ENG 3U: The Fable & The Journey / Satire and Inference

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Period 1:Today, we will examine the structures of story-telling: the fable and the journey pattern.

  • We will begin with a short lecture about the journey pattern.
  • You will need to conduct some brief research about the characteristics of the fable. Using your PED, try a google search for fable literature site: .edu. Make sure you consult at least 3 sources.
  • List the characteristics of a fable in your notes.
  • Create a T chart (or a similar structure) in which you list specific connections between the fable/journey pattern and Five People You Meet in Heaven

As you work on this task, I will review your work from yesterday.

Period 4/5:

Today, we will:

  • learn about questioning strategies
  • identify different kinds of questions in an interview
  • write our own series of questions for a fictitious interview

First, however, I need to provide you with some context…

Satire, or the attempt to change behaviour, attitudes, or policy through humorous commentary,  is one of the most challenging forms of communication. It presents ideas on two levels: the direct, obvious meaning, and the implied meaning. Satire is challenging because it requires the reader/viewer to infer the author’s intent; if the reader does not perceive the author’s implied messages, the reader will miss the whole point.

We will not examine satire in detail today. Still, I need you to understand the concept so you can follow the interview. The interviewer hosts a real news show; his guest, however, is a comedian who is satirizing politicians, political campaigns, and the media coverage of the campaigns.  The following explanations will help you follow the interview:

Exploratory Committee: a fancy term used to describe a committee used by a politician’s supporters to test the public’s view of him/her.

Super PAC (political action committee): supporters of a candidate who run ads in favour of their candidate to sway the public. Are politicians are responsible for the actions of their supporters?

“Corporations are people”:  some have argued that corporations deserve the same rights as people. The comedian will satirize a political candidate who supports this claim.

Once we have identified the kinds of questions used in this interview, you wil attempt to create a series of your own questions for a fictitious interview with Google. Recently, Google was asked by the American government to remove an anti-Islamic video from Youtube; this video has caused riots and even bloodshed around the world. Google refused.

What You Will Do:

  • choose one of two approaches: protecting free speech or maintaining peace/order
  • imagine you are interviewing a representative from Google. Using Asking the Right Questions, create a series of questions for the interview. Make sure to include a variety of questions in your work. Remember, too, to build your questions around the representative’s responses.
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