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Friday, June 15, 2018



“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Current Work: Literature Circles
This is to practice talking about a novel with others.

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 both of these to find obvious errors:

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

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. Not all "errors" noted by these sites will actually be real errors, particularly not "Passive Voice" and "Complex Expression."

Past Work
   
Feb 9
Personal Writing #1, #2
Submit two original, informal writing pieces to TurnItIn.com, using prescribed format #1 for the first one and format #2 for the second. Formatting counts for marks. The three-part story structure will help make this story interesting. Demonstrate knowledge of the Personal Writing Guide. Try for 1.5 to 2 pages in length (double-spacing the second one will double this size). Demonstrate consistent verb tenses, and proper punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing. Informal and personal writing only. Be descriptive, colourful and interesting. (no informational pieces. No essays. No journalism)
Feb 16
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 2
Essay Bootcamp
Write a pair of essays, each strongly arguing only one side of a very 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 essays according to the Essay Bootcamp handout. If your essays do not seem to follow my expectations, I will be asking who vetted them for you. The second Essay may be submitted by midnight Mar 5th if absolutely necessary.
Apr 9
The Wall
Show you can follow these instructions, and talk intelligently about how lyrics, art, music, movie and tour elements are used to express ideas and thoughts. Submit through TurnItIn by TBD.
May 4,7
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 May 4st . 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 May 7th , putting your handwritten chapter work in your folder for me to cross-reference with your Recycled Essay.
Final
Character Analysis
Analyse three characters from The Great Gatsby, Hamlet or your Lit Circle book, or do one from each. Use 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. Instructions. Submit this to TurnItIn, but also 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
The "payoff" to all the poetry work you've done. Instructions. Submit this to TurnItIn, but also 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. Submit this to TurnItIn, but also p rint 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 Poets, Character Analysis and the Personal News are the culmination of your demonstrating your skills. Get those three right, if you didn't get a single other thing right all year. Use the Stop! Sheet, formal/informal writing, commas, capitals, paragraphs... all of that.
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