April 8, 2019

Guerilla Poetry Assignment:



The mission is simple: return poetry to the people by subversively putting it into their hands. *. We are celebrating Poetry Month!


Distribute a poem in the school.  This task has four components:

  •      Choose a poem and choose a creative method to share your poem with the PW community
  •      Present your poem and method of delivery to the class
  •      Share your poem with the school
  •      Write a Response Poem


  •      Poem Selection:  choose a poem.  Be sure your choice is school appropriate.
  •      Delivery Method:  decide how you will distribute your poem to the PW community.  The more creative the better! Think about aligning the delivery method with the poem’s topic or theme…
  •      Presentation:  Share your poem and delivery method with the class. Talk briefly about why you chose your poem and the delivery method.  Max. 90 seconds per student.
  •      Placement:  Place your poem in the school.  Take a picture of your poem in position and email it to me, with the location and poem title in the subject line (eg. “Musée des Beaux Arts,” bench in Ms. King’s room)
  •      Response Poem: Write a response to the original poem using a line from the original. Write about something different than the subject of the original source poem to see how a line can take on a new meaning when placed in a fresh context.  Your poem should be at least ten lines long to give your poem time to gain and sustain its own momentum.  Your response poem may use one of two approaches:

o   The Springboard Poem: Choose a line from your selected poem and use it as the first line of a new poem.   Do not use a line that was the first line in the source poem, but one from the middle or end of the poem that stands out as particularly interesting, beautiful, and/or inspiring.

o   The Landing-Strip Poem: Choose a line from your selected poem and use it as the last line of a new poem. Do not use a line that was the last line in your source poem, but one from the beginning or middle. Write a poem about a subject of your own choosing that will eventually end with the borrowed line. **  

DATES:  Tuesday, April 16th             Presentation & Placement

    Thursday, April 18th                Response Poem Due


*  guerillapoetics.org ** adapted from Liisa House


Poem Distribution Rubric


Performance Indicator:  Originality – an original piece expressing student vision informed by choice, perspective and/or values.


Meets Expectations – Developing C/C+ Fully Meets Expectations –

Proficient B/B+

Exceeds Expectations –

Extending A/A+

Distribution of poem has a clear perspective and purpose. Distribution of poem offers a vision expressed in a unique way; distribution of poem demonstrates critical thinking. Distribution of poem offers a vision expressed in a completely unique way; Distribution of poem demonstrates critical thinking that challenges values or that transcends subject matter.


Rubric for Response Poem – Guerilla Poetry


Performance indicators: meaning (ideas, insight), STyle (vocab, voice, Poetic devices), Form (Poetic Form, line breaks, ending), COnventions (punctuation, spelling, grammar)


Meets Expectations – Developing C/C+ Fully Meets Expectations –

Proficient B/B+

Exceeds Expectations –

Extending A/A+

Attempts to develop a poetic statement with some literary devices (often rhyme/simile); may be contrived in parts Creates a thoughtful poetic statement that features some effective literary devices and imagery Engages the reader in a well-crafted poetic statement that features some powerful imagery and and literary/poetic devices.

Current Events – beginning mid April and continuing into May.


Higher Level Thinking question samples.

Current Events

Humanities 9

Ms. Brett Term 3



In the news…..  Politics (local, national, provincial, international, entertainment, sports, health, indigenous, technology, business etc  


Please present your findings in a powerpoint, pechakucha, or prezi.  Organization and visually appealing text/images are essential. Include a Works Cited.  Thank you. Have a look at the rubric on the reverse for assessment/expectations.


Quick summary: 3-5 point summary of event



So what factor?  Why does this story matter?  Who is impacted/what is the result?



Offer a final thought on the story: connect to the world at large, how a trend could be occurring, what the fallout might be.  See if you can connect it back to what we are studying..



Have a higher level question ready to ask the class when you’re done.


Current Events Oral/Visual Presentation Rubric


Bottom Line
Expectations for this Performance are met


Evidence of exceeding standards


Organization: Students present information in logical, interesting manner which the audience can follow

Students demonstrate full knowledge of the topic with clear explanations and elaborations.

Delivery: Students use a clear voice and possess a confident stance and manner.
Originality: Students present the Current Event in a fresh, exciting, thoughtful and creative way.  All text is proofread.


April 1st, 2019

Next Field Trip:  Wed. April 10th, 2019


It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. With the bank calling and money low, will the Basrans be able to save their beloved orchard? Inspired by the playwright’s own childhood, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss, and the Canadian immigrant experience with humour and beauty.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes (including one intermission)

Students will travel in pairs or small groups to the theatre.  We will meet at 1pm at the entrance to the venue: 2750 Granville Street @ 11th Avenue.  Students will be dismissed at 3;45pm. See you there!


Dear Students,

Continue to please work on memorizing your script for Bard.  Our final presentation date is Feb.21st.

Poetry in Voice in class competition has been postponed to late February/early March.

Independent Reading is due on Monday, January 28th.

Ms. Brett

Nov. 27, 2018


Submit by 3pm on Thurs. Nov. 29th.

Also, please complete the Gr. Organizer (Causes of the French Rev.) and the Venn Diagram (comparing/contrasting the Dec. of Rights and Man to the Declaration of Independence).  And read pages 200-223 – for Thursday Nov. 29th.

Ms. B

November 13, 2018

Hello, Creative Writing assignment third draft/final copy due Tuesday Nov 19th.

American Revolution Poster Project is due Wednesday Nov 21st.

Please meet in the library on Thursday Nov 15th

Ms Brett

Nov. 7th – Today we peer edited your first draft.  The second draft is due Tuesday, Nov. 13th.  Please bring to class!  Final draft due Nov. 19th. Also, continue to work on your American Revolution project.  Due Nov. 21st.

See you next week. Ms. B

Nov 5  please have your first draft ready – it is due tomorrow !

Continue to work on your SS project  Ms Brett

Nov. 2.  Please continue to work on your creative writing assignment and your American Revolution project!  Ms. Brett

Oct. 31st  Happy Halloween!  First draft of the creative writing assignment is due on Nov. 7th.  I’ll assign a Social Studies project tomorrow in class.  See you then! Ms. Brett

Oct. 24:  Today I assigned a creative writing assignment inspired from this:


Dear students,

Let’s take up the “The First Page” writing challenge by writing the first page of a book set in 2168. Your challenge is to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future, with your protagonist facing an issue that’s topical today and setting the scene for how it’s all playing out in a century and a half.

How will the world leaders of today impact the world of tomorrow? Who will be the biggest name in pop culture in the future?? How will climate change impact the protagonist’s life, where he or she lives, the struggles he or she is facing? Speaking of he/she – does gender even exist in 150 years??

Your assignment will be 300-400 words in length. Your assignment also needs a title, but the title is not included in the word limit. Your story can be written in any genre from mystery or thriller to literary fiction, from adventure or romance to satire or sci-fi.  Have fun!

First draft due: Nov. 7th – feedback – peer and teacher

Second draft due: Nov. 13th – feedback – peer and teacher

Final copy due: Nov. 19th

Ms. Brett

Oct. 22./18  Homework:  read pages 140-154 for homework (Crossroads).  See you Thursday.  Ms. Brett

Dear Students – another contest to consider!


Oct. 18th – sorry for the short notice:


Short Story contest – closes on Oct. 31st.

Ms. Brett

Oct. 15th – Reminder – Current Event Presentations today!  Last stretch…. then Student Vote.

Wednesday afternoon we are meeting at Granville Island for the Writers Fest.  Please meet in front of the theatre at 12:30pm.

Alternate Realities

Alternate Realities

Rachel Hartman, Ashley Little, Paula Morris, David A. Robertson

Wednesday, October 17
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, VancouverFour young adult novelists share their brave new worlds with students and ponder how they both create and sustain these wildly creative locations. Celebrated award-winner Ashley Little’s depiction of high school in Confessions of a Teenage Leper may feel familiar… but there’s a bizarre, deadly disease at its heartIn David A. Robertson’s supernatural tale, Monsters, set on the Wounded Sky Nation reserve, teenager Cole Harper struggles to fit in. Further afield, Rachel Hartman shares a tale of knights in armour—and brave girls bucking gender roles—in Tess of the Road. Finally, Paula Morris reimagines Rome as a place for duelling gods and goddesses in The Eternal City. Students will be enthralled by these charismatic writers sharing their techniques for world-building.


Anna Ling Kaye is a fiction writer who has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, former editor at PRIMS International and Ricepaper magazines and co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival.

You will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.  Ms. Brett


Oct. 9

Dear Minis, Please read pages 118-127 from Crossroads-due Thu. Oct. 11th.  C. E. will continue on Thus. too.  See you then!  Ms. Brett

Happy Thanksgiving Minis!  Enjoy your long weekend.  Ms. Brett

Dear Minis – we meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery today!  See you there at 1pm for our 1:30pm tour.

Thursday is our next class together.  We will discuss our viewing of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  And we will begin Current Event presentations:

October 4:

Samuel + Emmet: rezoning

Emi – profiling four candidates

Adelaide, Julia and Shae (Ken Sim)

See you later today.  Ms. Brett

Dear Minis,  Reminder:  we will meet at the Stanley Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 26th at 1pm.  The show begins at 1:30 and ends at 4pm.  Students will be dismissed at 4pm.

Also, today students were assigned book club style questions which they will present informally on Thurs. Oct. 4th.

Tues. Oct. 2 – we are meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery – for a guided tour of Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?

Students will be dismissed at 3pm from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Ms. Brett

Hello – reminder- please have “Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time” read for Monday 🙂

Ms. Brett

Hello Minis,  Today you signed up for your Current Events presentations and topics:

October 4:

Samuel + Emmet: rezoning

Emi – profiling four candidates – be sure to check with Gillian and Sophia (Shauna Sylvester) and Adelaide, Julia and Shae (Ken Sim)

October 9

Kyle:  school board trustees

Carl – housing

James: Gregor Robertson legacy

October 11:

Kai + Antonia – closing schools/annexesSophia + Gillian – Shauna Sylvester

Greg + Allen – Bike lanes

Charlotte, Aishwarya, Sam Au: homelessness

Fred: Parks and Rec

October 15:

Luke: low voter turnout

Evan and Iliad: how the electoral process works

Ciara + Tia: parties defined

Becca – how to become a candidate

Danny + Trevor: transportation

Ezra: opioid crisis/epidemic

Reminder:  Field trips have been organized for Wed. Sept. 26 to the Stanley Theatre to see “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at 1:30pm.  The concludes at 4 pm and students will be dismissed from the venue.  Vancouver Art Gallery for Oct. 2 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  October 17th – Granville Island for the Vancouver Writers Festival.  More details soon.

Dear Minis,

We will begin this term with a look at the Vancouver Civic Elections in the form of Current Events (presentations taking place in October).

Next Wednesday we will be attending the play “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” taking place at the Stanley Theatre (2750 Granville Street @ 12th).  The show begins at 1:30 pm and concludes at 3:45pm.  All students will be meet me at 1pm.

We will be visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery on Tuesday, October 2nd for a one hour tour beginning at 1:30pm.  More information to come on this outing.

I have booked tickets for the Writers Festival for Wednesday, October 17th to see “Altered Realities” at 1pm.  More information coming.

See you Thursday – I’ll assign the Current Events assignment and you may begin signing up.

Ms. Brett