ENG 4U: Advice to the Troubled

Today, we will watch the remainder of Act IV Scene V. Recall that in the first half of this scene, Gertrude and Claudius attempt to placate young Ophelia, who has gone mad due to her father’s death (or perhaps due to being so badly treated by Hamlet).  Complications ensure when Laertes returns halfway through the…

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: The Anecdotal Introduction

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 next? I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe…

ENG 3U: What’s Your Organizing Principle?

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. Your choice shapes the way you can access the files.  In a similar way, writers…

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 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: A Virtuoso Performance of Care

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 the latter is a thing you are. I want all of you to be essayists….

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 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…