School Closure – Friday 2 March – English Update

As a result of the school being closed to pupils again on Friday, each English teacher has provided a further update of tasks to be completed for pupils who are missing English lessons.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Ross High on Monday!

Mrs Barry:

A2 National 5 – Watch the film ‘Landing’ on Vimeo. Ensure all folio essays are below maximum 1000 words, on the template and shared with me on Google Classroom.

3X2: Read this article about creating setting and write 3 sentences for the setting of the creative story we are preparing as if panning with camera.

2X1 – You should ensure that Dracula monologue is completed. Return to horror poem in jotter and re- edit your own from the paired work you already did. This will be another piece for folio.

Mrs Clyde:

2X2 & 3X3 – Continue with personal reading and summarise what you have read so far this week.

3Y1 – Continue with ‘Of Mice and Men’ revision from BBC Bitesize and class notes.

Mr MacLean:

A1 Higher – login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

Mrs Maxwell:

3Y2 – You are to imagine you are Curley’s wife, Crooks or Candy and write about how they feel. Think about loneliness, prejudice and their hopes for the future.

3X4 – Continue work on conflict scripts on Google Docs. You can also create illustrations to go with their scripts.

2X3  – Write a paragraph about what you think is in Room 13. Try to include descriptive words. Go on to describe how you think Fliss will react.

Mrs Morrison:

3Y4: If possible, re-watch or research your own choice of favourite film to enable you to complete detailed notes for your presentation slideshow in class.

3X1: Personal reading, either fiction or non-fiction; research on “Merchant of Venice” up to Act 3 to supplement discussions we have had in class.

E1 Higher: Continue & complete work set yesterday work by Mrs Aitken on Google Classroom.

Miss Munro:

A3 National 4 – You should continue to research Desmond Doss. Post a link to one of the online sources you have found to our Google Classroom.

F1 National 5 – You should work on your folio. Final drafts of creative writing pieces were due in today. Message me via Google Classroom to confirm that you’ve definitely shared it and that they are ready to be marked.

2X4 – Write a short poem about a snowman. You must include at least one simile and one metaphor. You can also continue with your personal reading.

Miss Sheridan:

3Y3 – Continue research on World War One.

E2 National 5 – Analyse the trailer for ‘True Grit’ (link and questions on Google Classroom).

F2 National 4 – Continue tasks on Google Classroom.

School Closure – Thursday 1 March – English Update

Happy World Book Day 2018!

As a result of the school being closed to pupils again on Thursday,  each English teacher has provided a further update of tasks to be completed for pupils who are missing English lessons.

The theatre trip to watch ‘Of Mice and Men’ in Glasgow has been CANCELLED.

Mrs Aitken:

1X1 – Continue with Rivers short story and, if finished, your own poems.

1Y2 – Read over your media notes on ‘Matilda’ and look for examples of the use of camera angles, costume and sound from a movie trailer of your choice.

3Y4 – Continue with your personal reading.

E1 Higher – You should login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

Mrs Barry:

2X1 – Complete Jonathan’s monologue for ‘Dracula’ in Google Docs.

B1 Advanced Higher – Continue writing folio

1X2 & 1Y1 – Continue personal reading and summarise what has been read.

Mrs Clyde:

1Y4 & 2X2 – Write 10 sentences (punctuated properly) describing the wintry scene and how you’ve been spending the snow days. You should also do some personal reading.

2Y4 – Continue planning your spooky stories.

3Y1 – Revise plot and character for ‘Of Mice & Men’ using BBC Bitesize

Mrs Edmonds:

1X4 & 2Y3 – Write 10 sentences (punctuated properly) describing the wintry scene and how you’ve been spending the snow days. You should also do some personal reading.

3Y2 – Watch the shortened version of ‘Titanic’ on YouTube.

C2 Higher – Continue writing folio redrafting. Use BBC Bitesize for RUAE and MacCaig revision.

Mr MacLean:

All pupils should login to Google Classroom for details of work set for their class.

Mrs Maxwell:

2X3 & 2Y2 – Write 10 sentences (punctuated properly) describing the wintry scene and how you’ve been spending the snow days. You should also do some personal reading.

B3 National 5 – Make revision cards for characters in ‘Tally’s Blood’ using point, evidence and explanation. Also, choose a critical essay from SQA past papers and write about ‘The Test’.

C1 Higher – Complete the 2017 Higher close reading paper from the SQA website.

Miss Munro:

1Y3 and 2X4 – Write 10 sentences (punctuated properly) describing the wintry scene and how you’ve been spending the snow days. You should also do some personal reading.

B2 Higher – Use BBC Bitesize to help you make notes on ‘Anne Hathaway’. Make sure you also annotate the poem.

Miss Sheridan:

2Y1 – Please share BBC School Reports to ksheridan@edubuzz.org

3Y3, C3 and E2 National 5 pupils should login to Google Classroom for details of work set for their class.

 

School Closure – Wednesday 28 February 2018 – English Update

As a result of today’s school closure,  each English teacher has provided an update of tasks to be completed for pupils who are missing English lessons.

Mrs Aitken:

1X1 – If you can access Google Docs, please continue with your rivers story. If not, extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day and write bullet summary points of what you have read in your jotter..

1Y2 – Extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day and write bullet summary points of what you have read in your jotter.

3X1 – Extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day. Choose a newspaper article to summarise, putting the main points into your own words.

E1 Higher – You should login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

Mrs Barry:

1X2 and 1Y1 -Extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day and write bullet summary points of what you have read in your jotter.

Advanced Higher and National 5 pupils should login to Google Classroom for details of work set for their class.

Mrs Clyde:

1Y4 – Extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day and write bullet summary points of what you have read in your jotter.

2Y4 – Beginning planning and create a spooky character for your ghost story.

3X3 – Read over notes from yesterday for your Media critical essay  and then continue personal reading.

Mrs Edmonds:

2Y3 – Extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day and write summarise chapters read. Identify three words from your book which are unfamiliar and look up the definitions.

C2 Higher – Complete the final question of the context question on ‘Sounds of the Day’. Revise all notes on close reading and ‘Death of a Salesman’. Work on creative writing piece.

Mr MacLean:

All pupils should login to Google Classroom for details of work set for their class.

Mrs Maxwell:

3X4 – You should continue writing their script on Google Docs.

B3 National 5 – You should work through the 2015 Close Reading paper available from SQA website.

C1 Higher – You should login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

Miss Munro:

2Y2 – You should prepare for your presentation and extend personal reading time to one hour at least over the day, writing bullet summary points of what you have read in your jotter.

A3 National 4 – Research Desmond Doss.

B2 Higher – You should login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

F1 National 5 – You should continue working on your creative writing piece.

Miss Sheridan:

All pupils should login to Google Classroom for details of work set for their class.

Ms Sutherland:

2Y1 – Continue with BBC School Report preparations writing emails/reports.

3X2 – Continue with ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ critical essay

A1 Higher – You should login to Google Classroom for details of work set.

Updated guidance on Writing Portfolio submission

For the Course assessment at National 5 and Higher, you are required to submit a portfolio containing two pieces of writing, which is externally assessed by the SQA.  This will be submitted to your teacher by Friday 10 March 2017.

Please be aware that the SQA has updated the template used to produce hard copies of your portfolio for submission.

You can type directly onto the template, or you can copy and paste your writing from another file.

Both portfolio pieces should be contained within one template, with a clear indication of where each piece of writing starts. We recommend using the headings DISCURSIVE and CREATIVE.

The template has a straightforward format and is set up with a common font and font size; however these can be altered if required.

Please make sure that all content is contained inside the margin lines of the template, as this is important to ensure accurate scanning.

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN), and a page number, must be added to the foot of every page in the template, using the boxes provided. These are for the purposes of identification.

It is recommended that the portfolio pieces are printed double-sided, but please do not use staples to collate the pages, as this will disrupt the scanning process.

Please also ensure that your work is printed clearly (e.g. no print leakage) so that it is legible.

Guidance on National 5 and Higher English Portfolio Submission

For the Course assessment at National 5 and Higher, you are required to submit a portfolio containing two pieces of writing, which is externally assessed by the SQA.  This will be submitted to your teacher by Friday 11 March 2016.

The SQA now require you to use this template to produce hard copies of your portfolio for submission, as the portfolio will be e-marked from this year.

You can type directly onto the template, or you can copy and paste your writing from another file.

Both portfolio pieces should be contained within one template, with a clear indication of where each piece of writing starts. We recommend using the headings DISCURSIVE and CREATIVE.

The template has a straightforward format and is set up with a common font and font size; however these can be altered if required.

Please make sure that all content is contained inside the margin lines of the template, as this is important to ensure accurate scanning.

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN), and a page number, must be added to the foot of every page in the template, using the boxes provided. These are for the purposes of identification.

It is recommended that the portfolio pieces are printed double-sided, but please do not use staples to collate the pages, as this will disrupt the scanning process.

Please also ensure that your work is printed clearly (e.g. no print leakage) so that it is legible.

National Poetry Day 2015

light

This year’s theme is LIGHT, marking the UN International Year of Light 2015. The following poem by Margaret Tait considers what light is:

Did you say it’s made of waves?

Yes, that’s it.

I wonder what the waves are made of.

Oh, waves are made of waves.

Waves are what they are,

Shimmeringness,

Oscillation,

Rhythmical movement which is the inherent essence of all things.

Ultimately, there’s only movement,

Nothing else.

The movement that light is

Comes out of the sun

And it’s so gorgeous a thing

That nothing else is ever anything unless lit by it.

Why not share your favourite #LightLyrics on Twitter?

“Lights will guuuuuuide you home” from Coldplay is a definite favourite!

Edinburgh Book Festival Trip in August

Edinburgh Book Festival

The Summer holidays may approaching, but we are already organising an exciting trip for the new session!

We are delighted have secured 30 tickets to two fantastic author events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday 26 August. Places are being offered to National 5 pupils at a cost of £10.

The first event is ‘From Page to Stage with Keith Gray & Carl Miller’. Keith Gray’s Ostrich Boys is an extraordinary award-winning novel about friendship, loss and suicide. It’s recently been adapted for theatre by acclaimed playwright Carl Miller and the play has been performed to sell-out audiences in both the UK and South Korea. Keith and Carl will talk about the pleasures, pitfalls, responsibilities and rewards of adapting a book for the stage.

This will be followed by ‘Patrick Ness: The Rest of Us Just Live Here’. Not everyone gets to be the Chosen One who will save the day. Most of us are like Mikey, just living our lives the best way we can. Award-winning author Patrick Ness’ bold and irreverent new novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, powerfully reminds us that there are many different ways to be remarkable. This will be a chance to listen to one of the finest authors writing books for young people today.

To secure a place, please ask your teacher, Mr MacLean or Mrs Lumsden for a parental consent form and return this, along with the payment, ASAP.