Tuesday, 18 June 2013


I can't believe our time together in English 12 is at an end. I have loved and learned every minute working with you all. Your humour, creativity, insight and kindness has made each day a joy. Thank you for all of your hard work.

I wish each and every one of you fulfillment and wild peculiar joy as you set out on your next journey, your next bright, bright horizon.

p.s. remember back to your own Kindergarten years; see how far you've come!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Week 17: What to Expect

Mon. June 10th:
* Group reading challenge
* Final Literature Circle
* Hand in self/peer-evaluation

Tues. June 11th:
* Complete and hand in your book reviews!
* See the samples here
* Class field trip to City Central Library for Kelley Armstrong author visit!

Wed. June 12th:
* Work on final portfolio share
* Portfolio Gala Friday! Be ready

Thurs. June 13th:
* Finish work on portfolio
* Write a letter to your future self. I'll mail it you years from now :)

Fri. June 14th:
* Portfolio Gala
* All portfolios due

Have a great weekend! Work on practice provincials in the sun!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Week 16: What to Expect

Mon. June 3rd:
* Language power practice
* Relax and read: Continue delving into your Literature Circle novel. Be aware of your group's reading schedule
* Complete chosen role sheet for tomorrow's Literature Circle
* Remember, Friday is marks cut-off for all overdue work

Tues. June 4th:
* Group practice provincial reading challenge
* Literature Circle
* Add to your self and peer evaluation record

Wed. June 5th:
* Class work together through provincial exam practice
* Marks cut-off Friday (in class). No exceptions.

Thurs. June 6th:
* Language power practice
* Relax and read: Continue delving into your Literature Circle novel. Be aware of your group's reading schedule
* Complete chosen role sheet for tomorrow's Literature Circle. Remember, Monday is final Literature Circle

Fri. June. 7th:
* Marks cut-off for all overdue work. No Exceptions
* Group reading challenge: Exam prep practice.
* Reading and role sheet day for final Lit Circle Monday.
* Independent book review of your novel introduced. Written in-class Tuesday, June 11th.

Have a Spectacular Weekend!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Class Field Trip and Author Visit Coming Up!

Tuesday June 11th is coming up. We are getting out in the sunshine, with your friends, and heading to the Central City Library to meet and mingle with Canadian author Kelley Armstrong!

She has a reading prepared, discussion and sharing, and we get to wander the fabulous new facilities so you can pick-up some new reads for yourself.

What you need to do:
1.) Get your permission form signed and turned in ASAP
2.) Notify your period 3/4 teachers and get your school form signed, and return to Ms. Bertrand
3.) Find your go-card and gather $3.50-$5.00 for transportation
4.) Percolate your questions and any new reads you want to explore at the library and check-out

It's going to be a great day gang!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Week 15: What to Expect

Mon. May, 27th:
* Professional Development Day: Students not in school

Tues. May, 28th:
* Reading Round Robin: Choose your Literature Circles novel
* Meet with group, decide reading schedule, lit circle roles, and dive into your new book!

Wed. May, 29th:
* Exam prep practice questions and group competition
* Reading and role sheet day
* Period 1 first Literature Circle

Thurs. May 30th:
* Period 2 first Literature Circle
* Continue your group's reading schedule

Fri. May, 31st:
* Exam prep practice questions and group competition
* 2nd Lit Circle
* Peer and self-assessment of continued literature circles
* Homework: Complete practice writes and see samples/answer keys for your English 12 Provincial

Have a Spectacular Weekend!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Technology and Us: Final Response

Now that we have explored different information and opinion, including the data of your own life, it's time to revisit your perspective(s) on technology's influence.

1.) What information about technology surprised you the most? Why?

2.) In what ways has technology changed your life? Discuss an area with as much detail and explanation as you can. Example, you could tell us your opinion on how technology impacts intimacy, anxiety, sleep cycles, surveillance, critical thinking, the need to be "famous"/public, etc, etc. Any area you feel technology has significantly impacted you and your world.

3.) In what ways do you think technology is changing our future (work, learning, communication, relationships, etc.)?

4.) Describe your perspective towards technology. Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? Why? Explain.


  •  Present a thoughtful discussion and argument on the topic: Technology’s influence
  • Select 2-3 distinct areas to comment on (ex: creative thought, privacy, biopower)
  • P.E.E. to explain and support your opinion
  • Edit for grammar, spelling and expression
  • I encourage you to comment on each others' arguments and ideas.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

What the World is Saying About Technology and Our Humanity: Do You Agree?

Hi gang, as we delve into some theories, facts, statistics and experiences based on how technology impacts our daily lives and broader world consider these views: Do you think they're correct? What critiques do you have?

"Is Google Making Us Stupid?" The Atlantic

An Ugly Toll of Technology: The NY Times

"Growing Up Digital: Wired for Distraction": The New York Times

* Sherry Turkle: "Connected, but alone?"