Grade 10- How to Structure your Poetry Commentaries

Grade 10- How to Structure your Poetry Commentaries

Click on the link (title) above. Here is a site that provides helpful suggestions on how to structure your poetry commentaries. Pay particular attention to how the writer formulates his thesis, focusing on how the poet uses poetic devices to create the meaning of the poem. Use this as study material for your exam on Monday but remember, there is more than just one way to organize your essay. Good luck studying!


G6 Murder Mystery + due date

There are a lot of exciting things going on Grade 6 English right now!  First, our Murder Mystery Party is Monday, May 26, from 6:00 – 8:00.  All the students have their characters and are gearing up to solve the mystery!  Second, the students are working on writing their own Detective Story.  We have been doing pre-writing and the first draft of the story is due on Wednesday, May 28.  So, make sure to get started writing your story this weekend!

For more information on the Murder Mystery, here is the email that was sent to all the parents:

Dear Parents of Grade 6,
As you know from our blog ( Grade 6 is doing a Sherlock Holmes Detective unit in English.
Currently, students are preparing to write their own detective story.  While we are in this writing process, I have planned a fun afternoon where students can practice the deductive skills they have been studying.
This Monday, May 26, we will be having a Murder Mystery Dinner. The event will be from 6:00 – 8:00.  What happens is each person is assigned a character, someone “dies”, and then everyone must use the clues given to figure who committed the crime.  It is not required, but encouraged for everyone to come dressed up!
To make this a fun and successful event, I would appreciate help from you!  These activities are typically done around a dinner, so we are going to make this activity a “pot-luck”.  Are you willing to bring one of the following items?
  • a dish to share
  • dessert
  • drinks
  • paper table cloths, utensils, plates, cups
Parents, you are invited to attend and watch and help facilitate the event if you wish!
Please give permission for this activity by replying to Mr. Dinin in an email. As characters have been assigned, it is essential that everyone comes to the mystery dinner. If you have questions, comments, or would like to come and help, please contact me.
Thank you for your support and help.  I think this will be memorable event for the kids, and will be a fun way to practice their critical thinking skills!
Allison Barlow


Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Grade 8 students will begin reading George Orwell’s famous satirical novel, Animal Farm. We will study elements of a satire not only in the novel but in contemporary media, sometimes even analyzing satire in television series’ such as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. By the end of the unit, students will understand how comedy and humor are used in satire to communicate larger ideas or criticisms about issues in society.

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe's poetry

In this unit, we will be studying Gothic literature. We will look at Gothic elements through the reading of Dracula: The Graphic Novel, as we also study elements of a graphic novel. We will also study the poetry of American Gothic poet, Edgar Allan Poe. During this unit, students will learn about poetic devices, how to identify them within a poem, and present a higher-level analysis of the work. We will look at what makes Gothic literature so enticing and it’s large influence on modern literature and film.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

In Grade 7, we are studying elements of the graphic novel through the reading of American Born Chinese, a great story following the lives of three characters, all facing the same issues of identity and wanting to be accepted by their peers. The novel will help us to think about a lot of important themes like prejudice, stereotypes, friendships, and heritage. I’m sure it will be a very engaging novel in such a diverse and multicultural school!

Grade 10- How to write a body paragraph for a commentary

So, you should all be familiar with the PEE format for body paragraphs. First, start off with a point. Next, use an example from the text. Finally, give an explanation showing the connection between your point and example. But to help you gain a better sense of what this actually looks like, I’ve provided an example in the link below. It uses different terminology such as thesis statement, concrete details, and commentary, but it is the same exact principle. The example is for the play, The Crucible, but the point is to use it as a format for your own commentary body paragraphs. If you use this format, you’ll greatly improve your essays in no time!