only – review day is next week on Wed Mar 6)
  • STUDY HALL
  • LESSON 2
    • Theory (rigorous and systematic thinking that explains how or why)
      • Narrative Construction of Reality (Bruner)
      • My Conversations with Canadians (Maracle)
      • The Truth About Stories (King)
    • Review the Six Stages of Writing
    • Review the Five Fs
    • Review the Levels of Analysis
    • Review Systems- Thinking
  • SPEED WRITE
    • SW#13 – Metacognition
    • SW#14 – Narrative Theory

Tues Feb 27

  • NOVEL STUDY
    • “The Outsiders”
  • LESSON 1
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Essay Writing Process Conferences
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 2
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Essay Writing Process Conferences
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 3
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Essay Writing Process Conferences

Wed Feb 28

  • NOVEL STUDY
    • “The Outsiders”
  • LESSON 1
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Progress Report Conferences
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 2
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Progress Report Conferences
  • SPEED WRITE
    • SW#15 – Big Idea

Thurs Feb 29

  • NOVEL STUDY
    • “The Outsiders”
  • LESSON 1
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Essay Writing Process Conferences
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 2
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study
    • Essay Writing Process Conferences
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 3
    • Work Day – Work on Expository Essay, Short Story Report, and/or YA Romance Novel Study

Fri Mar 1Short Story Report Due

  • NOVEL STUDY
    • “The Outsiders”
  • LESSON 1
  • STUDY HALL (5 min)
  • LESSON 2
    • Narrative Theory
  • SPEED WRITE
    • SW#16 – Importance of Theory

Next Week – Mar 4 to Mar 8

  • Mon Mar 4 – Work Day (Expository Essay is due today)
  • Tues Mar 5 – Work Day (early release, unless you have missing work)
    • Students with missing assignments are expected to attend the Catch Up Afternoon today (12:30-3:00)
  • Wed Mar 6Review Day for the Mid Term
    • Self-Assessment Activity
  • Thurs Mar 7 – Work Day (early release, unless you have missing work)
    • Students with missing assignments are expected to attend the Catch Up Afternoon today (12:30-3:00)
  • Fri Mar 8Mid Term Exam Prep Day (pre-readings and notes)
    • Self-Assessment Activity Make Up

Mid Term Exam Week – Mar 11 to Mar 15

Mid Term Exam study guide (PDF)

If you have not viewed the films yet, you can do this during the Exam Week starting on Mon. If you have not at least partially completed the expository essay, you can do this during the Exam Week. Once the films are viewed and the expository essay is at least partially completed, you can start the exam. There is a make up day on April 22 or on most Mondays after school. You can make up any missed days of the exam during one of these make up days.

  • Mon Mar 11 – Learning Story Test
  • Tues Mar 12 – In-Class Writing Test
  • Wed Mar 13 – In-Class Writing Test
  • Thurs Mar 14 – In-Class Writing Test
  • Fri Mar 15 – Key Concepts (closed note, memorized portion of the exam)

Mr. Kertes is an English teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, at Charles Hays Secondary School - home of the Rainmakers.