Nov. 16th handout
Journal; overdue list; Poetry Folder; Book Report; Time Keeper questions
Time Keeper q's
The Time Keeper Mitch Albom questions
The book in its entirety can be viewed here: http://english4success.ru/Upload/books/1596.pdf
Is there a difference between an entertainer and an artist?
Mixed Cameo directions
Individually or with a partner, take your cameo(s) from Nov. 8th and turn it into a colorful 3-6 panel graphic novel comic strip. You must make use of at least one close-up, two dialogue bubbles, one thought bubble.
-Expository essay (define) (see handout
-The Time Keeper (D'or, Nim, Sarah Lemon, Victor, Ethan, time, cryonics)
-fake news (see handout)
-theme (see handout)
-Dragon of Tolle
Short Story details
-have 3 or more characters
-have 2 or more settings
-have at least 1 theme
-have conflict (man v. man; himself; nature; technology; society; God/supernatural)
-have rising action and climax
-use literary devices
-can be based on true story; allegory (eg. biblical), your life, character/book/song/poem/film/TV show, place; event; phenomenon
In class we took up an example of a short story. Further to that, I have the following to say, "The Dragon of Tolin" Synopsis by Mr. Rob D'Alessioy: This is one of the greatest dystopian short stories that is an allegory for capitalism, The Dragon of Tollin by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough: “An appalling stink assailed the emissary’s nose… No ship or even the wreck of a ship wallowed in the fouled harbours…” We have such an easy time recognizing post apocalyptic imagery but when it comes to current dystopian characteristics, we are a thousand light years away from where we need to be much to the delight of the top 1%. “…Where he remembered great seas of billowing green forest there were now jagged charred stumps sticking up like the ruined teeth from the skull of some long-dead cone. The emissary thought he might find some answers in Tollinlund, that greatest city of all Northworld, whose boundries annexed what was once an entire independent country.” It’s not just capitalist countries that capitalism has changed to the point where they are not recognizable to what they looked and felt like in the 1950’s such as Vietnam or Iran. “He folded his wings and sat upon the remnants of a wall, and wept himself to sleep.” What are we losing in our world today that might cause our children’s children to weep? Forests? Freedom? Religion? Justice? “The dragons in tales of old are ugly and fearsome greedy, and foul- nothing like that could ever come from this egg,” said Dohal, stroking the shell.” The dragon unborn inside the egg is probably innocent and born without craving to kill humans but that’s not the point. “…As I was debating between ‘giver’ and ‘liver’ as a rhyme for ‘river’, I became aware that a third rhyme- ‘quiver’ was even more appropriate, for that was what the ground near my feet was doing.” Such remarkable imagery and wording could only be inspired by actual dystopian characteristics in our society. The story goes on to depict baby dragon’s appetites as innocent enough (though they do indeed begin eating people) and how the King used one female dragon in particular to save money by using her heat to improve infrastructure without having to hire people but he taxes the people more and more to feed and maintain the dragon’s needs (etc). She warmed the fields and so they yielded more. She kept the Palace very warm. Eventually, her breath was confined for stove use. Eventually, as the dragon grew big enough, people grew fearful. There is some sort of an attempt to overthrow her. “My beauty drove their troops back to their own boundries and with one short raid on their nearest town, a roar and a single blast of fire, the enemy was decimated, destroyed, and thereafter followed our ways and paid tribute to our king.” There is an unintentional resemblance to the so-called war on terror in Iraq and Afghanastan. The dragon gets so big, it can’t even fly anymore and people have to live on starvation rations and increased taxes. “Rather than becoming angry at the dragon, people grew angry at the King…” I would compare that to an election where people aren’t happy so they change their vote to support a different party but don’t say anything critical of capitalism. In the story of course, it all falls apart. The story ends with the new question of whether or not the survivors should kill the unhatched dragon or use it to get “rich quick.” It is open-ended but I infer that greed wins out unfortunately for them all… and the poor little baby dragon...
Short Story prezis
Groups of 3-6:
1. commercial - serious commercial advertising a product that does not exist. Identify strategy used and target audience (30-100 seconds)
2. mock commercial (can be an actual product, identifu social commentary) (30-130 seconds)
3. pop.cult item (2 minutes, present why an item your group has chosen constitutes "pop culture.")
4. Summarize three news stories. Make sure one of them is fake but believable. Class will guess which one is...
Diagnostic Literacy Test
Thursday, October 12th, (moved from Wednesday), all grade ten students will write the diagnostic Literacy test in their classroom, period 3 with their teacher. The assessment will consist of multiple choice questions and summaries.
CHC 2D DeCoeur- Room 127
ENG 2P/2L Lafleur- Room 216
SNC 2D Longval- Room 219
FIF 2D Smith- Room 227
Turning Points Cox- Room 212
Test Review sample questions
Welcome back to school Ravens and welcome to ENG2D. Stay tuned to this class site for updates and postings of all assignments. I encourage you to use the Remind App to receive important announcements and assignment reminders via text. Ask your teacher for more info or go to remind.com and register, the course code in Remind App is @23473
Short Story tips from D'Alessio
Make a rough copy. Go ahead and write out the plot premise, choose your point of view and figure out if you want to have a protagonist and antagonist (you probably should have both|). Also, do you want your story to take place in the past and/or present, and/or future? Also, is your story set in a fictional setting or the real world? Then go back and add some or all of the following:
-+ more characters
-+more dialogue (put it in proper format)
-+more catchy first paragraph
Social Science Fiction
Social science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, usually soft science fiction, concerned less with technology/space opera and more with speculation about human society. In other words, it "absorbs and discusses anthropology", and speculates about human behavior and interactions. Exploration of fictional societies is a significant aspect of science fiction. It can often be precautionary as in Brave New World, or 1984, or Fahrenheit 451. It can criticize the contemporary world and present solutions, or can portray alternative societies. It can examine the implications of ethical principles.
Spelling Test Words
END2D Spelling Quiz
Interesting fact about time to compliment our reading of The Timekeeper. The closer you are to the centre of the earth, the stronger the gravitational field you will be in and the slower your time will run. So you will age ever so slightly more slowly at sea level than you would up a mountain.
If you would like due dates and important reminders sent to you by text messages throughout this semester, ask your teacher for details about the Remind App.
Worst Day Ever?
Today was the absolute worst day ever
Business Writing Grammar Links
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Animal Farm & Trotsky
See also: https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1930/unemployment/02.htm
Titanic, Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Superman IV, Star Trek, Armageddon, Dante's Peak, Volcano, Independence Day, Deep Impact, and now, San Andreas, all have scientific inaccuracies; is this OK? (See link: "Scientific inaccuracies").
AQONTWF Study notes
AQOTWF Ch.9 Note:
Ch. 9 is an important chapter in the novel:
JC questions: /30
Questions from your text:
Add punctuation to the following to make it correct:
That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
If you have not done so already, please complete the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Friday.
Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"
Examples of oxy morons
General steps to following through on a project
1. READ THE WHOLE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD FROM START TO FINISH :)
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Create Outline
4. Conduct Research
5. Revise Outline
6. Conduct more Research
7. Reference Research (citationmachine.net)
8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences
9. Proofread & Edit
10. Write Final Draft
Last Minute Literacy test tip
-Summaries: The first sentence is usually the main idea.
-Good News Reports are written with the 5W’s and the two quotes.
-Use the space provided and respect the length for the summary and the news report.
-Don’t try to be funny by using names such as “Mr. Turkey”.
-Make sure all the questions are answered. The last bubble was missed on many tests.
-If you can use a computer and Kurzweil, please use it.
Edgar A. Guest
Animal Farm quote
“No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm
“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent
I too am American
Types of non-fiction writing
So far, we have looked at summary writing, opinion writing, critical review writing, and news report writing. We will look at business writing (persuade based writing in particular) and biographical writing shorty.
"Who controls the past, controls the future…who controls the present, controls the past.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm
FAQ vol. 10
Q: Can you ask a question in an essay?
A: You can in your introduction. However, in the body of the essay, a question mark must be followed by the answer to the question, otherwise it is considered rhetorical and thus informal.
cannot v. can not
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
(Might this be the best poem ever about life?)
Did you know?
People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.
Old quote could apply to e-mails and texts now.
''The Moving* Fing*er writes and having* writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears blot out a word of it."
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Dr. Dyer's top 5 most motivational speeches ever list
Count the f's
Take a look at this sentence and count the number of f’s in it: “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.”
Thought For The Day
“The glass is half full of what is.”
Your body is the cage?
"A traveler from India went to Africa to acquire some local products and animals, and while in the jungle he saw thousands of beautiful multicolored talking parrots. He decided to capture a talking parrot and take it back as a pet.
At home he kept his parrot in a cage and fed him wonderful seeds and honey, played music for his pet, and generally treated him well. When it was time for the man to return to Africa 2 years later, he asked his parrot if there was any message he could deliver to the parrot's friends back in the jungle. The parrot told his master to say that he was very happy in his cage and that he was enjoying each day and to convey his love.
When the traveler arrived back in Africa he delivered the message to the parrots in the jungle. Just as he finished his story, a parrot with tears welling up in his eyes fell over dead. The man was alarmed and decided that the parrot must have been very close to the parrot in the cage and that was the reason for his sadness and demise.
When the traveler returned to India, he told his pet what had happened. As he finished his story, the pet parrot's eyes welled up with tears and he kneeled over dead in his cage. The man was astounded, but figured that his pet died from the despair of hearing of the death of his close friend back in the jungle.
The trader opened up the cage and tossed the dead bird outside onto the trash heap. Immediately his pet parrot flew up to a branch on the tree outside.
The trader said to him, "So, you are not dead after all. Why did you do that?"
The parrot answered, "Because that bird back in Africa sent me a very important message."
"What was the message?" the trader inquired impatiently.
"He told me that if you want to escape from your cage, you must die while you are alive."'
Quote of the day
"The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -Abraham Lincoln-
From Dead Poets Society:
Defence and Color
Defence and defense are different spellings of the same word. Defense is preferred in American English, and defence is preferred in all other main varieties of English, including Australian, British, and Canadian English. The spelling distinction extends to most derivatives of defence/defense, including defences/defenses and defenceless/defenseless. But the words defensive, defensiveness, and defensively have an s everywhere; Color: In 1998, Oxford University Press produced a Canadian English dictionary, after five years of lexicographical research, entitled The Oxford Canadian Dictionary. A second edition, The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, was published in 2004. Just as in the older dictionaries, it includes uniquely Canadian words and words borrowed from other languages and surveyed spellings, such as whether colour or color was the more popular choice in common use. Color and colour are acceptable. The Canadian media has been using color since the 1990's. Labor is still labour and center is still centre, color is the only acceptable exception. Paperback and concise versions (2005, 2006), with minor updates, are available.
Quote of the week
Make sure your words are necessary, kind and truthful.
- Stefanie Gross
Law and the future of TV
Media: To what extent is the news scripted by gov't sources?
Selfies at funerals
Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
After reading this status, you will realize that the the brain does not register the second "the."
When submitting work, please make sure that you are using Microsoft Word, notepad, wordpad, or power point... I am unable to open other files such as Adobe/PTF or Word Perfect (etc)
Never underestimate the power of a first draft. If you want to e-mail your introduction to the teacher Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca I can proof read and correct it for you (you must do so before the deadline).
Today's essay tip
Be careful with the use of the word "like" in formal essays. We usually use this word to compare one thing to another or as a simile. But it is too informal in an essay to say "...promising to not raise taxes is like promising jobs for everyone." It doesn't matter how logical or clear your point is, you should say: "...promising to raise taxes is comparable to promising jobs for everyone..." "Like" by defintion can only be used in its literal sense. Therefore, you can use it to say: "He likes pizza." "This dog likes cats." "Canadians like hockey." Etc.
Essay Tip of the Day
In formal essay writing, when there is a question mark, it must be followed by an answer or theory in the next sentence that addressed the question.
"mechanics" refers to grammar and communicatin skills. When submitting work, remember that spelling and grammar do affect comprehension (and your mark!). Incerrek spulling and gramma often make riting un-derstand-ible! The Spell checker will help, but remember that it is not perfect! You will still need to proofread you work. (See? Spellchecker did not catch the you that should be "your" right there)...
*The course outline is now posted (scroll down to "files")
media quote of the day
"A newspaper is a device incapable of distinguishing between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization" - George Will
Should "whats-his-name" be capitalized?
The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
Happy Read a Book Day!
Happy Read a Book Day! (Sept. 6th)
Stay tuned students of ENG2D 2012-13, this page is new and will soon be updated with course outline, links, discussion topics, and due dates. In the meantime, if you have any questions about ENG2D, feel free to contact me Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca
Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91
Author of Fahrenheit 451 and several Twilight Zone scripts...
Tips on making a complaint letter
Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
Keep it on a professional level
Dead Poets Society q's
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentence
Profile a poem
5 People q's
The 5 People con't 3
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
The 5 People con't 4
The 5 People con't 2
Corporations and e-mail business writing 101
Name the Author
Due November 27, 2017
Due November 29, 2017
Due November 30, 2017
Due December 18, 2017
Due December 19, 2017
Due January 15, 2018
Due January 17, 2018
Due January 17, 2018