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ENG 1D English
Instructor: Mr. R. D'Alessio   
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Is there a difference between an entertainer and an artist?
Short Story prezis
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.
Irony and pun
A reminder that "irony" means when the opposite of what is or should be expected is what happens in a poem or story. And that "pun" is a play-on-words usually for a comical purpose and effect.
Reminder: Culminating Task begins tomorrow; ​work on science fiction short story; finish reading Act 1 in Twelfth Night and do: p.60 #1, #2 (b or d), p. 62 #3-5, and read Act 2, Scene 1.
DNA Connections
Poetry Slam and folder: Wed. Nov. 23rd
Poetry Slam moved from Nov.22-23
-Our term II pot luck is in the class Friday.
-our second and last "poetry slam" will take place on the day the poetry folder is due (Nov.22)
-you are working on your To Kill A Mockingbird essay + poetry folder +
-Sightlines p. 130-141, #1-4 (if not done already)
-Sightlines p.142-145, #1-2, p.146 #1-2, p.147 -151 #1, 3, p.152-155 #1
Palidromic poem

Worst Day Ever?

by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Today's Poetry Slam
Class, D'Alessio here. Today's Poetry Slam was a huge success. I was super impressed! I would like to have one more of these at the end of the poetry unit. In the meantime feel free to keep the hashtags #poetryslam2k16 and #trendthink active.
Sightlines p.63 #1; p.65 #1-3
-Sightlines text: p.54-55 #1-2 & p.56-62 #1-2 Due Friday
-Spelling Quiz moved to Monday
-Looking for service hours? I am looking for a student ambassador for Parent Interview Night. Let me know if you are interested.
-Today: Sightlines text: p.43 #1 & 3- due Friday
Spelling Quiz words
Speaker's Award

Calling all young writers! The Speaker’s Award for Youth Writers invites Ontario youth in grades 7-12 to submit

their short stories and personal essays to this writing contest. Original fiction and non-fiction submissions are

welcome, and a winner from each of the following three grade categories will be chosen:

1) Grades 7-8

2) Grades 9-10

3) Grades 11-12

Online applications will be accepted from now through November 4th, 2016.
Visit our website ( for more information and to apply.

-Today we read Ch 4-5 in TKAMB
-Tomorrow we have MASS per.1
-Thursday is the diagnostic literacy test for all gr.9 students (a practice "test" (not for marks) that allows students to see how they do on a literacy test (all gr.10 students in Ontario have to pass a provincial literacy test). If a student does not pass, they can get extra help from the school and from me.
-Friday is our class pot luck and Mr. Zandbelt will be speaking to the class as well.
-"REMIND app": Text: 613-704-1389 with message/code: @8ghf2

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
Taste of Melon Sightlines txt
Scientific innacuracies
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").
Scout: narrator; protagonist; lives with her father, Atticus, her brother, Jem, and their black cook, Calpurnia, in Maycomb; intelligent; tomboy; combative streak; faith in the goodness of the people in her community
Atticus: lawyer; widower; strong sense of morality and justice; committed to racial equality; conviction; wisdom; empathy.
Jem: fantasizes about playing football; moves into adolescence.
Boo Radley: recluse; creepy; one of the novel’s “mockingbirds.”
Bob Ewell: represents the dark side of the South (ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice).
Dill: represents the perspective of childhood innocence throughout the novel
Miss Maudie: neighbor
Aunt Alexandra: traditionalist
Mayella Ewell: abused; lonely; unhappy
Tom Robinson: one of the novel’s mockingbirds
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose: racist
Heck Tate: sheriff
The co-existence of good and evil; the threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance pose to the innocent; Jem’s faith in justice and in humanity is badly damaged, and he retreats into a state of disillusionment; Atticus has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human capacity for goodness; appreciate the good qualities and understand the bad qualities by treating others with sympathy and trying to see life from their perspective; moral education; Scout is frequently confronted with teachers who are either frustratingly unsympathetic to children’s needs or morally hypocritical; social inequality; black community in Maycomb, despite its abundance of admirable qualities, squats below even the Ewells and this represents the irrational and the destructive; Scout cannot understand why Aunt Alexandra refuses to let her consort with young Walter Cunningham.
Gothic; the unnatural snowfall (see p.64); the fire; the children’s superstitions; mad dog (creates tension in the novel/foreshadow the troublesome events of the trial; small-town life
Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"
Examples of oxy morons
General steps to following through on a project

2. Brainstorm ideas

3. Create Outline

4. Conduct Research

5. Revise Outline

6. Conduct more Research

7. Reference Research (

8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences

9. Proofread & Edit

10. Write Final Draft
Edgar A. Guest
“He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it”.
Dystopia quote
“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
Harper Lee
"The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience."
Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
We will be reading this book later in the course...
"Knowledge is simply a kind of fuel; it needs the motor of understanding to convert it into power."
-John Wyndham, The Chrysalids-
We will be reading this book later in the course.
Types of non-fiction writing
So far, we have looked at summary writing, opinion writing, critical review writing, and news report writing. We will look at business writing (persuade based writing in particular) and biographical writing shorty.
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.”
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."'
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Peace Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM Discuss
Blog Entry OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM Discuss
Blog Entry General Politics Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM Discuss
Blog Entry LINKS discussion Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM Discuss
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