ENG 4U: When All Else Fails, Rely on Celebrities

So, let’s try this again.

A Quick Overview of the Task

  • You will produce a 1-2 minute video that explains how to avoid a grammatical/structure issue in your writing or how to add a complex structure (like parallelism) to your writing
  • Your audience will be your fellow students. Thus, you will need to include formal definitions, but you will also need to explain the issue/structure in a way a teen can understand.
  • You may use the tool of your choice to make the video. PowerPoint is an excellent choice, but there are many other options available to you. It is your responsibility to ensure that your choice is appropriate for you. For example, if you are uncomfortable in front of a camera, your video should not feature you at a whiteboard. Similarly, if you don’t know anything about Adobe Premiere, don’t use it.
  •  If necessary, we will schedule access to microphones and computer technology

Why Are We Doing This?

The following images are from the curriculum for ENG 4U. Let’s take a quick look:

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So, what does this mean?

  • you must use learn how to use grammar conventions clearly and effectively (but which grammar conventions?)
  • you need to demonstrate metacognition, meaning that you need to identify the strengths/weaknesses in your own writing and reflect upon those strengths/weaknesses in order to improve your work
  • you need to articulate proofreading strategies
  • you need to create media texts that feature conventions and forms appropriate for the task
  • you need to plan the media text for a specific audience

How Are Tutorial Videos Structured?

Most effective tutorial videos do the following:

  1. an opening that engages the audience through humour or the introduction of a problem (often present, but not necessary)
  2.  a quick introduction that states the topic/focus (“today, we are going to talk about comma splices”)
  3. a formal definition of the problem, with a breakdown of the key terms
  4. an informal definition of the problem in language that is more accessible
  5. examples of the problem
  6. an explanation of how to fix the problem
  7. a quick review/final thought

Let’s watch these examples to see if the elements above are present.

Now, let’s take a look at some submissions from last year. Note how radically different the videos are.

Finally, here is the  Becoming a Better Writer rubric.


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