Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Great Gatsby with Mrs. Lee

movie theater information including map and ticket costs can be found here: Yeongdeungpo CGV.

Dear Students,

Congratulations for completing the arduous process of the IGCSE examinations. I am already proud of you and with much anticipation look forward to seeing your results in August.

From now until the end of the year, you are in the unique position of not having homework or coursework required of you. However, here are some suggestions on how to make the rest of the school year meaningful:

1.     Past papers we have taken before are available for your review. If you’d like to reattempt the papers to raise you grade in class for your SFS quarter grade, you may do so at any time. Your portfolios are in my classroom. Because you have the opportunity to redo your work for a better score with one-to-one feedback (the same opportunity that has been available to you all year), no one should walk away from this course with a grade that accurately reflects skill acquisition.

2.     It is my opinion that there is a relation that ties overall life satisfaction to how much of your time and effort you allocate to serving yourself versus how much you use serving others. Now that you have the luxury of time on your hands, having completed your IGCSE exams, I hope to encourage you to find ways to encourage others in your community that are still taking exams and extend that generosity on your part to your families and other communities. While it is a gesture that will please others, it will also contribute to your overall happiness and satisfaction.

3.     Take this time to say goodbye to those students and teachers who are leaving SFS campus this year or conversely, say goodbye yourself. That means having meaningful conversations, writing letters, breaking bread. As we are a transient community, we cannot disregard the importance of marking the many changes we see in the members of our community. It is a way to remember the value we place on forging and maintaining relationships.


4.     I’d also like to invite you all to watch the Great Gatsby with me during after school hours. We didn’t get to read the text during the movie but I’d love to share the experience of seeing it in theaters for the first time with my students. We’ve come a long way after two years of studying together so I hope to see the film with you as a gesture of celebration. I will be at the CGV movie theater in Yeongdeungpo (near Yeongdeungpo Subway Station in the Times Square Mall) at 7:30 on Friday, June 7th. Please RSVP by signing up with me in room 015 no later than Friday, May 31st as tickets fill up quickly. Please pay for your ticket up front cash because the cost of the movie ranges from 10,000 - 13,000. The exact price will be posted soon. Popcorn is on me!

It’s been my pleasure being your teacher and I’m very proud of you. Again, congratulations on completing your first set of external examinations.


Mrs. Youngen Lee

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Monday Literature Exam Note

Note about your exam on Monday:

Bring to your exam the following:

1. Two pens (black or dark blue)
2. A well-rested brain
3. A familiarity with the striking features each of our read pieces (prose, drama and poetry) to the point you can articulate your analysis of them with authority

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING ANYTHING ELSE--that includes copies of the pieces. I am providing those documents for you.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mrs. Lee's Schedule from May 6th to May 16th

Due to the IB exams taken in the basement of the HS, all of my classes have been rescheduled to other various locations for the next two weeks. Refer to the schedule below to see where class is, giving particular attention to the room changes as we may not meet in the same room each day. If you are a student that is not on IGCSE release and must meet with me, please meet me in the library, rather than the room assignments you may have been given.

If you have questions, please let me know via face-to-face or via email.


F1 – Study Hall (300B)
F2 – IGCSE.1 (302)
F3 – Prep
F4 Study Hall (300A)
F5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

A1 – Gr. 10 -3 (103)
A2 – Yearbook (Library)
A3 – IGCSE.3 (Library)
A4 Prep
A5 – Gr. 10 .4 (109)

B1 – Prep
B2 – IGCSE.1 (library)
B3 – Prep
B4 Study Hall (300A)
B5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

C1 – Gr. 10 -3 (103)
C2 – Prep
C3 – IGCSE.3 (library)
C4 Prep
C5 – Gr. 10.4 (306)

D1 – Study Hall (304)
D2 – IGCSE.1 (library)
D3 – Prep
D4 - Prep
D5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

C1 – Gr. 10 -3 (107)
C2 – Prep
C3 – IGCSE.3 (library)
C4 Prep
C5 – Gr. 10.4 (303)

F1 – Study Hall (300B)
F2 – IGCSE.1 (302)
F3 – Prep
F4 Study Hall (300A)
F5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

A1 – Gr. 10 -3 (103)
A2 – Yearbook (Library)
A3 – IGCSE.3 (Library)
A4 Prep
A5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

B1 – Prep
B2 – IGCSE.1 (library)
B3 – Prep
B4 Study Hall (300A)
B5 – IGCSE.2 (library)

no school

Monday, April 29, 2013

First Language 0500 Exam Practice

Old Exams + Mark Schemes + 
Examiner's Report + Grade Thresholds

JUNE 2012

June 2012 Paper 2 Test 1insert for Test 1
June 2012 Paper 2 Test 2 + insert for Test 2
June 2012 Paper 2 Test 3 + insert for Test 3

June 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 1
June 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 2
June 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 3

June 2012 Paper 3 Test 1
June 2012 Paper 3 Test 2
June 2012 Paper 3 Test 3

June 2012 Paper 3 Mark Scheme for Test 1
June 2012 Paper 3 Mark Scheme for Test 2
June 2012 Paper 3 Mark Scheme for Test 3

June 2012 Examiner's Report
June 2012 Grade Threshold

NOV. 2012

November 2012 Paper 2 Test 1
November 2012 Paper 2 Test 2
November 2012 Paper 2 Test 3

November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 1
November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 2
November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 3

November 12 Paper 3 Test 1
November 12 Paper 3 Test 1
November 12 Paper 3 Test 1

November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 1
November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 2
November 2012 Paper 2 Mark Scheme for Test 3

November 2012 Examiner's Notes
November 2012 Grade Threshold


Follow these format instructions provided by an examiner when considering structure and content in your plans!

Argumentative Structure

Descriptive Writing
Formal Letter Structure
Magazine Structure
Formal Report
Narrative Structure
Narrative Openings

Summary Writing Process

Friday, April 26, 2013

Literature 0486 Exam Study Guide

Paper 1 - Open Book

Use the following documents to reference during your studies.

RECENT SAMPLE EXAMS (with questions pertaining to Caesar!)

Sample Exam 1 from June 2012
Sample Exam 2 from June 2012
Sample Exam 3 from June 2012

Examiner's Report from June 2012
Grade Thresholds from June 2012

Sample Exam 1 from Nov. 2012 (partially taken during mock exam on Saturday, April 27)
Sample Exam 2 from Nov. 2012
Sample Exam 3 from Nov. 2012 

Possible Exam Questions (Try these at home!)
Doc 1
Doc 2
Doc 3
Doc 4 **

A Horse and Two Goats Sample Question and Essay
The Son's Veto by Thomas Hardy Worksheet
Custody of the Pumpkin PPT **
Destructors by Graham Green Sample Essay with annotations

A Different History by Sujata Bhatt Sample Essay
The Planners by Boey Kim Cheng Sample Essay

Drama Exercises / Notes
Julius Caesar Synopsis with quotes **

This video highlights the importance of vocabulary

Poetry and Prose Analysis Mnemonic
The Language of Argument, a helpful chart **
Conjunction and Discourse Words

Video on poetry comparison
Another video on poem responses with examples of how to incorporate quotes.

Video on how to analyze new poetry.

A great video on how to take a look at poetry devices but while analyzing pop culture music. (Try to get over the speaker's hair in her face the whole time!_

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sample Poetry Comparison Essays

Review your notes on how to write comparison essays, which also applies to writing about one poem.

The following document are three sample Literature Unseen essays, from Nov. 2010. 

Nov. 2010 0486 33 Test Link
Nov. 2010 0486 32 Test Link
Scripts without Marks, but scored Link. 
Nov. 2010 0486 33 Mark Scheme 33
Nov. 2010 0486 32 Mark Scheme

Read the scripts and look over the marks given.

Section 3 Homework for Wednesday, April 24th: Complete 0500 First Language paper 3 exam for Sections 1 and 2.

Read the essays above to get an idea of what a 25/25 paper looks like. Note the structure and ideas in the writing, and disregard the quality of the sentences themselves. What qualities DID exist in the 25/25 exam that may have qualified it to higher band status?

We'll discuss these findings on Friday, April 26th.

Reminder: Saturday, April 27th
Mock Exam for Literature, Paper 1
10 - 12:15
Meet in the HS lobby.
No late entries.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Friday, April 12th (ALL SECTIONS)

Dear Students,

I'm sorry I cannot be in class again today. I guess as they say, bad things come in threes and my husband's grandmother has passed away.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Best regards,
Mrs. Lee


1. Make note: this Saturday's mock exam has been cancelled. Instead, you will be provided a window within which to take your First Language Paper 3, Section 1 mock exam today. Download the test here, and finish the first part of the section IN CLASS. You will have 1 hour to complete this section, including writing your plan.


1. Speak to your family and friends and arrange to have no interruptions for 1 hour. At that time, take the section 2 part of the FL Paper 3 Mock exam. Per usual, there is no use of technical devices, white out, or high lighters during the exam and you must write in blue or black pen.

2. The mark scheme is linked here. However, do not open the mark scheme until you have completed the exam, section 1 in class and section 2 at home.

Section 1 and 2: your suggested homework: Complete both section 1 and 2 in your home in a 2 hour sitting. Then follow step 2 above.