ENG 3U: Conversation and Your Tasks

Mr. Pedrech: Good morning everyone! The One Student Who is Awake: Good morning, Mr. Pedrech! Mr. Pedrech: This week, we will continue on our media tasks. You will also prepare for a short conversation with me. Student Who Likes to Remind Me of Stuff: Mr. Pedrech, you know how we feel about talking to you. Everyone agreed that we would keep our conversations with you to a minimum. Mr. Pedrech: True, but these will be special conversations. Student with a disproportionate affinity for the word “special”: SPECIAL? Oh Boy! Mr. Pedrech: That’s right! These conversations will be evaluated. We will … Continue reading ENG 3U: Conversation and Your Tasks

ENG 4U: A Back-Channel for Hamlet

Please take out your devices and go to the website listed on the board. Today, we are going experiment with back-channeling. Back-channeling is a way of tracking questions, comments, or issues from a group of people without disturbing the main discussion. We will use Today’s Meet to create a back-channel; you may post any of the following to our room: questions about the action/dialogue observations about what is happening any predictions you may have about what might happen next The Scenes Yesterday, Horatio and company saw the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Recall that they decided to tell the young prince about … Continue reading ENG 4U: A Back-Channel for Hamlet

ENG 4U: What Will You Write?

Today, we begin a new writing task. We will proceed as follows: you will choose a form that you find interesting and/or relevant you will learn how your chosen form works (structure, stylistic requirements, etc) you will write a piece of work that demonstrates your understanding of the form I’ve listed some suggestions below. If you have something you’d like to try, let’s hear it! a letter of application or an essay for a specific program at a post-secondary school a piece of writing that meets the requirements of a particular program (here are some examples) an investigative essay based … Continue reading ENG 4U: What Will You Write?

ENG 3U: Taking it Further

Yesterday, you chose one of the following tasks: a pitch to a company response for a problematic value message in an ad a short story an essay examining the value messages in problematic ads a short piece in which you examine the artistic voice of your favourite musical act You will continue working on your chosen task today. Below are some sources that might help you develop your thinking/work: Need to know more about making a pitch? Take a look at this blog entry from a few years ago; the task is slightly different, but the advice holds true Writing … Continue reading ENG 3U: Taking it Further

ENG 3U: Badges are Awesome

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

Very early Alpha of Africville

If you have a sec, check out the SUPER early alpha version of an educational game I’m working on about Africville. The premise: in the future, all historical work is done by sending historians back in time; they can collect primary sources, etc., but they cannot be detected by anyone/anything in the time they visit. They player has been sent back to Africville, a town that has been wiped from the historical record. The player’s goal is to discover what happened to Africville.   A few things: -move by clicking on the quarter circles in the bottom right corner you’ll … Continue reading Very early Alpha of Africville

CHW 3M: An Infographic of Our Own

A few days ago, we considered seven infographics about important cities around 1450. Today, we will attempt to make one of our own.  Our infographic will show the following: which societies interacted the nature of the interactions (war? trade? thought?) the intensity of the interactions the direction of the interactions It will also show big ideas. We will need to decide which “big ideas” from the 15th century  should be included. In order to begin, we need to ask questions. Consider adding “How can we show…” to the beginning of each point above; these questions will help you get started! … Continue reading CHW 3M: An Infographic of Our Own