Final Classes

As we wind down the school year, all of our major assignments are now complete. The remaining classes will feature short, “one-off” lessons designed to strengthen various skills. If you miss a class and would like to know what we did, please email

In the meantime I am still accepting revisions of old assignments (including assignments from the previous term) until Saturday, June 22nd.


English 9 — Mon. June 4 to Thu. June 7


Monday: Students who have finished their Imagination project studied Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven”. We listened to the audio recording available on the Google Drive, and learned about the basic plot and main themes of the poem.

We then focused on its use of literary techniques, using the first three stanzas to find examples of the techniques listed below. Students were assigned individual stanzas to annotate on Google Docs showing any 5 of the following:

  • internal rhyme
  • allusion
  • alliteration
  • onomatopoeia
  • archaism
  • personification
  • metaphor
  • assonance
  • definition of a difficult word

Tuesday: Students who completed their project work got caught up with our study of the Raven.

Wednesday: After completing the annotations, students then write a stanza of original poetry imitating the rhyme and meter of “The Raven”. The poem does not need to be especially creative or deep–we are merely working on writing understandable lines in rhyme and meter, and strengthening our understanding of the form the “The Raven.”

Thursday: We look at Gustave Doré’s illustrations for “The Raven”, adding the appropriate illustration to our annotated stanzas on Google Docs and writing a description of the interesting details and overall intent of the illustrations.

English 9 — Tues. May 29 to Fri. Jun. 1

All week we are continuing to work on our imagination projects.

Tuesday: We reviewed the expectations for the creative writing assignment, focusing on the idea of taking inspiration for various elements from the texts we have read.

Wednesday & Thursday: Working on projects.

Friday: We have a presentation from a Burnaby Public Librarian for half the class and are continuing to work on our projects for the remainder.

English 9 — Wed. May 23 to Mon. May 28

We have been working on our self-directed “Imagination” projects for the majority of our class time.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we looked briefly at different materials that are available in the shared folder on Google Drive.

On Monday we practiced explaining and justifying our illustrations using these sentence structures:

I am illustrating ________________ from ________________. I am trying to show or emphasize __________________________________________________________________________________.

Homework: At this point you should be finished or nearly finished your first of the two assignments for this project. If you are not yet finished the first one (the illustration for most of you) please catch up on that at home.

English 9 — Tues. May 22

Today: We reviewed the Self-Directed Imagination Project and got started by reading the text options. We then viewed the Simpsons’s adaptation of “The Raven” as an entry point in understanding that text.

Homework: Please ensure you are reading a book at home and bringing it everyday to class–a book which does NOT come from our school library. All school library books are now due.

English 9 — Wed. May 16 and Thu. May 17

Wednesday: We completed our illustrations for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.

Thursday: We used our illustrations to better understand the Visual Work Scoring Rubric. We then did dramatic readings of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with groups of 3 or 4 taking different sections of the text to perform. We then looked briefly at the Spoken Work Scoring Rubric.

This is all in preparation for the Self-Directed Project which we will complete for the remainder of our “Imagination” unit. Students will complete one written assignment and one non-written assignment. For each, they may choose the style of assignment and the texts they will use for it. (See the Self-Directed Project assignment handout for more details.)

Homework: Consider what choices you’d like to make for the project. This project will take us about two weeks to complete. Also, you MUST bring in your own silent reading material. We will not resume silent reading unless the vast majority of students make the effort to find a book and bring it to class.

English 9 — Tues. May 15

Today: We finished reading “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and started an illustration assignment: Illustrate some aspect of the story (a character or scene, etc.) in order to express what is interesting, significant or important about that person or thing, in your opinion.

We will finish this illustration (in rough) tomorrow.

Homework: Bring a book for silent reading that does not come from Alpha library.