FYI: Midterms

Midterm exams are 2 weeks away.

ESLEO Midterm: Wednesday, October 16
ENG3U Midterm: Thursday, October 17

Start studying now, and make sure you’re in class on those days! We’ll talk more about the midterm in the next week or so, and we’ll have in-class review time before the exam.


ENG3U Journal “Test”

Hi everyone,
Here are the rubric and instructions for tomorrow’s journal-style test. Sorry for the late upload. You’ll receive the poem tomorrow, and you will have to analyze it (without a dictionary; but the vocabulary’s easy!) when you see it for the first time.

ESLEO Song Research

Greetings! Here are some site you can use to research the context and historical topic for your poem. Remember, Wikipedia is not a good research tool, but you can use it this time to help you understand the background of your song. Do not copy sentences directly from the internet for your outline: you must put all your research in your own words.

“An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay”: history
“Cortez the Killer”: Song details, history
“Grim Cathedral”: Song details, history
“Wheat Kings”: Song details, history

ESLEO & ENG3U Homework

ESLEO: Prepare for your oral interviews. Remember that you cannot bring any notes, so you must be ready to answer each question before you arrive. Bring to class: your oral interview marking sheet, the words to a Canadian song, and a book.

ENG3U: Finish your Venn diagrams (the two circles to compare the poems). Write a thesis statement for your essay: one sentence to explain the connection between the theme of “Sometimes My Body Leaves Me” and the theme of “Up”. Be on time for class tomorrow: we have a special guest coming for a presentation tomorrow.

Banned Books Week

Dear Class,

This week, Sept 22-28, is Banned Books Week. It is a week to celebrate the freedom to read, and to raise awareness about the value of information and the harm of censorship. Banned Books Week is about supporting “the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular”. Banned books are books that are often forbidden–or that people want to make forbidden–in schools and libraries.

If you have read Harry Potter, you have read a banned book. If you studied The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you have read a banned book. If you raced through The Hunger Games with Katniss or fell in love with a vampire in Twilight, you have read a banned book.

When you read, remember how powerful words can be. People ban books because they are afraid of how an idea may influence someone. Books can change the world: stand up for their right to.

Have a look at these quotations from authors whose books have been banned. Which quotation interests you the most? Leave your answer in the comments.