Archive for the ‘Systems’ Category

Using Transitions for a Specific Purpose

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


“Sentence Transitions.” Center for Writing. University of Minnesota, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

Online Literary Terms Quiz

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Here are the STORY ELEMENTS you must be able to explain and identify in a text:

plot                       conflict                    resolution              setting                       characterization                         first-person perspective  

third-person perspective                   protagonist           antagonist               genre                      narrator             exposition                  

rising action                        falling action                 author’s intent

These are the LITERARY TERMS you must be able to explain and identify in a text:

simile                   metaphor                   tone                  target audience                       mood                        theme

foreshadowing                       flashback

You need to be able to explain and identify ALL the WRITING STRUCTURES:

action                       introspection                      description                           dialogue                        

Take this Literary Terms Quiz online. Score the test. What did you get right? Where were you confused? Use fix-it strategies to gain a better knowledge of the literary terms.

Or try this online Literary Terms Quiz. Click START and you may begin. You will get immediate feedback on the accuracy of your responses.

Another one from Quiz Revolution. It looks quite serious. Try it – keep practicing.

To help you review: [youtube][/youtube]

Help yourself to gain a proficient level of understanding the meanings – find your own online quizzes and youtube videos. Look on Prezi for presentations. Create your own quiz (online, googledoc) and share it with your friends to answer. Practice different question techniques: multiple choice, true or false, match up. Typically write KNOWLEDGE LEVEL questions.

Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 9 September: turning point

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Completion of this challenge by 3PM on Wednesday, 11 September. 

turning point in author Gary Paulsen’s life was the discovery that books make excellent companions.

The idiom turning point means a time or critical moment that changes a situation, often for the best. A turning point can be a crossroads, a moment of truth, a watershed, a crisis, or a landmark event.

In literature, it is also called the climax:  the point of greatest suspense, when the outcome of the conflict becomes clear.  Think of it as the “mountain top” from which you can see the other side.

Being discovered by a major league scout would be a turning point in an athlete’s career. Winning the science fair, getting an after-school job, and moving to a new city might all be turning points, as well.


a. In the story “Charles”, where is the climax? Explain your answer.

b. Describe a personal turning point in your life.

c. Would you agree that the Industrial Revolution was a turning point in history? Why or why not?

d. What levels of formal questions are (a) and (c)?



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Literary Terms to Understand and Use in a Literature Response

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


In English class, you are required to define specific literary terms. This year in grade 8 you will need to show your understanding of these terms by identifying them in a text and explaining them.

To help you get to know these terms, which is step one, go to this LITERARY TERMS QUIZLET.

Story Elements

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

What is the relationship between PLOT and CONFLICT?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Learn about the types of CONFLICT in literature

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

“The White Umbrella” by Gish Jen for EAP students

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Next week in English we shall read the short story, “The White Umbrella” by Gish Jen.

It’s a good idea to start reading it beforehand so that you are ready to join discussions, read with your group and respond to questions from your peers and teachers.

“Thank you, ma’m” by Langston Hughes: Predicting

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Watch this silent film version of the story before you read it. Make predictions/inferences about the action, the characters and conflict by answering these 3 questions in your English notebook (READING SECTION):

What is the plot about?

Who are the characters, i.e. what is their relationship to each other?

What is causing a conflict in the story?




Reading Part of a Short Story. What do you think will happen next?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013