Reflective Statement Example

Here is a link to a sample assignment for the Works in Translation project. It’s got examples of the reflective statement as well as the other steps.

For comparison, look at this  reflective statement example(shared by Hannah Tyson, IB Literature maven, on the Online Curriculum Centre)

Please review these and let me know if you have further questions.

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On y va, mes amis!

English class just got a little bit French… Let’s have some fun with our Les Belles Soeurs unit!

For a look at Greek theatre and some snippets of Les Belles Soeurs productions, check out my Youtube playlist.

Later, we will be watching a half hour doc from the 70s that I found on the NFB site.  It’s so very weird and awesome, so if you need to watch it twice, click here.


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Lineation explained and explored

For those of you wondering about how line endings affect and effect meaning in poetry, give this a read:

lineation: an introduction to the poetic line

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Are you familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda?

Lisa: Pablo Neruda said that laughter is the language of the soul.

Bart: I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda.

Check our Google Classroom for the collection of poetry that we will be exploring this unit.  Then, enjoy Neruda Cats!

To see my example poetry commentary, click here

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Three Day Road Further Explorations

Please join our Google classroom – the code is tv8qnw4

The assignment and topics are there.

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Literary Analysis

Follow this slideshow  with the help of the handout provided in class.   Use the tips to do a close reading of “Coyote Columbus” by Thomas King.


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Starting with stories

The syllabus for this English class comprises myriad voices in literature.  One of the overarching themes in the course is the power of stories to reflect, embrace, and even create human experience.

“The Danger of a Single Story” will be our starting point in the class.  This is a Ted Talk by Chimamanda Adiche. From the TED site: “Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

Here’s the tedtalks handout, too.  The responses should be ready for next class.


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Welcome to ENG3U7!

As we commence the 2017-2018 school year I’m pretty excited to get to meet you all and introduce you to the wide range of texts we will be exploring this year.  This is a class where together we will enjoy and appreciate literature: we will read short stories, novels, plays, and poetry spanning 400 years and half the globe, listening closely to the myriad voices we find.

Below is an article to get you back in the English class mindset.  Please read it and be ready to discuss it in our second class:

How to become a better reader

Also, did I mention ALL THE READING?  For those of you worried about getting it done on time, I will be handing out all the course books within the first two weeks of school, so you can schedule your reading time accordingly.


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Magneto v. Professor X

Who plays Macbeth better?

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