January 14, 2019

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