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Mid-Summer Hello!

I thought I would point out that there is still a whole MONTH of summer still left before we are back at school. Yay! Here’s a mid-summer shot of Neys Provincial Park, which is between Marathon and Terrace Bay on Lake Superior. It’s awesome. But then again, you’re awesome, too.
Enjoy every minute of summer.
If, however, you’re starting to think school, rest assured that I am, too. I’m excited about ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies. Are you in it? What would you like to learn? What do you already know? Tweet me @GeraldtonSteve and help me design a great class.
See you in a month!


This week is exam week at GCHS and my students are spending Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday rocking their English exams. Last week’s culminating projects were very well-received and the presentations in ENG3U – Grade 11 University English and ENG4U – Grade 12 University English were absolutely awesome.

Exams will be marked by the end of the week and then final marks and report card comments will be prepared by me and sent off to the office. Students should expect report cards, (which will be mailed home) in early July.

I’ve said it before but I’d like to say it again: Thank you to the Grade 11s and 12s who have been so amazing this semester. I wish you the best for next year and the years to come!

Have a wonderful Summer!

Fare Thee Well, #ENG3U #ENG4C #ENG4U

It is now the final week of regular classes at GCHS, which is hard to believe. We finished last week with our school commencement ceremony, where Gracie Mascotto delivered a really great valedictorian address encouraging graduates to go out and do good in the world. I’d like to echo Gracie’s message as we wrap things up.039

Students in ENG3U – Grade 11 University English will spend the week presenting their Independent Study Unit information. I’ve already seen many of the ISU essays and they’ve been great. Props to those who took advantage of descriptive feedback opportunities. I’m looking forward to hearing new ideas and interpretations of The Canterbury Tales. We will end the week with an exam review. The exam for this class is on Tuesday, June 21.

Meanwhile in ENG4C – Grade 12 College English students are wrapping up report writing for their Independent Study Unit on a social justice issue. Some students are a bit behind and all work must be completed by Wednesday, June 15 for acceptance. It is important that students use all available time – both inside and outside of class – to ensure expectations are met. We will also finish off the week with an exam review. The exam for this class is on Wednesday, June 22.

Finally, in ENG4U – Grade 12 University English we will begin the week with Independent Study Unit presentations. Students each chose two novels and I’m looking forward to the critical thinking and sharing that will undoubtedly occur this week as students defend their theses and provide insight about their novels. We will review the exam on Thursday and then on Friday, students will write an in-class essay as a component of their final exam. The exam proper will be written on Thursday, June 23.

If there are students who are missing assignments, struggling, or feeling the stress that usually comes around at this time of the year, please see me and we will try and work something out. Unfortunately, due dates for the ISU have limited flexibility because I need to mark them, the final exams, and prepare report cards before the end of next week.

Have a wonderful week, best wishes to all of my amazing students, and thanks for a great semester!

Final Weeks of #ENG3U #ENG4C #ENG4U

Hello! We are down to the final countdown at GCHS.

Students have been working hard to get the last few assignments done. Right now, all students are working (or should be working!) on culminating assignments. These include:

ENG3U Grade 11 University English: We’ve been focusing on The Canterbury Tales and students have been making some good connections between the text, the world, and their own experiences. It’s refreshing to see a group finding meaning so easily. Props to their awesomeness! All of the ISU written work is due on June 13 and that week, we will have presentations, which I’m looking forward to reviewing.

In ENG4C Grade 12 College English, we have been focusing on the “Social Issues” report, which involves students researching, organizing, writing, and presenting a social issue of personal interest. It’s been great to see people put their learning to work. These are due on June 15.

Finally, in ENG4U Grade 12 University English, we are finishing our Hamlet student-led seminars. We’ve been in some excellent discussions about the play’s elements and I appreciate everyone’s participation. We will transition back to the ISU tomorrow and next week. All written work is due on June 13 with presentations occurring for the remainder of the week.

Exams begin on Tueaday, June 21. If students need help, are missing assignments, or want to talk about success strategies, I’m available in class or via email. Otherwise, keep up the good energy. Summer is right around the corner.

Farewell, May. Welcome, June. #ENG3U #ENG4C #ENG4U

As of tomorrow, there are only fifteen classroom days left in the semester. That might come as a bit of a surprise for some students but the reality is that Spring always flies on by and then suddenly it’s the end of June. At this point, we are wrapping up in all three English classes as students complete Independent Study Unit work.

On a happier note, we’re all thankful for the hard work of the Greenstone Fire Department, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Management team, and other first responders for their hard work dealing with local forest fires this week.

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ENG3U Grade 11 University English students are working on The Canterbury Tales. Students will write a literary essay on one of the tales and then create a seminar presentation for the class. We have created success criteria that includes both being a presenter and a participant in other student’s presentations.

ENG4C Grade 12 College English students are completing an Independent Study Unit on social justice issues. Students will research and write a detailed report on an issue they choose and then create a visual accompaniment for the issue, with the end goal being to teach one another about the world around them.

ENG4U Grade 12 University English students will work through the remainder of Hamlet using resources such as No Fear Shakespeare and SparkNotes to independently build an understanding of the play. Each student will then put together a Hamlet seminar, which will be presented to the class to build an understanding of important parts of the play. Students are also working on their Independent Study Units, which are due on June 13. Presentations for this unit will occur during the last week of school. The first part of the exam will be written in class on Friday, June 17.

As always, I’m available for extra help, feedback, and all that good stuff. Students just need to ask. Have a great week!

Life is Good in #ENG3U #ENG4C #ENG4U

Life’s been awesome in every class this semester. We’re down to the last four weeks of class before exams – and the summer. Hard to believe. Though the work has been busy, I would once again like to give everyone a high five for their perseverance this semester. With the final crunch before us, I’m hoping we can continue pushing forward with high effort and happy faces. Here’s what’s shaping up for the next week:

ENG3U Grade 11 University English students just completing their Macbeth group performance tasks. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Students created the success criteria for the assignment, collaborated, performed, and gave one another feedback on their work. The results were amazing: students showed excellent knowledge of the play, went above-any-beyond with their performances, and expressed enthusiasm for the assignment. Here are some pictures from the groups:


Our next focus is on The Canterbury Tales and the Independent Study Unit. I’m excited to see what everyone creates!

In ENG4C – Grade 12 College English, we are halfway through Animal Farm. I’m impressed by students’ ability to make connections between the novel, the characters, Russian history, and the world around them. We’ve been having some great conversations about the novel and what it represents. We’ve also been exploring some ideas about equity, equality, and social justice – and I’m hoping to expand on these ideas as we move forward.

Students are asked to ensure outstanding assignments – especially the short story culminating tasks – are handed in.

ENG4U – Grade 12 University English students are well into Hamlet. We’ve been taking our time with the novel, annotating texts to build an understanding of what’s happening in the play. We’ve finished the first act and students have realized that they must put in effort, focus, and dedication to make meaning – but once the meaning is understood, we’re able to have some good conversations about the characters, plot, and relevance of the play.

Students are also working on their Independent Study Unit work. Deadlines for the assignments are fast-approaching. I’ve been conferencing with students regularly and they’ve had opportunities to use feedback from prior assignments to improve their work.

The Victoria Day long weekend is this weekend. The weather’s supposed to be really nice so hopefully everyone is able to enjoy it (and get work done, too!)