T10: Act 4 Reading


Please answer the following questions in order to guide your reading of Act 4. Remember that there will be a final quotation quiz on Monday, covering all of Act 3 and 4. Questions can be taken from any part of our reading so ensure that you use your time to read the text closely.

Act 4 Guided Questions and Quotations

T10 Sub Handouts


Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to come to school today. See below for handouts / assignments.

Romeo and Juliet Written Response

• Due Wednesday night on your blog

• Please use PQS paragraphs.

• Rubric will be provided tomorrow.

• In-text citations for Shakespearean plays follow the format (Act.Scene.Line Numbers). For example (2.3.45-46). 




T10: R+J Act 2 Preview

Talons 10,

For homework tonight, please pre-read Act 2.2, and identify / prepare at least two passages that either reveal how Romeo and Juliet’s conception of love is similar or different. Write these out an explain them (I will check at the beginning of class).

Be prepared to share at the beginning of class tomorrow.

T09: MND Letter to Theseus


Based on our role-play in class today, select a character (Egeus, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia) and craft a letter to Theseus that persuades him to give rule in your favour.

This response should be no longer than one page AND posted on your blog no later than Wednesday, February 6th, BEFORE CLASS.


• What does your chosen character want?

• What do they fear will happen if they do not get what they want?

• What is their main argument / arguments?

• How will they present themselves to the king?

• How does the Athenian law effect them in this matter?


T10: R+J Text Conversation 1.1 and 1.2

Q: What would Benvolio text to Romeo about the skirmish between the Montagues and Capulets, as well as Romeo’s strange behaviour?


• Demonstrate clear understanding of plot

and character of Act 1.1 –1.2.

• Focus on wants / fears

• Language and emojiuse must fit character.

• Response no longer than one page, double sided.


ZIP Final DOL and Presentation


During your reading break it is important to reflect both on the research you have conducted for your ZIP project, as well as prepare for our presentations, which will occur on January 28th and 29th. In order to do so, please complete a final formal DOL response that answers the following questions, in detailed, paragraph form. Consider including images, links, and other learning evidence from your time in class to add depth to this piece. 

1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

2. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

3. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

4. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

6. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

DUE DATE: January 28th before class.



Grade 11 Composition: TED Talks

Hello Grade 11s,

Attached to this post you will find links to the two TED Talks viewed in class today. Please watch / review them in order to answer the following prompt.

Q: What are the benefits of reading a good story?

Based on your notes from today’s TED Talks,  which speaker’s argument is more persuasive in answering the above question? Why? Please write a formal paragraph that provides your reasoning with reference to evidence from each clip. Remember PQS and to compare each speaker’s talk.

Andrew Stanton – “The Clues to a Great Story” (19:16)

Lisa Bu – “How Books Can Open Your Mind” (6:16)

Due: Tomorrow in class

TALONS Writing Tips


“10 Tips for More Concise Writing” by Katherine Firth

Rather than listen to me lecture about the most common issues found in your Earthsea essays and PTI responses, please spend a moment reading over the following article. Consider bookmarking this page and using it as a checklist for your writing going forward.

Consider points 1,2,4,5,9,10 and which one of these concepts you would like to apply to your next piece of formal writing.

As an additional task, I will be asking you to name what your next writing goal is by the end of class today as a ticket out the door, as well as at least one example from your work of why you chose this goal.  

Happy writing!

– Mr. Morris