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 4U: We are examining HOW many scenes today?!?!?

Scene i: we will read this one together. Notice the king’s response to the news of Polonius’ death. Scene ii: We will watch this one. Pay careful attention to the sponge metaphor. Scene iii: We will watch this one, too. Note Hamlet’s baiting of the king, his reference to heaven and hell, and the king’s…

ENG 4U: Why No One Should Write Poetry At 5 AM

I wrote this poem a few years ago. Thus far, I have subjected numerous classes to its mediocrity; today, it is your turn. Why No One Should Write Poetry At 5 AM So far, students, there is much we have learned: Hamlet to Denmark recently returned. His father? Dead, but haunting the castle; His uncle,…

ENG 4U 2018: Know Your Theory

Ladies and gents, Your goals today are: to become more familiar with the literary schools you have chosen for the Hamlet assignment. to find at least one secondary source that is relevant to both your literary school and Hamlet Thus, I suggest the following: Arrange yourselves into groups according to your literary school. For example,…

ENG 4U: Presentations, PowerPoint, and Pechakucha

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 about: purpose content/analysis style language structure Let’s begin by discussing a few approaches to presenting…

ENG 4U: What Do You Want to 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 communication, listening, and metacognition. We haven’t, however, addressed writing. I think you might be surprised…

ENG 4U: A Talk About Violence is Like a Kick in the Teeth

Today, we are going to create a media text on the fly. How? I am not really sure. Let’s see what happens. Before we begin, however,  I’d like you to consider the following: a famous Canadian named Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase the medium is the message, meaning that the medium (film, digital, print) of…

ENG 4U: Presentations, PowerPoint, and Pechakucha

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 about: purpose content/analysis style language structure Let’s begin by discussing a few approaches to presenting…

ENG 4U: What Should You Do Today?

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 be fully prepared for the last round Today, you have lots of freedom to investigate…

ENG 4U: Feedback 101

What will happen today, you ask? I will tell you two stories about feedback I’ve received on my writing. I will return your induction/deduction writing back to you. Please read my feedback carefully. You will work with a partner to carefully review your Mundane Task. Your goal is to provide detailed, relevant, and timely feedback to…