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The pages that follow were posted from January 2006 to June 2006


Weekly Feature (Pat): Summer Solstice: June 21, 2006
Pat explains the solstice and links us to a number of resources and quizzes. June 25, 2006

Weekly Feature (L): Reflections of Fatherhood on Father's Day
L ponders the difference between his and his father's experiences of fatherhood. June 20, 2006

Teacher Writing (Sample Provincial Exam Essay):
A Study in Contrast
Brad wrote the prose section of the June 2005 provincial as a practice with his students. Here is his essay written under time pressure!  June 13, 2006

Weekly Feature (Louise)
: Travel
Louise brings us an exercise on writing about travel. Includes an extensive list of travel vocabulary. June 13, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): June 14 Assignment, June 13 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. June 13, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): June 15 Assignment, June 13 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  June 13, 2006

Sherri Hoeflicker Foundation: Book Sale (PDF file)
Full details on the book sale to be held on Tuesday, June 13 at the PALC. June 9, 2006

Weekly Feature (Jennifer): Change
Jennifer, who leaves the PALC at the end of June, writes on life changes. June 4, 2006

Teacher Writing: To Be a Canadian
Brad's response to the arrests of terror suspects in Toronto on Saturday.  June 4, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): June 7 Assignment, June 6 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. June 4, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): June 8 Assignment, June 6 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  June 4, 2006

Weekly Feature (Helen)
: Spirit Bears Make a Difference
Helen's feature brings us up to date on the Spirit Bear exhibits in Vancouver. May 28, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): May 31 Assignment, May 30 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. May 28, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): June 1 Assignment, May 30 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  May 28, 2006

English 11 and 12 Teacher Writing:
The Pain of Curley's Wife; Myself as Amanda's Son
Sample in-class essays on the novel, Of Mice and Men, and the play, The Glass Menagerie.  May 27, 2006

ALL STUDENTS
: Summer Program Registration
Check our calendar for registration information! Note that all students from Grade 7 to 10 will attend five days a week of English classes only in summer.  May 23, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): May 24 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week. May 22, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): May 25 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week.  May 22, 2006

Student Writing: The Suggestive Mystery
Tatiana's essay, written for English 12, gives a thorough examination of the Susan Glaspell story, "A Jury of Her Peers."  May 21, 2005

Weekly Feature (Dina): Summer Sun
Dina's feature give us some background on our amazing sun and warns us to be careful, too!  May 21, 2006

Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Victoria Day
Cheryl's feature outlines the origins of this weekend's holiday. Includes links to local events.  May 16, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad): Looking for a Word in Word? Hit Shift + F7!
Brad's tip gives instructions on using the thesaurus built into Microsoft Word. May 16, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): May 17 Assignment, May 16 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. May 16, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): May 18 Assignment, May 16 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  May 16, 2006

Weekly Feature (Brad): Nine Nights in Paris
Brad's feature, written at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, reflects on his recent trip to Paris.  May 10, 2006

ALL STUDENTS: New Career Resources
New resource on what graduates think of the college programs they've taken.  May 10, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): May 10 Assignment, May 9 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. May 10, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): May 11 Assignment, May 9 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  May 10, 2006

Weekly Feature (Barb): None of us is as smart as all of us
Barb's feature outlines the benefits of group work for better essay preparation.  April 29, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): May 3 Assignment, May 2 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. April 28, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): May 4 Assignment, May 2 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  April 28, 2006

Weekly Feature (Trudi): Descriptive Paragraphs: Student Examples
Trudi's English 10 students demonstrate a variety of descriptive techniques. All paragraphs are based on the character, William, from the story, "All Summer in a Day."  April 23, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): April 26 Assignment, April 25 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. April 23, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): April 27 Assignment, April 25 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  April 23, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad): Variety: The Spice of the Writer's Life
Brad's tip offers a few practical hints to improve the variety of your writing. April 23, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Making Your Writing Specific
Brad's tip includes two detailed student examples with his comments for improvement. April 16, 2006

Weekly Feature (Tazim): Canadian Blood Services
Tazim reminds us of a most important service for all Canadians.  April 16, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): April 19 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week. April 15, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): April 20 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week.  April 15, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Microsoft Word Grammar Check? Beware!
Brad warns students to be wary of the built in grammar checker offered with the popular software. April 11, 2006

Weekly Feature (Rick): "A Great Day": Four Sample Paragraphs
Rick's feature gives us four types: comparison, description, process and narrative.  April 10, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): April 12 Assignment; April 11 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. April 8, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): April 13 Assignment; April 11 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  April 8, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
The Dash: A Handy Mark
Brad explains the dash and gives a number of examples of its correct uses. April 4, 2006

ELA 12 Essay Sample (Brad):
"Three Memorable Stories"
Brad's first draft of an essay on the three stories, "The Doll's House," "The Lottery" and "The Heyday of the Blood." April 4, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): April 5 Assignment; April 4 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week. April 2, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): April 6 Assignment; April 4 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  April 2, 2006

Weekly Feature (Paul): April Fool's Day
Paul's feature explains April Fool's Day. No fooling!  April 1, 2006

ELA 11 Essay Sample (Brad): "The Pleasures of Three Short Stories"
Brad's first draft of an essay on the three stories, "All Summer in a Day," "The Fall of a City" and "Always a Motive." April 1, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Using the Semicolon Well
Brad explains the semicolon and reminds us to avoid "semicolonitis." March 28, 2006

Weekly Feature (Patricia): Florida Oranges
Patricia brings us a feature from Florida, including a sample paragraph and photos from her vacation!  March 26, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): March 29 Assignment; March 28 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  March 26, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): March 30 Assignment; March 28 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  March 26, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Advice on Being Specific: Susan Goldsmith Woolridge
From another book from Brad's bookshelf for writers comes a specific activity to help you find the specific in your writing. March 21, 2006

Weekly Feature (Pat): National Nutrition Month
Pat gives us a wealth of links and explanations for the most important topic of all!  March 19, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): March 22 Assignment; March 21 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  March 19, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): March 23 Assignment; March 21 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's classes held this week.  March 19, 2006

English 12 Teacher Writing:
Imagining "The Lottery" in the Minds of Other Characters
Sample in-class essay on Shirley Jackson's famous short story, "The Lottery."  March 15, 2006

ALL STUDENTS: Counselling Services
Free counselling and advising is available to all students studying at the PALC.  March 15, 2006

Weekly Feature (Louise)
: Alliteration
Louise's feature looks at this powerful poetic technique.  March 15, 2006

English 12 Writing
: Graduating High School Students
Bob writes a short article that follows Crawford Kilian's five guidelines for writing on the web. In his article, Bob presents a positive outlook on today's students and expresses his confidence in their future success.  March 7, 2006

Weekly Feature (L): Reading at the Right Level
L's feature helps you to select the best reading material to suit your own reading level.  March 6, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): March 8 Assignment; March 7 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's class held this week.  March 6, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): March 9 Assignment; March 7 Assignment
Assignments for Louise's class held this week.  March 6, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Writers Care: Reading Anne Lamott
From one of Brad's favourite books on writing, read this week's tip for an interesting quote from writing teacher Anne Lamott. March 4, 2006

Weekly Feature (Jennifer)
: Black History Month
Jennifer's feature explains how black slaves escaped to Canada on the famous "Underground Railroad." February 26, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): March 1 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week.  February 26, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): March 2 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's class held this week.  February 26, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Sleep On It!
Advice to a weary student: when the writing job is complex, go to bed and have a good sleep! February 21, 2006

Web Article (Brad): Answers to a Problem of Literacy
Students in English 12 are working on writing an article for the Web. Here is Brad's sample at the PALC English Students blog for students to use as a guide.  February 21, 2006

New Quizzes: Literature and Composition 7/8/9: Langston Hughes, Literature and Composition Vocabulary Quiz, Spirit Bear Vocabulary Quiz
New vocabulary quizzes from Helen.  February 19, 2006

Weekly Feature (Helen): B.C.'s Spirit Bear
Helen fills us in on this rare animal, now an important provincial symbol for British Columbia. February 19, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): February 23 Assignment, February 21 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 18, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): February 23 Assignment, February 21 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 18, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
Top Ten Ways to Fix Writing Problems
Another great resource, this one found by an English 12 student in the course of researching her weekly assignment on student writing problems. February 14, 2006

English Student Blog:
Invitation to Self-Paced Students
All students who attend the PALC in self-paced English courses are invited to become members of our student blog. By becoming a member, a student may ask questions and participate. View the blog here. Send an email to bhyde@sd40.bc.ca if you'd like to join. Please give your full name and student number in your message! February 14, 2006

Weekly Feature (Dina)
: Heart Month
Dina reminds us all to remember our hearts when eating our Valentine's chocolates!  February 12, 2006

Student Writing
: The Longest Night of My Life
Octavia's personal narrative essay is a gripping account of her family's terrifying ordeal that happened more than 20 years ago.  February 11, 2005

Social Studies 10 (Louise): February 16 Assignment, February 14 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 11, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): February 16 Assignment, February 14 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 11, 2006

English Language Arts 11 (Brad)
: Course Information
Detailed information for students attending the classroom course this term.  February 7, 2006

English Language Arts 12 (Brad): Course Information
Detailed information for students attending the classroom course this term.  February 7, 2006

English 11 and 12 (Brad)
: Blog Resources for First Class
Information for English 11 and 12 students for the first class. Includes a link to Writing for Websites.  February 6, 2006

Weekly Feature (Cheryl)
: Valentine's Day
Cheryl gives us both a historic and personal account of the celebration of love.  February 5, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
50 Writing Tools
An index of 50 writing tools that will help you to improve your writing. A fabulous online resource for any writer,  make it a weekly stop and see your writing improve! February 5, 2006

Social Studies 10 (Louise): February 9 Assignment, February 7 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 5, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): February 9 Assignment, February 7 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  February 5, 2006

ALL STUDENTS: Monthly Events Calendar for February to June 2006
Make plans for the second semester. Includes all events through June, 2006.  February 4, 2006

ALL STUDENTS: New Career Resources
New resource on careers in criminology.  January 30, 2006

Weekly Feature (Brad): Teaching the Personal Narrative Essay
Brad gives his account of a narrative essay unit used in English 11 this term. Includes links to useful resources.  January 29, 2006

English 11:
A Northern Summer: Personal Narrative Essay (Brad)
The third draft of an approximately 1000-word narrative essay.  January 23, 2006

Weekly Feature (Barb)
: You
Barb gives a heartfelt tribute to her students at the PALC.  January 22, 2006

ALL STUDENTS: Registration Week: January 30 to February 3
Returning students re-register on Monday and Tuesday. New students register on Wednesday and Thursday. January 22, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad): Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University: Useful Handouts
An incredible resource, OWL has been assisting students and teachers with their writing needs for many years on the Web. January 22, 2006


English 11
(Brad):
New Blog: Pearson ALC English Students
The new student blog acts as a meeting and discussion space for senior English students from the PALC. Anyone is free to read the postings. 
January 17, 2006

Communications 12 (Louise): January 19 Assignment, January 17 Assignment; January 12 Assignment, January 10 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  January 15, 2006

Science 10 (Louise): January 19 Assignment, January 17 Assignment
Assignment for Louise's classes held this week.  January 15, 2006

Weekly Feature (Trudi)
: Family Literacy Day: January 27
Trudi fills us in with many interesting facts on family literacy.  January 15, 2006

Writing Tip (Brad):
More on the Essay Thesis
An additional resource students writing an essay should check for ideas and advice on improving that most important sentence—the thesis. January 10, 2006


ALL STUDENTS
: Provincial Exam Information
Find all the links you need. January 10, 2006

English 10
(Brad):
Practice Essay Friday: Student Resources
Remember that students will write a full practice essay on Friday, January 13. Links to lots of good information on the essay hosted right here at the PALC. ELA 11 students may also find the links useful. 
January 9, 2006

Weekly Feature (Tazim)
: Volunteering in Your Community
Tazim encourages students to get involved in community through volunteering.  January 7, 2006

English 10
(Brad):
January 4 Notes on Writing an Essay
Notes for students attending Brad's class. 
January 4, 2006

Weekly Feature (Rick)
: Canada Needs a Tropical Island
Rick argues for an 11th province, with tropical heat and good ocean swimming! January 1, 2006
 


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