June 10th.  Short Story test tomorrow. Be sure to review literary devices ppt.

See you tomorrow!  Ms. Brett

June 6th, 2019

Hi Students,

Here are the questions for “Everyone Talked Loudly in Chinatown”.  Due Friday, June 7th.

  1. Briefly describe the narrative technique of the story and comment on the effect of the point of view.  How does the point of view help characterize Lin, our protagonist?
  2. Find the variety of conflicts within the story.  Say what they are: internal/external and how they are developed in the story.
  3. Briefly comment the themes of the story and their messages.
  4. What attracts Lin and Todd?  What brings them together?  How does their relationship develop?

June 5, 2019

Dear Students, Short Story test on Friday, June 7th.  I will incorporate short stories with Romeo and Juliet.  Review terms and all notes on our study of Romeo and Juliet.

Multiple choice questions…. /5 on the short story.  Followed by an essay.

Ms. Brett

May 28th, 2019

Dear Students, Act IV and Act V quiz on Monday, June 3.

Short Story quiz next week too.

Here are questions to the “The Loons” which are due on Monday, June 3rd too:

Please read “The Loons” by Margaret Laurence.  Please reply to the following questions:

  1. What point of view does Margaret Laurence use in the story?
  2. What do the loons symbolize in the story?  Did you find any other examples of symbolism in the story?
  3. What is the conflict in the story?
  4. What is the theme of the story?  Please write this in one or two sentences.
  5. How are Piquette and Vanessa foils in the story?
  6. Please write down as much character detail about Piquette and Vanessa as you can.  Consider positive and negative/neutral characteristics throughout the story.

Ms. Brett

May 16th, 2019

Act IV Questions:

Scene One-

  1. Is there anything actually wrong with or unattractive about Paris? Does it seem as though he might make a good husband?
  2. What solution to the problem does the friar offer Juliet?
  3. What other choices did the friar have a this point?

Scene two-

  1. How does Juliet please Capulet in this scene?
  2. What does Capulet’s reaction to Juliet’s apology tell you about him?

Scene three-

  1. What doubts does Juliet have about Friar Laurence?
  2. Does Juliet ever doubt that Romeo will come for her?
  3. What other fears does Juliet have

Scene four-

  1. Does Capulet seem to feel badly about his treatment of Juliet, or to blame himself in any way for her death?



Act V Questions: Notice that this act resolves the conflict. review the plot structure for a tragedy and notice how each act fits in.

Scene one-

  1. What is Romeo’s mood before he receives the news about Juliet?
  2. What happens in this scene that Friar Laurence didn’t consider?
  3. Is this incident another example of coincidence?
  4. What line tells you that Romeo is no longer willing to accept fate as the master of his life and that he is going to take charge of it himself?

Scene two-

  1. Does Romeo want to kill Paris?
  2. What does Romeo notice about Juliet that might have made him wonder is she is really dead?
  3. What are Romeo’s dying words?
  4. Who else is a victim of the tragedy?
  5. What does Prince Escalus mean when he says, “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate/ That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!”
  6. Does Prince Escalus blame himself? Do you think he has cause to- to what extent do leaders have responsibility for the actions of their people?




May 9th,

Dear Students, Please be sure to have read Act III and the questions that accompany each scene.  We will discuss on Tuesday, May 14th.  We will also discuss “Borders”  – another short story by Thomas King.  Please read and complete the following questions.


DUE MAY 14th.  Thank you.
  1. What is the conflict in this story? What type of conflict is it?


  1. What happens at the climax of the story?


  1. Brainstorm what you know about the following concepts. How is each of these addressed in the story?  How are these terms connected in the short story?






May 8th, 2019

“Totem” by Thomas King – read the story below:


1.What do the totem poles symbolize?
2.Why does Mr. Hootam disagree with Beebe that the totem pole is gargling when he knows that it is? Why do different people hear different things?
3. Comment on the repeated line of “lack of space” found in the story.  What is Thomas King referring to?  Where do we see a dearth of Indigenous art and culture?
4.Why is it that they finally stop cutting down the totem poles?
5. What is the irony of this short story?

Questions Due FRIDAY, May 10th.

May 6, 2019

Dear Students, We looked at all of Act II today (you’ve seen the film up until this point too). Please continue to read Act III.  Questions see below.

Terminology for Short Stories/Poetic Devices:


Act III Questions. DUE Tuesday, May 14th.

Scene One:

  1. How does R act when he and Tybalt first meet?  Why?  Who is the first person to mention the possibility of a fight?  Cite the line number.
  2. How is Mercutio stabbed?
  3. Why does Romeo decide to fight Tybalt?
  4. Discuss Prince Escalus’ decision to not execute Romeo.
  5. Why is this scene the turning point of the play?
  6. What are some examples of coincidence in this scene?

Scene Two:

  1. When Juliet finds out that R has killed T, what is her reaction?
  2. What is the nurse’s opinion of men in general?
  3. Once the shock is over, what does Juliet realize?
  4. What symbol of her love does J send to R?

Scene Three:

  1. Would R prefer death to exile? Explain your answer.
  2. What is Friar Laurence’s response to R’s attitude?
  3. What does the Friar tell R he should be happy about?
  4. What does the Nurse give R that “revives his comfort”?

Scenes Four and Five:

  1. Find an example of foreboding?
  2. Is J’s response to her mother in keeping with her character and the way she normally acts toward her parents?
  3. What causes Capulet to lose his temper?
  4. Does Nurse understand J’s grief over R’s banishment and her determination not to marry Paris?
  5. Paraphrase Juliet’s last speech in the scene.

May 2, 2019

Outline for Essay due today.  Please submit via email: abrett@vsb.bc.ca

Questions for the remainder of Act II:

Act II Scene 4

  1. Romeo does not tell his friends about Juliet.  What does this silence reveal about him and his feelings for her?
  2. Why does Shakespeare include this humourous scene with the nurse?
  3. Can Nurse be trusted not to tell Juliet’s parents? Do you think she should tell them?

Scene 5

  1. Why is Juliet worried and frustrated at the end of the scene?
  2. When Nurse arrives, how does she act?

Scene 6

  1. Find a line that gives the feeling of foreboding (bad omen)?
  2. What advice does the Friar give Romeo about love? Cite the lines.

Also, for homework, please review the following slideshow/powerpoint:


DUE Monday, May 6th.

April 25th,

Today we worked on an outline for our argumentative essay.  We will come to this item again next week.

On Tuesday April 30th we will look at Act II – there are questions for scenes 1-3.  I’ll assign the remainder scene questions for Act II in class.

Looks like we will research for our argumentative essay on May 2.

Please complete the questions on the Sonnet found in Act 1, scene 5: (lines 95-109 – pages 33-34 in the text).

  1. Examine the language of the sonnet.  Take notice of the religious imagery.
  2. Why do you think the sonnet contains so much religious imagery?
  3. Is this sonnet the result of accident or design?  Explain your reasons.
  4. Find two examples of metaphor.
  5. English Sonnets are organized into three groups of four lines each, plus a final rhyming couplet. For each of the three quatrains and the final couplet, state the purpose of their groupings.  Provide examples with your answers.
  6. In your own words, explain the quotation: “let lips do what hands do”

Due Tues. April 30th.

April 23, 2019

Act Two Questions


  1. This is the third sonnet in the play so far.  Where are the other two located?

Scene 1.

  1. What is the purpose of this brief scene?

Scene 2.

  1. Why is Romeo not afraid to tell Juliet how he feels?

2. Cite lines that show how Juliet is less impulsive than Romeo.

3. Why doesn’t Juliet want Romeo to swear by the moon?

4. Who brings up the idea of marriage?

Scene 3.

  1. Why does Friar Laurence think that Romeo has sinned?

2. Explain what Friar Laurence meant by “Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes”. Do you agree?

3. Why did Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? Cite the lines that tell you.

4. What advice does Friar Laurence give Romeo at the end of the scene?


April 17, 2019

Act One Scene 4 Questions:

  1. Find a line that describes Romeo’s mood as he and his friends go the Capulet party.
  2. What does Mercutio think of dreams?  Do you agree?
  3. What does Romeo’s response to Mercutio’s  Queen Mab speech say about fate/destiny.  This connects with a common belief Elizabethans had at the time.

Act One Scene 5 Questions:

  1. What lines indicate that Romeo was not really in love with Rosaline?
  2. Tybalt’s anger at the presence of a Montague bears out the hot-tempered nature of his character.  Give the line that reveals what action he would like to take.
  3. What does Lord Capulet’s acceptance of Romeo’s presence tell you about him?

Romeo + Juliet:  Questions for Homework.  Due Tuesday, April 23.  Also, please complete the Shakespeare language h/o.  Have a great long weekend.

Ms. Brett

For you to use as read the play:  https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/romeojuliet/

Act One

Scene One:  1. Benvolio is the peacemaker in the play.  His name comes from the Latin words “bene” meaning good and “volo” which means “I wish”.  Find a line in the scene that captures Benvolio’s personality.

2. How are Tybalt and Benevolio foils?  How are they different to each other?

3. Find a line that reveals the romantic side of Romeo.

Scene Two:

  1. How does Lord Capulet  feel about the feud (family – Montague/Capulet) at this time in his life.  Support your answer with a direct quotation.
  2. Are there any examples of coincidence in this scene?

Scene Three:

  1. What happened to the Nurse’s daughter?
  2. What is the purpose of the Nurse in this scene?
  3. How does Juliet feel about getting married?

DUE Wed. April 17th.  See you then.  Ms. Brett



For your own perusal!

Hello! In class essay on Wednesday November 14. Pls bring your novel and notes.

If you’d like a copy of the PowerPoint I shared today please email me abrett@vsb.bc.ca

Have a great weekend!

Hi! Pls meet in Mini 5 on Fri. Oct. 12th (attendance and announcements).  The TOC will bring you to the lib. for research on the  project.

We will meet at Granville Is. on Tues. Oct. 16th at 9:45 am at Granv. Island Stage.  See you then.

Write Your Heart Out

Patrick deWitt, Lisa Moore, Eden Robinson

Tuesday, October 16
10:15am – 11:45am
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St, VancouverWith five Scotiabank Giller Prize nominations between them, and a stream of other accolades behind their work, Patrick deWitt, Lisa Moore and Eden Robinson are undoubtedly three of Canada’s most-celebrated and -decorated contemporary fiction writers. What makes a story a bestseller? How did these writers go from keen amateurs to award-winning storytellers? How do they identify what makes a compelling tale? The alchemy of the perfect read is hard to define, but students and aspiring writers alike will be inspired by this unforgettable panel sharing insights and infectious humour.

Anne Fleming is an author of five books, including a book of short stories, a collection of poems, two novels, and a children’s book. She served on the jury of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize alongside Amber Dawn and Vivek Shraya in 2013.

Ms. Brett


Dear Students,  Please remember to bring in money for our field trip to the Writers Festival.  Also, Chapter 7 will be assigned tomorrow with homework to be completed for Friday.  See you then!  (Tomorrow I’ll be at a Social Emotional Learning Workshop).

Ms. Brett

Hi Students, Please read Chapter 5 and respond to the questions in the booklet. We will discuss these on Thursday.  Chapter 6 is due October 1st.  Remember to find examples of how allegory is found in the novel so far.

Ms. Brett

Please remember to bring in $ and field trip forms too!

Ms. B

Dear Students – please read Chapter and complete the questions in the package.  See you Tuesday!  Have a good weekend.  Ms. Brett

Dear Students,

Tomorrow in class we look closely at the Seven Commandments and Chapter 3.

You will be given a notice on our upcoming field trip to the Writers Festival:  October 16th at Granville Island.

October 16th
Write Your Heart Out at the Granville Island Stage  10:00-11:45.  Please meet at 9:45 am at the theatre – 1585 Johnstone Street.


 I’ll take attendance and distribute tickets. You will be dismissed from Granville Island at 11:45am.  Be sure to know how to get back to PW by bus.