ENG 1D: I Like to Rhyme (Some of the Time)

If you want your parents to know more about our Skype-a-Thon, show them this link.   Before we begin, know this: The Bard is a nickname for William Shakespeare Sherlock Homes lived at 221 Baker St.   Since our first day with Shakespeare’s love-struck pair You noted that his narrative differs a hair From novels and stories you read before Though stories they’re still (at least at their core). Not annoyed, but curious, I’ve heard you exclaim, “What is with the rhymes? What’s Shakespeare’s game?” Err we read the lines and rhymes of the Bard, My next few thoughts might catch you … Continue reading ENG 1D: I Like to Rhyme (Some of the Time)

ENG 1D: New Version of Romeo and Juliet Found!

Ladies and gents, I made a thrilling discovery yesterday. It seems that our beloved William Shakespeare actually wrote a second version of Romeo and Juliet. This version is particularly exciting for fans of theater because of its unusual format. It seems that Shakespeare wrote this version entirely in modern, conversational English. In fact, the tone is so conversational that it seems a little like, well, texting. Strange, huh? Odder still, Shakespeare included a number of images that look suspiciously like emojis. So, basically, Shakespeare wrote the greatest works of the English language AND invented texting. Impressive. Let’s take a look … Continue reading ENG 1D: New Version of Romeo and Juliet Found!

ENG 2D: Act I Scene iii

The last scene established that this world full of violence and treachery; this scene establishes that it is full of dark magic. Our goal for this scene is to understand how the witches’ half-truths and prophesy take hold of Macbeth. Before we begin, I want you to complete a very quick writing task (5 minutes). Imagine that you are walking down the street in downtown Toronto, a young student looking for work (hey…times are tough). You are approached by a strange old woman who might be insane. After muttering to herself for a while, she fixed her eyes on you. … Continue reading ENG 2D: Act I Scene iii

ENG 2D: Exam Review

Today, we will prepare for the exam by quickly reviewing Macbeth. Each group of four will need to choose one of the following, and brainstorm any relevant ideas (make sure you grab a few copies of the play to help you!): Key characters Key events Key theories/concepts/themes After 10 minutes or so, Ms. Sheeler will ask you to choose one person to write all of the ideas for your group on the board. Each group of four needs to come up with a question based on the ideas on the board. While your question does not have to reflect everything … Continue reading ENG 2D: Exam Review

ENG 2D: Conducting Research and Organizing Your Work

Today, you will continue conducting research for your upcoming essay. You will organize your findings in a mind-mapping tool called Mindomo: Mindomo is connected to D2L, the same platform that we used for audio feedback for your short stories. Because Mindomo is browser-based, you can log in using different devices (including those at home) to work on your planning You will be able to share your mindmaps with me; I will be able to comment on your work. Remember our Macbeth opinion pieces? We didn’t fully use the planning process; hopefully, this approach will help us fully develop and organize our … Continue reading ENG 2D: Conducting Research and Organizing Your Work

ENG 2D: Playing with Conventions

Last week, we did the unthinkable: we recreated a theorist’s (Roland Barthes) argument about professional wrestling, language, and codes by hosting/deconstructing our very own wrestling match. Hopefully, the conversation that followed help you understand the basics of conventions and film genres. Understanding media conventions is one of the expectations of the curriculum; it is also essential if you want to understand how media works. However, to really understand the impact of conventions, you really to make your own film scenes. Thus, today, you will attempt to make a short scene in the genre of your choice. In order for this to … Continue reading ENG 2D: Playing with Conventions

ENG 2D: Writing Instructions

Today, you will attempt to write instructions for a simple task that you know how to do. The task can be anything that has multiple steps. Here are some possibilities: how to tie your shoes how to download an app how to apply makeup how to draw a human figure how to make kraft dinner how to set up a computer How to get to a specific location Everyone must create a set of instructions today. Whatever option you choose, please make sure that you: include at least 10 steps (does this seem like a lot? Think of all of the small … Continue reading ENG 2D: Writing Instructions

ENG 2D: How to Write a News Article

Today, we will focus on a single task: writing a news article. Here is why: You need to write news articles for your Macbeth assignment (which will take place over the next few days) Writing a news article is a significant part of the OSSLT You will write two articles today. Imagine that two of three images above are connected to these news stories. The First Paragraph Your first sentence needs to answer the who, what, when, where (and possibly how/why) Your second sentence should elaborate on the first (usually, it addresses the how/why) The Second Paragraph (one of the following) … Continue reading ENG 2D: How to Write a News Article

ENG 2D: You Won’t Believe What I Just Heard

Today, I want you to spread some gossip. That’s right. I want you to engage in that very activity that every teacher since JK has told you to avoid. Yes, today, you will gossip relentlessly. (Points of clarification: by “gossip”, I mean spread stories about Lady Macbeth’s crazy sleep-walking. By “you”, I mean “you playing the role of a nurse who has heard things that she shouldn’t,” Finally, by “relentless” I mean, “for about one page, single-spaced.”) Here is what you will do: read Act V scene i in the graphic novel in small groups read Act V scene I in the original … Continue reading ENG 2D: You Won’t Believe What I Just Heard