ENG 3U: Information, Bias, and the News

Just the facts. On the surface, this is all that news seems to be. What happened? Where did it happen? Why? Who was involved? Unfortunately, simple questions don’t always beget simple answers. The more important the event, the less likely that a simple answer will do. In some cases, simple answers can be downright dangerous. This…

ENG 3U: Changes

By User:R013 – Author, CC0, Link I will be honest with you: I was never a fan of our version of this course. It had some good bits, yes, but it felt like some cumbersome monstrosity we had cobbled together from whatever we had lying around. Some Shakespeare? Of course we had it. Novel studies?…

ENG 3U: The Anecdotal Introduction

Cafeteria (noun):  a sprawling jungle, full of wild animals ready to pounce on those that show any fear. What comes next? I’ve been to Australia twice so far, but according to my father I’ve never actually seen it. What comes next? I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe…

ENG 3U: What’s Your Organizing Principle?

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. Your choice shapes the way you can access the files.  In a similar way, writers…

ENG 3U: 6 Questions, 6 Essays

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 that you might want to read them all. Attitude by Margaret Atwood Where Do You…

ENG 3U: A Virtuoso Performance of Care

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 the latter is a thing you are. I want all of you to be essayists….

ENG 3U: What’s Next?

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 thinking: Perhaps you want to turn your value message task into something more substantial. How…

ENG 3U: Difference is Good

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 your thinking is visible. Another option: use the Edge browser’s annotation feature to mark up…

ENG 3U: Anything

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 constraints or guidelines to provide context for our endeavours.  Here is how we will proceed:…

ENG 4U: Prep for Literature Circles

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 you still need more time, don’t worry; Friday will work. Since we have spent roughly…