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Writing Tip (Brad): Breaking the Rules: Avoid "Short Choppy Sentences"?
Sometimes, teachers' rules are meant to be broken! Look at this example of the effective use of "short choppy sentences" by Canadian writer, Ethel Wilson.  December 30
All Students: Careers Page Update
Elaine, our career counsellor, has added a new resource for new immigrants wishing to enter a trade in Canada.  December 30
Where Did That Page Go? PALC.net Indexes and Archives
Often, students need to find an older, indexed page. At PALC.net, all our content is saved for your future use. Here are a few of our more important indexes of older pages: Weekly Features from 2002-2003, Tips for Writers Index, Older Page Master Index for 2003, Advanced Composition Worksheets Index December 30

Weekly Feature (Pat): Happy New Year!
Pat has revised and updated Carey's original feature on New Year's traditions around the world. Includes a quiz to try! December 28
Weekly Feature (Louise): Boxing Day—Day of Giving or Day of Sales?
Louise attempts to discover the origins of this Canadian holiday tradition. December 24
Weekly Feature (Trudi): Lights in Winter Holidays
Trudi traces the connections among the many winter holidays at this time of year. Includes Kwanzaa, Hanukah, Christmas, Los Posados and St. Lucia Day. December 12
All Students: Staff and Student Holiday Traditions Page
Ever wonder what Brad or Pat or Tazim do to celebrate the winter holidays? You can find out at our Staff and Student Holiday Traditions Page. Submit your own tradition, too!  December 11
All Students: Winter Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Includes information on Ramadan, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and, of course, Christmas, too!  December 11
Writing Tip (Brad): Strong Verbs: Intensifying Meaning
Learn a few new ways to say "walk" and learn something about using stronger verbs in your writing to communicate more intense and specific meanings.  December 7

Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Christmas 2003
Cheryl outlines some great places and activities for families looking for Christmas fun in the Lower Mainland. December 7
Special Feature (Brad): Test Taking Tips
A list of tips to help you write a successful certificate test. Includes tips for reducing nervousness, tips to follow during the test, items to bring to a test, and tips for writing a math test.  December 2
Student Writing: "Canadians in My Eyes" Demonstration of Show, Don't Tell
Vera's paragraph offers her observations on how Canadians differ from Chinese people. A good demonstration of showing with exact detail.  December 1
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Unusual Canadian Behaviours" Demonstrating Show, Don't Tell
Brad wrote "Unusual Canadian Behaviours" to demonstrate Show, Don't Tell. Compare his thoughts to those of Vera above! December 1
Writing Tip (Brad): Variety: The Spice of a Reader's Life
Yet another tip that will help you obtain the highest marks possible for your certificate test writing this term.  December 1

Weekly Feature (Louise): Subordination
Louise's feature explains this important grammatical concept. Includes a quiz, so you can test yourself.  November 29
Communications 12 (Cheryl's Afternoon Class): Week 11 Assignment
Weekly assignment for your class. November 27
Writing Tip (Brad): Logical Order: The Key to Coherent Paragraphs and Essays
Follow logical order and see your test writing marks improve!  November 25
Student Writing: Poem: "My Eyes"
Tina wrote this poem as a final assignment for English 12.  November 25
Advanced Composition (Brad): The POWER Formula for Writing Essays
Worksheet for this week's classes. November 25
Weekly Feature (Pat): The Flu: How to Protect Yourself
Pat's feature contains everything you need to know and includes links to quizzes to test that knowledge, too!  November 22
All Students: January Registration Dates
Information for returning and new students for January, 2004 registration.  November 21
Advanced Composition (Brad): On with the Show! Are You Showing or Just Telling?
Worksheet for this week's classes. November 17
English 10 (Brad): Try the Quiz: "Poetry: Sound and More"
This week's poem, "My Papa's Waltz," contains many of the elements of poetry tested in the quiz, "Poetry: Sound and More." Try it and see how you do! November 17
All Students: Certificate Tests Information Page
Find out more about our certificate tests. Includes links to sample essays, writing assignments, grammar resources and more. Updated for 2003.  November 16
Social Studies 10 (Cheryl): Class Schedule for Rest of Term
Outline of exam and reviews for Social Studies classes. November 3
Student Challenge (Tazim): Food Bank Drive
Tazim has coordinated our Food Bank Drive again this year. All students are challenged to donate generously to this worthy cause. November 1
Student Writing: Poem: "I am Missing my Country"
Farida's heartfelt poem written for her assignment on poetry in Literature and Composition 4.  October 30
ALL STUDENTS: Monthly Events for 2003 - 2004 School Year
Includes all our closed days, special events, and registration days.

Weekly Feature (Paul): Accommodating Vancouver's Growing Population
Paul brings us a well-researched report on the issues facing our large (and growing!) metropolitan region.  November 15
New Quiz (Literature and Composition 4; Brad): "Double Face" Comprehension Quiz
If you missed class or want to recheck your comprehension of the story. November 15
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): "Double Face" Writing Assignment
 Writing assignment for November 28. Note: Comprehension quiz will be given this Friday. November 13
Advanced Composition (Brad): Coordination and Conjunctions
Worksheet for this week's classes. November 11
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): Reading: "Double Face" by Amy Tan
 Reading assignment for November 14. Note: Comprehension quiz will be given this Friday. November 10
English 10 (Brad): Link for Poetry Study
Link to the poem, "My Papa's Waltz," to be studied in our final classes this term. Reminder about our Unit Two test. November 10
English 10 Teacher/Student Essay (Brad): Attitudes towards Disability
This essay was co-written by the teacher and students. Examples and ideas were provided by student discussion at a prior class. NOTE: Teacher revised version. Check it for differences from your class copy. November 10

Weekly Feature (Cheryl and Pat): Remembrance Day
Cheryl has updated Pat's feature on Remembrance Day for this year. November 8
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Cutting the Lawn" Demonstrating Sequence of Tenses
Brad wrote "Cutting the Lawn" to demonstrate the use of the present tense with the present perfect and present continuous tenses. November 6

English Skills 3B-C (Brad): FANBOYS: The Coordinating Conjunctions
Worksheet for this week's classes. November 6
English 10 (Brad): Co-Writing an Essay
Work with your teacher to compose a class essay.  November 4
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): A Bad Day with Technology
Writing assignment for this week's class. Reading assignment for November 14. November 3
Advanced Composition (Brad): Sequence of Tenses: Simple Present
Worksheet for this week's classes. November 3
Weekly Feature (Helen): Do the Crime - Do the Time?
Helen provides us with current information on uniquely Canadian justice. She includes three quizzes to help you check your knowledge. November 1
Teacher Writing (Brad): Two Paragraphs on Hallowe'en
Brad wrote about Hallowe'en both this year and last. One is titled "Hallowe'en Tricks" and the other "Hallowe'en: Then and Now." October 30

English Skills 3B-C (Brad): Hallowe'en Sentence Writing
Worksheet for this week's classes. October 27
Advanced Composition (Brad): Quality Ingredients Make a Witch's Brew: Writing on Hallowe'en
Worksheet for this week's classes. October 27
English 10 (Brad): "In among the ordinary, a sudden universe of grace" Assignment
NOTE: Vocabulary word list for quiz on October 29.  October 27
New Quiz (Brad): Fill-in-the-blank Quiz on "I, Robot" Vocabulary
New quiz for Literature and Composition 4 students in Paul and Brad's classes. October 26
Teacher Writing (Brad): Two Conclusions to the Essay, "Uses of Propaganda"
Brad wrote two different styles of conclusion  as a demonstration for the lesson,
Essays: Four Ways to End (Conclusions)October 26
Special Feature (Dina): Hallowe'en
Dina has updated Cheryl's 2000 feature to include up-to-date links to information and activities. October 25
Advanced Composition (Brad): Essays: Four Ways to End (Conclusions)
Worksheet for this week's classes. October 20
New Quizzes (Patricia): Two Multiple Choice Quizzes on Using Verbs
Two new multiple choice quizzes from Patricia's Weekly Feature. October 19
Weekly Feature (Patricia): Using the Correct Verb
Patricia outlines important information on subject verb agreements. Includes two quizzes for you to try. October 19
Teacher Writing (Brad): Three Introductions to the Essay, "Uses of Propaganda"
Brad wrote three different styles of introduction as a demonstration for the lesson,
Essays: Four Ways to Begin (Introductions)October 18
Student Writing: Student Tips for Writing Good Paragraphs
Three classes discussed "What Makes a Good Paragraph." Here are their tips and advice.  October 18
Advanced Composition (Brad): Essays: Four Ways to Begin (Introductions)
Worksheet for this week's classes. October 14
English 10 (Brad): Essays: Working with Revision
Classify and group your fellow students' revision and make suggestions for improvements. October 14
Social Studies 10 (Cheryl): Assignment for October 10
Weekly assignment page for your class. October 9
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Uses of Propaganda" Demonstration Essay in Revision
Brad wrote this paragraph to as a starting point for the exercise, Essays: Writing Your First DraftOctober 9

Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): Writing a Paragraph about Conflict
Writing assignment. NEW: Reading assignment for October 17. October 9
Monthly Events: Certificate Tests Dates for Fall Session
Dates for both evening and daytime students. October 8
Advanced Composition (Brad): Reviewing the Body Paragraph
Worksheet for this week's classes. October 7
English 10 (Brad): Essays: Writing Your First Draft
Time to get down to business! We'll have time today to write a first draft of our essay. October 7
Writing Tip (Brad): Answering Questions Well
The English 3B-C Class worked on answers to questions about water conservation in Vancouver. Learn about some good "answering questions" techniques.  October 6
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Student Poems and Class Notes
Read three wonderful student poems: "Safety," "Embrace the Sky," and "Sunset at the Beach." Also, notes on conflict, internal conflict, and use of quotation marks. October 6
Student Writing: "How to be a Parent"—Paragraph on "The Witch"
Richard's writing from our summer semester class demonstrates the use of the past unreal tense in English.  October 5
New Quiz (Brad): Literature and Composition 4: The Flower Drum Song Vocabulary
Fill-in-the-blank quiz to help students study vocabulary. Word list provided so any student can try this quiz. October 5
New Quizzes (Helen): English 2-3A and Social Studies Level 4
Three new matching quizzes to help students study vocabulary and comprehension. October 5
Weekly Feature (Tazim): Reading Comprehension Exercises Online
Tazim points us to three useful Web sites with interactive quizzes for reading comprehension practice. October 5
Special Feature (Trudi): Canadian Thanksgiving
Trudi links us to a new site for information on this holiday. Recipe links, too! October 9
English 10 (Brad): Essays: Examining Topics and Ideas
Bring your topic idea to class and receive six questions from your classmates to help you with finding good ideas. September 30
Advanced Composition (Brad): Examining the Example: Is it Specific and Complete?
Worksheet for this week's classes. September 30
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Vocabulary List for The Flower Drum Song
Word list for the Friday, October 3 vocabulary quiz for Brad and Paul's Literature and Composition 4 Friday classes. September 29
Social Studies 10 (Cheryl): Assignment for September 26
Weekly assignment page for your class. September 29
Weekly Feature (L): Computer and Internet Safety
L gives good information about keeping your computer and your children safe when using the Internet. September 28
New Quiz (Brad): Literature and Composition 4 Quiz on "Sympathy"
New matching quiz to help students study vocabulary for the poem, "Sympathy." September 27
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Interesting Advertising and Propaganda"
Brad wrote this paragraph to as a starting point for the exercise, What Do You Know? Developing an Essay Topic September 27
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): Writing a Short Poem
Worksheet for Brad and Paul's Literature and Composition 4 Friday classes. September 27
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): Sample Poem: "Out on a Limb One Day"
A sample eight line poem using rhyme and metaphor following our class assignment rules. September 26
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): Class Discussion on Water Conservation
For Brad's Friday 2:45 to 3:45 class.  September 25
English 10 (Brad): Essays: Finding Your Ideas and Topic
A lively student discussion on ways to find a topic more easily. September 25
Advanced Composition (Brad): What Do You Know? Developing an Essay Topic
Worksheet for this week's classes. September 23
English 10 (Brad): Discussing the Essay
View this week's worksheet, a class discussion of the essay. September 22
New Quizzes (Helen): English 2-3A and Social Studies Level 4
Four new matching quizzes to help students study vocabulary and comprehension. September 22
Social Studies Level 4 (Helen): Week 2 Assignments
Weekly assignment for your class. September 21
Communications 12 (Helen's Evening Class): Week 2 Assignments
Weekly assignment for your class. Includes link to a vocabulary quiz on "Charles." September 21
Weekly Feature (Brad): West Nile Virus, A Real Danger
Brad outlines this new, and serious, virus transmitted by mosquitoes, which has affected his uncle in Alberta. September 21
Weekly Feature (Trudi): Time Management and Study Skills
Trudi reminds students of the importance of scheduling time and studying effectively. September 14
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): Course Information
For Brad's Friday 2:45 to 3:45 class. Links to previous term notes on idioms, vocabulary and more.  September 14
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad): Course Information
For Brad's Friday 9:15 to 11:15 class. Includes links to vocabulary quizzes from previous terms. September 14
English 10 (Brad): Class Outline
For Brad's Wednesday 12:30 to 2:30 English 10 class. September 13
Advanced Composition (Brad): Class Introduction
Students in Level 5/10 evenings and Level 10 daytime are welcome to attend this writing class held each  Wednesday at 2:45 and also at 6:30 on Thursdays. September 13
Teachers' Pages:
Teacher pages for class information: Tazim's Page, Pat's Page, Cheryl's Page September 13
Weekly Feature (Cheryl): The Hot, Dry Summer of 2003
Cheryl writes on BC's extraordinary summer and how it has affected her and her family. September 5
Weekly Feature Update (Cheryl): Dragon Bones Sketchbook
There is new information of interest to students and parents at Cheryl's feature: "I have now prepared a website showing 'life restorations' of many of the specimens which might be of interest to parents (or teachers) who've seen this exhibit -- putting flesh on the bones, as it were." September 3
Weekly Feature (Pat): September 03 Registration and Classes
Pat answers questions many returning students have asked about September registration. August 17
Weekly Feature (L): Labour Day
L sends greetings from Malaysia along with information on Labour Day celebrations around the world. August 31
Weekly Feature (Louise): Coordination
Louise goes over the important grammatical term, coordination. Includes a self-marking practice quiz. August 24
Weekly Feature (Paul): The West Edmonton Mall
Paul suggests an interesting and unusual vacation destination. August 10
New Quiz (Science 4): Multiple Choice Quiz on "Viruses"
Any student can try this new multiple choice quiz. August 8
Student Writing: "If I Had Been the Mother"—Paragraph on "The Witch"
Grace writes on how she would have handled a tricky situation on a train ride. Shows good use of quotation marks in a paragraph.  August 4
New Quiz (English 5/10): Fill-in-the-Blank Vocabulary Quiz for "Chow Yun Fat"
Any student can try this new fill-in-the-blank quiz. August 4
New Quiz (Science 5): Multiple Choice Quiz on "Calories and Food Energy"
Any student can try this new multiple choice quiz. July 24
New Quiz (Social Studies 4): Fill-in-the-Blank Vocabulary Quiz for "An Icy Summer"
Any student can try this new fill-in-the-blank quiz. July 24
New Quiz (Social Studies 4): Fill-in-the-Blank Vocabulary Quiz for "Arctic Flight"
Any student can try this new fill-in-the-blank quiz. July 22
New Quiz (English 10): Fill-in-the-Blank Vocabulary Quiz for "The Witch"
Any student can try this new fill-in-the-blank quiz. July 20
Weekly Feature (Brad): Editing a 20 Error Paragraph
Brad gives us two versions of a paragraph for editing practice, one with 20 errors, one corrected. July 20
Weekly Feature (Pat): The World Health Organization (WHO)
Pat explains the historical role of this important worldwide organization. June 12
Student Writing: "The Eyes" Student Poem
Lucky has written a lovely poem as an assignment for English 12.  June 7
Weekly Feature (L): How to Survive the Certificate Tests
L outlines everything you need to know in his five-point guide to writing the tests, including good answering techniques. June 1
Student Writing: "The Unique Behaviours in Canada" Showing vs. Telling
Suzanne has written an interesting short essay for her assignment,  On With the Show! Showing versus Telling, for the Advanced Composition class. May 31
Sample Standard Essay (Brad): Living Without TV
Sample 350-word essay written with the English 10 class. May 31
Advanced Composition (Brad): What's Your Best Sentence?
This week work together to identify and practice your best quality sentences. May 26
Writing Tip (Brad): The Title Rules! (Review and Examples)
The Literature and Composition 4 students have learned how to write good titles. View their work, along with a thorough review of the rules for writing good titles.  May 25

Weekly Feature (Cheryl): National Missing Children's Day (May 25)
Cheryl outlines the important services of Child Find BC and Child Find Canada, organizations dedicated to protecting children. May 25
Sample Standard Essay (Brad): Keeping the Burglars Away!
Sample 350-word essay written with the Advanced Composition class. May 24
New Quizzes (Tazim): Thermal Energy and Units of Measurement
New practice matching quizzes for Tazim's Science 10 students. May 24
GED: GED Practice Questions
Practice questions for the new version of the GED (General Educational Development) test for Grade 12 graduation equivalency. May 22

English 10 (Brad): "Indelible Memories" (Sample Essay)
Brad wrote this essay as a demonstration for the assignment on Touch your arm, touch your heart May 20

Weekly Feature (Pat): Career Planning and Post-Secondary Information
Pat gives important information on using the counselling services available to students at the PALC. May 18
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Crazy Canadians!"
Brad wrote this paragraph to "show" the behaviour of some Canadians for a lesson called, On With the Show! Showing versus TellingMay 17

New Quiz (Brad): Easily Confused Word Pairs Quiz
Do you know the difference between "lie" and "lay"? Try this fill-in-the-blank quiz to find out! May 17
Monthly Events: Registration Dates for September
If you are planning on taking the summer off, here are your registration dates for September, 2003. May 17
Advanced Composition (Brad): Writing for an Audience
This week, practice the important skill of writing for an audience. May 13
English 10 (Brad): Group Discussion for Touch your arm, touch your heart
This week's discussion worksheet and essay assignment for the reading. May 13

New Quizzes (Tazim): Three Matching Quizzes on Canada's Capital Cities (3B-C)
Three practice quizzes for Social Studies Levels 3B-C students. May 10
Student Writing: "Buying Shoes," a Traditional Chinese Folktale
Ou has written an English version of a popular story found in Chinese elementary school textbooks for her assignment,  Family Stories , for Literature and Composition Level 4. May 10
English 10 (Brad): Reading for May 14 and Test Reminder
Link to your class reading online for next week, May 14, class. Remember to study for Lessons 28 through 32 in your Level H book! May 5

Advanced Composition (Brad): On with the Show! Showing versus Telling
This week, learn the most basic rule followed by good writers: Show! Don't Tell! May 5
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Vancouver Spring" and "Gulf Island Spring"
Brad, along with his Advanced Composition class, wrote two paragraphs as a demonstration for the lesson, The Specific is TerrificMay 4
Weekly Feature (Helen): English as the Global Language
This week, Helen writes about the history of English and why it has become a global language. May 4
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): Confusing Word Pair Example Sentences Part 2
View the student sentences which illustrate confusing word pairs like "lose" and "loose." May 3
Advanced Composition (Brad): The Specific is Terrific
This week, learn how to make your writing more specific, using the senses and writing about springtime (which has finally arrived in Vancouver!). April 29
English 10 (Brad): Examining an Essay about Poetry
This week's worksheet helps students to understand the marking guide used by the teachers for essay evaluations. Remember: Test on Level H Lessons 28 - 32 next week! April 29
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Reading Assignment
Assignment for this week's class. Remember to do your writing on
Family Stories! April 29
Weekly Feature (Louise): Spelling Demons Part 5
This week, Louise continues her series on commonly misspelled words. Includes a quiz so you can test yourself. April 26
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): Confusing Word Pair Example Sentences
View the student sentences which illustrate confusing word pairs like "lie" and "lay." April 23
Writing Tip (Brad): Questions and Answers about the Essay
A series of student questions about different parts of the essay. Topics discussed include, Paragraph Hooks, Placement of Body Paragraphs, Transition Words and more. April 18
Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Discover Beautiful British Columbia
Cheryl encourages us to vacation in Beautiful British Columbia. Lots of useful links to travel information. April 18
New Index: Weekly Features for 2002-2003 School Year
Makes finding that old feature a bit easier. Look here for all our features in 2002-2003. April 15
Advanced Composition (Brad): Four Ways to End an Essay
This week, learn four useful techniques for ending (writing a conclusion) an essay in an interesting way. April 15
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Quiz on "Bless Me, Ultima" Vocabulary
Fill-in-the-blank quiz includes a word list, so any student may try it for a challenge!  April 14
English 10 (Brad): Writing an Essay about Poetry
This week's worksheet outlines a method used to prepare for writing a 500 word essay on poetry. Group work and your homework assignment for the break. April 14.
Weekly Feature (Tazim): Writing Topic Sentences
Tazim points out good Web resources on the Topic Sentence. Includes links to pages here at PALC.net April 13
Job and Career Resources Page: New Resources Added
Two new sites added: Canadian Careers and the International Credential Evaluation Service. Both sites should be of interest to students new to Canada. April 12
Science 10 (Tazim): Physics Page Added
Link to two quizzes to help you with your study of Physics. April 12
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Family Stories (Writing Worksheet)
Your assignment worksheet helps us examine our family's oral stories and our ideas about teaching right and wrong to children.  April 10
Monthly Events: Certificate Test Dates; Summer Semester Dates
Check all the dates for the upcoming Certificate Tests. Also, find out when to re-register for the summer term.  April 10
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Vocabulary Quiz Word List
Information on the reading and writing assignments for this Friday, April 4.  April 8
English 10 (Brad): Three Poems for the Study of Poetic Devices
This week's worksheet includes links to important definitions of metaphor, paradox, assonance, rhyme, and alliteration. Come to class to practice identifying the devices in the poems we studied last week. April 7.
Advanced Composition (Brad): Four Ways to Begin an Essay
This week, learn four useful techniques for beginning an essay in an interesting way. April 7
Weekly Feature (Brad): Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Brad outlines what is known (and not known) about this new disease affecting people worldwide. April 6
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Drivers' Mistakes" Demonstration of a Body Paragraph
Brad, along with his Advanced Composition class, wrote a short paragraph demonstration for the lesson, Turning Topics into Threes. Includes class notes on using heuristics to expand on topic ideas.  April 6
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): SARS Information
This week, we will learn the facts and some useful vocabulary for this worldwide medical emergency. April 1
Advanced Composition (Brad): Turning Topics into Threes
This week, a workshop on developing essay topics into the required three paragraph structure. March 31
Weekly Feature (Carey): Daylight Saving Time
Carey reminds us to set our clocks next Sunday and provides useful and interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time. March 30
Student Writing: "A Happy Time" by Dana (Autobiography using Anecdote)
Dana's paragraph illustrates the use of anecdote to help us understand her character. Written for the Literature and Composition assignment, About Ourselves: Learning to Write an Autobiography. March 29
Special Feature (Louise): Tests, Tests and More Tests!
Louise writes on test taking strategies, points out web resources, and provides a quiz for you to test your knowledge and vocabulary. March 25
Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Dragon Bones
Cheryl fills us in on an interesting exhibit of dinosaur bones, eggs, and embryos.  March 23
Writing Tip (Brad): Punctuation Review: Increasing Sentence Length
Sentences by the Level 3B-C show how to use the comma, apostrophe, hyphen, exclamation mark, and quotation marks. Comments from the teacher on increasing sentence length. March 19
New Quiz (English Level 4): "Putting Together a Paragraph" What's on Your Shopping List?
New scrambled paragraph quiz from Paul. Put the sentences in their correct order. March 19
New Quiz (LitComp 4): "Street Directions" Vocabulary Challenge
New fill-in-the-blank quiz. Word list provided so any student may try it. March 15
Weekly Feature (Patricia): The Olympic Games
This week, Patricia outlines Vancouver's Winter Olympics bid and gives us relevant links to visit. March 15
Advanced Composition (Brad): Student Self Assessment
This week, we will assess our learning so far this term and make plans for the second half of the term following the break. March 10
Defining the Topic Sentence (Linda Barbour): Editor's Clarification and Comment  
Linda Barbour, Educational Specialist and Editor for Critical Thinking Books & Software, explains the original purpose of the paragraphs and the teaching series from which they came. March 10
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Writing about an Annoyance
This Friday's worksheet.  March 10
Special Feature (Brad): Defining the Topic Sentence 6 (Brad and L and Jeanette)  
The final installment looks at Brad and L's response for the PALC along with Jeanette's (teacher at Helping Up Mission) class query that began the whole exercise. A Web collaboration with the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore, Maryland. March 9
Weekly Feature (Brad): The Atlas of Canada
This week, Brad introduces us to the many fabulous online resources about Canada. Includes links to curriculum, quizzes, common questions and more. March 8
Student Writing: "My Favourite Place: My Parent's Home" by Natasa
Another example of good quality descriptive writing, Natasa followed the advice of the worksheet, What Does it Look Like?: Four Rules of Description. March 8
English 10 Teacher Sample Essay (Brad): My Thoughts on "Teaching and Learning"
Sample essay for your assignment due next Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Remember to prepare for your Unit 2 test on Sentences! March 6
English 10 (Brad): Parts of the Essay (Review)
Student discussion notes on the parts of the essay. Includes opinions on when, exactly, the parts should be written. March 5
English 10 (Brad): What Makes a Good Essay?
Discussion and essay-writing workshop. Choose your topic for a short essay. Note to English 10 Students: Remember our Unit 2 (Sentences) Review Test will be on March 12. March 3
Advanced Composition (Brad): Revision Workshop
This week's lesson will include live revision of one or more student paragraphs. March 3
Student Writing: "A Place I Like Very Much: Central Park" by James
An example of good quality descriptive writing, James followed the advice of the worksheet, What Does it Look Like?: Four Rules of Description. March 1
New Quiz (LitComp 4): "Black Elk Speaks" Vocabulary Challenge
New fill-in-the-blank quiz. Word list provided so any student may try it. March 1
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): About Ourselves: Feeling "Out of Place"
This week's writing assignment for Literature and Composition 4 students. February 28
English 10 (Brad): Answers to "Teaching and Learning" Questions
Answers to all the questions given in class on February 26. Be sure to read before your next class on March 5. February 27
English 10 (Brad): "Teaching and Learning": Guided Reading Questions
Questions to be used in group work and class discussion this Wednesday. Make sure to read and understand the vocabulary before the class. February 25
Advanced Composition (Brad): Looking Closely at Student Writers
This week's lesson features the work of a number of our PALC.net student writers. This class will look critically at a number of student writers from our web site. February 25
Teacher Writing (Brad): "Vancouver Versus Quebec City" Comparison Contrast and Revision
 Read both the first draft and the final, with revisions.  February 23
English Skills 3B-C (Brad): FANBOYS Sample Sentences with Conjunctions
View the students' sample sentences along with the teacher's comments. February 23
Weekly Feature (Cheryl): Stanley Cup Playoff Hockey
This week, Cheryl gives us information and links to help us follow hockey (and the fortunes of our home team, The Canucks!). February 23
PALC Resource Pages: Resources (Revised with Descriptions)
Newly revised with full descriptions of our many resources. February 22
Literature and Composition 4 (Brad; Paul): Autobiography and Reading Assignment
Link to your current class assignment and to a copy of last week's worksheet for an autobiography paragraph, "About Ourselves: Learning to Write an Autobiography." Visit your class page for quizzes on "Say Hey." February 18
Advanced Composition (Brad): A Lesson in Contrasts: Writing Comparison Contrast
This week's lesson helps students to write better comparison contrast paragraphs. February 17
English 10 (Brad): Preparing for Unit One: Vocabulary (Review Test)
Important information for English 10 students. Students are reminded to complete work in Unit 1 of Language Exercises "H." February 17
Student Writing: Description of Places and Characters  
Great examples to help you learn more about descriptive writing. Teacher comments are included on each example. February 16
Weekly Feature (Pat): Heart Month
This week, Pat reminds us to take care of ourselves and our hearts. February 16
Advanced Composition (Brad): A Real Character: Describing a Person
This week's lesson helps students to write better descriptions. Group work and writing exercise. February 11
English 10 (Brad): Reader-Based Questions for Paragraph Revision
This week's lesson for English 10 students. Students are reminded to complete work in Unit 1 of Language Exercises "H." February 11
New Quiz: "Say Hey" Vocabulary Quiz for Literature and Composition 4
New fill-in-the-blank quiz for Brad, Paul, and Pat's classes. February 10
Literature and Composition 4: February 7 Notes from "Say Hey"
Notes and vocabulary from the reading from Willie Mays' autobiography, "Say Hey." February 10
New Quiz: Spelling Demons Quiz 4
New cloze quiz from Louise's Weekly Feature. February 10
Weekly Feature (Louise): Spelling Demons Part 4
This week, Louise continues her series on commonly misspelled words. Includes a quiz so you can test yourself. February 9
Chemistry 12: Resource Page for Chemistry 12
New resource page provides fantastic links to help you pass provincial exams, work with an online periodic table and more. Thanks to Louise for researching these. February 8
English Skills 3B-C: What Do Good Listeners Do? (and Bad Listeners, too!)
Read the results of the group work from Friday's class on February 7. Good ideas from the students. February 7
Teacher Writing (Brad): "The Mountainview Cemetery" Descriptive Writing and Revision
Following Stephen King's rule, the original paragraph of 211 words is cut to 173, more than the 10% King recommends. Read both the first draft and the final, with revisions.  February 6
Advanced Composition (Brad): What Does it Look Like? Four Rules of Description
This week's lesson helps students to write better descriptive paragraphs. February 3
English 10 (Brad): "The Father" Group Questions and Writing Assignment
This week's lesson for English 10 students. February 3
Weekly Feature (Paul): On Becoming a Better Listener
This week, Paul discusses how to improve your listening skills. February 2
Student Writing: What Makes a Good Paragraph?
Comments from Advanced Composition students in the Wednesday and Thursday classes. Includes teacher comments, too. February 2
New Quizzes: "The Father" for English 10 and "Say Hey" for Lit Comp 4
New cloze quizzes for Brad's English 10 class and for Pat, Paul, and Brad's Literature and Composition 4 classes. February 2
New Quizzes: Social Studies Level 4; English 3B-C
Three new matching quizzes for Helen's classes.  January 28
English 10 (Brad): Topic Sentence Exercise and "The Father"
Our class will be analyzing two paragraphs (to be given in class) for topic sentences. In addition, we will begin reading the story, "The Father." January 26
Advanced Composition (Brad): What Makes a Good Paragraph?
This week's lesson asks students to consider the essential elements of good paragraph writing. January 26
Weekly Feature (Trudi): Happy Chinese New Year!  
This week, Trudi gives us information on an important cultural tradition. January 26
New Quizzes: Communications 12 (Whales for the Killing) and Helen's Level 4 and 2-3A Classes
Four new fill-in-the-blank quizzes for Louise's Communications 12 class AND two new matching quizzes for Helen's Level 4 Social Studies and Level 2-3A.  January 25
Featured Web Site: Technology Buzzwords for Students
How much is a gigabyte? Have you any pixels on your screen? Find out the meanings of these common computer terms at this easy to read and understand site. January 25
Weekly Feature (Carey): The Language of Mathematics  
This week, Carey explains to us how the language of Mathematics is an everyday, useful vocabulary for anyone to possess. January 19
Writing Tip (Brad): Metaphors We Live By (All Language is Metaphor!)
Metaphor is used by poets, right? No, we use metaphor all the time, according to the text, Metaphors We Live By. January 19
New Quizzes: Supermarket Vocabulary for Level 3B-C
Three new quizzes for Helen's classes. Two matching quizzes and one fill-in-the-blank quiz to help you with your reading vocabulary. January 19
Featured Web Site: PhoneBusters.com
Unfortunately, Canada is a worldwide centre for telephone fraud. Read up on the most common scams and rip-offs. Protect yourself! Site is maintained by the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. January 18
Advanced Composition (Brad): Class Introduction
An overview of the class, offered on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. and on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.. January 13
English 10: Course Outline
Description of Brad's English 10 class, offered on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30. Includes links to Web resources to aid your study at this level. January 13
English Skills 3B-C: Class Page
Class page for Brad's Friday afternoon (2:45 to 3:45) English Skills 3B-C class. Includes information on class format, access to previous lessons, and quizzes on idiomatic English. January 13
Literature and Composition 4: Class Page
Class page for Brad's Friday morning (9:15 to 11:15) Literature and Composition 4. Includes lessons and quizzes from previous terms. Note that a textbook will be sold in this week's class. January 13
Weekly Feature (Trudi): An Illustrated Approach to Vocabulary  
This week, Trudi leads us to a site where a student can learn new vocabulary through pictures. January 12
Weekly Feature (Brad): Effective Educational Web Design (Part Two: Building in Interactivity the Free and Easy Way)  
This week, Brad continues his series on Web Design to be used in conjunction with Professional Development workshops to be held on January 31. January 11
Brad's English Lessons: Complete 2002 Index
Updated through to the end of the 2002. Includes lessons grouped together with student and teacher writing samples. Poetry, The Folktale, and Vocabulary are a few of the topics covered. January 11
Featured Web Site: Baghdad.com
A one stop Web site reporting on news concerning Iraq. January 11
Weekly Feature and Quiz (Trudi): Is it a Cold or The Flu?  
This week, Trudi points out two Web sites to help you learn the difference. Includes a comprehension quiz. January 6
Writing Tip (Brad): Want to be a Writer? Stephen King's Advice
Stephen King's book, On Writing, is a wonderful text. What is his primary writing advice? January 5
Featured Web Site: Web Page Evaluation Worksheet
Especially for teachers planning to attend the SD 40 workshop, "If You Build it Will They Come?". January 5
New Quiz: New Year 2003 Quiz
Cheryl brings us a multiple choice quiz that checks your knowledge of a wide variety of facts from sports through politics. January 3
Weekly Feature (Brad): Effective Educational Web Design (Part One: It's Your Content that Counts)  
This week, Brad begins a series of discussions on Web design to be used in a School District 40 Professional Development Day workshop. December 31
Featured Web Site: New Year's Celebrations from Around the World
From the online magazine, Topics, for learners of English. December 26
New Quiz: Christmas Holiday Traditions
Tazim has made a simple matching quiz to check your knowledge of Christmas traditions. December 22
Weekly Feature (Trudi): Family Literacy Day and Season's Greetings!
This week, sends our best wishes and gives us information on an important event in January, 2003. December 22
Lost Quiz: A Teacher's Summer Day (Vocabulary)
Read the Weekly Feature, then try the quiz. A "lost" quiz from last summer, now listed on our quiz pages! December 17
Thank You to Students: Food Bank Drive a Great Success!
A message to you from your teachers. December 16
Weekly Feature (Patricia): Marking Your Writing
This week, Patricia explains the "C,F,S,M" marking system used by the teachers. December 15
Featured Web Site: Holidays from Around the World (Children's Writing)
Lovely stories about the holidays from children around the world. December 14
Teacher's Personal Page: Paul's Favourites
Our newest teacher, Paul, shares his favourites. December 14
Teacher's Personal Page: L's Favourites
Finally, L has decided to share his favourites with you! December 14
Recognition Day Ceremonies: Information on Student Recognition Ceremonies
Find out the times and dates of our Evening and Daytime Student Recognition Ceremonies. December 10
Communications 12 (Louise): Reminder to Students about In-Class Paragraphs
Louise has a reminder for all Communications 12 students. December 8
Writing Tips Index (Brad): Easier to Browse Index of Writing Tips
A new index page includes tips from the past few months. Easy to browse, each link leads to a tip page for easy reading. Many of these tips are useful to writers preparing for certificate essays! December 8
Weekly Feature (Tazim): Folk and Fairy Tales
This week, Tazim points us to a favourite Web site, full of stories with important messages for all. December 8
Writing Tip (Brad): Parallel Structure: A President's Inaugural Address
Read a quotation from Lyndon Bains Johnson's Inaugural Address and learn more about the effective use of parallel structure in your writing. December 3
Weekly Feature (Pat): Writing Essays
This week, Pat points students to two great online resources for essay writing. Also, she provides a fill-in-the-blank quiz for you to test your knowledge. December 1
Featured Web Site: Pink Flamingo's Resource Lists (SD 40 Community Educator)
An excellent assortment of links to important, topical, and often intriguing information. Especially for anyone interested in the Web and computers in education. November 30
Weekly Feature (Louise): Spelling Demons (Part 3)
This week, part three of Louise's feature to help you conquer commonly misspelled words. Includes a link to a fill-in-the-blank quiz. November 25
English 10 (Brad, Nov. 27 Class): Practice Reading Exam; Essay Results; Marking Guide
A full class to help you all prepare for the upcoming test session. Remember, your tests begin on December 9.  November 25

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