What are we doing this week?

Monday

  • Game: Werewolf
  • Pitch Deck Presentations

Tuesday

Work Period

  • Grammar lesson 4/4
  • Learning Guide 1 Introduction
  • Pitch Deck Presentations Cont.

Wednesday

  • Grammar Minute 4/4
  • Etymology of Holiday
  • Work / Study Period

Thursday

  • Sample Interview
  • Interview Schedule Sign-ups

Friday

  • Grammar Test / In-class Essay

What lessons are we working on?

Grammar Lesson 2/4 (1-5: simple present and present progressive. 3-7 & 4-8: how many and/or how many note: our questions ask “how many ____ are there?”)

Grammar lesson 3/4 (1-5: Questions in the simple past. 3-7, 4-8: in, on or at.)

Grammar lesson 4/4 (PPT)

What projects are we working on?

Group Project: Pitch Deck

Our third group project is an exploration of entrepreneurship. In this project you will create a Pitch Deck, a PowerPoint presentation which you will use to pitch a business idea to the class.

Meeting Expectations (2-points)
Almost Meeting (1 point) Not Yet Meeting (0 Points)
Presentation has 30-seconds to 2 minutes of speech per person. It contains an intro and conclusion slide and 1 or 2 slides per group member.
Presentation/Speech is a bit long or short (and/or) slides have a bit too much writing. Presentation/Speech is too long or short (and/or) slides  have too much writing.
Presentation is made mostly facing the class Mostly facing notes or slides Fully facing notes or slides
Minimal grammatical errors Major grammatical errors Major grammatical errors get in the way of understanding
Looks good
Some slides are not visually compelling. Too many slides lack visual appeal.
Presentation is clearly a business pitch. Spoken parts are 5 sentences long at minimum. Presentation topics are mostly clear. Spoken parts are 4 sentences long. Presentation topics are unclear. Spoken parts are less than 4 sentences long.

A pitch deck is a brief presentation, often created using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, used to provide your audience with a quick overview of your business plan. You will usually use your pitch deck during face-to-face or online meetings with potential investors, customers, partners, and co-founders. In this presentation your group pitches a (fictional) business plan using a pitch deck.

The Notebook Composition (100-120 Words)

In this activity you respond to the short film, “The Notebook” by writing a composition from the perspective of the mother or the boy on what happened in the story and their emotions. You answer the question, “what happened in the story from the perspective of the boy or the mother (including their emotions)?

To summarize:

  • It must answer the question, “what happened from the perspective of the boy or mother (including their emotions)?”
  • Your composition must have a minimum of three paragraphs (intro, body and conclusion). You can petition to do a single paragraph ahead of time if applicable.
  • Minimal grammar errors
  • Use of appropriate vocabulary (especially having to do with emotions… not just “happy” or “sad”)
  • Minimal spelling errors / typos
Your Mirror Activity

In this activity you watch the short film “Le Miroir” (the mirror), a discussion of this film segues into a simple worksheet which explores our own lives.

Project 2: The 2010s

Our second project takes the lessons we learned from our first project and adds new challenges such as new groups and a greater emphasis on grammar.

Meeting Expectations (2-points)
Almost Meeting (1 point) Not Yet Meeting (0 Points)
Presentation has 30-seconds to 2 minutes of speech. It contains an intro and conclusion slide and 1 or 2 slides per group member. 0 to 10 words per slide.
Presentation/Speech is a bit long or short (and/or) slides have a bit too much writing. Presentation/Speech is too long or short (and/or) slides  have too much writing.
Presentation is made mostly facing the class Mostly facing notes or slides Fully facing notes or slides
Minimal grammatical errors Major grammatical errors Major grammatical errors get in the way of understanding
Looks good
Some slides are not visually compelling. Too many slides lack visual appeal.
Presentation topics are clear. Spoken parts are 5 sentences long and answer a question.
Presentation topics are mostly clear. Spoken parts are 4 sentences long and answer a question. Presentation topics are unclear. Spoken parts are less than 4 sentences long or do not answer a question.

In this presentation you present three decade-defining items / events / social movements:

  • What was the most important book / film / song / album of the 2010s? Why?
  • What fashion(s) will represent the 2010s in the coming decades? Like bell-bottoms in the 70s or neon fashion of the early 90s? Why?
  • What video game will Gen Z (your generation) feel nostalgic for (in 10 or 20 years)? Why?
  • What was the most important social/political moment/event in the 2010s? Why?

… For each item that you pick (be that a video game, a song, a fashion, or a political event) explain why you think it was so important to the 2010s. The three items can be connected or unconnected.

The 2000 Most Common Words

This activity is part of our weekly routine. You are assigned 15 words on Monday. For each of these words you must provide 2 things:

1) Either a synonym or an antonym.

2) A sentence of your own which uses the word correctly.

Every Friday (or Thursday if there is no class Friday) I select five of your words at random from your cumulative list of words.

Project 1: Basic Presentation

Our first project is about building confidence with a 30 second to 2-minute presentation. As long as you meet expectations you will receive full marks on the presentation.

Meeting Expectations (2-points)
Almost Meeting (1 point) Not Yet Meeting (0 Points)
Presentation has 30-seconds to 2 minutes of speech. It contains an intro and conclusion slide and 1 or 2 slides per group member.
Presentation/Speech is a bit long or short Presentation/Speech is too long or short
Presentation is made mostly facing the class Mostly facing notes or slides Fully facing notes or slides
0-10 words per slide Slides have a bit too much writing Slides  have too much writing
1+ images or embedded multimedia per slide Some slides lack images or multimedia Too many slides lack images or multimedia
Presentation topic is clear with minimal grammatical errors Presentation topic is unclear with major grammatical errors Presentation topic is unclear and major grammatical errors get in the way of understanding

What topics can I do my presentation on:

  • Book / Film / Music Recommendation
  • Fashion / Fashion Tips
  • Favourite Game / TV Series

… If you have a different idea please check with Mr. Little

Etymology of a Word Activity

In this activity, students research a word that interests them and which has an interesting etymology. A pdf of this assignment is available here.

What are we doing next week?

Next Monday

  • TBD

Next Tuesday

  • TBD

Next Wednesday

  • TBD

Next Thursday

  • TBD

Next Friday

  • TBD