Hello, everyone! The tail end of September has arrived without warning and time is, as usual, flying by. We are already in our third week of the semester! Classes are running well and students are doing an amazing job of applying their learning. Here’s a run-down of the plan for this week:
ENG2D – Grade 10 Academic English students will continue developing an understanding of essay components and conventions. The work focuses on argumentative essays and especially writing effective thesis statements and supporting paragraphs. I will be sharing a variety of tools with students to help them through the process. Students will have some time in class but will be expected to work at home to do some additional writing and polishing. Next week, I’d like to start the novel study Lord of the Flies so students should also be reading. Here is the assignment and some planning resources:
ENG2D – Essays – Argumentative Essay
ENG2D – Essays – Argumentative Essay Checklist
ENG2D – Essays – Writing Body Paragraphs
ENG2D – Essays – Point-Support-Explain Paragraph Planner
ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies students have been working on the Scratch programming tool, first getting familiar with the tool’s features through some tutorials and trial-and-error learning, and then by creating a custom side-scrolling game in the style of Super Mario Brothers or Flappy Bird. Check out this example by Logan F. It’s amazing!
This week, we will wrap up our exploration of Scratch with a practical unit test where students will create en even more complex game. Then, it’s on to something new!
Don’t forget to check out the Resources/Links section of the website as I have added a bunch of stuff. If you have suggestions for more sites, let me know!
Have a great week!