Welcome to Mr. Puley's Grade 9 English Class

Short Story Unit Begins

September 9th - October 17th, 2008

September 9th, 2008

  • Hand-in "Three Wishes" Assignment
  • Introduction to Short Stories
  • Short Story PowerPoint Introduction - take notes - CLICK HERE to review Short Story Elements
  • Distribute plot graph handout and tips for reading short stories

September 10th, 2008

  • Silent reading + Daily Log entries (log sheets were distributed)
  • Introduction to reading and analyzing short stories - "The Chaser"
  • Read together as a class

September 11th, 2008

  • Clarify journal entries for reading
  • With a partner - Character Sketch of Alan Austen - take-up
  • Homework: 1) Establish the characters of the Old Man and Diana; 2) Complete the rest of the Narrative Organizer - refer to your notes from the other day (you can review the presentation using the link above) - Hand-in on Monday!

September 12th, 2008

  • Silent reading and journaling
  • Media Comparison: The Chaser - story vs. The Twilight Zone episode from 1960
  • Complete the following:
    1. How do the changes alter the original story? Explain.
    2. Why do you think the director made these changes? Explain.
    3. Do you like the choice of actors? Why or why not?
    4. Which version do you like better. Explain.
    5. What is the film's message or moral (theme)?



September 15th, 2008

  • Share notes with a partner on Friday's media exercise - hand-in
  • Active Reading lesson - "How to Read a Short Story" using the Chaser - CLICK HERE to review
  • Answer Key provided - take-up "Using Quotations Exercise"

September 16th, 2008

  • Grade 9 Fun-Day!

September 17th, 2008

  • Plot Graph Elements: PowerPoint review - complete hand-out
  • Quick Short Story Elements Review
  • Short Story Quiz

September 18th, 2008

  • Football Game!

September 19th, 2008

  • Summarizing and Paraphrasing
  • Complete PowerPoint note on Plagiarism
  • Note-taking Exercise - "Horse and Buggy" - write a summary of the information provided
  • Take-up - CLICK HERE for a sample of past student's work and some excellent summaries of the article


September 22nd, 2008

  • No Silent Reading today we will continue with this tomorrow

  • Required text: Literature and Media 9
  • Read The Kayak on pages 33-37
  • Complete questions #1-8 on pages 37-39
  • Complete for homework DUE TOMORROW

September 23rd, 2008

  • The Kayak exercises continued...
  • In-class discussion: Questions #2, 3, and 6 were discussed in class to clarify some common issues, examples were written on the board - HAND-IN for assessment
  • Glossary: Infer (inference) and in medias res

September 24th, 2008

  • Reading and journaling
  • Foreshadowing lesson
  • Homework: Complete "Usage and Style" activity on foreshadowing in Literature and Media 9, p.45, questions 1-4

September 25th, 2008

  • Reading and journaling
  • Vocabulary: The Kayak. Words were listed on the board. You are required to define each word and use each in an original sentence. Hand-in when complete.

September 26th, 2008

  • Vocabulary: pre-reading for short story, The Visitors
  • Define all of the words at the top of the handout provided and then complete the sentences on the worksheet using the words provided. Due Monday!


September 29th, 2008

  • Hand-in The Visitors vocabulary

  • Hand-in 1st Daily Log assignment for your independent reading novel. You will be evaluated on 6 entries (summary and active reading) for a total of 12 marks

  • Silent Reading / Journaling

  • Start: Visitors

September 30th, 2008

  • Read: Visitors

  • Assignment: Narrative Organizer and Plot Graph

October 1st, 2008

  • Silent Reading / Journaling

  • Work Period: Finish the Visitors Narrative Organizer and plot graph. Complete for homework if necessary.

October 2nd, 2008

  • Take-up: The Visitors plot graph and elements of the Narrative Organizer - hand-in for assessment.

  • In-Class Activity: Plot, Setting, Characterization, and Theme in The Visitors.

October 3rd, 2008

  • Lesson: Theme - Assignment: Themes in song

  • Preparation and Pre-Read: Lamb to the Slaughter

  • Possible sentences worksheet for Lamb to the Slaughter. CLICK HERE.


October 6th, 2008

  • Start: Winner's Circle
  • Part I: "Welcome to Wind Rider Farms". CLICK HERE.

October 7th, 2008

  • Hand-in: Themes in song activity

  • Read: Lamb to the Slaughter and complete Narrative Organizer and Plot Graph. Finish for homework and hand in on Thursday! This will be evaluated!

  • CLICK HERE to read Lamb to the Slaughter - there is a short quiz after to help with your comprehension.

  • Lamb to the Slaughter text and short-answer quiz - perfect for studying. CLICK HERE.


Lamb to the Slaughter Comprehension Questions

  1. What is an example of foreshadowing, setting, and direct characterization in Lamb to the Slaughter?
  2. What is the climax of the story?
  3. What is the setting?
  4. At what point in the story does the rising action take place?
  5. What is the genre of the story? How does it meet the criteria of that genre?
  6. How do stereotypes and bias affect the characters in the story?
  7. What details does the author use to describe Mary Maloney's character?
  8. Before the husband breaks the news, name three (3) clues indicating that this evening is going to be a break from routine.
  9. When did Mary Maloney regain consciousness of reality?

October 8th, 2008

  • Continue: Winner's Circle
  • Part II: "Hoofbeats in the Fog". CLICK HERE.

October 9th, 2008

  • Silent Reading / Journaling
  • Hand-in: Lamb to the Slaughter Narrative Organizer, Plot Graph, and comprehension questions
  • Lesson: Three types of Irony and does Alanis Morissette even know what irony is?
  • CLICK HERE for "Ironic" lyrics
  • CLICK HERE to listen to "Ironic"
  • CLICK HERE for the "Three Types of Irony" handout
  • CLICK HERE for the "Three Types of Irony" worksheet
October 10th, 2008

  • Silent Reading / Journaling
  • Activity: Work on Lamb to the Slaughter Irony assignment and hand-in
  • Activity: Complete the character traits worksheet for Mrs. Maloney in the Lamb to the Slaughter and for yourself (marked out of 10)


October 13th, 2008


October 14th, 2008

  • Silent Reading / Journaling
  • Finalize and Review: Lamb to the Slaughter
  • Short Story Comparison Review - Unit Test on Friday!

October 15th, 2008

  • Newspaper Reading
  • Continue: Winner's Circle
  • Start with Word Study - Read Part III: "The Lashing Whip". CLICK HERE
  • HAND-IN: Daily Reading Journal #2

October 16th, 2008

  • Activity / Review: Short Story Comparison Review
  • Assignment: Short Story Assignment distributed - DUE OCTOBER 27th
  • SHORT STORY WRITING TIPS: Building Character
  • Work Period

October 17th, 2008

Rules for the Submission of Assignment Corrections

  1. Go through all of your graded work and use a highlighter to indicate what needs to be corrected.
  2. Complete your corrections on a fresh piece of paper.
    • Clearly label the assignment and question for each correction.
    • Complete only what needs to be corrected - do not do the whole assignment over.
    • Corrections may be made right on worksheets (i.e. Visitors vocabulary).
  3. "Lamb..." sentences
    • Review your first sentences now that you have seen the words in the story.
    • Check the 'Yes' or 'No' box indicating whether the sentence is correct or not
    • Rewrite the sentence if necessary
    • Complete the challenge question- one bonus mark will be awarded for each of the six words used correctly (up to a maximum of 6).

REMEMBER - Your Short Story is DUE OCTOBER 27th!


    Next up....The Chrysalids!