Class Tips for Writing a Poem
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!
A place for English 12 students from the Pearson Adult Learning Centre in New Westminster, BC, Canada to read work in progress, critique, and ask or answer questions (of other students and of the teacher).
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 12/06/2013 04:01:00 PM
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. Post your work and remember to bring your printed work to class along with a printed copy of your chosen poem.
To help you find a poem, here are three online sources of quality poetry. Remember that you will need to defend the poem's quality in group work that day, so be sure to choose well.
Poems at Slate.com (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)
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 11/29/2013 09:40:00 AM
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 11/15/2013 11:24:00 AM
Here's a useful definition of persuasion from a psychological perspective:
According to Perloff (2003), persuasion can be defined as "...a symbolic process in which communicators try to convince other people to change their attitudes or behaviors regarding an issue through the transmission of a message in an atmosphere of free choice."
So, given a"free choice," what have you found most persuasive in the two lectures (Connected, but alone? and Why privacy matters) and one reading, "Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction"? Refer to each lecture and to the reading in your answer.
Write no more than 200 to 250 words. It is likely easiest to refer to the lectures and reading in separate short paragraphs. If you remain unconvinced by their ideas, please try to persuade us by providing an argument against the ideas. Be sure to say why you find something persuasive (or why not). I will provide a sample this weekend.
Bring all your writing, word processed and double spaced, to class next Wednesday.
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 11/08/2013 10:48:00 AM
Write an answer that is based on information found on the page 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. Use at least one literary term (setting, conflict, plot, irony etc.) in your answer. Quote the story at least once, but no more than 20 words, maximum, for all quotes. Identify the page number, 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.
Online copy of the story for quoting.
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 10/23/2013 06:58:00 PM
Hope you are all having a good Thanksgiving weekend. Here's the photo I will present to you next Wednesday. To see a larger version, click on the photo.
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 10/11/2013 02:53:00 PM
What is your personal experience with people who are very different from yourself (for reasons of disability in particular)? Do you feel that society can benefit from a better understanding and acceptance of those who act in ways that are outside of what most of us consider normal? Write a short paragraph of a maximum of 150 words to explain your ideas to the class.
Bring a word-processed copy to class next Wednesday.
Posted by Brad (teacher) at 10/04/2013 10:32:00 AM