An organizing principle is a basic idea or strategy we use to organize our world. Think of it this way: all of the methods you can use to sort your MP3s—by artist, by song title, or by date—are organizing principles. … Continue reading ENG 3U: What’s Your Organizing Principle?
Today, we begin a new writing task. We will proceed as follows: you will choose a form that you find interesting and/or relevant you will learn how your chosen form works (structure, stylistic requirements, etc) you will write a piece of work that demonstrates your understanding of the form I’ve listed some suggestions below. If you have something you’d like to try, let’s hear it! a letter of application or an essay for a specific program at a post-secondary school a piece of writing that meets the requirements of a particular program (here are some examples) an investigative essay based … Continue reading ENG 4U: What Will You Write?
So far, you have a had a conference with me and had extended conversations with each other. Soon, you will present a detailed argument supported by relevant evidence. We have already addressed many key components of the curriculum, including oral … Continue reading ENG 4U: What Do You Want to Write?
In preparation for your assignments for our novel study, we need to discuss the art of the presentation. Our goal is to develop our presentation skills in the same way we develop other modes of communication. Thus, we need to talk … Continue reading ENG 4U: Presentations, PowerPoint, and Pechakucha
Before you panic, know this: you only have to read one of these essays. In fact, you could conceivably read none of these essays, assuming that you find an essay elsewhere that intrigues you. Still, these essays are so good … Continue reading ENG 3U: 6 Questions, 6 Essays
What is the difference between writing essays and being an essayist? It’s like the difference between playing hockey and being a hockey player, or acting in a play and being an actor. The former is a thing you do, while … Continue reading ENG 3U: A Virtuoso Performance of Care
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