Topic outline


    Welcome to English Language Arts 20. Check out the course outline and take a look around. This semester is focused on our life, looking back and moving forward. How has our childhood made us who we are and what will we take with us as we move into our futures. Where will our futures take us and what skills will we need? We will explore this through a combination of discussions, literature, and writing assignments. There will be moments we work together and moments you are free to go on your own with the use of Moodle. Through everything you are encouraged to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with me at any moment in time.  

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  • Glossary

    Use the attached handouts throughout the course:

    Work Cited - Must be used and adhered to for EVERY formal written assignment where you were required to do research.

    Reading Strategies - You will be asked throughout the course to provide reading strategies that you used when doing Comprehend and Respond assignments. This is a list to assist you with identifying what strategies you may have used.

    Figurative Language and Elements of a Short Story - this handout has all definitions of commonly used figurative language and elements of a short story. You will be asked in various assignments to locate figurative language and elements of a short story when doing Comprehend and Respond assignments. 

  • How am I doing? Checklist for the course

  • Childhood... A Poem to get you started

    To a Child dancing in the Wind 


    DANCE there upon the shore;
    What need have you to care 
    For wind or water’s roar? 
    And tumble out your hair 
    That the salt drops have wet;         5
    Being young you have not known 
    The fool’s triumph, nor yet 
    Love lost as soon as won, 
    Nor the best labourer dead 
    And all the sheaves to bind.  10
    What need have you to dread 
    The monstrous crying of wind? 

    Has no one said those daring
    Kind eyes should be more learn’d? 
    Or warned you how despairing  15
    The moths are when they are burned, 
    I could have warned you, but you are young, 
    So we speak a different tongue. 
    O you will take whatever’s offered 
    And dream that all the world’s a friend,  20
    Suffer as your mother suffered, 
    Be as broken in the end. 
    But I am old and you are young, 
    And I speak a barbarous tongue. 

    **This is practice. You are EXPECTED to COMPLETE the task. You can work alone or with a partner/group. You are asked to meet with your teacher to discuss how the assignment went**

  • The Places that Shape Us... Childhood as a Place

    Sometimes childhood is more of a place. A place we grew up or a favourite place we visited. Either way, it has had an effect of how we grew up and even who we grew up to be. It is important as adults to visit those places both literally an in our hearts to think about how they are a part of who we are. The following poems explore both childhood places and how one can never truly go home again.

    **This is practice. You are EXPECTED to COMPLETE the task. You can work alone or with a partner/group. You are asked to meet with your teacher to discuss how the assignment went**

  • The People Who Shape Us (How family affects our childhood and who we are).

    **This is practice. You are EXPECTED to COMPLETE the task. We will read this story together and practice the reading guide. You may take the reading guide and go on your own if you like. The reading guide WILL NOT BE SUBMITTED FOR ASSESSMENT. The journal reflection; however, will be submitted. 

  • The People and Place... (Continued)

  • When Family is Missing

    Sometimes the people who are not in our lives also shape who we are. We feel their absence or we are hurt by abandonment and other issues. Sometimes those missing people cause us to lose sight of who we are. The following story is an excerpt from a novel called The Keeper N' Me. The novel is about a young man who was taken from his reserve at a young age. He was forced to grow up in an inner city far from his family and his heritage. As a teenager he gets into trouble and becomes incarcerated. Once he is released he returns to his reserve to try to heal and to try to rediscover who he truly is. This story asks us to think about the roles family play in our family. It also deals with some of the topics we discussed early such as the places we grow up and the importance of play. As the keeper says, "Its a bear thing really". 

    **Warning; This story uses strong language. To keep it appropriate some words have been blacked out.**

    Before Reading the story, consider the following quote. Do you agree with it? Why or why not? (You can do this on our own, with a group, or consult your teacher)

    "How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. You can never go home again". - James Agree

    During Reading- :Please use the chart or create your own to record elements of childhood (like playing hockey) and elements of adulthood (like trying to discover who he is). 

    Post Reading: Pleae create a post under 1 of the 3 forum questions. You must also respond to at least 1 response in any of the forums. 

  • A Piece of Your Childhood...A Story about You


    We have looked at a couple of examples of reflective/narrative essays and short stories this semester. Childhood is a time of memory and as adults we love to tell stories about our childhood. In telling those stories we sometimes discover something about ourselves or a very important lesson. Your task now is to create your own childhood reflection (personal narrative) essay. A story you feel tells something about yourself, or at time you learned a valuable lesson. Or, perhaps you choose to have an inspiring or humorous tone instead. In that case simple tell a story that will bring joy to your readers or inspire them. Either way you must have an introduction and conclusion. Your body should be where you tell the story. It should have clear details, dialogue and descriptive language. You should have a clear crisis and resolution. You story should be written in first person. This is a chance for you to tell your own story and think about your own childhood. If however, this makes you uncomfortable you can make the story up. You are not however to "borrow" any ideas from movies or books. Happy writing! 

  • Pure Imagination- Poetry to Explore Childhood imagination

    Imagination is a huge part of childhood, one that is very special. Through the use of poetry we will explore the theme of imagination and discuss why it is such an important part of growing up and being a child. This is also a great chance to practice analyzing a poem which will be part of your final exam. 

    **This is practice. You are EXPECTED to COMPLETE the task. You can work alone or with a partner/group. You are asked to meet with your teacher to discuss how the assignment went**

  • What Are We Reading to Our Children?

    A big part of childhood and childhood imagination are fairy tales and fables. A fairy tale is a traditional story usually with a princes or princess who have to fight some sort of battle. In all fairy tales there is a good person, a bad person, and a happily every after ( for example "Beauty and the Beast" or Cinderella). There is usually magic and talking animals as well. A fable is a story involving talking animals. These animals have some sort of an adventure that aid in teaching children an important life lesson (like the tortes and the hare- hard work beats talent). Each of these type of stories are found around the world and through out time. They have long been enjoyed and each have deep allegorical lessons for children and adult to enjoy alike. 

  • Literary Show and Tell- Dramatic Reading

  • The Credo: Everything I need to know I learned from...

    Sometimes the greatest life lessons we ever learn are in our childhood. They are simple but powerful lessons and it is not until we enter adulthood that we realize the magnitude of their meaning. These lessons may come from our friends/family, a pet, sports teams, children's books, or in the case of this poem, kindergarden. Follow the link below to a poem called "Everthing I need to know in life I learned in Kindergarden". As you read think about how the author took the basic rules of kindergarden and applied them as rules to living a good life.

    Next, you will think about your own childhood and the most powerful lessons you have learned. You will write your own credo following the idea of "Everything I need to know in life I learned from..." You must:

    -Writing in correct, poetic form,

    - Have an intro and conclusion

    - Have at least 5 lessons

    - Try to be poetic in your language.

  • To Everything There is a Season"- Moving Forward

    Unless you are Peter Pan, we all must move from adulthood to childhood sometime. This short story is a great example of a young boy trapped between these two worlds. Our next unit is about "Moving Forward". It is about moving from childhood and into adult. To Kill a Mockingbird also deals with this same idea as a young woman looks back on the events which first caused her to make the transition. As we end our first unit and make the transition towards this novel, let us consider the moments that pull us away from childhood and into adulthood. The short story "To Everything There is a Season" by North Battleford native Allistair MacLeod deals with just this topic. It is also a great chance for you to show how you have grown in your ability to read and analyze text. Use the reading guide below and submit for assessment. 

    Our second unit will look at what me need to move into our future and what from our childhood (and our last unit) we will take with us. 

  • A Commencement

    At each graduation and convocation ceremony someone delivers what is called a commencement speech. 

  • Reading Procedural Texts

  • The Danger of Success....

    In the essay called "The Catastrophe of Success" Williams outlines how his life fell apart when he became successful. This brings up the old saying, "becareful what you wish for it might come true". Sometimes having our dreams come true is a dangerous thing. This essay also explores the true meaning of being an adult in this world. What does it really mean to live? 

  • "In a Room Somewhere"- A Play