Wed. Nov. 6th, 2019

Dear Students,

Chapters 41-56 questions/plot points and imagery/metaphor collecting due Nov. 14th.

Chapters 41-56 Indian Horse

Block 2.2 please remember we are meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 10:30 am on Tuesday, Nov. 12th.

Block 2.1 – we will meet in class.  See you then!

Have a good long weekend. Ms. Brett

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 2019

Dear Students, Please meet in the library on Thursday.

Also, continue reading Indian Horse to the end of the novel.

Ms. Brett

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2019

Dear Students, Reminder – we are heading to the Writers Festival on Thursday, Oct.24th. Meet at Granville Island around 9 am.  Hang out for a bit and meet me and Ms. Sandhu at 9:45 am at Arts Club Theatre (1585 Johnstone Street – right next to the Public Market.  The performance begins at 10:15 and concludes at 11:45.  Please head straight to school for your 2.3 class.

All Roads Lead to Writing

Michael Christie (Greenwood) was a professional skateboarder before his Giller-longlisted debut. High school dropout Jesse Thistle (From the Ashes) struggled with homelessness, crime and addiction before he turned his life around—and channelled it into his extraordinary memoir. Between the two of them, Robyn Harding (The Arrangement) and G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) have experimented with almost every form, from journalism to superhero comics, while Karen McBride (Crow Winter) balances her passion for novel-writing and teaching. Sharing their surprising paths to the page, this conversation offers refreshing perspective on the age-old question “What should I be?”, underlining that while we may not know what our careers will be, passion is paramount for both good writing and good living.

   

 

Friday, Oct. 18th, 2019

Dear Students,

Continue to work on the assignment/questions attached to Chapters 15-40.  Due Oct. 29th.

Precis Writing Due Oct.22/24.  Writers Festival next Thursday!!!

Have a good weekend. Ms. Brett

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019

Dear Students,

Precis Writing – due next week – the 22nd or 24th.  See me for assistance if you need it.

“I am” poems were returned with feedback.  You are welcome to re-do/re-write and re-submit sometime next week.

Also, today I distributed the handout that accompanies Chapters 15-40.  This assignment is due on October 29th.

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See you Friday! Ms. Brett

Friday, Oct. 11tth,

Dear Students,

Please remember that your practice precis for the article we discussed today is due on Wednesday, Oct. 16th.  Four (4) sentences in total.  See sample found here in this assignment: Precis Writing

Also, the handout for Chapters 11-14 for Indian Horse is due on Wednesday.

Your election/reconciliation precis assignment is due Oct 22/24.

Field trip forms and $ due ASAP.

Have a great long weekend.  Ms. Brett

Wednesday,  Oct.  9th

Dear Students,

Today you submitted your “I am” poems.  Thank you very much!  Next up, Precis Writing and Precis assignment.  Due on Friday Oct. 11th: Exercise 1 Conciseness Removing Deadwood 1 . Please reduce paragraph of 200 words approximately to 80 words approximately.  Thank you!

Another activity is due the week of October 22nd.  Here it is: Precis Writing

To help you with precis writing, please practice by reading this article and reducing it to 4 sentences.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-liberals-prove-they-dont-value-indigenous-kids-as-much-as-other/

This is due on Wednesday, Oct. 16th.  I’ll give you feedback on your precis writing.

Additinally I asked you to re-read Ch. 9-10 for homework.  Please look for 4 similes/metaphors in those 2 chapters.  We will discuss this on Friday,  Please do not worry about Chapters 11-14 until instructed.  Thank you!

Chapters 9-14 Indian Horse

Finally I mentioned our next field trip to Vancouver Art Gallery (Nov. 12/Nov. 26) depending on your block.  Please see here for more information: Vancouver Art Gallery Field Trip form

Ms. Brett

Monday, Oct. 7th,

Dear Students, Today we had a guest speaker – Mr Allan Buium, a retired Social Studies Teacher from Eric Hamber.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Wednesday.

On Wednesday,  your poem is due – “I am”.  See you then!

Ms. Brett

Email: abrett@vsb.bc.ca

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

Dear Students,

“I am Poem” assigned.  Rough Draft due on Monday, Oct. 7th.  While working on this, please recall the following poems we studied in class “I lost my talk”, “And my heart soars”, “The Lonely Land”, “The Forsaken”, and “Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott”.  Really reflect on the use of repetition, punctuation, content (ideas), expression, tone, title of poem, and VOICE.

REMEMBER: Sound, Image and Idea – THREE INTENSITIES TO POETRY by Ezra Pound.

Good copy is due on Wed. Oct. 9th.

We have a guest speaker coming in on Monday: Allan Buium.

Have a good weekend!  Ms. Brett

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 2019

Dear Students,

Today we looked at “The Forsaken” and for homework I assigned “Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott” by Armand Garnett Ruffo.

https://www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/poem-duncan-campbell-scott

Please read to find examples of religious imagery and allusion plus references to the Crown/British control.

Please remember to bring your signed field trip forms for the Writers Festival.

See you Thursday!

Ms. Brett

September 27th, 2019

Dear Students,

Today we looked at poetry by Chief Dan George “My Heart Soars:  and AJM Smith “The Lonely Land”.   For homework, I assigned “The Forsaken” by Duncan Campbell Scott:

(https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/forsaken)

Please read the poem carefully several times and pay attention to Ezra Pound’s Three intensities to Poetry: Sound, Image, Idea.

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FIELD TRIP NOTICE:

Writers Festival: October 24th.  Meeting at the Arts Club for Event 31: All Roads Lead to Writing.  Please meet at 1585 Johnston Street at 9:45am.  Please arrive earlier to enjoy the Public Market.  You will be dismissed at 11:45am and please hurry back to Eric Hamber for your 2.3 block.

Writers Fest

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Please pay $11 online:  https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

Permission form to be completed/signed and returned ASAP.

Many thanks, Ms. Brett

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

Dear Students,

Today we looked at “Shebandowan” and annotated it carefully as a class.  We also spoke of “The Writer’s Burden” – Unity, Cohesion, Transition, Variety and Emphasis.

Next class we have Kyle Ross joining us.  If you want to start preparing for his visit, please reflect on the following:

write down a value, cultural object, or other symbol of your culture and be prepared to describe its history to you and your family,

Thanks for a great class today.   See you Wednesday.  Ms. Brett

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Dear Students,

Today we discussed “I lost my talk” by Rita Joe.  Then we read Richard Wagamese’s autobiographic essay “Shebandowan”.  There are two questions on the handout – 1) expand on what the essay means to you.  Connect to your own life.  2) Please annotate the essay and look for stylistic devices such as metaphor, simile, alliteration, imagery, repetition, variety in diction (word choice) and syntax (sentence structure), transitions, emphasis (key words). Tone, too.  Please do this on a separate piece of paper.

Due Monday, Sept. 23.  See you then. Have a great weekend.  Ms. Brett

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Dear Students,

Today we reflected on the following:  What landscape stays with you? What location do you recall most reverently? Think about places you’ve been to that continue to stay with you.  What makes that place/location/spot so important?  Explain in detail.

We also read Chapters 9 and 10.

I assigned “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe for homework.

Ms. Brett

Sunday, Sept. 15th,

Dear Students,

Last class I was at the VSB for a meeting.  Your task was to read Chapters 5-8 and work on completing the handout.   We will explore poetry soon and some picture books/graphic novels connected to our study of Indian Horse.  Please continue to think about story telling.  Why is our story important?  How does language shape us? What’s our relationship to the land and/or the land we come from?

Your reflection pieces/discussion exercises are important.  I have them and we will continue to work on them.

See you Tuesday. Ms. Brett

Hi everyone, Nice to meet you today!

Here’s what is due next Monday, September 9th:

-reviewing this blog/website 🙂

-working on your folders and handout

-thinking about an artifact/image from your family (a representation of your family’s past) – Please bring this in!

Have a good weekend. Ms. BrettIMG_8727