Dad is Dying

Upon reading the first few paragraphs of Stuart Mclean’s story, it is obvious that the lives of Sam’s family are in shambles. Sam is plagued by the illness of his dog. His dad is obsessed with his own health, leaving no time for spending time with his family. Meanwhile, his mother is burdened with loads of work. Sam’s lie seems to bring the family back together. His father, Dave, who is obsessed with his own personal health, starts to see himself as good-looking after his neighbors shower him with compliments. Morley, whose mind is usually in a frantic disarray, starts to slow down and spends her time relaxing and spending time with her neighbors. For example, the last chapter started with Morley and Dave having a backyard barbecue with the Turlington’s. Sam notes that he hadn’t seen his mother look so relaxed in months; she was smiling and happily chatting with her neighbors. Sam finds that by expressing the haplessness of his situation, he can use others’ pity to fulfill his wants, such as his want for more free ice cream. Sam’s obliviousness to the negative effects of his lie, however, will prove to have very negative consequences in the long run. All the people Sam lied to, such as his teacher and the ice cream store employee, will feel very resentful towards Sam for tricking them. It will take him a long time to regain the trust of those he tricked, if ever. All those misunderstood conversations between Sam’s parents and their neighbors will make future conversations very awkward. His parents won’t take Sam’s decision to lie very kindly. Sam may not realize it yet, but the guilt and humiliation he and his family will feel because of his lie will outweigh the positive effects of his lie. He is probably in for a harsh punishment from his parents. Though temporary “goodness” has shadowed the consequences of Sam’s lies, it won’t be long before Sam is engulfed in a tsunami of hectic events, some of which may not be very pretty.

Talons English 9: Blog Response #1 – 10/10/17

In a well-developed paragraph, respond to the following question:

At the beginning of “Dad is Dying,” McLean mentions that Sam’s lie ends up “rescu[ing] his mother and father” (139). How does Sam’s decision to lie positively impact those around him? Do the benefits of Sam’s lie outweigh the issue of the lie itself? Make a clear statement and be prepared to justify your answer in class discussion.                    

Due, for completion on October 13th, 2017.  

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, provide evidence directly from the text to support your point, and explain the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!

Talons English 10: Blog Response #2 – 10/10/17

In a well-developed paragraph, respond to the following question:

What is the thesis of David Suzuki’s “Racism”? This letter could be a letter to you. What did you learn or ‘take away’ from his experiences? Do you appreciate his message? Why?

Due, for completion, along with blog post #2, on October 13th, 2017.  

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, provide evidence directly from the text to support your point, and argue for the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!

Eminent Research Advice: The CRAP Test

CRAP Test

Talons,

Before you start your online research for Eminent, it is important to understand how to evaluate your sources for accurate information. Click on the link below to familiarize yourself with the CRAP test.

The CRAP Test – LibGuides from Colorado University

CRAP stands for:

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is it balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority

  •  Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials? Can you find any information about the author’s background?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website? If so, are they cleared marked?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion? Does the author list sources or cite references?
  • Is it biased? Does the author seem to be trying to push an agenda or particular side?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? If so, is it clearly stated?

Happy researching!

-Mr. Morris

Eminent Help: The CRAP Test

Talons,

Before you start your online research for Eminent, it is important to understand how to evaluate your sources for accurate information. Click on the link below to familiarize yourself with the CRAP test.

The CRAP Test – LibGuides from Colorado University

CRAP Test

CRAP stands for:

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority

  •  Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials? Can you find any information about the author’s background?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website? If so, are they cleared marked?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion? Does the author list sources or cite references?
  • Is it biased? Does the author seem to be trying to push an agenda or particular side?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? If so, is it clearly stated?

Happy researching!

-Mr. Morris

Timeline and Exemplars for Eminent

Talons,

This post is meant to serve as a bibliography of exemplars for your journey through this year’s Eminent project. Please use these examples as a guide to help springboard your thinking, and push you in the right direction. Thank you to Aislyn, Lucas, and Jiwon for contributing and compiling their work from last year for the Grade 9s. Remember 9s, the Grade `10s are your best sources of information to help guide you during Eminent. I can’t wait to see all your hard work on display during the Night of the Notables.

You’ve got this!

1. WEEK 1 — Choose your Eminent Person (COMPLETE)

2. WEEK 2 (Oct 8th – 15th) — Introductory Blog Post:

MacKaye and I

The Start of Helen Keller: Night of the Notables 2016

Glenn Gould: An Introduction

3. WEEK 3 (October 15th – 22nd) — Practice Interview:

  • More details in class

5. Eminent Interview:

BONUS INTERVIEW!!!

Sucessful Interview? CHECK

Interview Insight

6. WEEK 4/5/6 (October 23rd – November 15th) Learning Centre / Speeches:

Night of the Notables… And Their Eminent People

Clearing House Pt. 2: Learning Center Creation

Making MY Learning Center

7. WEEK 7 (Nov 21st) — Night of the Notables :

I Can FINALLY Get Some Sleep! #Eminent is Finished

8. POST-NON (TBA) — Reflection / Annotated Bibliography:

Bi-blog-graphy

Jiwon’s Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bi-blog-graphy

Until Next Year: Eminent Reflection 2016

 

T10: Short Story Reflection

In a well-developed paragraph, respond to the following question:

 

What might you personally ‘take away’ from our discussions of Stuart Mclean’s “Emil” or “Safe Places,” Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” or Budge Wilson’s “The Metaphor” ? How might you apply this ‘take away’ to your life or passions, learning you have done in other classes, or significant events or ideas taking place in the world as a whole? 

Due date to be discussed in class. 

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, provide evidence directly from the text to support your point, and argue for the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!

Talons English 10: Comment and Respond #1

Based on our conversations today, respond to the following question:

 

How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?

Informal post due: Wednesday, October 4th.

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, provide evidence directly from the text to support your point, and argue for the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!