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Welcome to Ms. Van Den Bussche's ELA 40S Literary Focus.

My email address is lvandenbussche@srsd.ca. Email me at any time!

Download course materials and assignments by clicking the links below.



Feb 7, 2011

Read this course outline carefully and email me if you have any questions.

Then, complete this diagnostic assessment and email it to me. You have until Feb 10 to complete this assignment.
In order to complete this diagnostic assessment, you will need to read this story:

Keep this writing variables chart to help you with your Diagnostic Assessment and further writing assignments.

Feb 10, 2011

Today, you will complete a list of 'Things You Should Know' and email it to me. Here are the files you will need. This assignment is due Feb 11.


Feb 14, 2011

Today, you will learn about the difference between aesthetic and pragmatic texts. Here are the files you wil need. Email me the list of aesthetic and pragmatic texts once you have sorted them out.



Feb 15, 2011

Today, you will examine yourself as a reader and write a journal entry. Here are the instructions. Email me the journal entry when you have finished.


Feb 16-18, 2011

For the next three days, we will be studying essay structure and writing. Read through the material to learn about essay writing.
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Complete the 'Doodles Talk' essay format exercise and email it to me.

Then, go back to the essay you wrote on Feb 7 for the diagnostic assessment and revise it using what you now know about essay structure. Email your revised essay to me. I will be looking specifically at your introduction.

Feb 22, 2011

Today, you will be looking at the course outcomes and analysing them in preparation for your first project. Email me your work when you are done!


Feb 23-25, 2011

This week, we will be creating a virtual anthology and writing a paper to explain how you chose your anthology texts. Here are the instructions:

Here are some sample themes. Select one from the list, or decide upon one of your own, and write the following journal entry about it.

Here are some online anthologies you can search to find your texts (poems, short stories, etc.). You may also want to visit the library.
http://www.poemtree.com/
http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/read-short-stories-online.html
http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/fictionindex.html

Feb 28-March 11, 2011
This week and next week, we are looking at Rhetorical Devices and Story Structure. Here are the powerpoint notes and lists of rhetirical devices that you will need to learn about Rhetorical Devices and Story Structure.

Here are the assignments. Email them to me when you are finished.

And, here is the test. Complete this test without the aid of notes, etc to ensure that it is a fair assessment of your understanding. Email it to me when you are finished.


March 17-21, 2011

Today we will be introducted to Huxley's novel called Brave New World.
Read the powerpoint notes and complete the journal entry at the end of the powerpoint. Email it me me when you are finished.


On Friday, we will read Ch 1-3. Complete the study questions, vocabulary, and quiz when you are done. The documents below contain the questions, vocabulary and quizzes for all the chapters, but you only need to complete Ch 1-3 now. You may email them to me when you are finished.

On Monday, we will do the Social Predestination Activity. For simplicity sake, asssume you are a Delta. Complete the journal entry and email it to me when you are done.


March 21-25

We are continuing our study of Brave New World.
Read Chapters 4-6, and complete the short answer study quide, vocabulary and multiple choice quiz for those chapters. You may email them to me when you are finished.
Then, you can complete the following two assignments and email them to me when you are finished.

Have a good spring break!

April 4-6

We are continuing our study of Brave New World.
Read Chapters 7-9, and complete the short answer study quide, vocabulary and multiple choice quiz for those chapters. You may email them to me when you are finished.
Then, complete the following two journal entries. To complete the Huxlet vs Orwell journal entry, view the Amusing Ourselves to Death cartoon image below first.

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April 7-8

We are continuing our study of Brave New World.
Read Chapters 10-13, and complete the short answer study quide, vocabulary and multiple choice quiz for those chapters. You may email them to me when you are finished.
Then, watch The Twilight Zone season 5 eposide 7 entitled 'Number 12 Looks Just Like You'. You can view it on Youtube by clicking here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR4PVVVe_Qk&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active
Then, compare the episode' s portrayal of women to Brave New World by completing this short essay.

April 11-14
We are coming to the end of our study of Brave New World. Read Chapters 14-15 and 16-18. Complete the short answer study quide, vocabulary and multiple choice quiz for those chapters. You may email them to me when you are finished.
Experiment with Huxley's language by completing the Found Poetry assignment below.

Then, complete the vocabulary test without the aid of notes, etc to ensure that it is a fair assessment of your understanding. Email it to me when you are finished. We will begin the process writing final assessment on April 15.

April 15, 18-19

Here is the final assessment for Brave New World. Email me anytime if you have any questions.

April 20-21, 26

I hope the Brave New World final assessment went well. We are going to jump ahead for a little while to discuss your upcoming Provincial exam before diving back into a new text (Shakespeare's Julius Caesar). I think it may be easier to practice for our exam in smaller chunks rather than all at once near the end of the course. That way, you can see how the provinical exam content and process are addressed as you read and write for this course. Read the document below called 'Responding to Text Provincial Exam Prep' to understand how the process exam is divided into four days. In the next two classes, we will focus on Day 1: Responding to Text. Read the instructions and use the practice materials attached to practice responding to various texts. In these examples, you will write and view other writer's responses to an article, a poem and a visual. I know there are a lot of files to sift through, but if you just follow the instructions on the 'Responding to Text Provincial Exam Prep' document you should be okay. Don't hesitate to email at anytime! In the end, you should email me your three responses to the texts, and one journal entry reflecting on the entire process.


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April 27

Great job so far on your exam practice! Today we are strengthening our Writing Variables. To do this, read the handout called Strengthening and Explaing Your Writing Variables, which is designed to prepare you for part of Day 1 and 4 of the Provincial Exam. Then, take a look at the Writing Variables Assignment to see what students are expected to do on the exam (you don't need to actually do it). Instead, what you can do is view the Writing Variables Student Exemplars and decide how they should be ranked based on the rubric. Then, view the rationales to see if you were correct. Once you are finished, you can do two things:
1) Go back to your Writing Variables for your Brave New World final assessment and see how you can strenghten and explain your writing variables for your writing piece. Once you have done this, email me your updated Writing Variables for your Brave New World final assessment.
2) Answer this questions as a journal entry: How does planning and understanding your writing variables make you a better writer?

Tomorrow, we will be beginning our study of Julius Caesar. Be sure to pick up a copy from the library!
April 28
Time to study Shakespeare! Begin by testing your prior knowledge of William Shakespeare by doing the Shakespeare Biography Quiz. It's not for marks, and you can check the answers when you are done to learn more about William Shakespeare.
Then, before reading Julius Casear, I would like to see where you stand on several issues of the play. Do this by completing the Julius Caesar Opener, in which you will write me an argumentative speech based on one of the prompts that you most strongly agree or disageree with. Be sure to look over the rubric before you begin - you will be evaluated for all but the Eye Contact and Voice (obviously!)



April 29
View the powerpoint to learn more about the historical context of Julius Casear, and why Shakespeare chose to write that play at that time. You can also use the powerpoint to learn about the major characters.
Then, read Act I and complete only Act I of the reading guide.


May 2
Read Act II and complete Act II of the reading guide.
May 3

After reading Act II, complete the character chart to show where each character’s allegiance lies.

May 4-5
Before reading Act III, read the notes on 'Tragedy' to learn more about the genre.


Then, write a journal entry from the perspective of a character on the morning of the Ides of March to demonstrate your knowledge of plot events and character motivation.


May 6-9
Read Act III and complete the reading gude questions.

May 10-11
Rome is now without a leader. After reading Act III, prepare a position speech (argumentative) that states whether you believe Antony or Brutus would make a better leader. Use their funeral orations and previous actions as eivdence. As with any good political 'attack', feel free to point out the other potential leader's faults as well. We will do this as an informal debate, but you can prepare yours as a 200-300 word write-up or you can record your voice and email it to me as a file attachment.

May 12-13
Read Act IV and V and complete the reading guide questions. We wil begin the final project and test next week.

May 16-17
View the Marlon Brandon 1953 film version of Julius Caesar. It is available on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KXhfjOkKPM&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active

May 18-26
You have one week to complete any one of the final projects that you are most interested in by reading the options below. Email me if you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest another project.


May 27
Complete the final test.


May 30-June 3 Exam Review Week!
I can't believe it's already here - exam review.

Here are the topics we are starting with: allusion, irony, and using evidence to support claims. There is a small assignment for each.

Remember to review connecting the Writing Variables. Also, I've included a general guidelines page to help you review.


Here's an example of a poetic devices analysis question that you may encounter on the exam. You may complete the question as you would on the Responding to Text portion of the provinical exam.