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ENG 2D English
Instructor: Mr. Rob D'Alessio   
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods (including "Animal Farm", "The Timekeeper", "All Quiet on the Western Front", and "Julius Caesar") countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.
Slideshows
Announcements
Welcome Back!
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:
-something symbolic
-+ more characters
-+more dialogue (put it in proper format)
-+ imagery
-+literary devices
-+more catchy first paragraph
-develop characters/setting/conflict
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
  1. Allegory
  2. Communism
  3. Propaganda
  4. accommodate
  5. Acquitted
  6. Cordial
  7. Smorgasbord
  8. Catastrophe
  9. Beneficiary
  10. nauseous
  11. amend
  12. signature
  13. resolutions
  14. consensus
  15. exhilarate
Time
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.
Remind App
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.
DNA Connections
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls&feature=player_embedded
Palidromic poem

Worst Day Ever?

by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Business Writing Grammar Links
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDoZZQlCjA4&feature=email.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV_omvsAnVg
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/julian_treasure_5_ways_to_listen_better.html
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/intl/pec/mylab/mbcl/PerilsofPauline/Episode1Index.html
http://bowvalleycollege.ca/Documents/Learning%20Resource%20Services/Library%20Learning%20Commons/E-Resources/Study%20guides/writing%20deno_conno.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU
#TrendThink
#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
http://jasmineanimalfarm.weebly.com/leon-trotsky.html
See also: https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1930/unemployment/02.htm
Scientific innacuracies
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:
  • Paul travels back to the Front, asking about Kat and Albert, but nobody has heard of or from them.
  • He reports to the Orderly Room and is asked about his leave; the sergeant-major knows the vibe of misery that Paul felt.
  • Müller, Tjaden, Kat, and Kropp enter and the group is reunited by Paul's mother's cakes and jams, which are actually good since they're not military issue.
  • Paul is informed that they are likely heading into Russia – where there is apparently little fighting going on.
  • The men polish and prepare for the journey. The Kaiser himself appears to send them off – all of them are puffed and shiny. Paul notes that the Kaiser looks much smaller in real life than he does in pictures.
  • The Kaiser distributes various Iron Crosses and the group, then marches off.
  • Tjaden is struck that the Kaiser looks more or less like an ordinary man, and they discuss the belief that the Kaiser puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like they do.
  • Albert then brings in the question of the one word "No" versus "Yes" in entering the war. The irony and ambiguity of the reason all of these people are dying is brought forward: "We are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now, who's in the right?" (9.50)
  • The discussion turns to how the war started – one country offends another. Tjaden notes that he personally does not feel offended by France.
  • The men talk about the real people who live in the warring countries; they are blacksmiths and shoemakers and laborers…not the politicos and wealth aggregators who are fighting this war ideologically and not with their own blood.
  • The war glory of generals enters the conversation, and it becomes clear that there is no single uniting force behind the various wills.
  • The men are bummed out by the fact that they must now return their lovely uniforms and go back to their old green drabs, as the uniforms were there just for the Kaiser's inspection.
  • Instead of going straight to Russia, the men march through a forest where bodies are dangling from trees and brush. Several are naked, their clothes literally blown off of their bodies by the concussion of bombs.
  • Other body parts lay in pieces, literally littering the forest floor. The men determine to report these bodies, many with fresh-dripping blood, to the next stretcher station.
  • A patrol is sent to discover the current enemy position, and Paul volunteers to go on it, in part to reconnect with the Front he has been gone from for seven weeks now.
  • Machine gun fire makes Paul conscious of keeping down.
  • A bomb lands near him, but it has not yet gone off. Paul is paralyzed in fear in the dark, his whereabouts purposefully unknown.
  • Images of Russian prisoners run through his head and he sweats. He clings to the earth like a monkey clinging to its mother or a tree, waiting. He ducks to the sound of more missiles going off and then rationalizes that he "has only one life to lose" and blames his leave for his current softness.
  • He raises himself and begins to slowly pull himself out of the small shell hole he has been cowering in. He hears voices and recognizes what he believes is Kat, talking and walking along. He is filled with warmth.
  • Paul glides over the edge and snakes his way along, but rockets continue to hail around him, peppered with accompanying bullets. He is disoriented and realizes that crawling in the right direction is now a matter of life and death.
  • A shell crashes and Paul finds himself in the middle of a large bombardment. Suddenly there is a flash and a clamor and, to his shock, a French soldier jumps into the shell hole in which Paul was crawling.
  • Instinctively, Paul pulls out his dagger and, in savage animalistic fury, he stabs the Frenchman as showers of machine gun rattle around him.
  • Paul pulls back and hears a gurgling – it is the man, mercilessly still living. Paul feels his heart pounding, ready to spring on him again. But the man is dying.
  • Paul can see him only faintly. Almost frozen, Paul stares at him in the trench. The bullets continue around him. Hours pass and morning light comes, but the man is still not dead – he moves.
  • The man is lying there with his hand on his chest – he tries to raise his head and Paul feels empathy for the man, lying there with the enemy, waiting for death, suffering.
  • Paul drops to his knees, suddenly feeling powerless over the man (Death is the ruler here) and tries to unbutton the man's vest, give him water, save him. The man tries instinctively to defend himself, but he cannot resist.
  • The man groans and all Paul can do is wait. It takes hours.
  • It's noon and Paul feels like his hunger is eating him. He fetches water for himself and gives some to the dying man.
  • This is the first man Paul will have killed with his bare hands; the other men in this troop have already had their first kill, but this was painful for Paul and nothing like what he expected.
  • The dying man's every gasp tears through Paul's heart, stabbing him with an invisible dagger. Paul would give much to let this man stay alive.
  • By about 3pm, though, the man is finally dead.
  • Paul breathes freely again, but, for the first time truly studies the man's face and all that is implied by his person. He thinks about the man's wife, who will never know how exactly her husband was killed.
  • Paul's emotional state gets worse – he wants to know all about this man, his family, his children, what he can do now.
  • He confesses to the corpse, "Comrade, I did not want to kill you […] you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction […] that called forth its appropriate response. It was that abstraction I stabbed. But now I see you are a man like me" (9.145).
  • Paul begs forgiveness and offers twenty years off his life if the corpse will come to life. (Note that Paul doesn't plea to God here.)
  • Finally, things are quiet on the Front. And calming down, Paul promises to write the man's wife. He takes the man's wallet, opens it, and learns about the man who has a wife and a little girl he will never see again.
  • And Paul learns the man he killed was a printer named Gerard Duval.
  • The day passes by and Paul calms down.
  • Paul is exhausted and hungry and beginning to tremble with fear and fatigue. He knows he must creep back to camp, but is worried that his own comrades will mistake him for the enemy and shoot him.
  • He calls out and there is silence. Nobody replies. Paul crawls out of the shell hole in which he made his first kill and, by luck, Paul sees something move in the wire that they laid previously. It is Kat and Albert, who have come out with a stretcher to look for him.
  • They are shocked that he is not wounded. Paul does not mention Gerard that night. He feeds himself and sleeps.
  • In the morning, he cannot hold it in any longer. His friends comfort him; Albert tells him he did the right thing. And Paul tells them that he doesn't understand what happened.
JC questions
JC questions: /30
ENG 2D
NAME:
  1. Thinking back to our first lesson outside:
  2. name one Shakespearian insult.
  3. What is one text that students read from a loud?
  4. True or false: Julius starts out a good and noble ruler but then because of his wife and his obsession with superstition, he becomes evil. _____________. Explain.

Questions from your text:
  1. P.31 #1
  2. P.54 #1-4, 6, 7, 9
  3. P.76 #5
  4. P.112 #1-2
  5. P.119 #1
  6. P.120 #1
  7. P.126 #1
  8. P.140 #1 or 2

Bonus:
Add punctuation to the following to make it correct:
That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
AQOTWF
If you have not done so already, please complete the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Friday.
Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/03/hank-short-henry/
Examples of oxy morons
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-oxymorons.html
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.

Be careful:
-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
“He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it”.
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
Dystopia quote
“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
http://genius.com/1310734/Langston-hughes-i-too-sing-america/I-too-sing-america
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.
Animal Farm
"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
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/cannot-or-can-not
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
http://www.doorway-to-self-esteem.com/autobiography-in-five-short-chapters.html
(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
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dr-wayne-dyers-top-5-motivational-speeches-of-all-time/
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-
Poetry introduction
 From Dead Poets Society:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjHORRHXtyI
Poetry Prezi
 http://prezi.com/qjsd1wf0vk93/poetry/
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 defensivedefensiveness, and defensively have an 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

Selfies at funerals
 Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
Read this
 After reading this status, you will realize that the the brain does not register the second "the." 
Submitting files
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)
1st draft
 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
"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)... 
Course outline
 *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

Poll
 Should "whats-his-name" be capitalized?
Amazing fact?
 The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
Happy Read a Book Day!
 Happy Read a Book Day! (Sept. 6th)
Dear students
 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...
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Peace Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM Discuss
Blog Entry General Discussion Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM Discuss
Blog Entry OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM Discuss
More...
Files
 cletter[1].docx
Tips on making a complaint letter
 Closing Time by Leonard Cohen.docx
Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
 Courteous and Conversational.docx
Keep it on a professional level
 Dead Poets.docx
Dead Poets Society q's
 ducksandeaglesstory.docx
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
 Essay Plan.doc
Essay Plan
 essayrubric2.doc
Essay Rubric
 essays101.docx
Essays 101
 essays101.docx
Essays 101
 essaytips.doc
Essay tips
 Parts of speech.docx
Parts of Speech
 PARTS OF THE SENTENCE.docx
Parts of Sentence
 poem_profiler.docx
Profile a poem
 The Five P- pgs 98 to 150.pdf
The 5 People con't 3
 The Five P-pgs 1 to 46.pdf
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
 The Five P-pgs 151 to 196.pdf
The 5 People con't 4
 The Five P-pgs 47 to 97.pdf
The 5 People con't 2
 What Corporate America Can.docx
Corporations and e-mail business writing 101
 Wordiness.docx
Wordiness
Homework
5 paragraph opinion essay
Due September 26, 2017
Simone q's
Due September 27, 2017
Test
Due September 28, 2017
Animal Farm test & essay
Due October 5, 2017
Short Story
Due October 19, 2017
Timekeeper Test and q's
Due October 26, 2017
Test 2
Due October 30, 2017
Expository essay
Due November 2, 2017
Letter to editor
Due November 6, 2017
Great Debaters q's
Due November 22, 2017
Test 3
Due November 29, 2017
Test 4
Due December 18, 2017
Bio essay
Due December 19, 2017
Julius Caesar test (ACT 1)
Due January 15, 2018
OMELAS Journal
Due January 17, 2018
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