Close to the Final Stretch in #AVI3O #ENG1D #NBV3E

Hello, folks! Here’s hoping the Victoria Day long weekend provided you with some time to have some fun and get some rest. We’re in the final swing of things as May only has two weeks left and then, BOOM! It’s June. Here’s what’s happening:

AVI3O – Grade 9 Art: Students will finish their printmaking this week. Some of the relief blocks are looking awesome. It will be great to have them printed, matted, and framed for everyone else to enjoy. This will be followed with the Independent Study studio unit. For this assignment, students will have to:

  • Choose an art style or art period, (i.e. post-modern, cubism, modern photography, etc.)
  • Choose a medium for their work, (i.e. acrylic, clay, watercolour, etc.)
  • Create an artistic statement: What do they want to accomplish?
  • Design and complete a piece of studio work covering the above points
  • Provide a self-reflection/art criticism for their piece

Finally, students are reminded to check with me this week to ensure all other work is completed and caught up. This includes the Art History Presentation Project from a few weeks back.

ENG1D – Grade 9 English: We are about halfway through “The Merchant of Venice” and I am confident that most students are understanding the play. First, let’s talk about resources. I am encouraging students to take some time to ensure they understand the plot, conflict, characters, and themes that are revealed within the play. To help, remember to check out Sparknotes – “The Merchant of Venice” and No Fear Shakespeare – “The Merchant of Venice”. We will continue having class discussions about each act. Students are responsible for creating notes as we forge ahead. There will also be a short quiz this week on Acts 1 and 2.

NBV3E – Grade 11 Aboriginal Beliefs and Values: The class is enjoying “The Rez Sisters”, which is what I expected. We are in the middle of the play now, which is the point where students start connecting with some of the characters and their actions. We have covered some pretty deep, powerful, and emotional topics. We are going to continue working through the play and I will be providing students with some short activities to help build an appreciation for the messages that the playwright, Tomson Highway, is trying to communicate.

The final culminating project for this class will be handed out next week. This project involves creating and organizing a series of events for National Aboriginal Day. It has several parts to it, so I want to ensure students have a fair amount of time to complete the work.

That’s it for this update. Progress Report #2, the final one, will be provided to students on Friday, May 22. Otherwise, if you have any questions or contacts, please let me know!

Enjoy your week.

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