In Term 4, we will be reading non-fiction.
It is important to learn to read non-fiction effectively. All of your school textbooks are non-fiction, and reading for understanding comes with practice.

Your assignment (including a sample) is below. You got this handout in class.


Here are the topics and the students who will be preparing an article and worksheet for the rest of us to do. Don't forget that I need your completed worksheet and answer key at the latest the day before you present!

Topic
Date to hand in article, worksheet and answer key
Students whose project is due
Date we'll read your article
Date completed worksheets must be submitted
Homelessness
April 30 (Thurs) by lunch
Areet
Jasneet
Gagan
Simmy
Harneet
May 1
May 5 (Tues)
Cyberbullying
May 14 (Thurs) by lunch
Puneet K
Alicia
Manpiya
Kulwarn
Jasan
May 15
May 19 (Tues)
Immigration to Canada
May 21 (Thurs) by lunch
Mandeep
Tavleen
Tanawin
Andrew
Garry
May 22
May 26 (Tues)
War
May 28 (Thurs) by lunch
Puneet G
Manjot
Mackie
Simren
Josh
May 29
June 2 (Tues)
Workers' Rights
June 4 (Thurs) by lunch
Sarah
Jaskarn
Gurvir
June 5
June 9 (Tues)
Environmental Law
June 11 (Thurs) by lunch
Harman
Sukhman
Rohit
Reese
Prabhjot
June 12
June 16 (Tues)

FAQ
1. What if two students choose the same article?
What if they do? There are SO MANY articles on these topics (that's why I picked them) that it is very unlikely you will choose the same article (unless you plan to). If you did, by some miracle, choose EXACTLY the same article, your worksheets will be COMPLETELY different anyway.

2. What if homeroom is cancelled for an unscheduled assembly?
Come pick up your articles and your worksheets as usual. They will be here, waiting for you.

3. What if I am away one Friday?
That's why you have until TUESDAY to get your responses in. You can pick up the sheets on Monday and get them done. (Or, if you are more organized, you can have a friend gather up your copy and bring it to you over the weekend.)

4. What if I am away the Thursday my worksheet/answer key is due? OR What if I'm away on a Tuesday?
Get it done ahead of time and give it to me the month, week, or day before it's due. Then it's done, you don't have to worry about it, and the problem is solved.
If, however, you aren't organized enough to be done ahead of time, you have a few choices: get a friend to hand it in to me; get a parent to drop it in the office for me; fax it to the school addressed to me, etc. I don't recommend email, because there's no guarantee I will check it.
Much the same logic can be applied to completed worksheets--get them in! Hand them in by the end of the day Friday, on Monday, or have someone drop them off on Tuesday.

5. When we complete the worksheets (in homeroom), do I have to complete the one I made up?
No; that's why you made an answer key (you already have completed it!). That week, you will do one fewer worksheets than the others. Simply write, "my worksheet" on the top and leave it blank.

6. What was that about missing assignments and reading logs from terms 1, 2, and 3?
If you have missing reading logs, you can make them up by coming to my class before school (I'm usually here by 7:15) or after school (I'm usually here until at least 4:00). Read for 20 minutes, then complete ONE Makeup Reading Log, and go.
If you have missing term projects, you can make them up in the same way.
I am looking in to Saturday school for those who have handed in nothing/very little. Stay tuned.

At the end of term 3:
Number of students in our class
28
Number of A's
9
Number of B's
5
Number of C+'s
1
Number of C's
3
Number of C-'s
1
Number of I's
9
Highest mark
99%
Lowest mark
9%
Class average (mean)
56%