ENG 3U: Writing a Comparative Essay

We will dedicate this week to writing comparative essays. Understanding the Comparative Essay You should already have a copy of the  comparative essay infographic Still, I have attached one just in case.   Carefully review this media comparative essay rubric; note that the entire Application section deals with sourcing and MLA. I will ask you to…

CHW 3M: Emperors on Trial

Tomorrow, we will put Rome’s greatest (and most notorious) emperors on trial. We will evaluate these emperors by using the following questions: Was this emperor great? (remember our discussion of greatness) What impact did this emperor have on Rome? To what extent did this Emperor strengthen/weaken the Empire? Your choices are: Caligula Claudius Nero Vespasian…

CHW 3M: A Skype Call and Preparing a Big Map of Rome

We will begin today’s class with a short Skype call with Thomas Flynn, the Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab. What questions do you have for him? My questions include the following (feel free to steal them): What is your process for scanning an artifact? Do you see any gaps in Sketchfab’s historical repository? If so,…

ENG 3U: Motifs to Themes

Twelfth Night: Entire Play Love Melancholy (essentially, being a little emo) Madness Disguise/Performance/Trickery The Inversion of Normalcy The Carnivalesque: basically, the fools are in charge, and those with power are subject of jokes and ridicule Women of/with power

CHW 3M: The Power of Curiosity

According to a recent study, being curious about things (even boring things) makes your brain establish more permanent connections. The parts of your brain that control pleasure and reward respond differently to the information, making it easier for you to recall it later on: “Say you’re watching the Breaking Bad finale,” (researcher) Charan Ranganath explains….

CHW 3M: Introduction to the Romans

Today, our goal is to understand the basic principles, traditions, and values that lay at the heart of Roman society. Some Things You Need to Know About Romans: They valued reputation above all else…but it was NOT the same as vanity. Praise for a Roman reflected the  greatness of the Republic, and Romans truly loved the Republic. For…

CHW 3M 2018-2019: The Founding of Rome

Here are some key terms/ideas you will need for today’s short lecture: The story of Romulus and Remus Sabine Women The Story of the Sybil Etruscans Palatine/Aventine Patricians/Plebeians Carthage Next, we will take a look at pag 165 in the text. Our goal is to answer the following question: How might the geography and weather…

ENG 3U: Words Matter

I once had a friend who regularly told me he was impressed by neither writers nor filmmakers. Whenever we talked about a great flick, or I mentioned a book I was reading, he would dismiss the creativity of the work as irrelevant. He would say something like “Big deal. A story about some half-sized human travelling…

CHW 3M: Turning Points and the Fall

Today, the class will watch a video about the history of the Mayan empire.  In your notes, please track any examples that fit into any of the categories below; next week, we will apply these categories to our chosen civilizations: The Rise of Civilization (look for beginnings and growth) Turning Points:  (look for important changes,…

ENG 3U: Submitting Your Draft

Hi everyone! Over the next two days, you will submit a draft of your personal essay. A few things: please cross-reference your work so far with what you see on the rubric. No surprises, right? Did you find the specific references to organizing principles and anecdotal introductions? Good. That’s why I feel confident giving you…