The Merry, Merry Month of May! #ENG3U #ENG4C #ENG4U

It’s already the mid-point of May. All three classes are working on collaborative literature studies and all classes are doing really, really well. It’s a fun, engaging kind of learning.

ENG3U – Grade 11 English students are just wrapping up their culminating project in Macbeth. Students are working in groups to rework two scenes of the play and create performances for the class. Other groups will then provide descriptive feedback using our success criteria. The expectations and the assessment have been almost completely shifted to the students. We also had some fun doing some quizzing of the play’s final scenes using Kahoot, an online competitive quiz tool.


In ENG4C – Grade 12 College English, we have started our study of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. In this unit, students will learn about critically analyzing a novel and making connections between the text and the world. In order to make this work, we first had to do some background learning. This was accomplished using this great YouTube video on the Russian Revolution:

We also used some PowerPoint resources we found online. We will use a seminar model to discuss sections of this short novel.

Finally, ENG4U – Grade 12 University English students have finally finished Ishmael and have now begun studing Hamlet. I’m looking forward to students building an understanding of the play, interpreting meaning, and making connections outside of the text. We’ll use a combination of performance tasks, group readings, and seminar discussions. I can’t wait!

As always, I wish everyone a great week. Keep up the good work. There’s only five weeks of class left before exams and believe me – that time will go by very, very quickly. Let me know if you have comments, issues, or questions!


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