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Wednesday, February 24

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    WelcomeOn thisWelcome
    website you will find course materialsis archived and handoutsis no longer used for the courses taught by Mrs. Cousar at Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School. Choose your course in the menu on the leftstudent assignments. All ATSS students should be able to see course outlines, handouts,access their assignments and due dates and more!through Google Classroom. See Mrs. Cousar for your Classroom code, if you need it. Thanks!
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Tuesday, September 15

  1. page ASSIGNMENT CHOICES edited ... Radio exchange. Your character calls in to a radio show for advice. Choose which show your cha…
    Radio exchange. Your character calls in to a radio show for advice. Choose which show your character would call in to, and then create the conversation he or she would have with the radio advice giver. Be sure to have your character discuss at least one problem at length. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Movie recommendations. From all the movies you have seen in the last few years, pick five you would recommend that your character see. Give a brief summary of each movie in your own words, and explain why you think the character should see it.
    Title Acrostic. Take a large sheet of paper (11x17 inches; in the third drawer by the "in" door) and write the title of the book down the side of the paper. For each letter in the title, construct a complete sentence that begins with the letter, and that tells something significant about the story. Be sure your completed project shows significant understanding of the story!
    Simplified storyboard. If your book is NOT a graphic novel and has NOT been made into a movie only! Create a series of nine drawings in nine squares that shows the significant events of the novel. Under each picture or cartoon, write a few lines of explanation. Why were these the nine most important pieces to choose?
    Word collage. Write the title of the book in the center of a sheet of paper (no smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches; no larger than 11 x 17 inches in size). Then look through print magazines, advertising flyers, newspapers, etc. for words, phrases and sentences that illustrate or tell something about your book. As you look, think in terms of the theme, setting, and plot line, as well as characters. Work to get fifty such words, phrases, or sentences, so the whole sheet of paper will be covered. The visual impact of the collage should tell a potential reader a lot about the book. In other words, visual design is just as important as the words themselves!
    Talk show on issues in the novel. Create and perform a talk show around one of the major issues or themes in the novel. For example, after reading The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher (1987, Dell), you might want to discuss the issue of running away from home. Include people to represent several points of view on the issue. You might include characters from the book, a social worker, a police office, a gang member, etc. You will hand in a copy of your script as well as either a recording of your talk show (audio or video) OR you may perform the show live (you will have to recruit other people to play the parts in your show, of course).
    Dream vacation. Where do you think your protagonist (or group of important characters) would like to go on a vacation? Pick a spot, describe it, and explain why he or she would want to go there. Use the Internet to investigate what is available to see and do in that area. Then write a day-by-day itinerary of what the character would do each day and why you think the character would enjoy this activity.
    kinds of mementoesmementos and souvenirs
    drawing the mementoesmementos he or
    Soundtrack. After reading a novel, figure out how you would divide the book up into sections. Then select a piece of music that you think captures the feel or tone of each section. Record the pieces. For each section of the novel, explain with a paragraph or two what is happening in the novel during each piece of music and why you felt this piece of music fit the section of the novel.
    Twenty questions. Imagine you are going to play twenty questions with friends. Three friends are each assigned the role of one of the characters in the book. You and the rest of the class have to figure out which person is which character. Only twenty (20) questions may be asked. Create the questions that you and your classmates can use to figure out the identity of each of your friends. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    File a complaint. Write from the point of view of a character in the novel who you feel was portrayed in a racist or sexist manner. Write up a complaint explaining what you feel was unjust in your portrayal and explain the actions you would like the author to take to fix it in the next edition of the book. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Tangible or intangible gifts. Select a character and figure out what two or three things you believe the character most needs or wants. Draw pictures to represent these "gifts" and write to your character an explanation of why you picked these things out for him or her. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Point of view column. Write an opinion column like those that appear on the editorial page of the newspaper. Choose a theme or topic from the novel you just read and write the column from the point of view of one of the characters. Your character might write about the importance of education, or why we should accept people who are not like us, or...? Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Character monologues. Select an event in the story that characters have different views on. For example, Petra, Bean, Colonel Graff and Ender, from Ender's Game all have different views on Petra's failure during the group's final examination. Then, write up two or three characters' opinions on the same event in the form of monologues (one character on stage talking to him/her self. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Make up a word test for the novel. Choose fifteen words that are essential to understanding the story. Explain why you picked the words you did and how you would define them in terms of the story.
    Answering machine message. Answering machine messages (and voicemail outgoing messages) can be pretty creative, and reflect the interests and individuality of the owner. Select five characters from the novel you have just read and create an answering machine message from each of them. Pay especial attention to diction and tone. Creative writing; no citing necessary.
    Name analysis. Select a few of the characters (no fewer than three) from the novel. Look up the meaning of their names to see what they mean. Write all the meanings down, and then write a short essay for each character explaining in what ways the name is suitable for the character, and in what ways the name does not fit the character.
    Family history. Create the history of the family of one of the main characters in your novel. For instance, in And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, what was Vera Hawthorne's life like growing up? What major events affected her family? How were things like holidays and birthdays celebrated? What is important to this family?
    Detective work. Not suitable for detective/mystery stories! If a detective or police officer suddenly showed up in your novel, who or what would the officer be investigating? Write about what the detective is looking for, how he or she knew something was up or needed investigating, and what he or she recommended.
    The dating game. Imagine that some of the characters are writing up resumes so they can appear on "The Dating Game" game show. What would they say about themselves and what would they say they would like in a significant other?
    Create a character's room. We learn a lot about people by what they keep in their closets, what they have on their walls, and what they select to put in a room. Select a character you know well and create a living room, bedroom, kitchen or some other room that would mean a lot to that character. Draw it and write about it, explaining why you designed the room as you did (why those colours, those pieces of art, those...).
    iPOD playlist. Think of a character you know well. Design his or her favourite iPOD playlist. Be sure that the collection includes music that expresses as many aspects of the character as you are aware of. Explain why you chose each piece of music with a short paragraph.
    Timeline. Make a time line of the major events in the book you read. Be sure the timeline follows good timeline rules (especially a consistent scale!). Use drawings to illustrate the events along the timeline. Include at least 10 events and write a bit about why each was important.
    Setting change. Change the setting of your book in some significant way. For example, if your book was set in the Wild West, imagine it was set in modern-day England. How would changing the setting affect the events and characters in the book?
    Paper doll. Make a paper doll likeness of one of the characters in the book you read. Design at least three complete costumes for this character. Next, write a paragraph commenting on each outfit; tell what the clothing reflects about your character's personality, the historical period and the events of the book.
    Political speech. Pick a provincial or national issue. Compose a speech to be given on that topic by one of the major characters in the book you read. Be sure the contents of the speech reflect the character's personality and beliefs.
    Reflections. Complete each of these eight ideas with material that grows out of the book you read. Write at least one paragraph for each, explaining them fully.
    Movie ideas. Only if your book has not been made into a movie. Imagine that you are the author of the book you just read. Suddenly, it becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the characters, plot, conflicts, etc. would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles.
    Which is better? Only if your book has been made into a movie--and it had to be a book FIRST, not a novelization of a screenplay. Once you have finished your book, watch the movie version (watch several versions, if there have been many made). Compare and contrast the book with the film version(s). How are they the same? How are they different? Which changes make the story better? Which changes weakened the original story? Rate all the versions you have read/seen.
    nonfiction book in an earlier term,first semester, and choose
    for a second, third, or fourthsecond assignment.)
    Graffiti. Take a large sheet of white paper (11 x 17 inches, third drawer down by the door) and use a ruler to put in lines so the page resembles a brick wall. Using markers, pencil crayons, magazine cutouts, or paints, write graffiti about the book on the wall. Be sure that you show a detailed knowledge of the book through this medium.
    Stage play. Imagine that the book has been made into a stage play, and you are the set designer. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include an explanation of the scene.
    Going somewhere? Pretend that you are going to join the characters in the story. What things will you need to pack? Make a list, and explain your choices. Think carefully--you will be there for at least a week, and there is no going back home to get something! You must be able to carry your packed luggage yourself.
    Take care of Rover. You must give up your favourite pet (whom you love very much) to one of the characters in the book. To whom would you give your dear animal? How do you know that this character will treat your pet well?
    Political office. Nominate one of the characters from your book for a political office at the municipal, provincial, or federal level. Which office should they run for? What are the qualities that will make the character good at the job? How do you know he or she has these qualities?
    Deleted scenes. Not for books with a movie version. Write a scene that should have been included in the book, but wasn't. How would your scene affect the rest of the book?
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Thursday, September 10

  1. page ASSIGNMENT CHOICES edited Literacy 10Assignment Options Don't forget that you must complete three different assignments, fo…
    Literacy 10Assignment Options
    Don't forget that you must complete three different assignments, for three different books, one per term (in terms 1, 2, and 3). Also, rememberRemember to cite
    Character astrology signs. After reading brief descriptions of the astrology or sun signs, figure out which signs you think three of the main characters from your book were born under. Write an explanation of why you think they fit the sign, drawing on their actions, attitudes, and thoughts as recorded in the book.
    Heroes and superheroes. Select two or three people your protagonist would consider especially meaningful heroes or superheroes. Describe the characteristics of the hero and why those characteristics would be important to your character. Also describe which characteristics your character would most want for himself/herself that the hero or superhero possesses.
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Wednesday, September 2

  1. page English 9 edited English 9 ... for this year's semester's English class Literary paragraph writing (this will…
    English 9
    for this year'ssemester's English class
    Literary paragraph writing (this will be our first unit...the others aren't in order).
    Short stories
    study (Ender's Game(Whirligig by Orson Scott Card)
    Independent (choice) reading
    Essay writing -- I-search (as opposed to RE-search).
    Paul Fleischmann)
    Play study ("Master Harold"...and the Boys by Athol Fugard)

    Public speaking
    If there is time, we may also have a media studies unit.
    Most assignments will be posted online in the Google Classroom set up for your class. See your paper course outline for the class password. We will set up our Google Classrooms in the first week of the course.
    Please note: students are expected to attend class EVERY DAY unless they are seriously ill. Students are responsible for finding out what they missed and getting caught up in a timely fashion, should they miss a day.
    Getting you caught up is not your teacher's responsibility--it is YOURS. Make sure there are at least two people you can ask for assignments. "I didn't know about it because I was away" is not an acceptable excuse for incomplete work or unpreparedness for a test.

    Marks Determination:
    Your classroomfinal mark is divided as follows:
    30% Assignments
    35% Tests and Quizzes
    35% Writing
    This mark is 80% of your final mark, with
    broken down:
    10% Formative Assessments ("basketball practice" work--things we are trying for
    the last 20% beingfirst time, or practice to improve your skills and get you ready for big projects and tests)
    70% Summative Assessments ("the big game" work--projects, tests and other assessments that require you to put together all the little pieces into one big show-off-what-I've-learned thing)
    Final Exam score.
    (last week of January)Everyone writes the
    skills-based exam.
    Students must achieve an overall grade of 50% (C-) or better to pass English 9. Those not getting at least 50% overall are not ready for English 10, and must therefore repeat English 9. It is a good idea to aim for at least 70% in this course!
    While your report card grade will be a letter grade (A, B, C+, C, C- or I/F), your day-to-day marks, available at, are based on a six-point scale.
    E = excellent (6)
    P = proficient (5)
    G = good (4)
    M = minimal (3)
    N = not yet meeting expectations (1,2)
    I = incomplete (0)
    Students are expected to complete all assignments in a timely fashion. Consequences for incomplete assignments may include:
    home contact (phone, note or email)
    detention (before or after school)
    Saturday school (mandatory weekend work time)
    any other consequences dealt out by administration for defiance
    Note that long-term consequences for not doing assignments include possibly failing the course.
    Look at often to see if you have missing (NHI, MIS or I) assignments.

    What do you need to bring to English class every day?
    So glad you asked! You will need:
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    Short Stories
    Ender's Game
    Essay Writing
    Final Exam
    Final exam review materials
    Information Technology 9
    Internet Safety
    Word Exercises
    Excel Assignments

    Literacy 10 (Homeroom)
    ...Assignment Options List
    ...Term 4 Assignment and Schedule
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  3. page Literacy 10 (Homeroom) edited ... This course meets every Friday for 30 minutes. (10:16-10:46, to be precise) The goal of Liter…
    This course meets every Friday for 30 minutes. (10:16-10:46, to be precise)
    The goal of Literacy 10 is to help our students become better readers, able to read for understanding and to analyze what they read. In order to become BETTER readers, students must first BE readers.
    are to bringregister with Mrs. Cousar a book
    for class). They should bring this book to homeroom each week (until they have completed the book-related assignment). This book
    at an appropriate age level for grade 10
    appropriate in themes and language for school
    textbooks (including novels from English class or other classes)
    obviously inappropriate material
    might enjoy? Here is one recommended reading listSee the ATSS school website for grades 9-10; there are lots of others on the Internet. Or,our Summer Reading List, or you could
    book PER TERMSEMESTER (and bring
    assignment per term.semester. Any student
    do another!)

    Semester Book
    There are many reading assignments available. You will have to choose one that is appropriate for your kind of book from THIS LIST. If you need help with selecting an assignment, please see me before or after school for help--I'm glad to do so.
    responsible for completingreading a different book each semester, and must complete a different assignment each term (if you do assignment #53 for Term 1 whensemester (that is, if you read Speaker for the DeadI Hunt Killers by Orson Scott Card, you may not do #53Barry Lyga in Term 2 whensemester 1, and complete assignment #52, you cannot read No Coins, Please by Gordon Korman). They must also read a differentthat book each term.again, or do assignment #52 again, in semester 2).
    Remember that all assignments must be done BY HAND--no, you may not type up your assignment, or download images from your computer, unless the assignment specifically says that you may.
    Each reading assignment is marked on the following rubric:
    {ReadingAssignment Rubric Lit10.pdf}
    Friday before term end.exam week. The earlier,
    to complete threetwo of these
    each for semester 1 and semester 2. Marks in terms 1, 2,1 and 3. In term 4 we3 will work togetherbe based on current events/non-fiction reading.class-based assignments and discussion.
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Monday, June 15

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  2. page examination edited ... 52.696 + 14 = 66.696 % (or about 67%). You will notice, with this formula, that if you have…
    52.696 + 14 =
    66.696 % (or about 67%).
    You will notice, with this formula, that if you have 63% as a course mark, you will pass the course even if you score 0 on the final. This does not mean, "don't bother to show up," it just means, "don't panic, dude, you're going to pass anyhow. The only question is with what final mark."
    So what's on the final?
    Good question! The short answer is: everything.
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Wednesday, June 10

  1. page Poetry edited ... Assignment: Completion of all eight poems (/18) One mark per completed poem Students will …
    Completion of all eight poems (/18)
    One mark per completed poem
    Students will choose their best two poems for full marking /5 each

    Note: students were asked to jot down the criteria for each poem if they had not completed them during the round-robin of poetry writing. The homework was to revise the poems carefully to be sure of vivid language. AutoBio poems, I am poems and Two-Tone poems should be about THE STUDENT, and are meant to be taken seriously--by reading them, I should get a sense of who you really are!
    8. (June 11) Analysis of one poem (worksheet)
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