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Building Infographics in Word

Thanks to the Smart Art feature in Office 2013, it is surprisingly easy to build infographics. I’ve included a few examples about essay writing: the infographics show the relationship between questioning, organizing, researching, and writing. They also feature links and QR codes to Purdue’s OWL site  and Youtube videos about constructing a comparative essay. Feel free…

ENG 3U: Of Tropes and Texts

Yesterday, we were introduced to a number of new terms: Value Message: the intended (and unintended) message sent to an audience through a piece of media conventions: the unwritten rules of a genre (remember, however, that these rules can be broken) Responses to media: dominant (hegemonic), negotiated, and oppositional Before we get to tropes and texts,…

ENG 2D: Conducting Research and Organizing Your Work

Today, you will continue conducting research for your upcoming essay. You will organize your findings in a mind-mapping tool called Mindomo: Mindomo is connected to D2L, the same platform that we used for audio feedback for your short stories. Because Mindomo is browser-based, you can log in using different devices (including those at home) to…

ENG 2D: Playing with Conventions

Last week, we did the unthinkable: we recreated a theorist’s (Roland Barthes) argument about professional wrestling, language, and codes by hosting/deconstructing our very own wrestling match. Hopefully, the conversation that followed help you understand the basics of conventions and film genres. Understanding media conventions is one of the expectations of the curriculum; it is also essential…