Category: English 9 Weekly News

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 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)

Eng 9 – What will be due as of Mar 15?

Homework – (IE) Insufficient Evidence (not at least attempted), (P) Attempted, (X) Approximated, (IN/MA) Completed/Mastered

  • HW#1, HW#2, HW#3, HW#4, HW#5, HW#6

Speed Writes – (IE) Insufficient Evidence (not at least attempted), (P) Attempted, (X) Approximated, (IN/MA) Completed/Mastered

  • SW#1, SW#2, SW#3, SW#4, SW#5, SW#6, SW#7, SW#8, SW#9, SW#10, SW#11, SW#12, SW#13, SW#14, SW#15, SW#16, SW#17, SW#18, SW#19, SW#20

Quizzes – (IE) Insufficient Evidence (not at least attempted), (P) Attempted, (X) Approximated, (IN/MA) Completed/Mastered

  • Quiz #1, Quiz #2, Quiz #3, Quiz #4

Assignments – (IE) Insufficient Evidence (not at least attempted), (P) Attempted, (X) Approximated, (IN) Completed, (MA) Mastered

  • Short story report (overview to be posted)
  • Poetry reflection report (overview to be posted)

Essays – (IQ) Insufficient Quality (not at least attempted), (MQ) Minimally acceptable quality, (SQ) Satisfactory quality, (GQ) Good quality, (VQ) Very good quality, (EQ) Excellent quality, (OQ) Outstanding quality

  • Expository Essay
    • Expository Essay Assignment Overview (to be posted)
    • Expository Essay Assignment Rubric (to be posted)
  • Mid Term In-Class Writing Test (part of the Mid Term Exam)
    • Mid Term In-Class Writing Test Overview (to be posted)
    • Mid Term In-Class Writing Test Rubric (to be posted)

Exams – (IE) Insufficient Evidence (not at least attempted), (IU) Initial level of understanding – attempted, (PU) Partial level of understanding – approximated, (CU) Complete level of understanding – 100% of concepts and skills are demonstrated, (SU) Sophisticated level of understanding – 100% mastery of concepts and skills are demonstrated at the sophisticated level

  • To start the exam, you must at least attempt the MT Packet (MT#2-MT#28, MT#35-MT#38) (preparation packet), view all three films (in-class, during make up, or with signed note from home + 5-paragraph summary), and at least partially complete the expository essay, short story report, and poetry reflection report
  • Learning Story Test (open note)
    • Mid Term Learning Story Test Rubric (to be posted)
  • Key Concepts Test (memorized skill/concept portion of the test, closed book and closed note)

Mid Term Grades

  • IE (Insufficient Evidence)
    • All Homework, Speed Writes, Quizzes, and Assignments are not at least attempted
    • All Essays not at least Minimally acceptable quality (or not at least attempted)
    • All exam portions do not demonstrate at least an initial level of understanding – i.e. not at least attempted
  • Emerging (Initial Level of Understanding), must meet all of the following criteria:
    • All Homework, Speed Writes, Quizzes, and Assignments at least attempted (P or higher)
    • All Essays at least Minimally acceptable quality (MQ or higher)
    • All exam portions demonstrate at least an initial level of understanding – i.e. attempted (IU or higher)
  • Developing (Partial Level of Understanding), must meet all of the following criteria:
    • All Homework, Speed Writes, Quizzes, and Assignments at least approximated (X or higher)
    • All Essays at least satisfactory quality (SQ or higher)
    • All exam portions demonstrate at least a partial level of understanding – i.e. approximated (PU or higher)
  • Proficient (Complete Level of Understanding), must meet all of the following criteria:
    • All Homework, Speed Writes, Quizzes, and Assignments at least completed (IN or higher)
    • All Essays at least Good, Very Good, or Excellent quality (GQ or higher)
    • All exam portions demonstrate at least a compete level of understanding – i.e. completed/proficient (CU or higher)
  • Extending (Sophisticated Level of Understanding), must meet all of the following criteria:
    • All Homework, Speed Writes, Quizzes, and Assignments at least mastered (IN/MA or MA)
    • All Essays at Outstanding quality (OQ)
    • All exam portions demonstrate a sophisticated level of understanding – mastery (SU)

English 9 Week Update Feb 20-23

Tuesday Feb 20

  • Read “The Outsiders”
  • Speed write: Should scenes be deleted from today’s film? (SW#10)
  • Overview of resources for writing the expository essay
  • Watch “Shakespeare in Love”

Wednesday Feb 21

  • Read “The Outsiders”
  • Speed write: The purpose of writing an essay (SW#11) (this will be on the exam)
  • Read “The Giving Tree” (a learning story about this will be on the exam)
  • Learning story: Theme, Topic, Sub-Topic, Focusing Question, Theory, Thesis, Key Ideas (MT#13)
  • Focus funnel (this will be on the exam)
  • Preparing stage for the expository essay (MT#14)

Thursday Feb 22

  • Read “The Outsiders”
  • Speed write: Should scenes be deleted from today’s film? (SW#10)
  • Overview of resources for writing the expository essay
  • Watch “Shakespeare in Love”

Friday Feb 23

  • Read “The Outsiders”
  • Speed write: Which was your favourite film? (SW#12)
  • Notes: Thinking About Thinking (MT#16)
  • Quiz #3 Study Guide
  • HW#3 (due on Monday instead of today) – He Likes to Dance and Like a Prayer
  • Preparing Stage for Research Paper (MT#7)
  • Handouts – Short story report and Poetry reflection report
  • Work block (40 minutes to start work on the expository essay)

Next Week

Informal Progress Report – Coming Soon

  • The first informal progress report will be emailed home on Mar 4 (only if you have not completed the expository essay on time)

Catch Up Afternoons (Mar 5 and Mar 7)

  • If your expository essay is not completed on Mar 4, plan to work the afternoons on Mar 5 and Mar 7 (early release days) to finish the expository essay
  • You cannot complete the Mid Term exam until you have completed the expository essay (you will need to first finish the essay and then will make up the exam later)

Mid Term Exam Week – Coming Soon

  • The Mid Term Exam is Mar 11, 12/14, 13, and 15
  • There are three sections to the exam:
    • Learning Story (you must at least partially complete the expository essay, short story report, and poetry reflection report to write this part of the exam)
    • In-Class Writing Test (essay on the films – you must view all films to write this part of the exam)
    • Key Concepts (memorized portion of the exam)

Eng 9 Weekly News (Feb 12-14)

Monday Feb 12

  1. Speed write. Read “The Outsiders”. Silent reading of YA novel.
  2. Quiz #2.
  3. Conferences (small group check-in). You will have your folders 100% in order today.
  4. Poetry packets (new) and learn how to write the short story report and the poetry report (new).
  5. Homework #1 will be passed out. It is due tomorrow.

MAKE UP – AFTER SCHOOL

  1. View the film “All Is True” if you missed it.
  2. View the film “Romeo and Juliet” if you missed it.

Tuesday Feb 13 (NOTE: change in schedule…regular 4-class day)

  1. Speed write. Read “The Outsiders”. Silent reading of YA novel.
  2. Read essays and short stories. Prepare for the expository essay and document working through the wondering stage of the writing process.
  3. Do the preparing stage of the writing process for the expository essay. You will do this in 1:3 conferences with Mr. Kertes. You will write your focusing question for the expository essay.
  4. If you miss this conference, the make up day is Tuesday Feb 20 after school. This conference is required as part of the expository essay assignment and must be done in-class or on the make up afternoon. Be sure to schedule an appointment if you want to complete the make up on Feb 20.

Wednesday Feb 14

  1. Speed write. Read “The Outsiders”. Silent reading of YA novel.
  2. Read essays and short stories. Prepare for the expository essay and document working through the wondering stage of the writing process.
  3. Do the planning stage of the writing process for the expository essay. You will do this in 1:3 conferences with Mr. Kertes. You will write your outline for the expository essay.
  4. If you miss this conference, the make up day is Tuesday Feb 20 after school. This conference is required as part of the expository essay assignment and must be done in-class or on the make up afternoon. Be sure to schedule an appointment if you want to complete the make up on Feb 20.

NOTE: No school Thursday or Friday and no school Monday next week.

  • No homework due this week (other than late homework from before).
  • No quiz next week. But there is a quiz this week (Feb 12).

Feb. 5-19 Update English 9

Monday

Tuesday/Thursday

  • Speed Write (3 min)
  • The Outsiders (6 min)
  • Film: All Is True (1 hr 41 min)
  • Break (5 min)
  • Notes on Romeo and Juliet and All Is True (themes) (45 min)
    • Focus Tools:
      • Focus Funnel
      • Theme
      • Topic
      • Subtopic
      • Focusing Question
      • Thesis (the point, your theory, your way of emplaning, the answer to the focusing question)
      • Supporting Questions
        • How … connections?
        • How … processes?
        • Why … reasons?
        • Why … reflections?
      • Supporting Ideas (3)
        • Connections –> Descriptions (filler)
        • Explanations –> Descriptions (filler)
        • Reflections –> Descriptions (filler)
    • Form of a 3-section paper
  • Pack Up (1 min)
  • Silent Reading (7 min)

Wednesday

  • Speed Write
  • The Outsiders
  • Silent reading (short story) or Small group conference (homework)
  • Break
  • Finish One Good Man
  • Pack Up
  • Silent Reading

Friday

Welcome to English 9 (Term 2 2023-24)

Screen shot from Romeo and Juliet (1996 version) (Tues/Thurs film)
  • Monday 1/29
    • Term 1 Make Up Day
  • Tuesday 1/30 – First Day of Term 2
    • Speed Write
    • Start novel study (The Outsiders)
    • View Romeo and Juliet film
    • 5-minute break (at approx 11:00 AM or 2:30 PM)
    • Discussion on the theme “the power of love”
  • Wednesday 1/31
    • Speed write
    • Novel study
    • Lesson: One Good Man (pdf – password)
    • 5-min Break
    • Lesson: Start expository essay (due March 1), start silent reading (a daily activity), go over homework (due this Friday)
    • Pack up
    • Silent reading
  • Thursday 2/1
    • Speed Write
    • Start novel study (The Outsiders)
    • View Romeo and Juliet film
    • 5-minute break (at approx 11:00 AM or 2:30 PM)
    • Discussion on the theme “the power of love”
  • Friday 2/2
    • Routine continues (speed write, novel study, lesson, break, lesson, pack up, silent reading)
    • Lesson: Writing as a system part 1
    • Homework is due: Doesn’t Every Poet Write a Poem about Unrequited Love?
    • Start next week’s homework – due most Fridays (see course calendar)

Next Week

  • We will go over the course outline, rules and routines, grading, and seat assignment on Monday
  • There is a quiz on the Five Fs and the Levels of Analysis (LOAs) on Monday
  • We will watch a film about the life of William Shakespeare on Tues/Thur (to help prepare for the expository essay)
  • Be sure to read ahead: The Laundry Basket (Lee Maracle), Haida Gwaii (Thomas King), and The Promise (Richard Van Camp) – all relate to the theme “the power of love” and will all be part of a later assignment (Textual Analysis Essay)

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.