ENG 3U: Comparative Media Essay

Ladies and Gents, We will dedicate this week to writing comparative essays. A few things: You should already have a copy of the  comparative essay infographic Still, I have attached one just in case.   Carefully review this media comparative essay rubric; note that the entire Application section deals with sourcing and MLA. I will ask…

ENG 3U: Anecdotal Introductions

In Grade 9 and/or Grade 10, you learned how to write a general to specific introduction. In a general to specific introduction, the writer begins with a general discussion of the topic; she narrows the focus with the subsequent sentences until she reaches her thesis, her most specific sentence in the introduction. Given the subjective nature…

ENG 3U: Zaniness 101

At one point or another, most comedies get a little zany. The action picks up. Coincidences nearly converge, bringing the Big Secret (whatever it may be) ever so close to being revealed. All of the complicated subplots need to converge sooner or later, right? …but not quite yet. The zaniness isn’t the meal; it is the…

ENG 3U: Tweeting About Twelfth Night?!?!?

Ladies and gents, The strangest thing happened last night. I was searching Twitter (I think the proper term is lurking) when I stumbled upon this conversation between a bunch of enthusiastic English students. Did you know that some students spend all of their time on social media talking Shakespeare? Who knew… We will answer the…

ENG 3U: Words Matter

I once had a friend who regularly told me he was impressed by neither writers nor filmmakers. Whenever we talked about a great flick, or I mentioned a book I was reading, he would dismiss the creativity of the work as irrelevant. He would say something like “Big deal. A story about some half-sized human travelling…

ENG 3U: Evaluating a Discussion

Ladies and Gents, After I quickly double-check that everyone has completed the writing task about the “Crazies”, we will have a brief discussion that will be evaluated. This discussion will occur in groups, but I will be evaluating you separately.  I suggest having one student read his/her work, and have the group comment on the…

Remember our discussions of direct and indirect language? Direct language is easy; we can easily understand what the speaker/writer wants us to know. Indirect language, however, is more challenging. We need to use logic to infer the real intent. Think about the following quotation from Michelle Obama’s speech: And he believes that women are more…

ENG 3U: Five People in Four Topics

The table below outlines the pages you must have read for that day. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday September 21-25  1-31  test mass 32-55 September 28-Oct 2 56-80 91-103 104-128  129-153  Prep day 1 October 5th-9th Prep 2 Prep 3 Movie Pitch Movie Pitch Movie Pitch Today, I need you to form groups of 4-5. Each…

ENG 3I: What is Heaven Like/

The Five People You Meet in Heaven Writing a narrative set in a place you have never seen is a real challenge. Imagine the difficulty Mitch Albom faced when he began working on Five People, a novel set in Heaven. To help us prepare ourselves, I’d like you to read at least 5 of the…

ENG 3U: Practice Test revisited

Ladies and gents, It seems to me that yesterday’s practice test provides us with a perfect opportunity to conduct our first rubric-based observation. Here are your responsibilities: You will work in small groups to review the practice test I will provide you with a script from the Gordon Gecko speech. I have bolded numerous rhetorical…

ENG 3U: Dominance, Reciprocity, Communality, and Satire

Let’s start by pairing up and examining our work from yesterday. Remember that, according to Pinker, the way we communicate always falls into one of the three categories listed below. Your partner should be able to categorize your work without being told which category you chose (your partner should also indicate the three phrases/sentences that…