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 … Continue reading ENG 3U: The Anecdotal Introduction
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?
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
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