Sooooooo, what do we do now?

First, don’t panic. Look around and think of three things you are grateful for in your life. Even in the darkest moments of life there are things to be grateful for.

Second, think about your learning and think about what you have in your home that can help you continue learning. I know you’ve been binge-watching something so let’s use that to engage the mind. You can engage on a few levels:

  • analyze structure: track the plot movement, analyze characters and what they bring to the story, devices used (writing or filming) and how the writer/director crafts the story
  • Big Ideas: what are topics the author is trying to get across to the audience? What is the underlying philosophy?
  • Be a critic: good, bad, in the middle? Justify your reasons for your opinions with good arguments
  • Get Creative: write your own fan-fiction based on the story, role play a character and create something from their perspective…

As of right now (Tues, Mar 31st, 12:45 pm) we are waiting to see what the finalized plan will be for you to finish the year and either Graduate (gr 12s) or pass to Grade 11. You will receive a phone call from someone (maybe me) at the school in the next couple of days to connect with you to see what you have at home and what you may need. I will follow up with emails, posts, videos whatever I can to get us through the rest of the year.

Obviously, I would rather see your smiling faces but of course, we must do our part and stay apart so this pandemic will slow and eventually vanish. Stay strong and take care of yourselves and your families and we will be victorious.

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Trapped in the Cave with your Smartphone

We are often trapped in a cave of our own making and don’t realize the shadows we see on the wall are only that, shadows of the real world.  So what is the ‘real world’ and how do we learn to see the true beauty around us?  Look Up from your phone is a good place to start.  

Your first task is to research Plato’s Cave allegory and try and explain what he is trying to say about his own society.

Next, brainstorm a list of the negative effects smartphones have had on us.  Think both of the individual and of our relationships.

Finally, see how many of these illustrations apply to the lists you’ve made.  Are other people (artists) thinking the same things?

The Effects of the Cell Phone

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English 12 – The Beginning

Welcome to the final English course of your high school career. The goal here is to provide you with an outline of what we’ve done and important info in case you missed anything.

Our first unit is on the idea of the story and how important stories are to our own fulfillment in life. Our main text is the movie Stranger Than Fiction where we examine the life of Harold Crick. I’ll attach the movie study doc below in case you can’t find yours.

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