Some tough situations we find ourselves in have easily-found ways to deal with that conflict. Other situations of conflict for people can leave them quite unsure how to resolve it. The story in this section is a playful look at someone in a situation they don’t want to be in; read to find out how it all ends!
Unfortunately, it’s a common human experience to deal with and encounter conflict throughout our lives. We encounter it in big and small ways constantly and have to learn to deal with it through our experiences. Other ways to learn how to manage these moments in our lives is through literature – to read and understand how other people handle the conflicts they encounter. That’s what this section of ELA 9 begins with.
Identifying Elements of Plot Structure: One challenging activity when reading literature is trying to identify the moments when tension increases (rising action) or pinpointing a climax moment. If you want more to challenge yourself, see if you can fill these in and agree with another over your choices.
Connection to Real World – For Discussion: What happens when your identity as part of a group isn’t one you can just remove, like a jacket? Cultural and racial groups are still subject to judgements of others that affect the treatment they receive and conflicts they encounter. How does an example like the one in the video below relate to this short story about a boy in a gang? Do they share a similar theme?
Charleston Hughes of the Saskatchewan Roughriders brought some athlete friends with him to compete against our Sr boys and girls basketball teams. It was a great afternoon of fun competition, but he also talked about bullying and he and many of the other players shared some personal stories of support and encouragement.
You’ve recently studied and analyzed an old-time, original fairy tale, one that was likely quite a stark contrast to the type of enjoyable and reassuring fairy tales you’re used to in more modern times.
Examples of the extremes of older, original fairy tales includes:
Fairy tales where a woman hated/wanted revenge on a young, beautiful woman so they arranged for her to be killed and her heart cut out and brought to them
a fairy tale where a young potential bride was lured into a house where killers and rapists cut up a woman while she hid
Newer fairy tales, the ones we read to kids today, don’t include such gruesome and horrible storylines. And for good reason!
Your task in this assignment is to write the dialogue exchange between an interviewer and the main character of the original fairy tale you read. In that conversation, the interviewer wants to challenge the character on the messages and potentially dangerous influence their “story” would be to today’s kids.
The Interviewer could be:
Joe Rogan etc
Dax Shepard (Armchair Expert)
The Interviewed Person is the main character of your original version of the fairy tale you choose
you’ll have to draw parts of that character’s back story (where they live, who they’re related to, what they feared, their goals or hopes, what dangers were there against them, enemies and influences, etc)
Elements from this character’s story that you may challenge them on or question them about may include:
the message their story would leave with young boys about the roles males play in society
the message their story in particular would leave with young girls, about how girls should interact in their society (wait for a rescuer, be valued for beauty and virtue, etc)
the potential message shared about what is good in the world – beauty over being a good person, bravery over relying on others for help, maintaining power and riches, etc
what possible ideas could the original story leave with today’s kids about their relationship with their parents – that they could be left somewhere if their parents cannot afford to care for them anymore, that they could be targets of violence, that old people will want to hurt young people, etc
what types of individuals can be seen as heroes, only men? only young people? only the ones who use force and violence?
We’re about to transition into what happens for Canada after the separation of American States and the migration of British Loyalists to Canada. Some of the biggest issues that need to be resolved include:
the presence of two cultural groups, French-speaking and English speaking, governed by the English
the decision of how to settle these different groups – integrate them Catholic French with Protestant English, or segregate them to allow them to live with different sets of laws, culture, language, religion, etc.
a growth in population spread out over a great area, meaning people are governed quite remotely and resented it. They wanted more local governing, so issues specific to their areas and needs could be addressed.
a desire as well to have more of a local voice in decisions made, instead of governed only from the top down (by the British) so establishing locally elected assembly, similar to what the American patriots had before their separation
The decisions made by authorities in response to these issues has contributed (indirectly) to some of the tensions and issues Canadians are currently facing and struggling with today, including:
the tension over the Wet’suwet’en territory sovereignty and treaty negotiations with multiple unceded territories within Canada
the continued systematic inequality that resulted from the Indian Act or laws made to benefit some and not others
the relationships of colonies to each other – that they work only if they continue to be interdependent or beneficial both ways. Alberta is currently feeling a great deal of resentment, that they’re not receiving a fair reciprocal relationship with the Federal government despite the natural resources of Alberta territory benefiting other provinces through equalization payments.
To help you find ways to connect to and be able to focus on this new information, you have to try to connect it to existing knowledge you already have.
Or you won’t be able to understand and retain it. This initial discussion of the topics and developments that will occur of Canada’s history in this Unit are an attempt to help you recognize how these events and choices made regarding them lead us to where we are today, the good and the bad!
Overview of Unit Concepts (video/discussion)
Reading Textbook – lead up to split of Upper and Lower Canada (video)
While you likely grew up thinking of fairytales as stories with a happy ending after heros and heroinnes manage through a complicated problem, the original fairytales were stories intended to scare children into submission and doing what they were told. They were dark, included elements really not appropriate for children, by today’s standards, and are suprisingly different in their messages.
One of your tasks in this section is to select one of the original fairytales. You’ll read it to understand what they used to be like and analyze them for patterns or common messages. Then you’ll consider the comparison – how are they a different type of story than fairytales of the present?
Sites to find your original fairytale from are provided below.
Note: Make sure you select on that’s long enough that you’ll be able to analyze it for meaning and content. Some of the shorter ones won’t include enough to really consider. Check with me on your story choice if you’re uncertain.
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.
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
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.
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:
font styles, sizes, colours
Instructional Video: Overview of the characteristics and techniques to consider using to develop your video