You may bring a printed copy of your outline into class on Friday.
You will have the entire class to write your essay in Google Docs. Please share the document with the firstname.lastname@example.org account. Remember that you must share your document with editing privileges. This means I can see your revision history (what you wrote when, if you copied and pasted anything in, etc.).
Your final product must be submitted to turnitin by 3:10 (the end of class).
Click here for the assignment. (File --> Make a copy if you want to save it)
Here is what happens when you are given an essay topic.
1. Essay question given (check!)
2. Topics for the injustice practice essay are chosen (that was homework so check!).
3. Outline is created. What? How? Why? Please save this document into your Grade 12 folder (even better an essay folder within the Grade 12 folder).
Thursday is the summer reading assignment which you will receive today so you can create an outline for homework. You will write the assignment in class. I will look at your outline.
Next week, we will outline the injustice essay (outline can be done in groups, but you will write it on your own).
Click here to access the document for today.
Social Injustice Persuasive Essay
Write an essay that persuades people of our modern society to act against some sort of social injustice. Identify the injustice in its entirety, attempting to define clearly exactly what is unfair, illogical, or immoral about this injustice. There may be several facets of the injustice that must be identified. Be sure to state at least three main arguments and identify counter-arguments to your points if there are any.
Background to Apartheid
After reading the story, “Once Upon A Time” by Nadine Gordmier, respond to the questions below in a Google doc in your English 12 folder. This is the first short story of the year, so use it to test your own understanding. We will discuss the story together after you complete this activity. Be honest with yourself and evaluate what you did and did not know before/after the discussion and think about how many hints you had to use (and if those hints were enough to help you).
Create a new Google Doc Titled: Once Upon A Time (This could be in your
Link to story: Once Upon A Time (story begins after paragraph 7 with the lines…”In a house, in a suburb, in a city….”)
What is ironic about the ending of the story? Hint can be found here.
What does the wall symbolize? Hint here.
Why does the family feel they have to separate themselves from the world? What line(s) from the story prove this?
Who or what does the wise old witch represent?
What is the tone of the story? Hint can be found on this ugly, but factually correct page
What is the message (theme) of the story? What larger statement about society is being made?
The title of the story leads us to believe that this is a fairy tale. What literary elements of fairy tales are evident in the story?
Why might this be considered a parody of a fairy tale?
Are the husband and wife racists who create their own fate? Why or why not?
Is the violent ending necessary to convey the author’s point or is it over the top?
After the discussion, edit your notes and hilight areas that you had trouble identifying.
On your reading response blog, write a new post where you reflect on how you did on this activity. You can include thoughts like:
Link to class notes for discussion of story: https://docs.google.com/a/mycw.org/document/d/1D97lpW5_MN_g4EeigoUYf1Si2J0I7SULdgWw-Z0oB0Y/edit?usp=sharing
Academic Journal: Reading Response #1
Welcome to the first entry of your academic journal. You will be asked to read two articles (links below) and engage in a class discussion on the topic. You are welcome to take notes during the discussion and read any other materials on this topic prior to responding to the prompt. You will be expected to reference at least one of the readings in your response. You will provide the links to the articles at the bottom of your blog post; no formal citation is necessary.
Prompt: Is Stephen Fry over reacting to the situation in Russia? Why or why not?
Background information: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21584007-plight-gays-prompts-calls-boycott-sochi-olympics-grim-be-gay
Stephen Fry is a British writer, actor, comedian and playwright who blogs on topical current events.
Read his open letter to David Cameron and the IOC here:
This course requires you to maintain a digital portfolio which includes most of your writing from the school year in the form of an academic journal.
While convention journals (or diaries) keep a record of events in your life, academic journals focus on the material and concepts covered in class. Academic journals allow you to develop your thoughts and ideas and work through your opinions before creating a final argument or paper. Here you will record perceptions, impressions, and reactions to readings, class discussions, and paper topics. Here, you will think, write, rethink, rewrite, think and write some more.
In your academic journal, you will write for yourself. Although it will be read by your teacher and peers, it is not about form, style, or voice. It is where you get started, where you question your thinking and look for reasons behind it. An academic journal is for the writer, not for the reader.
Setting up your digital portfolio/academic journal
1. Choose a software that works for you. For the less tech savvy, Weebly or Google sites is a good place to start.
2. Create a webpage that has the following blog pages:
3. Once you have set up your digital portfolio, design your front page so we know who you are. Feel free to add images and pictures. Include a one paragraph introduction that includes (a) your fondest memory from high school to date (b) one thing you wish you would have been involved in (sport, play, school trip, etc) and (c) what you hope to do next year.
You will be assessed based on individual assignment rubrics and completion.