Welcome – ENG4U

TIMETABLE CORRECTION: Period 1 is from 8:30-12:00. Period 2 is from 1:00-4:30.

Welcome to the new semester! This blog will be used to keep you updated with important information about English 4U for the spring semester. Permanent links to media studied in class are available in the drop-down menu for 4U (hover your mouse over ENG4U, then select “Readings and Media”).

For your first assignment, please complete the survey below.


The End!

Congratulations on finishing your semester! It’s been a blast teaching you in drama this term, even if we were a tiny little class! I hope you had as much fun as I did experimenting with the different ways we can look at drama. If you’re going back home to China, have an excellent summer, and keep in touch about how university is going :)

Mark Consultation:
Friday, April 19, 9:00-1:30 (drop in any time!)
Location: Ms. H’s classroom (or the English office on the 2nd floor)

I will be away from April 22-26. April 19 is your last chance for in-person discussions.

Canadian Culture Break!


Calgary’s Folk Festival: all these people arrived in the morning to stake their claim on a good spot for Great Big Sea’s evening concert

You might know that Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Drake, and many other famous singers come from Canada… but I’m betting that you’re missing out on my favorite Canadian superstars.

One of (in my opinion) the best forms of Canadian music comes from the east coast. Their folk music is based on the Celtic traditions from Scotland and Ireland. Much of the music relies heavily on fiddling and traditional drums.

So, just for fun, here are some of my favorites, to broaden your Canadian horizons!

Great Big Sea
(Full disclosure: this is my favorite band. As of tomorrow I will have seen them in concert 5 times — but it’s not just me; they’ve got a huge fan base throughout the country!)
Great Big Sea does everything: traditional folk songs, celtic folk-pop, more mainstream celtic-inspired pop/rock, and more!

Traditional Celtic Fiddling
Natalie MacMaster: “Catharsis” (drama challenge: define “catharsis”!)
Natalie MacMaster and the ridiculously talented Yo-Yo Ma: “Christmas Jig”

So there you go. Now you’ve learned a little more about music from Atlantic Canada!

Final Exam

Drama Exam: Wednesday, April 17 (in class)

Format: 50 marks total
15 multiple choice questions
10 matching (people) questions
1 timeline question (4 marks)
15 short answer marks
3 stage questions (6 marks)

Foundations & Physical Theatre: 9
Building Character: 7
Theatre History: 18
Technical Theatre: 6
Musical Theatre: 10

How to Study
All content is based on the powerpoints we went through in each class. The video clips may be helpful to remind you of certain concepts, but you will not be tested on the videos (except for Rent and Hairspray, which will be on the exam). You do not need to remember specific dates, but you will be asked to place each historical period along a timeline that will be provided for you, so be prepared! There is no vocabulary section on the test, but your knowledge of specific vocabulary will still be relevant for some questions.

Why Isn’t Each Unit Represented Equally?
Not all drama concepts work well in test format. Things like technical theatre and characterization are best tested through practical methods. Your final evaluations are broken down as follows:
10%: ISP (play analysis & set design)
10%: Scene study
10%: Exam
As a result, you have had a balanced assessment of your knowledge of texts, practical skills, and theory/history, but they aren’t all represented equally in each assignment.

I Still Have Questions!
Email me or post a question in the comment and I’ll be happy to answer :)