Social Science Fiction
Social science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, usually soft science fiction, concerned less with technology/space opera and more with speculation about human society. In other words, it "absorbs and discusses anthropology", and speculates about human behavior and interactions. Exploration of fictional societies is a significant aspect of science fiction. It can often be precautionary as in Brave New World, or 1984, or Fahrenheit 451. It can criticize the contemporary world and present solutions, or can portray alternative societies. It can examine the implications of ethical principles.
Worst Day Ever?
Today was the absolute worst day ever
Business Writing Grammar Links
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Titanic, Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Superman IV, Star Trek, Armageddon, Dante's Peak, Volcano, Independence Day, Deep Impact, and now, San Andreas, all have scientific inaccuracies; is this OK? (See link: "Scientific inaccuracies").
Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"
Examples of oxy morons
General steps to following through on a project
1. READ THE WHOLE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD FROM START TO FINISH :)
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Create Outline
4. Conduct Research
5. Revise Outline
6. Conduct more Research
7. Reference Research (citationmachine.net)
8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences
9. Proofread & Edit
10. Write Final Draft
Edgar A. Guest
“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent
I too am American
"Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us"
William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
FAQ vol. 10
Q: Can you ask a question in an essay?
A: You can in your introduction. However, in the body of the essay, a question mark must be followed by the answer to the question, otherwise it is considered rhetorical and thus informal.
cannot v. can not
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
(Might this be the best poem ever about life?)
Did you know?
People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.
Old quote could apply to e-mails and texts now.
''The Moving* Fing*er writes and having* writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears blot out a word of it."
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Dr. Dyer's top 5 most motivational speeches ever list
Count the f's
Take a look at this sentence and count the number of f’s in it: “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.”
Thought For The Day
“The glass is half full of what is.”
Have a blessed summer
You were a great class! Have an awesome summer. Be well.
Your body is the cage?
"A traveler from India went to Africa to acquire some local products and animals, and while in the jungle he saw thousands of beautiful multicolored talking parrots. He decided to capture a talking parrot and take it back as a pet.
At home he kept his parrot in a cage and fed him wonderful seeds and honey, played music for his pet, and generally treated him well. When it was time for the man to return to Africa 2 years later, he asked his parrot if there was any message he could deliver to the parrot's friends back in the jungle. The parrot told his master to say that he was very happy in his cage and that he was enjoying each day and to convey his love.
When the traveler arrived back in Africa he delivered the message to the parrots in the jungle. Just as he finished his story, a parrot with tears welling up in his eyes fell over dead. The man was alarmed and decided that the parrot must have been very close to the parrot in the cage and that was the reason for his sadness and demise.
When the traveler returned to India, he told his pet what had happened. As he finished his story, the pet parrot's eyes welled up with tears and he kneeled over dead in his cage. The man was astounded, but figured that his pet died from the despair of hearing of the death of his close friend back in the jungle.
The trader opened up the cage and tossed the dead bird outside onto the trash heap. Immediately his pet parrot flew up to a branch on the tree outside.
The trader said to him, "So, you are not dead after all. Why did you do that?"
The parrot answered, "Because that bird back in Africa sent me a very important message."
"What was the message?" the trader inquired impatiently.
"He told me that if you want to escape from your cage, you must die while you are alive."'
Final Exam Review
A. Time Keeper -----------------------------------10 marks
B. Definitions -------------------------------------23 marks
C. Short Answer ----------------------------------6 marks
D. Interpretation-----------------------------------3 marks
E. Novels/plays-------------------------------------10 marks
F. Essay---------------------------------------------30 marks
Part A Time Keeper 10 marks Time: 20 min
Describe the three main characters of the book, genre, theme, and message of the book.
Part B Definitions 23 marks Time: 15 minutes
I) (14 marks) Write complete sentences defining fourteen of the following literary terms. USE FOOLSCAP FOR THIS QUESTION. Clearly label your answer (i.e. Part B (I))...
Examples: theme; protagonist; climax; metaphor; Simile; personification; hyperbole; limerick;
Example: In Lord of the Flies, let’s say that the boys were never rescued. Which character would have been most likely to have plotted against Jack, killed him and assumed the role of leader? Why? (1)
Part D- Reading Comprehension (18 marks) Answer on foolscap.
example: 1. Offer an interpretation for each of the three quotes OR state what all 3 have in common: (3)
a) poetry quote from T.S Eliot:
“…We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
Example: 1. Which of the following quotes is from “Macbeth”: (1)
a) “To be or not to be.”
b) “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.”
c) “Have we not heard the chimes at Midnight?”
d) “If Music be the food of love, play on.”
LORD OF FLIES: (9)
Pick 9 of the following 17:
1. Who are the first two characters to appear in the story?
2. What do Ralph and Piggy find in the small lagoon?
Be prepared to discuss Ender.
ction B: Hamlet
Q: Sir, what was Piggy's real name in the book LOF?
A: Piggy's real name was never mentioned in the book, quite deliberately. Piggy asked Ralph his name and Ralph was not really interested in finding out Piggy's name until he said 'Back home they called me 'Piggy''. Ralph didn't need to find out his real name, he liked the idea of calling him Piggy, just like the boys who had teased him back home. Ralph wanted to be popular and he used Piggy to this end. This is exactly what Piggy was trying to avoid in pulling Ralph aside to say this. He doesn't want to be called Piggy on the Island. One of the biggest tragedies of this story is that Piggy's real nature was repressed on the island. He became nameless and except for his glasses being handy for lighting fires, the other boys didn't appreciate his intelligence and just associated him with the pigs that they slayed.
Today, you have the class to pair up and use the laptops. You can use these for your culminating task if you wish, you can use the whole period to work on your culminating task if you wish. You may also use part or all of the class to participate in the term II on-line discussion board. Click on discussions. And proceed the same way you did in term I. Please make sure you and your partner post a least one comment or reply.
We are still reading "Timekeeper" by Mitch Albom. Today (Monday) was Day 1 of the Culminating Task.
If you were absent Friday
On Friday, FYI, we looked at "Best Friends Poem", Gord Downie interview on poetry and muse (re: "I need you, like a poet needs the pain" concept); "Man Machine Poem" ("She's the poem, I'm the machine."), "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" monologue, mispronounced words link, and love poem, all of which can be found in the links section. Ch.1-2 in Enders must be read by Tuesday. Today, we did a test review for our next test (Thursday).
Quote of the day
"The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -Abraham Lincoln-
Ender's Game was distributed in class yesterday. We will be reading some of the book together in class, however, please read the first 2 chapters by Monday.
FYI: this week's essay lesson Imprints work
This week's work:
p.247, 252-255 #1; 256-259 #1 (a), (b), 3; p.260-267, compare and contrast with: a) "#9" p.197 and b) "Earth" p.193; p.268-271 #1 (a), (c); p.301-304 #1 (c), (d), (e); p. 323-325 #2; p.358-368 #1 (c), 2, 3; make a mini "crossfire essay" (pick 3 topics, write 3 paragraphs) (topics: social media, pit-bulls, capitalism, favorite band, history (see "#9"), reality TV, placebo effect, global warming, 20th century.
From Dead Poets Society:
Defence and Color
Defence and defense are different spellings of the same word. Defense is preferred in American English, and defence is preferred in all other main varieties of English, including Australian, British, and Canadian English. The spelling distinction extends to most derivatives of defence/defense, including defences/defenses and defenceless/defenseless. But the words defensive, defensiveness, and defensively have an s everywhere; Color: In 1998, Oxford University Press produced a Canadian English dictionary, after five years of lexicographical research, entitled The Oxford Canadian Dictionary. A second edition, The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, was published in 2004. Just as in the older dictionaries, it includes uniquely Canadian words and words borrowed from other languages and surveyed spellings, such as whether colour or color was the more popular choice in common use. Color and colour are acceptable. The Canadian media has been using color since the 1990's. Labor is still labour and center is still centre, color is the only acceptable exception. Paperback and concise versions (2005, 2006), with minor updates, are available.
-groups of 2-5:
-2 pages min, no maximum, commercial must be acted out in front of the class (commercial to be 25-190 seconds.
- Come up with a name for your radio station and name of your "3 hour" radio show
-Include: news, weather, sports, traffic, a guest, and a commercial
-individually or in pairs
-one original poem (5 marks) (or 2 poems if in pairs)
-one hiku (5 marks) (or 2 if in pairs)
-One song synopsis (5 marks) (print out lyrics of a song and offer your own interpretation of that song.
-One biographical paragraph on a famous poet + source(s) + print out one sample poem by that poet (5 marks)
-Paragraph (5 marks) (write a paragraph about poetry saying what you like and/or dislike about it and the purpose of it.
Please note that I have been updating/revising due dates on here and they have not been saving for some odd reason. I hope this has been corrected. When in doubt, please e-mail for clarification: Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca
-If you are absent today, please see teacher upon your return. An important Macbeth packet was distributed today.
-A reminder, LOF novels must be returned in 2 weeks.
The following link has an excellent synopsis on the play that the langauge arts classes saw in 2012 at the NAC. (great sybolism in the play):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/11/08/dionne-brand-nac.html As well, some information on the actual case:
There will be a homeroom Mass Thursday, April 10th at OLMM Church.
Today, we had our introduction to the course. Students filled out 411 sheets. We talked about how this course involves an ad project, complaint letter, poetry folder, novel studies ("The Timekeeper," "Ender's Game," "Lord of the Flies," and "MacBeth") (We will also talk about "Tale of Two Cities/Charles Dickens), opinion essay, Lord of the Flies essay, Song into Movie assignment, overnight cameos, short story, text work, and a newspaper article. We will watch the following films: Simone, Ender's Game, and Lord of the Flies. The first formative assignment was given out today which was an overnight cameo called: "The Hour Glass."
notice of teacher absence (updated Feb.9th)
I will be away Thursday this week due to my attending the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association Council of Presidents Task Force.
Quote of the week
Make sure your words are necessary, kind and truthful.
- Stefanie Gross
Law and the future of TV
Media: To what extent is the news scripted by gov't sources?
Selfies at funerals
Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
After reading this status, you will realize that the the brain does not register the second "the."
Today's essay tip
Be careful with the use of the word "like" in formal essays. We usually use this word to compare one thing to another or as a simile. But it is too informal in an essay to say "...promising to not raise taxes is like promising jobs for everyone." It doesn't matter how logical or clear your point is, you should say: "...promising to raise taxes is comparable to promising jobs for everyone..." "Like" by defintion can only be used in its literal sense. Therefore, you can use it to say: "He likes pizza." "This dog likes cats." "Canadians like hockey." Etc.
media quote of the day
"A newspaper is a device incapable of distinguishing between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization" - George Will
Should "whats-his-name" be capitalized?
The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
Happy Read a Book Day!
Happy Read a Book Day! (Sept. 6th)
Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91
Author of Fahrenheit 451 and several Twilight Zone scripts...
The Irrelevant Show v. Facebook
Quote of the day
When submitting work, please make sure that you are using Microsoft Word, notepad, wordpad, or power point... I am unable to open other files such as Adobe/PTF or Word Perfect (etc)
being added as a member of the webpage
If you add yourself to be a member of the page to be able to participate and receive updates etc, please let me know if you do not receive a confirmation as there are often technical glitches when adding members. Thanks.
Tip for Blogs
As you are working on your Blog, you may be interested to know that Google offers templates, examples, and resources for blogs and personal web sites for free.
"mechanics" refers to grammar and communicatin skills. When submitting work, remember that spelling and grammar do affect comprehension (and your mark!). Incerrek spulling and gramma often make riting un-derstand-ible! The Spell checker will help, but remember that it is not perfect! You will still need to proofread you work. (See? Spellchecker did not catch the you that should be "your" right there)...
Writing Mechanics 101
This site is designed to help with your daily organization and task management. The Class Homework section will be updated daily, so be sure to check your work every evening! As well, the Class Information section contains our Class Reminders, be sure to check daily!!
Ad Project/Pop Cult
Tips on making a complaint letter
Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
Keep it on a professional level
Dead Poets Society q's
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
Silent Reading/Cameo Writing/Essay Topics
Business & Media Links
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentence
Profile a poem
song into movie assignment
Study material for exam/culminating (i.e. sample test material from May 2011)
The 5 People con't 3
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
The 5 People con't 4
The 5 People con't 2
Corporations and e-mail business writing 101
Name the Author