Robyn Buydens, LL English
English Language Arts (ELA) is more than reading and writing. ELA involves:
· Communicating effectively in various places for many different audiences and reasons
· Selecting appropriate forms, structures and technology for a variety of contexts
· Understanding, appreciating and creating a broad range of texts (including multi-media, visual, oral, and print)
- “English holds a special place for me because it is the place where I not only learned English, but where I learned to be a better student.” – A.D.
- “A memorable experience for all involved.” – GG.F.
- “English is made fun, interesting, and engaging because of the teachers and classes.” – C.M.
- “English; The most fun you will have learning about fictional characters dying.” – C.Y.
December 2019/January 2020
Four weeks until the two week-long Christmas Break in December. Four weeks for the students at Forest Lawn High School to demonstrate their mastery of the outcomes for their courses. That’s two fortnights (no, I’m not talking about the videogame…). Yes, there are classes when we come back January, but really: four weeks. Weekly you should be reviewing, revising, rewriting. You should do this weekly, not weakly. Four weeks is both a lot of time, and not much time at all. In the English department, we feel the sands of time running low. In these weary times, the English department has a gift to offer: a brief, yet poignant haiku (note the syllabic structure of the poem: 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, 5 in the third).
Running out of time
Hope this helps you out!
Let this haiku encourage you. Let it guide you through the drear of November and early December snow. Please refer to the most recent tutorial time schedule and location postings.
We hope you had a restful summer and are now ready to get back into the routines of school life. There are plenty of great things happening at Forest Lawn, and the English Department hopes that this school year outshines your previous ones. Yes, it is true, that school can be difficult, but as the daylight dwindles and the cold seasons descend, it is important to turn to the inspired words that reside in so many of the books on our shelves. Take Robert Frost, for instance, he had a way of capturing a moment succinctly:
A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.
There are posted tutorials and scheduled learning opportunities during Titan Time this year. Any student looking to improve his or her learning should refer to these scheduled times throughout the week.