Ladies and Gentlemen… It’s 2015! Happy New Year, everyone!
A new year also means a mere three weeks until the first semester comes to a close. That means if you’re behind in your work it is absolutely important to meet with me to discuss how your credit can be rescued. I am usually available at 12:05PM Activity Period, as well as before and after school.
As the semester winds down, here’s what to expect:
ENG3U Grade 11 English: Students will be working on a blend of ‘Beowulf’ and their Canterbury Tales Independent Study Units this week and next. A reminder that the ISU presentations are scheduled for the week of January 12-16 unless arrangements to present earlier (due to absences) have been made. Please review deadlines for the other components of the work.
When it comes to presentations, you are expected to do more than just read off a PowerPoint or Prezi. A good example is to do some thinking about how you can make your presentation engaging and interesting to your audience (and me). Here are some suggestions:
- Make your visual elements uncluttered. Eliminate unnecessary content
- Don’t simply read off PowerPoint/Prezi slides. You should have key points on your slides and then elaborate/speak more about them
- Include something for your audience to do: Could be a discussion, answer questions, etc. that you moderate
- Practice ahead of time to check for timing
- Check out online resources, such as this one: http://aaude.org/system/files/documents/public/air2010.pdf and this one: http://www.wikihow.com/Deliver-Effective-Presentations
…And, on the topic of “Beowulf”….
Here’s a good introduction to “Beowulf”, provided by the popular “Thug Notes” series:
ALC1O Grade 9 Art: We will be completing any outstanding printmaking assignments as we return to class and then transition to acrylic paint on canvas paper, using Woodlands Art as a guiding inspiration.
ENG2P Grade 10 English: Our class will do a wrap-up of “Romeo & Juliet” before we spend some time with short writing, including poetry. We will also be devoting two days to the Grade 10 Literacy Test practice, in advance of the scheduled test date in March.
Once again, Happy New Year. I hope your holiday break was fun and relaxing – but now it’s time to get things going to ensure this semester is successful!