About Ms. H

Teacher of English and Drama. B.A. (English, Drama) ; B.Ed. (English, Drama, ESL) ; TESL Canada

Terry Fox Update

For the ESLEO students who read Run (and 3U’s interested in Canadian history), the Globe and Mail newspaper has an interesting video about what’s happening to some of Terry Fox’s possessions. You can watch it here.

Enjoy the nice snowy afternoon, and good luck with the rest of your exams!


The End

Congratulations on finishing the semester! It’s been fun teaching you, and I hope you enjoy your next semester.

If you would like to look at your ISP or final exam, or you want to know your final grade in the course, drop in between 9:30 and 10:30 for mark consultation on Friday. I’ll be in the English office on the 2nd floor.

Final Exams (ESLEO & ENG3U)

The final exam is a test of your skills and whether your are ready and able to move on to the next level of English. As such, it will be a little bit different from the midterm. The final exam will not test your memorization of facts about what we have studied. It will not focus on regurgitating answers I have already given you in class. It will test your ability to apply the reading and analysis skills we have practiced in class. This will still require some knowledge of content and vocabulary, so please take a look at the information below to see what you need to study for the final exam.

Part 1: Sight Reading (reading & answering questions about a text you have never read before)
Part 2: Advertisement Analysis
Part 3: Long Answer (2 paragraph comparison of a theme)

What to Study
Texts: “Little Red Riding Hood”, Run, Catching Fire
Vocabulary & ideas: satire, sexist, selfish, media triangle, logo, slogan, focal point, target audience, surface vs. hidden message, underestimate, marathon, amputee, artificial, characterization, techniques, P.E.E. structure

Example Long Answer Question
How can we learn from our mistakes? Write 2 paragraphs in P.E.E. structure, supporting your answer with examples from Run and Catching Fire.

Part 1: Sight reading (short story)
Part 2A: Sight reading (poem)
Part 2B: Literary devices
Part 3: Essay

What to Study
Texts: 12 Angry Men, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire
Things to review in your notes, handouts, and powerpoints: elements of literature, literary devices, poetic structures (ode, sonnet, etc.), Aboriginal cultures, P.E.E. structure, essay structure

Example Essay Questions
How do gender roles affect society in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire?
What is the role of prejudice in 12 Angry Men and The Hunger Games?

ENG3U ISP Referencing & Research FAQ

1. A note on references
Since your short stories were provided on a handout, please use the MLA formatting for a handout when you make the works cited entry for your ISP story.

Author’s Family Name, First Name. “Title of Story.” Handout. Name of School. City, Year handout was given. Medium.

Doe, John. “Interesting ISP Story.” Handout. The Toronto School: Toronto, 2013. Print.

2. Assignment sheet update
Since you are not actually taking notes, and you just have to find quotations, the marks on your assignment sheet (under student-teacher conferences) will be changed to the following:
3. Two quotations have been found from two different sources
4. Research notes have been quoted properly
5. Quotations are an appropriate length

3. Research FAQ
Q. How many quotations do I need?
A: 2. 1 from each of 2 different sources.

Q. Do my sources need to be a book and a website?
A: No. You can use two books, two websites, or any combination of academic sources that you want.

Q. Do I need to explain my quotations by Thursday?
A. No. On Thursday you just need to show me that you have found 2 quotations from 2 different sources, and that you have recorded the publication information for the source (it doesn’t need to be in proper works cited format yet; as long as you’ve written it somehow you’ll get the mark)


Happy November, students!

I know many of you have been starting the process of university applications, and that it can be rather daunting! Feel free to talk to me any time about your choices — I’m happy to everything from just answering a few questions to making up a list of schools and programs that might fit what you’re interested in. In the mean time, here is some information that might help you search for the right school for you:

Understanding the Canadian System: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Which school is the best?
A: In Canada, there is no single school that is considered “the best”. (Seriously! I’m not just saying that!) Some Canadian universities are more famous internationally, but a huge number of Canada’s best schools are ones you may not have heard of!

Q: But I want a good job. I need to go to U of T!
A: That’s not really a question. In any case, a more famous school DOES NOT lead to a better education or a better job. All Canadian universities will give you a top-quality education, and once you have your degree, nobody in Canada will care which university you went to.

Q: Why would I want to go to a medium or small school?
A: Smaller schools in smaller places mean smaller class sizes. Who cares? Smaller classes mean more one-on-one time with professors, something that can be particularly helpful when you’re trying to navigate a new system in a country where you aren’t a native speaker of the language.

Q: Does Canada have any fun cities other than Toronto?
A: Yes, yes, yes! Canada’s 5 biggest cities are: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Calgary. However, some of the cities known for having awesome university experiences aren’t necessarily the biggest! Check out the variety of responses in sources like Macleans (summarized in this article). Also this site. For example:
Most satisfied students: UWO (large), Guelph (medium), Acadia & many others (small)
Highest enjoyment of city: Montreal (McGill), Toronto (many!), Sherbrooke (Universite de Sherbrooke), Calgary (U of C, MRU), Wolfville (Acadia)
Best campus atmosphere: McMaster& UWO (large), Guelph (medium), Nippising/Bishop’s (small)

Q: How can I learn about other schools in Canada?
A: Talk to me! Also, below is a list of some schools you might not have heard of that are known for having excellent programs. You can then use the website SchoolFinder to search for your desired program, and see which schools offer it! (Make sure you only select “Canada” and “University” or “College” depending on what kind of school you want)

Here’s a list of some popular schools in Canada, but it is by no means comprehensive! To see all of Canada’s universities, go to this website!

The Internationally Famous Schools
University of British Columbia (British Columbia)
University of Calgary (Alberta)
University of Western Ontario (Ontario)
University of Toronto (Ontario)
University of Waterloo (Ontario)
McGill University (Quebec)
Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia)

Excellent Canadian Schools: Large
British Columbia: Simon Fraser, University of Victoria
Alberta: University of Alberta
Saskatchewan: University of Saskatchewan
Manitoba: University of Manitoba
Ontario: Brock, Carleton, Guelph, McMaster, Queen’s, Ryerson, Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier, York
Quebec: Concordia
Newfoundland: Memorial University

Excellent Canadian Schools: Medium
Alberta: University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University
Ontario: Trent, Windsor
New Brunswick: University of New Brunswick
Nova Scotia: Saint Mary’s University

Excellent Canadian Schools: Small
British Columbia: University of Northern British Columbia
Quebec: Bishop’s
New Brunswick: Mount Allison University
Nova Scotia: Acadia University, CBU
Prince Edward Island: UPEI

Missing Hunger Games Lesson

On Tuesday, we will not have our regular 3U lesson because of pumpkin carving in class. We will move Tuesday’s in-class assignment to Wednesday, and get rid of Wednesday’s lesson.

Wednesday’s lesson was going to focus on how celebrities construct their images of themselves, and how this relates to the relationship between Katniss and Haymitch. Please review the notes and questions below, and if you are uncertain about anything, leave a comment on the post or find me during class (or lunch, or period 4).

Mysterious Disappearing Lesson: Condensed Online Version
Think about some major celebrities. Do you think their identities are authentic and self-created, or are they a type of character created by somebody else?

When Katniss is in District 12, she does not care about what other people think about her, because she is too focused on supporting her family. When we discussed gender roles, we noted that Katniss often changes her behavior to affect how people think about her once she volunteers as a tribute. These changes are part of the way that she creates her celebrity “identity”. What identity does Katniss create for herself during training (and in the games)? What identity does Peeta create? How does Haymitch help control these identities?

What are Haymitch’s duties as a mentor?
When Katniss is in the arena, we do not see Haymitch directly, but he can still communicate with Katniss. How does Haymitch tell Katniss what to do during the games?
Why do you think Haymitch sends medicine, but will not send Katniss water?
What would you want to send Katniss if you were a sponsor watching the games?
**Note: Haymitch’s actions during the games are yet another difference between the book and the movie. The movie has a 3rd person P.O.V., so we see Haymitch networking with the sponsors to get things for Katniss. In the book, we only see Katniss’ point of view.**

This concludes our online lesson. Talk to me if you have questions, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

ENG3U Midterm

Midterm date: Thursday, October 17

Multiple Choice
Short Answer
Poem Analysis

Texts to Study
Unit 1: The 3 creation myths (Pangu, Sky Woman, Genesis), “The Shivering Tree”, “Jacob”
Unit 2: “Holy Sonnet 10”, “Ode to My Socks”
Unit 3: Twelve Angry Men

Concepts and Vocabulary
Unit 1: Types of creation myth, Aboriginal history, elements of literature, essential questions
Vocab: myth, elements of literature terms (from handout)
Unit 2: spoken word poetry (from Inali’s workshop), theme, tone, analysis, context
Vocab: literary devices (from handout; e.g. personification, allusion…)
Unit 3: how a jury works, reasonable doubt, prejudice, elements of literature
Vocab: jury handout (court, trial, jury, defendant, accuse, evidence, bias, foreman, judge, doubt, unanimous, guilty, hung jury)