ENG 4U: The Most Famous Lines Ever?

Today we will consider what are perhaps the most famous lines in the history of literature. Well, at the very least, the most famous lines in English literature. First, let’s listen to those lines in Korean. Beautiful, huh? I convinced my friend to record this version for this class. He read the Korean script from…

ENG 4U: Hamlet Toolkit

Hamlet: the complete play (useful when you want to add text from the play into a document/project) Hamlet Act I scene v: Hamlet talks to his father’s ghost Hamlet Act I scene v: the same scene, but different version

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….

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…

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: 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…

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…

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….

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…

CHW 3M: Podcasts for Independent Study

Timbuktu: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/african-history-special Agincourt: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/Last-Kingdom-Agincourt Maya: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072n5x3 Genghis Khan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00773mr Vikings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vrx8g Vikings: http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/motivations-behind-viking-raids-and-life-dr-johnson      

Asking the Right Questions

A few weeks ago, I proposed a new assignment to my CHW 3M (History before the 16th century) students. Though the assignment went through several incarnations, we settled on the following guidelines: students would choose three events from the rise, golden age, and fall of Rome (so, 9 events in total)  and briefly summarize them…

CHW 3M: Questions, Questions

Earlier this week, you wrote a series of questions based on your investigation of the Roman Empire. Now, these questions will help you focus your approach to the next unit. Your goal today is to find at least 5 reputable sources that you will use next week. You will need: at least one full-length documentary…