Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Learning to See: Responding to the Film, "Temple Grandin"

Write a personal response to the film. Include a comment on one scene you liked (for example, an interesting scene early in the film shows Temple’s mother trying to help her learn to read; other important scenes include Temple’s college graduation speech, buying a truck, the door at the market, visiting her professor etc.) Write 150 to 200 words in a paragraph, word process and bring to class. Be sure to mention specifically something we see (an image) and not only what happens.

If you missed class or wish to watch scenes again, here is a link to an online stream for the film, Temple Grandin. Be patient as the stream is slow. Pause the playback for a time to avoid buffering.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Here I Am

Write your version of "Here I Am" here as a comment to this post. Remember to follow the format of my examples exactly (use the same punctuation and word forms etc.).

I will provide my new version here as well.

NOTE: Be sure to post your "Here I Am" here as a comment and not to "post" to the blog.
Remember to bring a copy on paper to class for your performance. Good luck!

NOTE: Please check your formatting when pasting your poem. Poems should have a space between stanza one and stanza two; there is another space between stanza two and three. If you paste from word, you'll have to put them in manually. Otherwise, the poems are hard to read easily.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Something New; Something Memorable

Write two paragraphs, one for each topic, one for "something new" and one for "something memorable." You may mention multiple examples or expand on one example. Your paragraphs should be a minimum of 150 words and maximum of 200 words for each topic.

Be specific and detailed in your writing. Use your best sentences and proofread carefully. Work is due before class time on Wednesday, June 10. Post here and bring a copy, properly formatted, to class to hand in that day. Thank you everyone.

My comments will follow yours and will be posted before the end of next week.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writing a List Poem: "A Note"

Beginning with "Life is the only way," write your own list poem using "A Note" as a model. Your poem must use the same (with minor variations) number of words and structure as Szymborska's. Use what you learned this week to compose a stronger poem.
Try to find a rhythm to the words you choose (note the number of syllables as well as the number of words). Be careful to punctuate exactly the same way and be aware of how the poet has used punctuation to divide and compare ideas. Post a copy of your poem to the blog before coming to Wednesday's class.
Be prepared to do a recital of your poem (please practice ahead of time!) and speak for one to two minutes on the process you followed and any difficulties you experienced.  Marks will be assigned as follows: quality of poem—50%; recital—25%; remarks on process—25%.

NOTE: Check your formatting carefully after copy and pasting poem. You'll need to add spacing. Try to have your poem look exactly the same as the original handout if you can!

"Biker Brad"; narrative essay on my ride to Halifax

Friday, May 15, 2015

Choosing a Poem

To help you find a poem, here are three online sources of quality poetry. You must find a poem from one of these three sources. Remember that you will need to defend the poem's quality in group work that day, so be sure to choose well. Remember to print a copy to bring to class that day.

Poems at (each poem is read by the poet; a good way to decide if you like the way it sounds)

Canadian Poetry Online (from the University of Toronto library; a list of poets that links to poems from each one)

Poetry Daily Archive (alphabetical archive of poems by title; here you can look for an interesting title and see if you can find a poem you like)

NOTE: If you have a poem that you wish to share that is not on these sites, you must send it to me in advance for my approval. Let me know why you think the poem is worthy of discussion in an email by Wednesday, May 20.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Experience with Poetry

Write a 50-word paragraph that refers to your personal experiences with poetry. The experiences do not have to be at school, although they may be if you wish. Be specific please.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Paragraph Answer for "A Spoiled Man"

Write an answer that is based on information found on the pages you have been assigned. Try, as best you can, to connect what happens on that page to events that occur either before or after in the story. Quote the story at least once, but no more than 20 words, maximum, for all quotes. Identify the page numbers and topic, please, as a heading before your paragraph. See my model answer for more ideas on what to do.

Write between 150 and 200 words. Bring your word processed work to class on Wednesday. 

Link to the story online for easier cut and paste quoting.

After reading all your pitches, I must say, "Bravo"! It will be a fantastic experience to read about all these amazing people. Like Andrew Stanton says at the end of his lecture, " Use what you know. Draw from it. It doesn't always mean plot or fact. It means capturing a truth from your experiencing it, expressing values you personally feel deep down in your core." It seems to me you have done so!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Making a Pitch for Your Narrative Essay

Write a short (100 to 150 word) pitch for your narrative essay idea. Why would we be interested in the person you chose? What makes this person interesting? What influence have they had on you that is interesting to others?

Please bring a copy of your pitch to class on Friday, word processed and printed.