Tell Tale Heart project due Jan. 18

Paper for story board, as well as story, plot sheets and rubric handed out in class. 


January 20 Part A and 21 Part B during class time.

Please prepare by studying on Exambank.com



Quest A+ and Exambank.ca Study for Final



Get log in and password for EXAMBANK from Mrs. Lamb

Reading Strategies - Asking Questions

 Identify Reading Strategies -  Asking Questions 

Jan. 4 and Jan. 5- Discussion of reading strategies - asking questions

The Stranger


-reading together and recording questions

Jan. 6 Discussion of reading strategies - asking questions

-reading together -

Jan. 7 - Discussion of reading strategies - asking questions

Jan. 8 - Discussion of reading strategies - asking questions

The Raven Assignment - Jan. 4-8

The Raven - assignment


Copy of the Poem is available at the following site:



The Raven assignment due January 11

Rewriting "The Raven”

Could you be the next Edgar Allan Poe? Let’s find out if you have what it takes to be as dark and mysterious!

For this assignment, you will be writing your own ending to “The Raven.” By taking off the last few stanzas (at least 3), rewrite the poem to have an alternate ending and/or a different story line. Try to use the same rhyme scheme and practice using different poetry techniques including, but not limited to, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, repetition, internal rhyme, and personification.

Try to get creative! Think about some of the things we discussed in class and expand on them or go a completely different route. You could even try to make it creepier, if that’s possible!

The Raven vocab

The Raven by: Edgar Allan Poe
This poem was written in 1845. Some of the words used are not as commonly used today.
Many of the words you might not fully understand are explained below.
Use a dictionary to look up the meaning of any other words you come across in the poem
if you are not 100% sure of the meaning. The words are listed in the order you will find
them in the poem.
1. Lore = wisdom or knowledge
2. Chamber = large room used for meeting people
3. Wrought = shaped or formed
4. Surcease = relief from / a brief release from
5. Entreating = strongly requesting / begging
6. Mortal = human / earthly
7. Lattice = web/net-like pattern/ trellis
8. Obeisance = bow or genuflect
9. Mien = appearance or expression
10. Bust = life-sized statute of a persons head and shoulders
11. Pallas = Greek God of wisdom and the Arts
12. Beguiling = charmed/fascinated
13. Decorum = respectability / good manners
14. Countenance = face/ expression
15. Craven = coward/ gutless
16. Plutonian = Black/ Pluto was Greek god of the underworld
17. Discourse = communication/ conversation
18. Placid = easy-going/ calm
19. ..only stock and store.. = only thing he has got
20. Dirges = funeral song
21. Melancholy = sad and gloomy
22. Ominous = warning/threatening
23. Censer = ghost
24. Seraphim = angels of the highest order
25. Nepenthe = drug that makes you unconscious
26. Tempter = The Devil
27. ... balm in Gilead .. = medicine to relieve pain and suffering
28. Aidenn = Like Eden/ meaning-in heaven
29. Plume = feather
30. Pallid = white/ pale/ colourless

Grade 9 English Language Arts Overview

Students will begin to investigate literary themes, techniques and terminology, and develop insight of literature. Short stories, novels, essays, poetry, and drama make up the literature component of the course. The material will be organized to suit the needs of various classes including K&E. Activities will be employed in fashioning the course so as to suit a wide range of student abilities. Students will undertake a considerable amount of writing: some personal, some in response to the literature, some creative, as well as functional writing. In addition to improving their writing skills, students will develop expertise in editing and in improving their critical and analytical thinking. Students will also be guided in strengthening reading skills and strategies. 

The Tell Tale Heart assignment due January

plot line for short stories

Use the plot "roller coaster" to identify the 5 story elements of The Tell Tale Heart. Fold the paper provided by Mrs. Lamb into eight equal parts and illustrate the plot. Two for rising action and three for falling action will help fill the eight spaces. 

Read to Live - Learn Alberta Site http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/rtl/student.htm

Paragraph structure

Paragraph Structure

Topic Sentence:

The topic sentence is the unifying force of the paragraph. It serves to introduce what the paragraph will be about. All other sentences in the paragraph relate to the topic sentence. The rest of the paragraph will explain, exemplify, or expand on the topic sentence. Topic sentences are like mini thesis statements (an idea that will be presented and argued).

It is important to remember that a paragraph is a group of sentences that explore one idea or topic. It is important that the topic sentence is not too broad.



Chemicals are in food.

Since only one idea or topic should be discussed in each paragraph, this topic is too broad for a single paragraph.


Chemicals are added to many of our foods to keep them from spoiling.

This sentence narrows the focus of the previous sentence and prepares the reader for a discussion of one specific aspect of the writer’s love of fountain pens.


Closing Sentence:


The closing sentence is the last sentence in a paragraph. The closing sentence restates the topic sentence (main idea of the paragraph) using different words.




Adding chemicals is one way to preserve food.

The topic sentence is restated using different words but the meaning remains the same.


Paragraph Structure:


1) Topic Sentence

(The topic sentence introduces the topic of the paragraph.)

2) Idea #1

3) Details/evidence to support idea #1

4) Idea #2

5) Details/evidence to support idea #2

6) Idea #3

7) Details/evidence to support idea #3

8) Closing Sentence

(The closing sentence gives the paragraph closure. Restate the topic sentence with new language.)