ENG4U: Grade 12 English
Spring Term
May 27
- Review essay writing for the exam
- Here is a handy page with some useful resources.
- Here is a useful chart to write comparison notes.
- Prepare for exam.
- Prepare for exam. Good luck!
May 23
- Complete this survey on the game.
- Return all work.
- Begin review and think about connections between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and:
- Hamlet
- The Things They Carried
- Any poems we have studied
- Any short stories we have studied (The Book of Sand, A&P and Araby)
- Exam review.


April 18/19
- Discuss pages 14 - 41 with an emphasis on R.P. McMurphy.
- Complete this activity on pages 14 - 41
- Read to page 62 for next class.
 - Read t0 page 62 for next class.


April 16/17

- Take-up questions on "The Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong"
- Introduction and documentation for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
- Ken Kesey's biography.
- Discussion questions:
 - Speculate on the significance of the fog in this story. What do you think it may symbolize? How do flashbacks of the Chief's childhood help him find his way out of the fog?

- What relationship is the author suggesting between the blue tick hound and Chief Bromden?

 - Read and ANNOTATE to page 41 to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
- Generate 3 questions you have about the story.
- Underline 3 parts of the reading you enjoyed or would like to discuss in class.
 - Make sure you return all game related forms for next class!!

Unreliable Narrator - a narrator who may not be telling the truth or who may betelling only part-truths. Reasons for false storytelling are varied; narrators maybe sick, ill informed, deliberately or innocently misleading, or incapable ofunderstanding what is happening. Example: Chief Bromden, the narrator of OneFlew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is delusional and in a mental institution; therefore,the reader must question whether what he says is true.
Apr 12/15
- Respond to these questions on the "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong"
- Work on your passage analysis assignment. They are due on Wednesday April 24 and Thursday April 25.
 - Complete questions on "The Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong".
- Read to page 14 of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and bring your copy to next class.
Apr 10/11
 - Take-up activities on "How to Tell a True War Story" and discuss the story.
- Introduce final passage analysis assignment. Here is the rubric.
- Continue reading: "The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" "Stockings" and "Church".
- Catch-up with the reading and choose a focus for your passage analysis.
Apr 8/9
- Complete these activities on "How to Tell a True War Story". Here is the link to the short article and videos.
- Please read "The Dentist" and up to page 104 of "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" for next class.
- Complete activties on "How to Tell a True War Story."
- Please read "The Dentist" and up to page 104 of "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" for next class.


Apr 4/5

- Undertake a Harkness discussion on "On the Rainy River".
- Write 2 - 3 paragraphs about what your learned about the story based on the discussion.
- Read and annotate "Enemies", "Friend", "How to Tell a True War Story" for next class.
 - Write 2 - 3 paragraphs about what you learned about "On the Rainy River" from the Harkness discussion.
- Read "Enemies", "Friend", "How to Tell a True War Story" for next class.
Apr 2/3
- Discuss "Spin" and "Love"
- Write a paragraph or two explaining the importance of stories as per your reading of "Spin" and "Love".
- Read this handout on conscription in the Vietnam War.
- Read "On the Rainy River". As you read note the following"
- Three questions you have about the story.
- A line or paragraph you liked about the story.
- What elements you liked or didn't like about how the story was written.
All of these notes will be used to have a formal Harkness discussion on the novel next class, so please be prepared.
- Complete paragraphs on "Spin" and "Love"
- Read and annotate "On The Rainy River" according to the listed requirements.
Mar 27/28
- Write mini-test on "The Things They Carried"
- Discuss the story.
 - Read this intro handout to "The Things They Carried"
- Get together in small groups and fill in this chart.
- Read "Love" and "Spin".
- Complete chart for next class.
- Read "Love" and "Spin" for next class.
Mar 25/26
- Introduction to the Vietnam War and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
- Spend the first 10 minutes of class to omplete the first two columns of the KWL chart.
- Watch this short lecture video and this short video on the Vietnam War.
- Finalize the last column of your KWL chart.
- Read the first story: "The Things They Carried" for next class.
 - Complete KWL chart.
- Read "The Things They Carried"
- There will be a 5 point mini-test on "The Things They Carried"
Mar 7/8
 - Poetry Project Presentations.

 - Have a great holiday!

Feb 20/21
- Peer review each other's biographies.
- Continue to work on your poetry project by selecting a poem and beginning the proeccess of analysis. Please review this document on how to analyze a poem for details on how to fulfill each category of analysis. Have at least three categories of analysis complete for next class.
- Have at least three categories of analysis complete for next class.
Feb 19/20
 - Take up sonnet paragraphs.
- Finalize selections of poets.
- Introduce spoken word and poetry slams.
- Complete your poet's biography for next class.
*** Keep track of all your sources, as the poetry project will require a bibliography.
- Complete your poet's biography for next class.

Feb 13/14
- Complete Student Surveys for this course in the additional resources section.
- Take up Sonnet questions from last class.
- Choose a poet for your project for next class. Have a second and third choice in the event that it coincides with another classmates. Disputes will be settled according to homework record.
- Research and find one example of an Italian style and English style sonnet that we have not read in class. Choose one, write a paragraph description of what it is about and identify the volta.
- Complete the sonnet exercise.
- Choose three possible poets you would like to study next class. Disputes will be settled according to homework record.
Student Surveys:
 ENG4U - 2
Feb 11/12
- Take-up "To His Coy Mistress" paragraphs and activities on metaphors.
- Define Iambic pentameter. Make sure you understand the meaning of meter, syllables,  foot, stressed and unstressed.
- Now read this introduction to Sonnets.
- Read Edna St. Vincent Millay's Sonnet 42. Explain whether the sonnet is Shakespearian or Petrarchan and why. Where is the volta in the poem? In a few sentences, what is the poem about?
- Find and bring one example of the type of sonnet that the one above is NOT.
 - Answer questions about Sonnet 42.
- Find and bring one example of the type of sonnet that Sonnet 42 is NOT.
Feb 7/8
- Submit corrected Hamlet essays and "To His Coy Mistress" paragraphs on Turnitin.com.
- Take-up "To His Coy Mistress Paragraphs"
- Complete these activities on metaphors for the next class.
 - Complete all the activities on metaphors for the next class.
Explore this database of metaphors.

Feb 5/6
- Submit "The Fish" Questions on Turnitin.com.
- Take-up "The Fish" Questions.
- Read the childhood poems.
- Read "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell. Annotate and identify what the topic of each of the three stanzas.
- Write one paragraph about what you liked about the poem, including two lines you enjoyed.
- Write one paragraph about what you found challenging or unpleasant about the poem. Choose a two line you found difficult to understand.
**Post both paragraphs on your blog.
- Read "To his Coy Mistress" by "Andrew Marvell"
- Complete two paragraphs and post them om your blog.
Jan 31
/Feb 4
-  Announce Poetry in Voice.
- Discuss the act of writing.
- Redraft your poems according to Murphy's style sheet.
and answer these 9 questions for next class.
 - Complete the final draft of your poem for next class and post it on your blog.
 - Complete the questions on "The Fish" for next class.
Jan 29/30
- Return "Hamlet" essays and review feedback. Corrected copies will be due on Feb. 6/7. All corrections must be made, including content chages. All corrections must be highlighted on the new versions, and you must resubmit the original paper.
- Discuss the process of recovering and recording memories.
- Meet in small groups to discuss what you wrote. Some may choose to read out loud.
- Complete Part II of the Childhood Poetry Writing Assignment.
- Have your childhood memory poems ready for next class.
If there is time, we can read a few poems about poetry. (A True Poem, and The Poems I Have not Written)
Jan 27/28
- Submit your poetry reflection paragraphs on Turnitin.com.
- Complete Part I of the Childhood Poetry Writing Assignment.
- Complete Part I of the Childhood Poetry Writing Assignment.
Here are your three resource to look up poetic terms:
Jan 24/25
- Peer edit each other's free verse poems
- Share free verse poems.
- Read this piece on on childhood memories.
- Write three paragraphs on the following for next class. Have both a copy on a word document and post it on your English Blog.
1) What is the theme that both these poems share. How is their treatment of the theme similar and different?
2) Discuss uses of language and structure (rhyme, stanzas, rhythm) that you enjoyed in each poem.
3) Explain which poem you liked best and why.
 - Complete three paragraphs on the two poems for next class.
Jan 22/23
- Submit your questions and answers on "Hanging Fire" to Turnitin.com.
 - Take a few minutes to discuss your findings with a partner, and then we'll have a group discussion.

- Write a minimum 8 line free verse poem that begins with "I am fourteen..." for next class.
- Have your poem prepared for next class. You may be asked to read it!
- Two of the poems in the Billy Collins TED talks:

Jan 18/21
- Please complete these Essay Reflection questions and post both questions and answers to your blog.
- Complete poetry presentations.
- Take-up homework.
- Re-read "Hanging Fire" and annotate it using the three symbols you learned last class and answer these questions.
- Complete all activities on the agenda section for next class.

Jan 16/17

- Get into 6 groups, each group will discuss and take notes on ONE of the poems as they respond to these questions:

What did you like about the poem?
How did the poem make you feel?
Which words or phrase did you like?
What words or phrases need clarification?
What surprised you?
What do you think the poem is about?
***Devise a group definition of poetry, NOT a dictionary definition.

Each group will then present the poems. One group member will read the poem, and the rest will respond to the questions and read the group definition of poetry.
Answer the following questions:

1) Define who the speaker is in a poem? Are speaker and the poet one and the same? Why or why not?
2) What is free verse poetry? Find a definition online, read this poem and explain why it is an example of a free verse poem.

Jan 14/15
- Please submit your Hamlet essays in hard copy and on Turnitin.com.
- Complete the Poetry Anticipation Guide and take it up.
-  Read each of the poems in this brief collection. Annotate the poems with the following symbols:
* - This word or line is interesing/notable/cool
! - This is something important
? - I don’t get it: I don’t understand this line or phrase.

Finally, choose two poems and fill this chart. Here is a sample chart for "Eating Poetry"
- Read all six poems, complete annotations and the charts for TWO of the poems.
Jan 10/11
- You will peer review the rough draft of each other's Hamlet essay using the same rubric that will be employed once your final draft is submitted.
- Once this process is complete, please work on your final draft, which is due next class.
 - Complete and PRINT the final draft of your Hamlet essay for next class. It should have a Works Cited page and cover page. Please check the English Department site for formatting details prior to dubmission. Don't forget to include your peer editing sheet!

Jan 8/9
- Complete the conclusion of your Hamlet essay and review your first draft.

- The first draft of your Hamlet essay must be prepared for peer review next class.
*** The final, printed copy of your essay is due on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16.

Dec 18/19

- Submit intro paragraph AND first section on Turnitin.
Peer edit first section and look for:
- Complete sections 2 and 3 of your body for next class.

Dec 14/17
- Submit intro paragraphs on Turnitin.
- Review and peer edit intoductory paragraphs
- Write first body sections for next class.
- Complete first body section for next class.
Dec 12/13
- Review the end of Hamlet.
- Check and work on improving thesis statements for the essay.
- Draft supporting statements and finalize introductory paragraphs with thesis statements.
 - Finalize introductory paragraphs for next class for peer review.
Dec 10/11
- Discuss key passage in Hamlet Act 5.1
- Submit second round of quotes charts onTurnitin.
- Take up paragraph responses.
- Read and annotate 5.2 (finish the play) for next class and take your final quotes and notes.
- Choose which question on which you will write your essay and have a thesis statement for your essay prepared next class. Here is an excellent overview as to how to write a successful thesis statement.
- Read and annotate 5.2 (finish the play) for next class.
- Take your final quotes and notes.
- Choose which question on which you will write your essay and craft a thesis statement.
Dec 6/7
- Write Act 3 mini-test
- Check for quotes and annotations. Submit quotes charts onTurnitin.
- Read and annotate Act 5.1
- Once you have read it, please write a well structured paragraph to answer the following question:

Write about a situation in which you might have said, "I've done what I could, whether right or wrong. Now the rest is up to Fate." How did you feel once you had decided you could not do anything more? Looking back, do you think you were right? What did you mean by "Fate"?
- Read and annotate Act 5.1 and add quotes and notes based on your reading.
- Write the paragraph based on the questions. You may be randomly chosen to read it in class, so do a good job!
Dec 4/5
- Discuss the end of Act 3
- Continue to read Act 4
- Listen to Act 4 scenes 1 - 4

- Complete reading and ANNOTATING Act 4
- Study for Act 3 mini-test
- Your books will be checked for annotations next class.
Nov 30
Dec 3
- Discuss Act 3 and have a Pecking Party.
-  Read and annotate Act 4 scenes 1 - 4.
- Read and annotate Act 4 scenes 1 - 4. Continue to gather quotes and notes.
*** There will be a mini-test on Act 3 on December 6th and 7th.
Nov 28/29
- Take up Act 2.2 question in class.
- Listen to 3.1 in class.
- Complete reading Act 3 for next class.
- Read and annotate the rest of Act 3 for next class.
- Choose 3 quotes and make notes for each of your two questions.
Nov 22/27
-  Survey class for question and quote selection an discuss Act 2.1.
- Complete 2.2 questions on Act 2.2. Please complete reading the act for next class.  
 - Finish reading Act 2 and complete Act 2.2 questions.
- Continue to gather quotes and notes for your essay.
Nov 20/21
- Write mini-test
- Submit your work on 1.5 onTurnitin.
- Take-up Act 1.5 Activities. Here are the Hamlet essay questions and tracking chart.
- Listen to Act 2.1 in class and complete
 - Read and annotate Act 2.1.
- Select 2 essay questions and choose 2 quotes for each one from Act 1.
Nov 16/19
- Submit your work on Act 1.3 and Act 1.4 onTurnitin.
- Take-up 1.3 and 1.4 in class.
- Read the summary in Act 1.5 Activities, read and annotate Act 1.5 in your text and then complete the activities.
 - Study for the mini-test next class.  
- Complete reading, annotation and activities for Act 1.5.
- Study for mini-test next class.
Nov 14/15
 - Use Turnitin to submit 1.2 activties.
- Take-up 1.1 and 1.2, as well as check for annotations in your hard copies.
- Read and complete activites for 1.3 and 1.4.
- Remember to annotate as you read.
 - Complete reading, annotation and activies for 1.3 and 1.4.
- There will be a mini-test on Act 1 scenes 1 -4 on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21. The test will be based on both reading and homework.

Nov 8/13
- Turnitin and take up Act 1.1 activities.
- Read Act 1.2 lines 1 -39 and complete this close analysis of the text.
- When you have completed thes close analysis questions, read and ANNOTATE the rest of 1.2.
 - Complete 1.2 close reading questions
- Read and annotate the rest of the scene. I will be checking your books for annotation.
Nov 6/7
 - Read Act 1.1
- Complete Act 1.1 activities
- You can find a complete version of the play here.
 - This is a complete version of the text with line numbers.

Oct 31/
Nov 1
- Unpack the first line of the book.
Show examples of "snapshots" from previous FW projects.
- Review how to use Google Sites.
- Get together with your group to work on FW project.
- Continue work on Finnegan's Wake project.
- SECTIONS 2 & 3 have an extension until Thursday, November 8th. Any group that gets theirs in on time will receive a 5% bonus.
Oct 26/29
- Write mini-test on The Book of Sand, Araby and A&P.
Introduce a range of tools to help with the FW Projects:
Finnegans Web: A wiki based guide for FW.
Finnegans Wake Searchpage: Several useful search tools to find words, images and cross-reference information.
The Search Engine Room: One of the best FW search engines.
Look here for a long list of references to HCE and ALP
- Work on Finnegans Wake project.
- Work on Finnegans Wake projects.
Oct 24/25
- Take-up questions on A&P and discuss the story.
 - Review and begin work on the FW project.
- Prepare for the mini-test and work on the FW project.
 - The FW project is due on November 5th and 6th, depending on your section.
Oct 22/23
- Submite your A&P questions on Turnitin.com.
Take-up introduction to FW.
- Introduce the Finnegans Wake project, create groups and choose the section your group will unpack. Please see the Additional Resources section for rubric.
- There will be a content mini-test on The Book of Sand, Araby and A&P on Friday, October 26 and Monday, October 29.
- Review the stories for the test on Friday, October 26 and Monday, October 29.
Finnegans Wake Project Rubrics:

Oct 18/19
- We will be taking up ALL the submited work related to Finnegans Wake for next class. Please cut and paste your 5 words to the end of the questions of the Finnegan's Wake song and submit it on Turnitin.com.

 - Read John Updike's A&P and ONLY answer the questions 1 - 6 on the same document. Also, write a paragraph describing how the story relates to Joyce's Araby.
- We will resume Finnegans Wake next class.
 - Read A&P and answer the questions for next class.
Oct 16/17
- Please submit your Introduction to Finnegans Wake Part II on Turnitin.com.
Read the lyrics and listen to Finnegan's Wake, the Irish folk song performed by the Dropkick Murphys. Please answer these questions on the song's lyrics.

Read and listen to the opening pages of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake to page 6
- Choose any 5 invented words from the first three pages (pages 3-5)and provide plausible explanations/definitions for each. Feel free to research any component of the words you choose, or also propose your own interpretation.

Example: VENISOON (I.3.10): "very soon"; "venison" (wild animal killed by hunting); "Venus's son" (Cupid/Eros); "veni" (Latin: "I came", or "come") + soon = "I came soon" or "Come soon".
- Complete the questions on Finnegan's Wake, the song,  for next class.
- Complete your unpacking of 5 words of the first few pages of Joyce's book.
* Gentlemen, Turnitin is working  as of Wednesday, 8:37AM. For those who sent me their work on First Class, submit when you have time by Friday. For the rest, please submit as required.
Oct 12/15
- Please submit your Introduction to Finnegans Wake document on Turnitin.com.
- Now, you will embark on the second introductory document on Finnegans Wake.
- Have all activities completed for next class.

Oct 10/11
Submit your Joyce biography paragraph from class 10 on Turnitin.com.
- Please read this document thoroughly and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. Your understanding of Finnegans Wake may depend on it! Please complete the work on the document itself. You do not have to print it.   
- Complete the Introduction to Finnegans Wake Activities for next class. You will be asked to submit your work on Turnitin.     
Oct 5/9
- Create a blog at blogger.com. Make sure that your blog title has your name and the course code ENG4U.
- Transfer the good copy of your Araby reflection to your blog.
- Take-up and check paragraphs on Joyce's biography.
- Watch the 40 minute bio-pic on Joyce.
- No homework! We will begin Finnegans Wake next week.
Link to Google Doc where you must place your blogger address
Oct 3/4
- IT will join us today to set-up your school based Google accounts.
 - Please Turnin the rough draft of your reflection of Araby.
- Check and peer edit you 500 word reflection on Araby. Once you are done making the changes, save your work. You will post the final copy to a blog we will create next class.

- Finally, read this brief introduction to James Joyce. His life and work were intimately tied, so reading about his life will help you understand Finnegans Wake. Write one well structured 150 word paragraph about any aspect of his life you find unusual or interesting.
- Complete final draft of your Araby reflection.
- Complete your paragraph commentary on any aspect of Joyce's life. You may be asked to read this during next class, so make sure you are proud of your work!
Oct 1/2
- Register for Turnitin.com.
- Undertake a Harkness discussion for Araby.
- Write a final 500 word reflection of your reading of Araby based on the following criteria:
1) Brief introduction: What was your initial impression of Araby? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?
2) Discuss 1 - 2  specific selections from the story that your thought were interesting or noteworthy.
3) Did your impression of the story change upon study, rereading and Harkness?
4) Did you learn anything new from your study of  Araby? Has it changed your perspective on life and/or literature? Discuss.
- Complete the 500 word reflection on Araby for peer editing next class. Remember: this is a ROUGHT DRAFT. Next class it will be your first English blog posting.
Sept 26/27
- Break into groups of 3 and 4 and take-up the questions from last class. Discuss your answers and make changes according to the information being exchanged. Make sure you refer to the text in the event of a dispute.
- Complete the post-reading analysis of Araby for next class.
Sept 24/25
- Collect Portmanteau Narrative
- Take-up homework on literary ambiguity
- Brief introduction to James Joyce.
- Read Joyce's Araby
- Complete questions and activities on Araby for next class.
Sept 20/21
- Check and peer edit the Portmanteau Narrative Fragment.
- Re-draft you piece to include portmanteau words. You piece will be graded according to this rubric.
- Please reasearch the word "ambiguity" as a literary term? In a concise 200 word paragraph:
- Define literary ambiguity, state its advantages and disadvantages and apply it this verse from W.H. Auden's poem Archeology:

"Knowledge may have its purposes,
but guessing is always
more fun than knowing."

Also, find one literary example of ambiguity and bring it to class.
- Complete final draft fo Portmanteau Narrative for next class. Please PRINT it and include a proper COVER PAGE.

- Complete your writing assignment on ambiguity.
Sept 18/19
- Check and take-up Portmanteau Activities.
- Please read the two following texts:
 - Begin work on your Portmanteau Narrative Fragment.
** We will ONLY focus on the Salmon of Wisdom story in the Fionn McCumhaill section.
- Complete your first draft of the Portmanteau Narrative Fragment for next class. Please PRINT and DOUBLE SPACE the document for peer editing.
Portmanteau generators:
Sept 14/17
- Check and take-up annotation of Chapter 6 of "Through the Looking Glass".
 - Complete the Portmanteau activities for next class.

- "Must a name mean something?"Alice asked doubtfully?
Sept 12/13
- Take-up nine "Jabberwocky" questions.
- Read Chapter 6 of "Through the Looking Glass" and annotate the text and take notes on elements that focus on language, words and meaning.
- Please find and record one example where language is being used precisely and another where it is ambiguous.
 - Read Chapter 6 of "Through the Looking Glass" and mark-up/take notes on the text. Please carry this out on a hard or digital copy of the text itself.
- Here is a full text version of chapter 6 of "Through the Looking Glass".
Sept 10/11
- Check, peer edit and correct mirror as symbol writing assignment.
- Read "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, and listen to the Michael Haynes reading.
 - Please respond to these questions on "Jabberwocky".
 - Please complete the nine questions on "Jabberwocky" for next class.
- Make the corrections to your peer-edited writing assignment and print the final draft.
Sept 6/7
- Review Formatting Expectations.
 - Please read and annotate The Book of Sand and write a 250 - 300 word response to this question: What do you think is symbolized by the book obtained by Borges? Please support your argument with at least one citation from the text.
 - Read the The Book of Sand and prepare your response. Your response MUST be printed BEFORE class.