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Wednesday, May 17, 2017



"Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Current Work: Literature Circles
This is practice adding a shared, social element to reading, present your ideas in a group before recording them in writing.

Before submitting any written work to me through www.turnitin.com, ensure you've formatted it according to one of my required formats, you have used Spell Check, and copied and pasted it into all three of these to find obvious errors:

http://www.grammarcheck.net/editor/ (choose "Free Check")

http://www.grammarbase.com/

http://writing.garretson.info/PunctuationChecker

Robot editors sure aren't perfect, but they are going to help you find some of the most obvious of your errors. Errors which it would be best I didn't see you making.

Past Work
   
Feb 14
Personal Writing #1, #2
Email me two original, informal writing pieces, using prescribed format #1 for the first one and format #2 for the second. The three-part story structure will help make this story interesting. Try for 1.5 to 2 pages in length. Demonstrate consistent verb tenses, and proper punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing. Informal and personal writing only. Be descriptive, colourful and interesting. (no informational pieces. No journalism)
Feb 21
Personal Writing #3, #4
Two more original, informal writing pieces, using prescribed format #3 for the first, and your choice of the three course formats for the final written piece. Try for 1.5 to 2 pages in length. Demonstrate consistent verb tenses, and proper punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing. Be descriptive, colourful and interesting. (no informational pieces. No journalism)
Mar 20, 21
Essay Bootcamp
Write a pair of essays, each arguing one side of a two-sided issue. Show me you can write in a formal tone intended for submission for marks in an academic setting. Have a peer vet your essay according to the Essay Bootcamp handout, and include the name of the peer who vetted yours when you email it to me. A single mark will be given for vetting a peer's essay pair, and another single mark will be given for your essay pair. Submit your first essay of the pair no later than Mar 20th, and the second no later than Mar 21st.
Apr 21st, 24th
Gatsby Chapter Work and Recycled Essay
As you read through, chapter by chapter, do an exercise in catching Fitzgerald using several stylistic techniques. Cite quotations and explanations to show you have caught him doing that. Complete by April 21st. Then, build the quotations you found, on one of the topics you were finding quotations for, into a "recycled essay." Submit that one through TurnItIn by April 24th, putting your handwritten chapter work in your folder for me to cross-reference with your Recycled Essay.
May 12
Citizen Kane/Gatsby Comparison
Here is an assignment to help meet the "Media" requirements of the curriculum, having you compare what a textual work (a novel) and a primarily visual work (a film) have to say about wealth. Follow these instructions.
May 26
Gatsby Character Analysis
Analyse three characters from The Great Gatsby, from the mindset of three famous thinkers. Choose two of Frederich Nietsche, Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl, and then a third from the thinkers we've studied Fridays, or one of your choosing that you feel will make you seem informed as to famous thinkers.
Final
Famous Poems
The "payoff" to all the poetry work you've done. Instructions. Don't email this one. Print it and put it straight into your folder in the classroom. The point is to show me you can edit your formal writing yourself. (The Stop! Sheet should help with the formal tone of this piece)
Final
Personal News
Here is an assignment which gives you a chance to show that your informal writing in January is better than it was in September, without needing me to work on it with you. Instructions. Don't email this one. Print it and put it straight into your folder in the classroom. The point is to show me you can edit your informal writing yourself. For informal writing, the rules are very different from academic writing. For example, personal pronouns are encouraged.
The Famous Poems and the Personal News are the culmination of your demonstrating your skills. Get those two right, if you don't get a single other thing right. The exam is secondary to them.
Stop! Sheet, formal/informal writing, commas, capitals, paragraphs... all of that.
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