English 9 Honours Shakespeare Unit

Part One: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  1. Watch the 1999 film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  2. Sign up to study a monologue or dialogue in depth.
  3. Practice annotation and analysis.
  4. Choose one of three options for presenting your understanding.
  5. Memorize and analyze your lines; plan your presentation.
  6. Present.
  7. Receive grades according to the spoken work rubric, the written analysis rubric, or both.

Part Two: Romeo and Juliet




English 9 Honours – Short Stories Unit

We are finishing up the short story unit begun by Ms. Mushens.

Tuesday, February 14th: “The Taste of Melon”

Today we looked beyond the most obvious or “intentional” meanings of “The Taste in Melon” and looked at what else “The Taste of Melon” might mean.

Thursday, February 16th: “How to Tell Renata”

Please read “How to Tell Renata” before coming to this class.

Monday, February 20th: Short Stories Unit Test

You should be familiar with the content of all the stories we have read for this unit, and be able to apply the literary terms to those stories also. The test includes both multiple choice and written response.


Picturing Death: The Portrayal of Animal Suffering in Literature

These days, human activities are causing some serious impacts on our surroundings. Some of the examples are pollution, lack of natural resources and also our cruelty against animals. The issue about animal cruelty has become very significant, since an abnormally large number of animals are being killed by humans every day. Furthermore, our views on killing animals are continuously being influenced by our surroundings and desires, in such way that we think that killing animals is okay, since we are superior to them. Our world cannot find a solution to this issue yet, but the opinions of a certain few about the ethics of killing animals have been illustrated in literature. Today, we are going to discuss some of the ideas about killing animals mentioned in literature, how they are written in order to affect our opinions and how killing animals is okay under certain circumstances.  Continue reading