ENG 2D: Just Like Shakespeare

Ladies and gents, We are getting closer to our study of Macbeth. To prepare you for its brilliance (and its complex language), I want you to attempt some Shakespearean language of your own. First, write a detailed paragraph explaining the best moment of the summer. Tell us in great detail what made it so great…

CHW 3M Musings of a Pharaoh

The musings of an elderly Pharaoh…. At first glance, being Pharaoh sounds great. Power? Yes. Riches? Absolutely. God-like status in a society that believes I am at the epicentre of the known universe? Check. Still, there are some downsides. Unfortunately, other people want the glory, and they aren’t above using treachery (and even murder) to…

ENG 3U Bribes and Threats

  Let’s begin with an excellent example of distinctio. As we read this, I’d like you to think about how we define things determines how our audience perceives them. We will try to write something similar today. Next, we will watch the opening 3 minutes of this RSA Animate featuring Steven Pinker, a brilliant man with truly…

CHW 3M The Mystery of Hatshepsut

Recently, archeologists found the body of Richard III, the infamous king of England, underneath a parking lot. Yes, a parking lot. Why am I telling you this? The burial of powerful rulers isn’t always proportionate to their actual power. ____________________________________________________ Hatshepsut is one of the most intriguing figures in history. She built great temples, led…

ENG 2D Show, Don’t Tell

Show Don’t Tell, one of the oldest adages about writing, means that fiction writers should communicate through description more than direct language. Journalists can use direct, objective language–in fact, they must–but novelists and short story writers need to describe action/emotions to make them real. Think of this way: nearly every book you read, every movie…