Category Archives: Weekly Writing Assignments

WWA for Thursday, March 24, if possible

As mentioned before the break, we’d like to create a class book based on our March Break experiences. Students might choose to write about a few different experiences, or one highlight. They’ve been asked to enhance their work with images–if you didn’t take any photos, I am sure there’s something relevant from the internet which you could embed. Students are encouraged to write two pages, which we can insert into one page protector. However, if you can only manage one, we’ll make that work. Students are asked to work on this at home, and will also be given a computer period tomorrow as well.

To be a good sport, I did up a WWA, which you may read here 🙂

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Newspaper Item, due on Monday, February 29

In class we brainstormed all the many components of a newspaper, and then divided them up. Your child should know what he/she selected (weather, birth announcement, ad, etc.) We have had some class time to work on this, and students will get more time this week. Friday is a PA Day, so we’ll make the assignment due after the weekend.

Remember, just like in a real newspaper, space is at a premium. Don’t use a font larger than 10. We will be photocopying the paper in black and white, so don’t use coloured items, as they won’t copy well. Outlined items copy best. Here are some samples from previous years.


WWA for January 22 to January 28

The WWA for this week is to either keep reading your Eric Walters book, or to start writing the report.

The formatting went a bit wonky with the transfer from Google Docs. Please ignore all the “1.s”, as the numbers didn’t transfer. Below is the document which was shared to each student’s Google Drive account.

I hope you have enjoyed reading an Eric Walters book. Now, on to the writing portion of the assignment….

For each element of the report, write at least one well constructed paragraph. Give at least one example directly from the text for each section.

Elements to cover:

  1. Setting: Describe the location and time period for the story, and why the author might have chosen this.
  1. Character Development: Choose at least two key characters. Discuss their personality traits and how they develop throughout the story.
  1. Give highlights of the plot. What is the climax of the story? (Climax refers to the point of the story where the tension/ problem reaches its highest point.) What is the resolution? (Resolution refers to how the problem is solved. Resolutions are not always happy.)
  1. What is the theme of the story? Remember, themes are big ideas that apply to literature and also life…. Themes might include: the importance of family, man vs. nature, good vs. evil, change vs. tradition, lessons learned by adolescents growing up (also known as “coming of age”), love and sacrifice, etc. If you are not sure, google ‘themes in literature’, or ask me.
  1. Your review. Did you enjoy the book? Would you recommend it to others? Explain, and give specific examples.


WWA: Read an Eric Walters novel, due January 28


Author Eric Walters will be visiting Westview on March 4. Each student in our class will be reading one of his novels, and will follow this up with a book report.  The WWA for this week (and next if needed), is to read the book and note pages read and comments in the reading log.

Do not lose the log! Students will hand this in when they are finished reading the book, and then will be given the guidelines for the book report.

The books that were distributed today are from our school’s library.  If your child doesn’t like his or her book (not everyone got their first choice), they are welcome to take a different one out from the public library. If you purchase one from a bookstore, Eric Walters will sign the book after his talk on March 4.

Here’s a link to the Hamilton Public Library catalogue.

WWA due December 3

The WWA for the week of November 12 was to read John Beeden’s blog, and write questions and thoughts of encouragement for him. We are very pleased that he got our email and responded to it quickly. An offer to visit the classroom was made. So, it’s important that we keep up with Mr. Beeden’s progress.

This week’s assignment is to read the blog entries from November 20 and onward. For each day, write a few point form notes, highlighting the most significant information from each blog entry. Don’t be too skimpy please; explain the points and use your own words.

Today in class we did the entry for November 19 together. Here’s the result so that we know what is expected:

November 19:  Wet, Cold, and Miserable

-weather is tough, high winds creating a swell that keeps soaking John and the boar

-trying to get on the right angle in order to meet the supply drop

-shoulder injury is making rowing difficult

-has received communication from Tony who is organizing the supply rendezvous

-saw flying fish

Okay, that’s five points, but John writes a lot in his blog! Enjoy reading it, and do a good job of reporting. We’ll send another group email to him next week.

Here’s the link:

Scroll down to November 20, and begin there. Work your way to the current entry. I recommend doing a couple at a time, as there is a fair amount of reading.


“WWA”, well not really… Due by Wednesday, November 25


We have a short week at school coming up, and there will not be a written assignment for next week. Instead, students are asked to prepare a charade of a book, movie or TV show to present to the class by Wednesday. Students are asked to think creatively for pantomines that are unique, but still would be known by all. Thinking back to books and movies that were popular a while ago would be helpful. I’ve been doing this warm up with my other drama classes, and kids are getting titles like “The Hunger Games” after the word “The”!

We did go over the rules of charades in class, but here’s a WikiHow just in case. Skip to Step 7, because the first ones don’t apply. There’s other stuff online, too, if you need more help.