ENG 4U 2011: The Basics of Good Communication

Today, we will discuss some elements of effective communication.

Here is our order of things:

  1. You will submit your journal about The Closing of the American Mind. Just a quick reminder about the dangers of faulty reasoning, I’d like to show you this.
  2. You will work with your groups to assess the quality of student writing from a few Grade 11 exemplars. I’ve deliberately chosen the extremes: a low Level 1 and a high Level 4. I’d like you to work with your group to write comments for both students (strengths and weaknesses)
  3. We will examine some truly awful thesis statements. We will try to create a list of rules for effective thesis writing based on these horrendous (but humorous) examples.
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