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The pages that follow were posted from December 2004 through June 2005


Weekly Feature (Rick): Teen Slang
Rick's interesting feature will help parents to understand their teenage children.  June 6

Communications 12
:
New Course Outline; Units Available Online
Access a full course outline and units of study for our self-paced Communications 12 course.  
June 5

Weekly Feature (Paul)
: Asian Heritage Month
Paul fills us in on Asian Heritage Month, the many countries represented, and Canada's special links to Asia. May 30

Communications 12
(Louise; Wednesday):
Class Assignment
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday 9:15 or 12:30 class.  
May 23

Social Studies 10 (Louise; Tuesday): Class Assignment
Lesson for students attending the Monday, 6:30 class.
May 23

Teacher Writing (Brad):
What Makes Me Angry?: "Neighbourhood Litterbugs"
Written for the Writing Practice on "what makes us angry," Brad writes about a neighbourhood problem. May 22

Writing Tip (Brad):
Eight Steps to a Successful Test Essay
An eight step plan for writing a test essay. The tip includes a full sample essay, "The Benefits of Daydreaming" based on a standard essay topic.  
May 22

Weekly Feature (Patricia)
: Fun Runs
Patricia demonstrates the standard paragraph and fills us in on a great way to have fun while helping the community. May 22

ALL STUDENTS
: Summer Registration Dates
Information for all students, new and returning for the PALC Summer Program (held this year at Glenbrook Middle School; see The Big Move page for more information). May 22

ALL STUDENTS
: The Big Move: PALC Summer Program 2005 (Updated)
Information on the PALC's big move to Glenbrook Middle School for our exciting new summer program. Includes a direction map to help you find your way. Room numbers added. May 19

Weekly Feature (Pat): History of Victoria Day Weekend
Pat fills us in on the history of the upcoming long weekend and provides a comprehensive list of activities all may enjoy. May 15

ALL STUDENTS
: Certificate Test Schedule
Find the dates for all your tests. May 10

ALL STUDENTS: Frequently Asked Questions about Certificate Tests
Paul's feature answers many of the most commonly asked questions students have about the upcoming Certificate Tests. May 10

Weekly Feature (Louise)
: Cinquains
Louise provides us with two easy recipes to learn how to write a cinquain. Includes six example poems. May 8

Advanced Composition (Brad): Using Adverbs to Compare: More and Most
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class. Includes a teacher writing sample, "Expecting Changes," and a handy chart of adverbs.   May 1


Weekly Feature (L)
: Career Choices - Tough Choices?
L makes some good suggestions for "out of the box" thinking on careers. May 1

English 10
(Brad):
The Timelines of Immigrant Lives
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.   April 25


Career Resources
(Elaine; Counsellor): New BC University
Another new university, Thompson Rivers University, for BC students. April 25

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Vigorous Verbs: Increase your Writing Power
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   April 24


Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): About Ourselves: "Feeling Out of Place"
Student worksheet for April 29 class.  April 24

Weekly Feature (Jennifer)
: The Essay: Part Two
Jennifer continues her feature on the essay with important information on ordering ideas. April 24

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Climbing and Swinging from Trees
Written for the Writing Practice on "games we played as children," Brad recalls his childhood tree climbing exploits. April 23

Weekly Feature (Helen)
: Terry Fox: A Coin for a Canadian Hero
Helen fills us in on the 25th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. Includes a vocabulary matching quiz. April 17

English 10
(Brad):
Evaluating our Writing about Mood
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.   April 16


Essentials of Mathematics 12:
Course Outline and Documents

Students taking Essentials of Mathematics 12 may access course materials at this page.  
April 16

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): Black Elk Speaks: Autobiography
Student worksheet for April 15 class.  April 12

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Adverb Clauses and "As"
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   April 10


English 10
(Brad):
Lingkuan Gorge: Writing about Mood
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class. Includes sample student and teacher writing for this topic.  April 10


Weekly Feature (Cheryl)
: Dental Health Month
Ever had a toothache or a filling? Take good care of your teeth by following Cheryl's useful advice and avoid problems with your teeth! April 10

Writing Practice: The Five "Ws" and the "H"
Using heuristics (the five "Ws" and the "H") to aid detail in writing. Student examples and a teacher paragraph, "Shopping for Nothing at Ikea." April 9


Teacher Writing (Brad):
Fast Food? Enjoy your Dinner!
Paragraph written to take the opposite view in persuasive writing. April 9

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): Writing a Restaurant Review
Student worksheet for April 8 class.  April 4

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Four Ways to Begin an Essay
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   April 4


Reading Skills
(Helen): "The Gift of Cochise" Elements of a Story
Information on short story elements for Helen's English Level 5. April 4

Vocabulary
(Helen): "The Gift of Cochise" Sample Sentences
Vocabulary demonstrated in sentences for Helen's English Level 5. April 4

Weekly Feature (Dina)
: Math Awareness Month
Dina fills us in on Math Awareness Month and points out some fun and interesting Internet resources. April 3

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Taxes? Of Course!
Paragraph written as a reaction to an article studied by English 10 students, "O Canada I pay my tax for thee." April 3

Writing Practice: Idiomatic Adjective and Preposition Combinations
Example sentences showing the correct use of various adjective and preposition combinations. April 3

Vocabulary
(Helen): "A Blind Man Catches a Bird" Sample Sentences
Vocabulary demonstrated in sentences for the 4 to 5 Wednesday class. April 2

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): "E! Entertainment Television" TV Review
Student worksheet for April 1 class.  March 28

Writing Tip (Brad):
Topic Sentences: The Controlling Idea
A definition of the controlling idea, a key to good topic sentences.  
March 27

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Four Ways to End an Essay
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   March 27


English 10
(Brad):
Persuasive Writing: "O Canada I Pay My Taxes for Thee"
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class. Includes a sample persuasive paragraph.  
March 27

New Quizzes
(Helen): Level 4 Vocabulary Review Quizzes
Two matching quizzes to help students with their study from Helen's 4 classes. March 27

Writing Practice: Idiomatic Verb and Preposition Combinations
Example sentences showing the correct use of various verb and preposition combinations. Includes a short paragraph demonstration by the teacher.  March 27

Student Writing
: Giant Plunge
Hiromi's first short story is inspired by Sean O'Failain's story, "The Trout." In it, a young girl learns to conquer her fear of the water.  March 26

Weekly Feature (Jennifer)
: The Essay: Part One
Jennifer gives us details on SABOC, Select, Audience, Brainstorm, Communicate. Includes a sample essay on ice cream. Yummy!  March 26

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Expanding a Paragraph into an Essay
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   March
23

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): The World of Work
Example sentences with teacher correction on the topic of "A Job We've Had." Teacher writing example is a short paragraph titled, "My First 'Real' Job." March 21

Weekly Feature (Brad)
: Easter 2005
Brad gives some Easter memories and points out some Internet sites for those who'd like to learn more.  March 20

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): The Best Gifts
Example sentences with teacher correction on the topic of "The Best Gift." Teacher writing example is a short paragraph titled, "A Teacher's Gift." March 14

English 10
(Brad):
Essay Review
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class. NOTE: The Unit Two Sentences Review Test from Level H Language Exercises will be on March 23. 
March 14

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Writing the Body Paragraph
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.   March 14


Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): "Street Directions" Writing an Anecdote
Student worksheet for March 18 class.  March 14

New Quiz
(Brad): "The Trout" Vocabulary: Student Sentences
English 10 students wrote excellent sentences to demonstrate some of the key vocabulary in the story, "The Trout." Any student may try this quiz. March 13

English 10 (Brad): Notes from Short Story Revision Class
Notes include titles, advice on verb tense, comments on first sentences and more. 
March 13

Weekly Feature (Tazim)
: Family Fun in Vancouver
Tazim points out a great Web resource to help families choose exciting activities during the upcoming Spring Break.  March 13

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): "Street Directions" Discussion and Vocabulary
Student worksheet for March 11 class.  March 8

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
How Teachers Mark Your Essays
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class. Includes a copy of the marking rubric used by teachers when marking Certificate Test essays.  March
7

English 10
(Brad):
Guided Revision of a Short Story
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class. NOTE: The Unit Two Sentences Review Test from Level H Language Exercises will be on March 23. 
March 7

New Quizzes
(Helen): Level 4 and 5 Vocabulary Review Quizzes
Two matching quizzes to help students with their study from Helen's Level 5 and 4/5 classes. March 7

Weekly Feature (Rick): Web Sites I Enjoy
Rick has done great research and found a number of excellent web sites to help adult learning. March 6

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples)
: Our Earliest Memories
Example sentences with teacher correction on the topic of "Our Earliest Memories." Teacher writing example is a short paragraph titled, "My Bicycle Accident." March 5

English 10
(Brad):
Notes from Wednesday's Class
Notes for students who missed the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class. Includes a link to class answers from students who studied "The Trout" in 2002.  
March 3

Lit and Comp 4
(Helen): Quiz on Persuasive Writing in Advertisements
Fill-in-the-blank quiz to practice your vocabulary from the reading.  March 2

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Pretty Parallels: Capturing a Reader's Eye
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class. Includes two teacher example paragraphs.  March 1


Student Writing
: A Place to Live
Atala writes a beautiful descriptive paragraph about her grandmother's house. Full of lovely detail using all the senses, it ends with song lyrics from Louis Armstrong.  February 28

English 10
(Brad):
Preparing to Write a Short Story
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  February 27


Lit and Comp 4
(Brad): "Flower Drum Song" Composition with Dialogue
Student worksheet for March 4 class.  February 27

Weekly Feature (Paul)
: Canada's Fight to Stop Smoking
Paul's well-researched feature gives us solid evidence for quitting this dangerous habit. February 27

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): Our Hometown
Example sentences with teacher correction on the topic of "Our Hometown." Teacher writing example is included on Brad's hometown. February 26

English 10 (Brad):
Class Notes for February 23 Class
Class notes on parts of a story from your class this week.  February 26


Career Resources (Elaine; Counsellor): New Resources for Job Seekers
New site added for those seeking employment: Labour Market Information. February 24

New Math Resource:
Times Tables Practice Page
Louise has located a great resource for students who wish to practice their times tables online in a fun, interactive way.  
February 20

Lit and Comp 4 (Helen's Class): Persuasive Writing and a Quiz
More information on persuasive writing for Helen's students. Includes a vocabulary matching quiz for the reading and a link to a sample persuasive paragraph.  February 20

English 10
(Brad):
Preparing to Read a Short Story
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  February
19

Advanced Composition (Brad):
Writing an Essay: Discuss and Write
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  February 19


Weekly Feature (Patricia): Birds at Deer Lake
Patricia writes a demonstration paragraph. Includes photos taken at Deer Lake. February 19

Advanced Composition (Brad):
Writing an Essay: Favourite Lessons
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  February 13


Writing Tip (Brad):
A Place I Hate: Using the Senses
A series of different sensory views of a place I hate: the weight room at my local community centre. 
February 13

Lit and Comp 4 (Brad; Friday): "Flower Drum Song"
Student worksheet for February 18 class.  February 13

Teacher Writing (Brad):
A Red Lady
Paragraph written as a demonstration of "red" vocabulary. It includes a number of red things suggested by students in Literature and Composition 4. February 12

Weekly Feature (Pat)
: Valentine's Day
Pat's feature includes great links to idioms, quizzes and more on Valentine's Day. February 12

ALL STUDENTS: Connecting with the Community
: Immigrant Workshops
Ever wonder how the Canadian school system works? Ever had trouble with your landlord? If so, come to this free workshop series held in Room 280 at lunch. Muffins and beverages provided! February 8

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday): "What Is Helen Trying to Learn?"
Student worksheet for February 11 class.  February 8

English 10
(Brad):
Writing an Essay
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  February 7


Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Using the Five Senses in Description
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  February 7


Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): Simple Sentences (Noun and Verb)
Stephen King, the best-selling American author, offers us a simple exercise to increase the power of our writing: write two-word sentences! Many beautiful examples given. February
7

Weekly Feature (Helen)
: Business Idioms
Helen gives us a list of common business idioms. Includes a self-marking quiz to test yourself. February 6

New Quiz (Helen): Business Idioms Matching Quiz
Matching quiz based on Helen's Weekly Feature. February 6

English 10
Quiz (Brad):
Quiz on Poetry: Sound and Structure
Practice quiz for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 class.  
February 5

Writing Tip (Brad): Simple, Parallel, Short: What Sentence Should We Use?
A series of sentences that demonstrate key aspects of sentence style.  
February 5

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): What We're Reading Now
What we read has a direct influence on how we write. Student and teacher examples of our ongoing reading. February 5


Student Writing
: Free Tranquilizer
An excellent descriptive paragraph about the delights to be found at Central Park in Burnaby. By a former student who wishes to remain anonymous.  February 1

Lit and Comp 4 (Brad; Friday): A Paragraph Checklist
Student worksheet for February 4 class.  February 1

Advanced Composition
(Brad):
Four Rules for Good Descriptive Writing
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  Includes a teacher writing sample, "A Perfect Place; A Perfect Plan."  
January 31

English 10
(Brad):
Poetry: Sound and Structure
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  
January 31

Career Resources
(Elaine; Counsellor): New Resources for Job Seekers
New site added for those seeking employment: Jobs Etc. ca January 31

Weekly Feature (L)
: Chinese New Year 4702
L fills us in on the Blind Rooster Year, celebrated on February 9, a year especially dangerous for lovers! January 30

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): A Favourite Place: Style
Results of our writing practice based on the important text, The Elements of Style. Includes student sentences, teacher comments and a teacher paragraph, "My Tub." 
January 29

Writing Practice (Brad; Wednesday): Making Sentences Longer: Appositives
Results of our writing practice for making sentences longer. Includes student sentences, teacher comments and teacher examples. 
January 27

Lit and Comp 4 (Brad; Friday): Too Much Television: Writing
Student worksheet for January 28 class.  January 25

English 10 (Brad):
One Poet on War
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  
January 24

Advanced Composition (Brad):
Coordination and Conjunctions (Fanboys!)
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  Includes a teacher writing sample, "An Unusual Marriage."  
January 24

Teacher Writing (Brad):
My Students' Choice to Study
Short paragraph demonstrating the use of the infinitive in the subject and as an adjective. January 24

Weekly Feature (Brad)
: Four Tools for Better Writing
Brad gives us his personal opinion on four essential tools good writers need to use. January 23

New Quizzes (Helen): Level 4 and 5 Review Quizzes
Two matching quizzes and a multiple choice to help students with their study from Helen's Level 5 and 4/5 classes. January 23

Writing Tip (Brad):
A Writing Exercise with Exercise (Being Specific)
Poet Susan Goldsmith Woolridge gives valuable advice on being specific and helps a writer to stay physically healthy at the same time!  
January 23

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): Descriptive Writing: One Person as Two
Results of our writing practice on the topic, "Writing about one person as if he or she is two people" Includes student sentences, teacher comments and a teacher example. 
January 22

Writing Practice (Notes and Examples): Stories about Rain (Narrative Writing)
Results of our writing practice on the topic, "Writing about Rain as a Narrative (story)" Includes student sentences, teacher comments and a teacher example. 
January 22

Teacher Writing (Brad):
Three Writing Rules (Two Versions)
Two paragraphs with Brad's opinion on important rules for writing. The first draft was 146 words; the second is only 100, yet makes the same points!  January 20

All Students
: Student Success Workshops
Workshops on Learning Styles, Study Skills, Test Taking Skills, and Time Management offered to all Level 4 and above students.  January 18

English Skills 2A-3C
(Brad; Friday): Confusing Word Pairs
Student worksheet for January 21 class.  January 18

Lit and Comp 4
(Brad; Friday):
Opinions and Persuasion
Student worksheet for January 21 class.  January 18

New Quizzes (Helen): Level 4 and 5 Vocabulary Review Quizzes
Three matching quizzes to help students with vocabulary study from Helen's Level 5 and 4/5 classes. January 18

Advanced Composition (Brad): Using Infinitives as Nouns and Adjectives
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  Includes a teacher writing sample.  
January 17

English 10 (Brad; Wednesday): Defining Freedom
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  
January 17

Student Writing: An Ordinary Day
Far from ordinary, Octavia's paragraph captures the sights and smells and sounds of an outdoor market. Sensuous writing with excellent detail! January 16

Weekly Feature (Louise): Acrostic Poetry
Louise gives us a complete how-to-do-it for this ancient form of poetry. Includes examples! January 16

Writing Tip (Brad): Practice, Practice, Practice
Students in this week's Writing Practice wrote for 10 minutes. Done daily, writing practice will improve your writing steadily.  
January 14

Writing Practice
(Notes and Examples): Writing about Lunch (in public)
Results of our writing practice on the topic, "Writing about Lunch in a Public Setting." Includes student sentences, teacher comments and a teacher example. 
January 14

Essentials of Mathematics 11: Course Introduction and Documents
Students taking the new course, EMA 11, may access all needed documents from this page.  
January 13

Writing Practice
(Notes and Examples): Descriptive Writing about Snow
Results of our writing practice on the topic, "snow." Includes an extensive vocabulary list, student sentences, teacher comments and a teacher example. 
January 12

Louise's Page: Update for 2005
Everything you need to know about your teacher Louise's classes for 2005. January 11

Advanced Composition:
The Three Most Important Rules for Writing
Lesson for students attending the Thursday, 6:30 p.m. class.  
January 10

English 10 (Brad; Wednesday):
By Way of Introduction: What We do Well
Lesson for students attending the Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. class.  
January 10

Writing Tip (Brad): Learn One New Word Every Day!
Many of my students identify vocabulary as a key weakness. Use the Merriam Webster "Word of the Day" web site to learn a new word every day!  
January 9

Weekly Feature (Dina): Blood Donation
Have you ever donated blood? If so, you're rarer than you think! Dina fills us in on this essential activity. January 9

Special Feature: What's New on our Navigation Menus
New changes to our navigation menus help you get around the site even more easily than before! Includes example graphics to show you where to find new menu items. January 4

Brad's Page: Update for 2005
Everything you need to know about your teacher Brad's classes for 2005. January 4

Weekly Feature (Cheryl): 2005: A New Beginning
Cheryl outlines some of her resolutions for the new year and gives us a list of some of people's common resolutions. January 3

Student Writing: My Apartment
Xiao Hong's descriptive paragraph communicates to us the charming simplicity of a small apartment. January 2

Helen's Page: Update for 2005
Everything you need to know about your teacher Helen's classes for 2005. January 2

Writing Tip (Brad):
The One "Essential" Book of English Usage
A small book, available at any bookstore or online and one that any serious student of writing should consider.  
January 2

Special Feature: Helping Tsunami Victims in Asia
Links to sites on the Web where you can donate money to aid the millions of people in need. December 29

Weekly Feature (Brad): Preparing for a Family Christmas
Brad shares his holiday preparations and wishes us all a joyous season. December 24

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