English 12 – Catcher Test Info

Hi English 12,

Unfortunately I was unexpectedly away today. Here is more info about your test on Friday. 

Friday – PARAGRAPH test for Catcher. You will write 2 longer literary paragraphs, that show your understanding of the text overall. Each will be marked out of 12. I will be marking holistically, which means I will be looking at your written expression (organization, style, mechanics) as well as the depth of understanding of the text. Remember that A-level grades (10,11,12s) need to reflect THEMATIC understanding of the text as well as a good response to the question. 

You will be able to use your novel. A few sticky notes are OK but no extensive notes. You will be given a selection of questions to work from.

Here are some sample questions. You can do one or more for practice and I will make time to give you feedback while we do test prep on Wednesday. There will also be some quotes that serve as prompts (but I didn’t have my book handy while I was prepping these): 

  • In an organized paragraph, discuss how Allie’s death has affected Holden. You can focus on one part of Holden’s character or life, or discuss more broadly.
  • In an organized paragraph, discuss Holden’s relationship with Phoebe. What are his hopes and fears for her? Be as specific as you can.
  • Do you think Holden was justified in abandoning his education at Pencey Prep? Why or why not?


Practice test paragraphs 

Note about all above:

-The webs are for planning. I’ve tried to capture my main points as well as specific examples I can use

-The paragraphs are FIRST DRAFTS written in class. They are not perfect! But I have tried to keep them organized, well-supported, and connected to the themes of the novel.

Other resources

-SparkNotes has good summary and analysis pages

-A Google search will lead you to other teachers’ essay topics. Quality may be uneven…

-Here is the marking package for the Provincial Exam. Scroll down a few pages for the 6 point scale for paragraph (“Stand Alone Text”) – https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/search/grade12/english/release/key/1213en_pk.pdf

English 12 – Narrative Assignment

Update – here’s an example I did. You might remember it from class – I’ve edited it and updated it a bit. I could add a title, too.

Remember that your text/spoken language isn’t an EXPLANATION of the photo, but a story that complements it. 

story example – narrative

Here’s a link to your last assignment for the term. Reminder it’s due on November 27, the same day as your term marks cut-off.

Narrative shorts

English 12 -Bibliographies

Hi class,

A couple notes about final essay submission.

You can submit to me over Google Docs. Make sure at the start of your essay you have included on the document:

Your full name

Your class (English 12, Period __)

The date (November 16, 2018)

An original title

Please make sure you include a bibliography for your synthesis essay in MLA style. THIS LIST IS NOT IN MLA STYLE. You also need to include any additional research sources you used. 

“On the Rainy River” and “The Things They Carried”, The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien, Houghton-Mifflin, New York NY, 1990

Muslim Girl, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Simon and Schuster, New York NY 2016

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Random House NY NY, 2015

“Invierno” – This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz, Faber and Faber, London, England, 2012

“Theme for English B”, Langston Hughes,Selected Poems (Vintage Books,  New York, NY, 1959)

“How the worst moments on our lives make us who we are” – Andrew Solomon, TED, 2014  https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_how_the_worst_moments_in_our_lives_make_us_who_we_are?language=en

“Plight” – This Accident of Being Lost – Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, House of Anansi, Toronto ON, 2017


GIS – Intercultural Development Profiles

Hi Class, 

Reminder about your quiz:

QUIZ โ€“ Next Week! Tuesday November 13

Cultural Orientations โ€“ Be able to define these orientations:

  • Individualism/Collectivism
  • Orientation to Time: Monochronic/Polychronic
  • Orientation to Power: High power and low power distance (hierarchy)
  • Communication (Direct/Indirect)

Bennett Scale โ€“ Be able to define these stages:

Denial, Polarization, Minimization, Acceptance, Adaptation

I will give you SCENARIOS and you will explain them using the culture orientations.

I will give you examples of PEOPLE and you will explain where they are on the Bennett scale. You could suggest things they could do to improve their cultural competency.

Here is a copy of our class powerpoint: The Bennett Scale of Intercultural Development

And here are some examples of people profiles: Intercultural development profiles

English 12 – Sharing in Google Docs

Hey Class,

To share your essay with me in Google Docs, click on the blue “Share” button in the top right corner. Then, type my email address into the top field. It is:


(TIP – Copy-paste from here so that you don’t type it wrong)

Make sure that you use the drop-down menu to select “can comment”.

Then hit Send. 

I couldn’t figure out how to do a screenshot so please enjoy this photo I took of my computer screen:

I will work through the essays in the order I receive them. Early submissions are welcome! I am hoping to get through everything by mid-day Saturday. You’ll receive comments as soon as I make them – your Google Docs may be set up to email you automatically when I add comments, but if not, you can go ahead and check by Saturday.

Final drafts are due on Friday November 16. You can also submit your final essay by Google Docs. I don’t need a paper copy. 

English 12 – This Week’s Classes

Hello English 12,

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be teaching your Monday/Wednesday classes this week (but you will be in good hands). However, I am here and available outside of class time/via email all week. Here’s what will happen in my absence:

Monday – Period 3 will be in the library and Period 4 will be in computer lab B213. Depending on how much work you have already done, you may or may not be ready to start writing. Do NOT start writing without spending lots of time reading and re-reading your texts, taking notes, planning your question and area of focus, and outlining your essay. Ms Miller, your teacher today, is an English teacher and she can help you or check your work. And take advantage of your classmates who are further along in their understanding of the assignment!

Wednesday – You should be writing by now. Period 4 is in the computer lab again. Unfortunately, Period 3, I was not able to get you into the lab/library today. You can bring your own device to write with, draft on paper, or use the day as a study block to do homework for another class (meaning that you will have time to focus on your essay outside of school hours). A study block is NOT a free block – you need to make sure that those around you can work undistracted.

By Wednesday I will post info on how to share your Google Doc with me if that’s not something you know how to do. Remember, your best attempt needs to be in to me by Thursday midnight to get edits. 

Happy writing! 

English 12 Synthesis Essay

Hi English 12!

Here are a whole bunch of attachments you may find useful as you plan your synthesis essay. There are PDFs of most of our texts, and the assignment sheet.

There is NOT a PDF of Theme for English B. It is easy to find online. Google it.

The date for Google Doc submission is Thursday November 8, midnight. This is a FIRM deadline. Anything I receive after this date will be marked as your final draft. First drafts do not need to be complete to receive feedback.

The Things They Carried


On the Rainy River

Muslim Girl


Between the world and me

An Ounce of Cure

Understanding Identity synthesis essay – details

Synthesis planning – class handout including outline