Remember that we are pushing our schedule back one day. This is because: your discussions so far have been stellar we want our last round of discussions to be just as strong a few of you need more time to … Continue reading ENG 4U: What Should You Do Today?
Yesterday, you chose one of the following tasks: a pitch to a company response for a problematic value message in an ad a short story an essay examining the value messages in problematic ads a short piece in which you examine the artistic voice of your favourite musical act You will continue working on your chosen task today. Below are some sources that might help you develop your thinking/work: Need to know more about making a pitch? Take a look at this blog entry from a few years ago; the task is slightly different, but the advice holds true Writing … Continue reading ENG 3U: Taking it Further
Ladies and gents, We start our novel studies next Monday. What to do until then? This strikes me as the perfect opportunity to really explore choice (as long as whatever we do wraps up by Thursday). Here is what I’m … Continue reading ENG 3U: What’s Next?
So, I shared your topics with Ms. Metler and Mr. Marinelli last night. You impressed them, ladies and gents. Continue working on your notes today. Remember that you can arrange your notes in any way you wish, as long as … Continue reading ENG 3U: Difference is Good
Today, we will take our first stab at academic freedom. This means that you can choose the text you will read/analyze/examine. Exciting, huh? Still, as many creative people will tell you, absolute freedom can be strangely paralyzing. We need some … Continue reading ENG 3U: Anything
Ladies and Gents, We don’t have class tomorrow. Sad. This means that we need to change our schedules. Originally, we were going to start our conferences tomorrow; now, we will move them to Friday or today, based on readiness. If … Continue reading ENG 4U: Prep for Literature Circles
Today, I will show you the fancy badge system we will use to track your progress through the self-directed sections of this course. When I showed the system to Ms. Metler, she proclaimed, “Cool! This is just like the Girl Scouts!” I, of course, was thinking that the badges were much closer to video game achievements. I guess both statements reveal something about the respective speakers. I should also point out that we have added a new question about voice. Thus, our essential questions are now: How does this text work? Who is it for? Why was it created? How … Continue reading ENG 3U: Badges are Awesome
Kafkaesque. Tarantinoesque. Burtonesque. These adjectives describe work that, in one way or another, reminds us of great creators. Tell a violent story with strange, interwoven plots, and you might be compared to Tarantino. Imbue your creative work with nightmarish commentary … Continue reading ENG 3U: (insert your last name here)-esque
So, we’ve been learning about voice for the last few days; while we are making progress, I feel like we need to try a different approach. Let’s see how this teacher defines the terms mood, tone, and voice. When the … Continue reading ENG 3U: Rethinking Voice
Remember that your goal is to better understand the role that voice plays in a creator’s work. Once again, here is a definition of voice: “A voice in literature is the form or a format through which narrators tell their … Continue reading ENG 3U: Voice Revisited