February 14

ELA 20 Reflective Essay Writing – Resources

You’ve done a number of formal literary written assignments in recent semesters of ELA. This next essay will have a more-relaxed format and be less formal because it will rely on the reflection of personal, childhood memories.

Through this writing assignment, in particular, it will really test your use of transitions to smoothly guide your reader back and forth from past to present observations.

Sample Writing – Reflecting on Childhood Ideas From an Older Perspective: 
In this class video, I guide you through an author’s piece of writing called “Back to Wolf Willow” where the author shares what it was like returning to the place he lived as a child. In it are many of the transitions of Past to Present.

Some parts of this writing will require special attention including:
Handout with Advice to Consider

  • Transitions to consider for Past vs Present writing
  • Understanding to keep similar topics together in your paragraph – avoid jumping back and forth and back and forth between past/present within one body paragraph. Clump similar focuses together in the paragraph to keep the organization of ideas smooth/easy to follow for your reader
  • establish a pattern of steps in your body paragraph writing – adapt the pattern you typically use for body paragraphs to suit the requirements of this assignment in particular
  • There are also sample student paragraphs included ranging from less developed to more with feedback included for what is strong and weak in each. It may help you set goals for what to develop in your own writing.

Sample Student Paragraph – strong development









Introduction & Conclusion Writing (video guide & student samples)

A1.1 Reflective Essay 20 samples – intro concl only

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February 7

B7.1 Assignment: Multimedia of Social Issue

After having reviewed the techniques and tools used to create a listening text like Podcasts, your final assignment is to create your own Visual text (video), which will include these similar types of tools to develop.

Sample Viral Videos on Social Change:
You can view/skim some video examples to see what techniques and formatting of their videos they used to best capture their audience’s attention and draw a wide audience to spread their message.

  • Sample Viral Video with 15 million views – check out its organization and characteristics

Student Examples: 
The following videos have been shared by former students who understand seeing a sample of a project helps give you a good idea of how to develop one yourself.

As you view them, consider the following qualities of the constructed videos:

  • what their beginnings and endings look like, in particular. These are often the least considered or developed parts of the videos, but leave a significant impact on viewers.
    • A beginning might start with a title slide and title or it begins in a more dramatic and unclear manner to catch a viewer’s attention and then narrow into the focus of the video.
    • Endings might include a simple message in text letters on final slides or it has music building for an emotionally convincing end and a narrator’s voice to impact readers.
  • You can also consider things like the quality of videos used or sound recordings.
    • Some student projects have included video that was recorded off an iPad screen, or over-pixelated video, or better quality video that’s screen recorded or downloaded straight from a video source.
  • The tools available to use by your video making program:
    • transition types
    • font styles, sizes, colours


  • Instructional Video: Overview of the characteristics and techniques to consider using to develop your video

  • ELA A10 Blog Post with many links to sound effects or video websites
    There are resources at this blog post you may find useful to develop your video project. Sound effect websites, background mood music, images and video portions that are CreativeCommons and useable for your project.
  • The many elements to consider using in your multimedia video. Click to enlarge and then click again to zoom into it.

Sample Media Projects from this Assignment – developed by former students who’ve given consent for you to view them for ideas.

February 3

Sub Notes – Feb 3

These are the links sent directly to students for their classes.

Social 10: none today

Psych 20: Genetics Research

  • Students have to read the following short article about the research proving behaivour is partially linked in our genetic code.
  • If the wording of the article is a bit too challenging to understand, students can copy the text of the article and paste it into the website Rewordify. It will exchange the larger words for more-understandable words, to help make it easier to understand the meaning of the writing.

ELA B10: Independent Novel Reading Class

ELA 20: Intro Activity to Class – Childhood Boundaries Drawing/Reflection

ELA B30: Small Group Discussion – goals for B30 course  (Instructional Video)