TOPS students have always been active members of Marc Garneau’s sports teams. Currently, the girls’ volleyball season is going at full throttle, and TOPS students have been representing MGCI in TDSB’s tier 1 level competitions. This week, both the juniors and seniors had a game against North Toronto, and the juniors also participated in a tournament at Danforth Tech.
The grade 12 English students have been split into two classes: one studying King Lear and the other studying Hamlet. Currently, various types of media including audio files, film adaptations, and staged skits have been used to analyze the text. A quiz was given at the end of this week on the first act of both plays.
The grade 12 English students presented their short story seminars in class. The short stories span a variety of literary eras and are all written by renowned authors including Nikolai Gogol, H.G. Wells, and Margaret Atwood. Each presentation lasts about an hour and the students are encouraged to conduct Socratic discussions on the stories’ themes, characters, and literary devices.
The grade 12 English students have begun studying Oedipus the King by Sophocles. They are reading the text as a class with a rotation of students playing different characters. Later in the week, students will work in groups to present chorus lines that resonate with the motifs and themes of the story.