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"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Midterm Report -a personal reflection

At this point in the semester, your efforts from now till the Final Exam will determine your success in this English course. Reflect on your success so far -using the following questions as your guide:

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Literacy Test Activity -Inference

View the video below:

Hopefully, you have a better appreciation of inference.

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Writing with style is a conscious decision.

Gary Provost wrote the following:

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals –sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”

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"Small Group" Poetry Analysis/Presentation

Reflect on the feedback you recieved by answering the questions below:

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Looking at the genre of poetry through film –Dead Poets Society

As a teacher, these two clips from the film –Dead Poets Society – still resonate with me.  

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Part 1
Part 2

Finding Forester -a celebration of the writer's craft

In the film Finding Forrester William provides Jamal with many valuable lessons about the craft of writing. In the space below, identify three (3) of these lessons that you are going to incorporate into your writing practice.

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Large Group Essay Analysis

Reflect on the questions below:

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How are you going to contribute positively to our English class?

In our class, I want you to contribute positively. Identify three (3) ways that you are going to be purposeful and productive this semester.

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Please use your class code here:
EXAMPLE: This semester I am going to get people to work together and give all they have to a task.
EXAMPLE: This term I want to encourage others to be courteous to one another. To do this, I expect to model this behaviour every day.
EXAMPLE: I am going to meet all deadlines. I know this will build my capacity to persist in the face of adversity and be successful.

Large Group presentation of Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism - A Reflection

Reflect on the question below: 

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