Short Stories: ELA 10-20-30

10-1 short story "Lysandras' Poem" by Budge Wilson
A beautifully written short story about a young girl growing up in cold, wet Nova Scotia with her talented friend, Lysandra.
Lysandras Poem short story 10-1.pdf
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20-1 short story, "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allen Poe
Short story often used in 20-1. Read it and think about the theme of "pride" when you read through the story.
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30-1 short story, "On the Rainy River," by Tim O'Brien
This short story is VERY common in 30-1 and used for essay questions relating to conflict, courage, conformity, adversity, etc. Think of these topics as you read through it.
On the Rainy River text short story.pdf
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30-1 short story, "Landlady," by Roald Dahl
Best known for his children's stories, Roald Dahl was also a prolific adult story writer. This slightly (extremely?) twisted will leave you with your mouth hanging open. You have been warned!!
Landlady Roald Dahl text short story.pdf
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30-1 short story, "Only Daughter," by Sandra Cisneros
A touching short story about a young woman and the connections between her writing and her desire to be noticed by her father.
Only Daughter short story 30-1 online.pd
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Novels: ELA 10-20-30

Websites to download free books. Some classics and some are not. (All virus free, but it's good to have an ad-blocker on your Mozilla, Safari or Chrome, just in case.) 

Gutenberg Project: 60,000 free books to download.

Planet Ebook; great site for many classic books.

CBE Novel List: Grades 4 to 12
Complete Calgary Board of Education recommended book list, according to grade and with a short description of the novel. (Use the "grade" level as a very approximate indication of the difficulty of the novel.
English novels cbe books list grade 4 to
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"Nineteen-eighty-four," by George Orwell (aka, Eric Arthur Blair)
1984 Orwell text novel .pdf
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"Sense and Sensibility," by Jane Austen
Sense Sensibility Jane Austen novel 90 9
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"Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus," by Mary Shelly
FRANKENSTEIN novels text.pdf
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Diploma Exam Questions (2008 to 2020)

Previous English 30-1 Diploma Exam Questions/Topics
Essay diploma essay questions Jan 2008 t
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Comprehension Exams (Multiple choice questions)

ELA 09 Multiple Choice 2012xx.pdf
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ELA 09 Multiple Choice 2010xx.pdf
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Diploma ELA 30-2 Multiple Choice 2004xx.
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Diploma ELA 30-1 Multiple Choice 2011xx.
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Shakespearean Plays: Studies in ELA 10-20-30

ß Romeo and Juliet 10-1 and 20-2

This is an absolutely lovely video. They spent millions making this film. It does not have the complete text from Shakespeare's play, but it will help you prepare to read the script. Get comfortable and make lots of popcorn; it's 120 minutes long.

ß Macbeth 20-1 and 20-2

This is a great video, with the complete text from Shakespeare's play. Get comfortable and make lots of popcorn; it's 120 minutes long.

ß Macbeth 20-1 and 20-2

This is a great video. It is a 25 minute summary of Macbeth. Use it to review or to get read for a 120 minute movie of the play (see above.)

ß The tragedy of Macbeth, 20-1 and 20-2

This is a great video to get you into the play; only 9 minutes long.

ß The tragedy of Othello, 30-1

This is very well done and performed in the rebuilt Globe Theater in London England. (Turn on the subtitles.)

Modern plays for ELA 10-20-30

ß Death of a Salesman 30-1

Rumor has it that most diploma questions are geared to this play. Well here is the play on film. Yes, it is old and in black and white. Sorry, but there you have it. Watching this play will help you when you have to read the script. Full of flash backs, family conflict and a "skeleton in the closet."

Visual aids for ELA 10-20-30

ß To Kill a Mockingbird 10-1

Even though a movie can NEVER replace reading a novel, you might want to watch this film. This film is two hours long, but the novel is 12 hours. So there is no comparison. However, watching this film will get you started understanding the serious social problems discussed in Harper Lee's novel.

ß  Brave New World (film) 30-1

If you think this film is awful, you should read the book!! I hate to be a critic but it Huxley's novel is weird and the movie does a good job of making that weird world come to life. Anyway, the audio book is 8 hours and this movie is 3. But the film helps you get an overall idea of what is going in before you get into the novel.


English Pronunciation
English Pronunce.pdf
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How to say 'th'.
th ALL TOGETHER thursday th
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How to pronounce final 's' and final 'ed' (by TCM).
TCM final s voiced voiceless consonants
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How to pronounce final 's' and final 'ed'; practise examples within sentences.
voiceless final s and ed.pdf
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TEST: How to pronounce final 'ed' (with answers).
voicless consonants ed ending.pdf
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TEST: (kiddy) How to pronounce final 'ed'.
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final ed tam grammar.jpg
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List of words with [aa] sound.
Perfect English o pronounced as aa 176 t
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TEST: Words with [aa] sounds.
perfect English clock come log lost vowe
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Vocabulary Test Pages
Increase your vocabulary but trying these tests. Covers vocabulary related to medicine to construction to politics.
Vocabulary Test.pdf
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Alberta Sample French Exams

Sample French 30-1 Exam (2014)
Sample Diploma French 30-1 prodeleves-ex
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Graphic Novels

Read a graphic novel = Pharoah's Cigars.
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Read a graphic novel = To the Moon
16 To the Moon.pdf
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Read a graphic novel = Moon Exploreres.
Moon Explorers.pdf
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Educational Videos