Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Please Return all Books

Books can be returned to Ms. J up until Feb. 9. After that, they need to be returned to the office. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Final Exam Week Sign-Up Sheet

Do you have missing assignments? Do you need extra help? Sign-up for an appointment on Feb. 2 and 3rd. There is a sign-up sheet on the dance room door. 

Last day to hand in missing assignments for semester one is: Feb. 3 at 2pm. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tableaux: "A Note on the Public Transportation System"

A Note on the Public Transportation System

It’s not hard to begin
a conversation with the person
who happens to be seated
nearest you, especially when she’s been
reading with apparent interest
a book that’s one of your
favourites and can’t find
her matches.
        The difficulty is
once you’ve spoken you can never
go back to being comfortable
with silence,
        even if you learn
you’ve nothing to say
and would rather not listen.
        You can stop talking
but you can’t forget
the broken wires
dangling there between you.

        You’ll smile almost guiltily
when your glances
accidentally bump.
    It may get so bad
that one of you will have to
pretend to fall asleep.
Alden Nowlan

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vocabulary Challenge!

This week you are going to get fifteen new words. Thursday we are going to review vocabulary and I will be giving out some money to people who have reviewed their vocabulary and can give me the definition or a sentence. THEN, on Friday, for the quiz - I will be giving everyone who can get 30/30 $1000!!!! That is right!! I hope this motivates you to study and to peer pressure your friends into studying as well. Imagine if the whole class could get $1000??!! Class party here we come!!

If you want to start studying now - you can. The quiz this week will be on words 75 - 125. Just star them on Quizlet. (Quandary - Quagmire) Good luck!! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

English 9 Course Outline 2014 - 2015

Ms. Johnson

English 9 Course Outline

Welcome to English at Frank Hurt Secondary. This course is designed to give you a framework to use language effectively. Students are expected to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, and be able to learn and work both independently and with others.

Units of Study

You need a divider for each of the following units:

1. Sustained Silent Reading
2. Vocabulary
3. Grammar / Writing
4. Drama
5. Short Stories
6. Poetry
7. Novel

Check our blog ( for more information about each of our units.

30% Assignments
25% Test’s and Quizzes
20% Writing
10% SSR
15% Final Exam

Expectations for Students

  • Attend classes. A student who has an excused absence must find out what they have missed and collect the handouts and notes by asking other students, checking the blog, and asking Ms. J. If you have missed a quiz or a test you must be prepared to write the quiz or test upon your return.
  • Be on time
  • Participate fully in the class – stay focussed and engaged
  • Be prepared by bringing class supplies, texts, and silent reading novel
  • Arrive with a positive attitude
  • Treat your class mates with respect
  • Complete all assignments and hand them in on time
  • All Frank Hurt Secondary rules apply

Classroom Rules:
  • Water only – no other drinks, food, or gum (This isn’t Ms. J’s classroom. We are guests in this room. We want to leave the room neat and tidy with no sticky messes, crumbs, or gum under the tables and chairs. Besides – other people having snacks is distracting. You don’t want to make Ms. J hungry!)
  • Cell phones, tablets, and MP3 players can be used in the classroom during designated times. If they are being played with or even seen when it is not allowed you will lose the privilege for the entire semester. I love technology and I hate it – let’s learn and use some tech etiquette so that we can all benefit from technology.


Supplies Needed for this Class:

·      One three - ring binder just for English 9 
·      Seven dividers
·      Loose leaf paper
·      A blue or black ink pen
·      A red pen
·      A pencil
·      An eraser
·      A highlighter
·      A small ruler for underling
·      Post it notes for marking important passages or quotations
  • A novel for silent reading

If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, please let me know. You can e-mail Ms. J at or find me in the dance studio or dance office.

For more information about J Fresh’s English Nine, please consult the blog: check regularly)

This is going to be a great semester!