Secondary English

English in grades 7, 8, 9 and 11

Grade 11 has started the HL part of the course. While the SL students are excused from the classes to use their time focusing on other HL subjects, English HL students have become familiar with the requirements of written task 2. Grade 9 has taken a break from...

Romeo and Juliet: Live and in person!

Romeo and Juliet: Live and in person!

As a way of celebrating an end to our Romeo and Juliet unit (and for the teacher's entertainment!), students worked in groups to perform a scene from the play. They had to select a scene that was significant in terms of character development, since in addition to...

English during week 8

English during week 8

Grade 7 Language Acquisition class wrapped up their first unit on different cultures around the world along with learning about coordinating conjunctions. Grade 9 continues with their analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's poetry. The students were able to relate more to the...

Digging into Duffy!

Digging into Duffy!

Grade 12 HL English students are nearing the end of their study of Carol Ann Duffy, England's poet laureate. As we finish this we'll start to get ready for the IOC examination, which the students should feel totally confident about because their poetry analysis skills...

Week 7 in English

Grade 11: We have started looking at stereotypes as part of our media and mass communication studies and had some passionate conversations about the idea of feminism and gender stereotyping. Grade 9: Writing, writing and more writing! All this because we focused on...

Learning about greasers and socs

Learning about greasers and socs

Grade 7/8 Lang/Lit has been studying the characters from our first class novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. After reading a chapter in small groups, the students got into pairs and trios to do an in-depth study of the main characters. We started presenting the...

Book Week in Secondary

Book Week in Secondary

We had a great Book Week this year! With a Neverending Story making its rounds in English class (ask your kids about it...it ended poorly with ramen is all I'll say!), some window questions inspiring reading all week, and a final competitive Book Week Quiz today we...

ABIS Book Week!

ABIS Book Week!

Next week is Book Week, from Sept. 23rd to 27th! Our theme is "One World, Many Stories." We've got loads of great activities planned throughout the week, including a Book Character Costume Parade on Thursday morning. Students should have a book with them at all times...

Winter Musical Auditions!

Winter Musical Auditions!

We've got a great show planned for this year, even bigger and better than last year, so be sure to sign up for auditions in the music area of LC3! Anyone in grades 5 - 12 is welcome! Auditions will take place after school on Monday, Sept. 10th!

Discovering Sohar

Discovering Sohar

It's been 5 days since coming to this magical desert called Sohar. While I was expecting a vast land of sand and desert, I was pleasantly surprised to find ourselves surrounded by a farm filled with mango, banana, lime, dates, and papaya trees along with a bunch of...

Gothic Suspense Stories with Grade 7

Gothic Suspense Stories with Grade 7

Now that we are at the end of this inquiry into suspense and the techniques used to create it, students are finishing their performance assessment of writing a Gothic suspense story. They have learned how even grammar and paragraphs impact the impact of the stories....

Star Wars/Science Fiction Dress-Up Day!

Star Wars/Science Fiction Dress-Up Day!

Star Wars/Science Fiction Day The Student Council would like to announce its next event: a Science Fiction/Star Wars on Thursday, May 3th! All ABIS students are invited to dress up as a Star Wars character or any science fiction book or movie character. Rules to...

Stereotypes in The Outsiders with Grade 8

Stereotypes in The Outsiders with Grade 8

Grade 8 students have been reading The Outsiders for English class, and are investigating into stereotypes and how it leads to prejudice and discrimination. They have read case studies from real life of stereotypes and prejudice, along with theories about how they...

Farewell to our Seniors!

Farewell to our Seniors!

Today was the last day for our seniors! We sent them out in true ABIS fashion by clapping them down the stairs just before break. A bittersweet moment for us...the start of their official exam season for them! Good luck with your exams! We'll miss you around LC2!

Revision for Macbeth with Grade 10

Revision for Macbeth with Grade 10

Grade Tens spent their last class on Shakespeare's Macbeth creating a revision mat for the play. They collaborated on the project and discovered that some groupings of students made for quicker decision making than others! Some had great concepts, but weren't quite...

Relaxing with a good suspense story in Grade 7

Relaxing with a good suspense story in Grade 7

Grade 7s have enjoyed their study of suspense stories. They enjoyed curling up with the Roald Dahl classic story "Lamb to the Slaughter", and discovered that there is a whole new side to Roald Dahl beyond James and the Giant Peach. It showed the how authors can have...

Sophocles, Socrates…it’s all Greek to me!

Sophocles, Socrates…it’s all Greek to me!

This week Grade 12 wrapped up their last text before the inevitable exams hit! Antigone, by Sophocles, proved to be a very interesting text to analyze, despite the bare-bones, "made for tv" translation that we used. Rather than contend with complex language, the...

Identity and Perspective with Grade 8s

As the grade 8 students are getting ready to read The Outsiders, we read a poem and a short story on the theme of identity. "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" is a short story that explores the experience of a young man experiencing the results of his choice to belong to a...

Spirit Week!

Spirit Week!

The ABIS Student Council is pleased to announce our third annual SPIRIT WEEK here at ABIS next week, March 25th - 29th! Spirit Week will be the same week as the Swim Gala, giving students a chance to show their school spirit by dressing up according to each day’s...

Connecting Antigone, The Crucible and The Thief and the Dogs

Connecting Antigone, The Crucible and The Thief and the Dogs

G12, as part of their revision, spent time this week making connections between the three texts we read for Part 3. It seems that we've read three very tragic books that all end in death. That's literature for ya! There were some great connections made about themes...