- We began class with an essay writing contest that students are elligible to apply for. The first prize is $1000 with the same amount being awarded to the school library. The essay question is whether or not students feel the legal system still has fair and equal practices of whether they believe that is a thing of the past.
- We continued with our reading, which detailed in the Ferguson way, the provinces in the west and north. This passage was as equally entertaining as the first.
- Once finished reading, with little time left, we watched a few Canadian culture videos on the laptop. (See below.) The students were especially impressed or surprised by Rick Mercer’s video, Talking To Americans, where he asks American people ridiculous questions and shows their poor knowledge of Canadian topics. An example being when he was able to convince them that our national parliament building, made out of ice, was melting because of global warming so Canada was petitioning to build a giant protective dome over the igloo. Americans believed this!
It was a fun class and they enjoyed both the reading and videos quite a bit.
Here is the link to the youtube clip of the Talking To America video.
- Some students were confused about which assignments were due for today. Those who were not prepared will present their essays on Monday, our next class.
- The presentations were very impressive. It seemed that they were somewhat rehersed and care was taken with clearly pronouncing and speaking at an appropriate pace. Good job, class.
Brian suddenly turned “homey” on us, which caused quite a turn of laughter, when he mispronounced the word “four” as “fo”. It didn’t take long for his friends to give him a bit of a hard time over it. He recovered nicely though.
- Students this afternoon had a guest speaker and were only able to return to class for the last portion of time. Instead of beginning our next project, which we will not be able to continue until Monday, we began watching the movie The Number 23, which students saw a glimpse of yesterday. Through their viewing today, they were able to understand the general idea of the movie, that the number 23 plagues people and can be found in nearly everything. A person’s paranoia and how far they take this odd reality can, like anything, really drive them to extremes.
- The students had a great time calculating their own examles of 23 in their lives. It was entertaining.
Here is what Jim Carey had to say about why he chose to do the movie…
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- We started the class discussing an activity we began a few weeks ago where students were attempting to write three paragraphs about the same topic but using very different tones. They have an assignment sheet they were given and this activity will now be due next Thursday, typed. An example was done on the board so students should be quite clear of what exactly is expected.
- Next, we watched a dream sequence from the recent thriller movie The Number 23 staring Jim Carey. We discussed the existence of horror movies and how they originated from one man’s initial work, Edgar Allen Poe.
- Students were given a copy of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a short story written by Poe. We gathered around the laptop and watched and read along as Vincent Price, a very famous villainous actor, recited and acted the story by memory. He did a wonderful job!
- We discussed when it was that the story was originally written and how, at the time, it would have been a new type of genre. These kids are used to horror and scary movies but we discussed how, ages ago, these ideas would have been original and any type of horror movie, as laughable and unimpressive as it is now, would have been scary enough at the time.
- We watched an animated version of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and then watched a stop animation video by Tim Burton about a little boy who reads Poe and then believes he Is Poe. It’s a great rhyming poem. See what you think?
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This video is narrated by Vincent Price, an actor who is well known for his horror story parts.
- Students had two classes today. One of those classes was used in the computer room and the second was in the English classroom. Most of the students showed a good use of their time.
- They should be comfortable by now with their choice of poem. (No one should be starting over at this point.) I’ve heard some great ideas coming from the kids and they seem to be enjoying the process.
- We were unable to book the pc room for the second class, so students worked in the classroom on the written portion of the assignment. They will have to orally present an analysis of their poem to the class at the time of their mult-media presentation. They used this class to look deeper into the poem they are working with to find its true meaning, forms of figurative language that are most effective and such things. (They have a list of six areas they need to consider for their evaluation.)
- We will set the due date for this project for three weeks away (mid October). There may be a few classes scattered here and there for them to work on this. However, I made it clear that class time will only be given as much as they show me they need it. If little work is being completed, my understanding, then, will be that they are ready and capable on their own time and we will only continue to move forward through the unit. They really control the speed we go.
PS: I was so excited about the potential of their multi-media assignment so I’ve started a project of my own! I’m looking forward to sharing it with the class when they present their own. We’ll see if I am as creative as they seem to be!