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Wilson's Teaching Schedule:

Semester Two
Period 1: Prep Period - No Class
Period 2: ENG 1P - Grade 9 English, Applied
Period 3: NBV 3E - Grade 11 Aboriginal Beliefs, Values and Aspirations, Workplace
Period 4: ENG 2P - Grade 10 English, Applied

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NEWS & UPDATES...

...August 1, 2013...
Visit wilsonteacher.ca for the new version of this site!

Developing this website continues to be a ton of fun and a great learning experience. This version of the website is no longer updated, though feel free to explore different sections for lesson information, assignments, and other material. Note that older classes are archived but I can still share content with interested folks. Just e-mail me.

Check out the new WilsonTeacher.ca from now on!

...February 4, 2013...
Welcome Semester Two Students!

This semester I have three great classes, all of which will hopefully cover a multitude of topics, engage students, and create learning success. Check back weekly for updates! Here's a rundown of the classes:

ENG1P involves teaching oral communication, reading, writing, and media studies skills. We focus on some reading and writing basics before jumping into short stories, a novel study, some poetry, a play and grammar development. There's a bit of work involved but everything will fall into place and improve student's language skills!

NBV3E Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations is a fairly new course to GCHS. In this class students learn about identity, sovereignty, relationships and challenges regarding Canada's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. There is a ton of interesting stuff out there and I'm enthusiastic about this course!

ENG2P continues to develop student's language skills with a start on paragraph and writing development. This will lead into some focused reading and writing strategies, (reading comprehension, supporting ideas in writing, adding details) that also revolve around the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is in March. We also do "English-y" stuff like short stories, essays, a novel study and a play. Should be a good time!

Parents and guardians are always invited to make an appointment to check out their child's performance and progress in class. Visitors are welcome, too! If you have any questions about your child's progress, I'm always available by email at swilson@sgdsb.on.ca. Thanks!

...January 7, 2013...
Updates have been long overdue on this site and I apologize for that, but things have been incredibly busy. Anyway, a large amount of ENG3U and ENG4C assignments have been uploaded. Students who are missing assignments should make use of this resource to get caught up.

All three classes have been progressing very well, save for those with attendance issues! Here's a rundown of what's been happening for the last month, and how things will wrap up as Semester One comes to an end: ENG3U students did a great job with Macbeth and though many found the essay challenging, there were some good arguments made. The class is currently working on their Canterbury Tales Independent Study Unit. The written components of this major assignment are due on Friday, January 11, 2013. Oral presentations will be scheduled for the week following. The semester will end with an examination of "Beowulf".

ENG4C students continue to do generally well, though there are some in the class who have fallen behind due to attendance issues and incomplete work. The Christmas Carol unit came and went, and the class has almost completed a short Business Communications unit. The semester will wrap up with an independent assignment where students will examine a selected short story. Also, the class will read the novel 1984.

AVI2O students tested their patience with soapstone carvings, and the final products were great. There were definitely some personal favourites! The class has also been working on portraiture sketching. To wrap up, the class will endeavour to complete three more projects: An expirement with clay; a look at Woodlands art; and the completion of a final culminating assignment/exam. It will be busy so those with attendance issues must ensure they attend class!

Parents and guardians are always invited to make an appointment to check out their child's performance and progress in class. Visitors are welcome, too! If you have any questions about your child's progress, I'm always available by email at swilson@sgdsb.on.ca. Thanks!

...November 12, 2012...
This week marks the middle of the semester...already! As such, midterm marks and comments have been sent to the office for compilation and should be out in the next few weeks. These reports are sent to parents/guardians/students through the mail. Here's an update of what's happening in class:

ENG3U students created some interested writing in the short story unit and then researched a short story to create a visual representation of that story's themes, characters and conflicts. This week, students will move on to Shakespeare's MacBeth, a great tale about knowing one's place in the world. It should be fun!

ENG4C students are beginning their study of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which will lead up nicely to the Christmas season. This unit will focus on oral reading skills, presentation skills and some group work. It will be a nice change (for some) from previous units and will require students to participate regularly!

AVI2O students will complete printmaking this week, and some photographs will be posted soon. Following printmaking, the class will work on some art history information before moving on to soapstone carving, which will be awesome!

In the meantime, check out the Acrylic Painting Gallery to see the work of some of the AVI2O students!

Parents and guardians are always invited to make an appointment to check out their child's performance and progress in class. Visitors are welcome, too! If you have any questions about your child's progress, I'm always available by email at swilson@sgdsb.on.ca. Thanks!

...October 29, 2012...
October has come to a close and warm afternoons are being replaced with snowy days. In a few weeks, midterm reports will be prepared for students, something especially important to potential grads. In the meantime, classes continue to be busy - and here's an update of what's going on this week:

ENG3U students are beginning a short unit on (appropriately) short fiction. As most students understand the basic terminologies, the focus is on the development of creative writing. Examples from authors, both Canadian and foreign, will be used in this unit.

ENG4C students will also work on a short story unit after finally having completed the Crow Lake novel study. The Foundations of English 12 textbook offers some good short story examples and students will work on developing their own creative writing skills, especially in terms of using the senses to build detail within their stories.

AVI2O students have completed some amazing acrylic paintings. This week, students will review shading and drawing techniques. Even though this was introduced earlier, the skills are of vital importance so a revisit is necessary. Students will do this over the course of a few days and then we will begin our next bigger unit, an exploration of printmaking!

Parents and guardians are always invited to make an appointment to check out their child's performance and progress in class. Visitors are welcome, too! If you have any questions about your child's progress, I'm always available by email at swilson@sgdsb.on.ca. Thanks!

...October 15, 2012...
The first Progress Report was handed out to students last week, followed by Parents' Night. If you were unable to make it, or are curious about your child's class, please get in touch with me and I'd be more than happy to provide that information. Thing are continuing to go well in classes. The MidTerm report is only one month away and for senior students, this is particularly important as post-secondary schools may use this report for admission purposes. Therefore it is vital that students keep caught up! Anyway, here's a rundown of this week:

ENG3U students will complete the chapter studies of Frankenstein. The pace of the unit has been fairly quick and some students have shown some difficulties with the material. It is important that students make use of resources available to them for studying the novel. Following the chapter studies, students will do some performance and culminating tasks, including a debate, a unit test and an essay. The unit should wrap up by the end of next week.

ENG4C students have crossed the halfway point of the Crow Lake novel study unit. Many students are behind in their reading and it is important that students get caught up. The class is a little bit behind as a few days this past week had to be set aside to allow the majority of students to get caught up. It is my hope that students will stay caught up as the novel study unit comes closer to an end.

AVI2O students spent the last week planning an acrylic painting assignment. Students found a photograph online and then doctored it using Adobe Photoshop. Students then sketched an enlargement of the photograph's outlines on canvas paper and began painting. Most students will continue this project this week. I will add photographs of the work on the site soon!

Parents and guardians are always invited to make an appointment to check out their child's performance and progress in class. Visitors are welcome, too! If you have any questions about your child's progress, I'm always available by email at swilson@sgdsb.on.ca. Thanks!

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