Dorothy Livesay is one of Canada’s most popular and admired poets.
She wrote strong poetry during a time in history when the role of women was stereotypically to be passive, submissive, and a housewife or mate. She caused waves and is now admired for the confidence and forcefulness her poetry includes.
The poem of “Bartok and the Geranium” is one of contrast between a soft, quiet living thing compared to a busy, aggressive, smashing living thing that interrupts the environment it invades. Read it and see if you can make comparisons of this poem to another of Canadian literature that you’ve studied recently.
You can read the poem in one piece here at this Noteography site where I have published it, or read the two images together below.
It’s also been shared on #Twitter.
“Bartok and the Geranium”
by Dorothy Livesay (Canadian poet)
She lifts her green umbrellas
Towards the pane
Seeking her fill of sunlight
or of rain;
She has no commentary
Blows out her furbelows,
Her bustling boughs;
And all the while he whirls
Exploding in space,
Never content with this small room:
Not even can he be
Confined to sky
But must speed high and higher still
From galaxy to galaxy,
Wrench from the stars their momentary notes
Steal music from the moon.
He is dark
She’s heaven-held breath
He storms and crackles
Spits with hell’s own spark.
Yet in this room, this moment now
These together breathe and be:
She, essence of serenity,
He in a mad intensity
Soars beyond sight
Then hurls, lost Lucifer,
From heaven’s height.
And when he’s done, he’s out:
She leans a lip against the glass
And preens herself in light.
You’ll be reading the story called “The Sniper”, by Liam O’Flaherty. As you read, you should use Active Reading and watch for and be able to answer the following:
- Make a prediction
- Ask a question of the text
- Clarify something you don’t exactly understand
- Make a comment
- Make a connection to yourself
- Share what puzzles you of the text
- Identify something unique about the writing
- Identify an example of inference
- Summarize what’s happening
- Make a connection to another text
- Share what you visualize
- Identify what is motivating characters right now
- Make a connection to the world / society
- Identify something relevant or irrelevant
- Identify a single phrase or sentence that is significant
You’ll have an assignment where you’re asked to select a poem of at least 15 lines written by a Canadian poet of an appropriate difficulty level for Grade 12. You’ll prepare/practice your oral presentation of the poem and record it, combine that audio with image files using a multimedia program, like iMovie, and publish a polished multimedia project as a final product.
To help you get in the mindset of what proper speaking of poetry sounds like, there are resources collected here to support you.
- In particular, you can listen to the very last poem spoken by actor Anthony Hopkins. Another is a Shakespeare sonnet spoken by the voice of “Darth Vader”, James Earl Jones.
Video: This resource reviews five specific things to consider when preparing to speak poetry orally.
Selecting a Canadian Poem:
There are hundreds of poems to select from on this resource page.
We’ll be studying an excerpt from Azis Ansari’s book Modern Romance. He was on an episode of the Tonight Show to showcase some of the comical issues people encounter with dating in the 21st Century.
Text Excerpt: ch-2-the-initial-ask
We study texts in many forms; this one will be in audio format. We will listen to it together as a group with pair roles during the listening, but this link is also provided for those who missed class or will need to re-listen to parts of it to work on the future project coming.
“Words on a Page” teleplay audio (31 mins)
You’ve spent time to complete a number of different types of activities. Now, you are asked to publish them to your blog. There are five, and they fit these categories:
- CR I am Sam Comprehension Questions (paragraphs)
- CC Audio Discussion or CC Collage Collection
- CC Written Task
- CC Visual Task
- CC Drama Task – first load your Drama project to your YouTube account. *You all have a gmail acct so you all have your own YouTube acct. Load your video there, set it to Unlisted, and then use the Embed code to paste it to your blog. (Remember you have to switch your blog post box to TEXT instead of Visual. Some people like Brennon, Kaylan, and Aidan can help you with this!)
One of the objectives of the A30 curriculum is for you to develop, revise, and publish an Editorial. This is very much like writing a persuasive paper. You’ll have your handouts provided for you with some resources, but here are additional resources for you to use in getting a real sense of what an Editorial is actually like.
Sample Topics Others Have Chosen:
- Distracted Driving in Canada
- Water Drainage Issues for Farmers in Canada
- Coyote Control in Rural Areas
- Cell Phone Use in Schools (Rules in Schools)
- Northern Youth Suicide Numbers
- Rape Culture in Mass Media
- Moose Culling Protested
- Proposal for women to have to uncover their heads/faces for Gov services (Quebec)
- Criticisms of financially supporting Syrian refugees and not homeless or F.N. quality of life
- Carbon Tax proposed by Federal Government – implement in 2 years in prov
- Increased White Supremacist activity in Canada (post Trump election) – hate/race crimes
Sample Editorial: with Word doc Comments to read through as a guide
Transition Words/Persuasive Signal Words:
- Transition Words: https://msu.edu/user/jdowell/135/transw.html#anchor1709924
- Transition Words: http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Transitions.html
- Persuasive Words: https://blog.bufferapp.com/words-and-phrases-that-convert-ultimate-list
Here’s the original article that was published about the death of this young boy, who ran away from a Residential School and died trying to walk home.
This report of the story is what prompted Gord Downie, of The Tragically Hip, to develop poetry about the event that eventually became an album of songs, a graphic novel and an animated cartoon.
Here is the full animated video. It is about 40 minutes long and followed by other discussions on the topic.
We’ll soon have Showcase evenings where your parents and you will join us one of two evenings at the school to share and celebrate some of the learning you’ve done so far this school year.
To plan for this, you have a few tasks to complete: one mandatory and three optional choices.
- Mandatory: Reflection Sheet reviewing progress/accomplishments in classes. Open Handout Here: Gr 9&10 November Course Reflection Sheet
Options 2, 3, 4 (Choose One)
- Learning about course selections and DLC options.
In handout, choose A B or C. Open Handout Here: course-and-dlc-exploration
- Exploring a future post-secondary option.
Identify a possible area of study you’re considering for Post-Secondary Schooling and look up what pre-requisites are needed for you to enter that program.
- Tech Five (app, program, blog) – Show and tell.
You have learned to use several new apps and created two different websites in your classes. Pick your Top Five of these features that you want to share with your parents to show how they work and what you can use them for.
- You could create a blog post and link or embed different projects you’ve created using the different apps.