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ENG 3C English
Instructor: Mr. Rob D'Alessio   
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college
Class Announcements
Test Thursday
There will be a test Thursday on The 5 People You Meet in Heaven and Dead Poets Society (hard copy test review distributed in class Tuesday).
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
-The audio book can be found on YouTube, simply type: "The 5 People You Meet in Heaven,"
-The PDF can be found in course files and can be found on Google by typing: "The 5 People You Meet in Heaven PDF"
-We finished reading the novel in class today (Nov.14th). Recap: 1st person: Blue Man, first lesson: All lives are connected thus no life is a waste; 2nd person: The Captain, second lesson: Sacrifice; 3rd person: Ruby, third lesson: Holding Anger is a poison; 4th person: Marguerite, fourth lesson: Lost love is still love. Fifth Person: Tala, fifth lesson: all lives have purpose and meaning. Eddie joins Marguerite again and then waits in line with 4 other people awaiting the arrival of Amy (or Annie)... :) :(
-theme of the book: Forgiveness
Is there a difference between an entertainer and an artist?
Mixed Cameo directions
Individually or with a partner, take your cameo(s) from Nov. 8th and turn it into a colorful 3-6 panel graphic novel comic strip. You must make use of at least one close-up, two dialogue bubbles, one thought bubble.
Test Review
-Expository essay (define) (see handout
-5 People You Meet in Heaven (Eddie, Blue Man, "first lesson", The Captain, the second lesson, Nikki, who is the "third person"
-fake news (see handout)
-theme (see handout)
-Monster Are Due on Maple Street
-Goliath/Adam's Rib

Short Story prezis
short story details
have 3 or more characters
-have 2 or more settings
-have at least 1 theme
-have dialogue
-have conflict (man v. man; himself; nature; technology; society; God/supernatural)
-have rising action and climax
-use literary devices
-2-15 pages
-can be based on true story; allegory (eg. biblical), your life, character/book/song/poem/film/TV show, place; event; phenomenon
-must be sci-fi
-Why was Simone named Simone?
Name one thing Victor did to try and ruin the “career” of Simone.
Name two of the three types of Fake News.
Give an example of fake news
In “The Brunswick Affair” why did Jenny buy 6 cans of dog food if she didn’t own a dog?
In “The Veldt” why did the children get upset at their parents?
main message or idea or theme in one of the films we watched this week
Pop Quiz
There will be a pop quiz Friday. No further reminders will be given. No outline will be given. You may come and see teacher on your own to get an outline.
Week of Oct.10
1. Superman's Song video and Superman's Song handout and questions; clips: "The Bronswick Affiar" and "The Veldt", and "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", lesson on "Fake News."
2. Between the Lines handout and questions
3. questions from last week's handout con't
4. film: Simone
5. Ad Project (Scroll down for instructions)
overdue: opinion essay; Mice and Men questions; Million Dollar Baby questions
Ad Project
Groups of 3-6:
1. commercial - serious commercial advertising a product that does not exist. Identify strategy used and target audience (30-100 seconds)
2. mock commercial (can be an actual product, identifu social commentary) (30-130 seconds)
3. pop.cult item (2 minutes, present why an item your group has chosen constitutes "pop culture.")
4. Summarize three news stories. Make sure one of them is fake but believable. Class will guess which one is...
3C Test Review
Test= Tuesday.
1. Of Mice & Men (theme(s)?, author?, What happened in Weed? character sketch: George, Lenny, Candy, Curly, Slim, the girl, Why were they (Lenny & George) a day late arriving on ranch?
2. Million Dollar Baby (Why does Frankiefeel guilty (2), how does Maggie get hurt? What character is like Lenny?)
3. "Between the Lines" text ("One of those Days")

Multiple Choice & Short Answer*
Of Mice & Men
A reminder that after reading the first 3 chapters together in class, students began reading chapter 4 today and are now reading the rest of their novel study on their own at their own pace.
Welcome Back!
Welcome back to school Ravens and welcome to ENG3C. Stay tuned to this class site for updates and postings of all assignments. I encourage you to use the Remind App to receive important announcements and assignment reminders via text. Ask your teacher for more info or go to and register, the course code in Remind App is @kf42d4
Social Science Fiction
Social science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, usually soft science fiction, concerned less with technology/space opera and more with speculation about human society. In other words, it "absorbs and discusses anthropology", and speculates about human behavior and interactions. Exploration of fictional societies is a significant aspect of science fiction. It can often be precautionary as in Brave New World, or 1984, or Fahrenheit 451. It can criticize the contemporary world and present solutions, or can portray alternative societies. It can examine the implications of ethical principles.
DNA Connections
Palidromic poem

Worst Day Ever?

by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Business Writing Grammar Links
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
exam review
A. Grammar /19
B. Definitions /18
C. Short Answer /56
D. Multiple Choice /7
E. True or False /4
F. Reading Comprehension /5
G Essay question /10
Total: /171

Part A Grammar 19 marks Time: 20 min

Make any necessary corrections to the following paragraph. (9)
Flowers for Algernon is a Science Fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes. the short story, written, in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy &
Fix the mistakes (i.e circle where the mistake(s) are) IF THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, LEAVE AS IS: (10)
1. People in North America are often shocked by the thought of eating bugs. Grasshoppers, ants, and bees are considered treats by some people. (1)
Part B Definitions 18 marks Time: 15 minutes

Study: protagonist, Antagonist, climax, metaphor, Simile, personification, Pun, hyperbole, Euphemism,

Part C Short Answer marks 56 Time: 20 min
a) In Of Mice & Men, what is the genre, setting, and climax? (7)
b) In Of Mice & Men, how is the killing of Lennie similar to the killing of Candy’s dog? Why do you think George killed Lennie himself instead of letting the men do it? (5)
c) In Of Mice & Men, what do you think the author’s intention is in terms of the reader’s emotion during the last scene? Explain. (4)
d) What is the difference between an autobiography and a biography? (2)
Study: Of Mice & Men; Million Dollar Baby die; Great Debaters; Dead Poets Society; 5 People You Meet In Heaven
Part D- Multiple Choice Marks: 7 Time: 15 min

1. Which character in Of Mice & Men was unhappy in marriage?
a) Frank
b) Candy
c) Slim
d) Curley’s wife
e) Crook

2. Who doesn’t want to kill their dog?
a) Candy
b) The boxer
c) Curley
d) All of the above

3. What does Carpe Diem mean?
a) Seize the day
b) Seize tomorrow
c) Seize today
d) A chicken with one leg

Example Part E- TRUE OR FALSE: (4 marks) (write T or F for false)
1. In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie were late for their first day of work because they missed their train because of the trouble in Weed. _____
2. In Of Mice and Men, Lennie started traveling and working with George when his aunt died. _____
3. In both the first and last chapters of Of Mice & Men, Lennie is running away from trouble. _____

G Essay question /10
In 3 or more paragraphs, summarize the novel Flowers for Algernon and include your personal opinion of the book (also, what did you think of the ending). Mention what the genre of the book is and what some of the messages or social commentary the author intended for you the reader
Scientific innacuracies
Titanic, Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Superman IV, Star Trek, Armageddon, Dante's Peak, Volcano, Independence Day, Deep Impact, and now, San Andreas, all have scientific inaccuracies; is this OK? (See link: "Scientific inaccuracies").
If you have not already done so, please complete reading the novel "Flowers for Algernon" by Monday, May 25th.
March 30th in class Of mice & Men Quiz Q's
1. Discuss what will happen next to George and Candy. Be sure to give reasons for your suppositions. You should be careful that the futures you choose for the characters are possible and realistic.
2. Discuss what might have happened to Curly's wife if she had not been killed.
3. Curley's wife told Lennie all of the following EXCEPT
a) she had lived in Salinas
b) she once knew a man who said he could put her in the movies
c) she hated Curley
d) she planned to run away later from the ranch in the next few weeks
e) she was sure her mother had stolen a letter addressed to her
4. Summarize the following passage: "This here blacksmith- name of Whitey- was the kind of guy that would put that stuff around even if there wasn't no bugs- just to make sure, see? Tell you what he used to do- At meals he'd peel his boil' potatoes, an' he'd take out ever' little spot, no matter what kind, before he'd eat it. And if there was a red splotch on an egg, he'd scrape it off. Finally quit about the food. That's the kind of guy he was- clean. Used ta dress up Sundays even when he wasn't going no place, out on a necktie even, and then set in the bunk house."
5. Steinbeck plays with the sounds of words. For example, he uses alliteration on p.11: "A dove's wings whistled over the water." Find two other examples of alliteration in the novel.
Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"
Examples of oxy morons
General steps to following through on a project

2. Brainstorm ideas

3. Create Outline

4. Conduct Research

5. Revise Outline

6. Conduct more Research

7. Reference Research (

8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences

9. Proofread & Edit

10. Write Final Draft
Edgar A. Guest
“He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it”.
Dystopia quote
“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent
I too am American
class trip
Please note that on April 1, 2015, ENG3C will be going to the NAC to watch a performance of the play Take me Back to Jefferson County. The play is an adaptation of William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. We will be leaving at 8:30 am and will not be returning in time for the buses so you will need to make alternative arrangements if required. We will stop at the Rideau Centre where students may purchase lunch. The cost of the outing will be $20.00 per student, including bussing. Teaching staff will be accompanying the students to the performance.
A quote by an author whose book we will begin reading shortly:
"A man without words is a man without thought."
John Steinbeck
Of Mice & Men
"Intelligence and education that hasn’t been tempered by human affection isn’t worth a damn."
Daniel Keys, author of Flowers for Algernon. We will be reading this later in the course.
Types of non-fiction writing
So far, we have looked at summary writing, opinion writing, critical review writing, and news report writing. We will look at business writing (persuade based writing in particular) and biographical writing shorty.
FAQ vol. 10
Q: Can you ask a question in an essay?
A: You can in your introduction. However, in the body of the essay, a question mark must be followed by the answer to the question, otherwise it is considered rhetorical and thus informal.
cannot v. can not
In this course, you will be reading "Of Mice & Men", "Flowers for Algernon", and "Romeo & Julliet"
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
(Might this be the best poem ever about life?)
Did you know?
People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.
Old quote could apply to e-mails and texts now.
''The Moving* Fing*er writes and having* writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears blot out a word of it."
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Quote of the week

“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero-

Dr. Dyer's top 5 most motivational speeches ever list
Count the f's
Take a look at this sentence and count the number of f’s in it: “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.”
Welcome to Semester II
Welcome to Semester II
Thought For The Day
“The glass is half full of what is.”
Your body is the cage?
"A traveler from India went to Africa to acquire some local products and animals, and while in the jungle he saw thousands of beautiful multicolored talking parrots. He decided to capture a talking parrot and take it back as a pet. 

At home he kept his parrot in a cage and fed him wonderful seeds and honey, played music for his pet, and generally treated him well. When it was time for the man to return to Africa 2 years later, he asked his parrot if there was any message he could deliver to the parrot's friends back in the jungle. The parrot told his master to say that he was very happy in his cage and that he was enjoying each day and to convey his love. 

When the traveler arrived back in Africa he delivered the message to the parrots in the jungle. Just as he finished his story, a parrot with tears welling up in his eyes fell over dead. The man was alarmed and decided that the parrot must have been very close to the parrot in the cage and that was the reason for his sadness and demise. 

When the traveler returned to India, he told his pet what had happened. As he finished his story, the pet parrot's eyes welled up with tears and he kneeled over dead in his cage. The man was astounded, but figured that his pet died from the despair of hearing of the death of his close friend back in the jungle. 

The trader opened up the cage and tossed the dead bird outside onto the trash heap. Immediately his pet parrot flew up to a branch on the tree outside. 

The trader said to him, "So, you are not dead after all. Why did you do that?" 

The parrot answered, "Because that bird back in Africa sent me a very important message." 

"What was the message?" the trader inquired impatiently. 

"He told me that if you want to escape from your cage, you must die while you are alive."'
Quote of the day
"The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -Abraham Lincoln-
Poetry introduction
 From Dead Poets Society:
Poetry Prezi
Defence and Color
Defence and defense are different spellings of the same word. Defense is preferred in American English, and defence is preferred in all other main varieties of English, including Australian, British, and Canadian English. The spelling distinction extends to most derivatives of defence/defense, including defences/defenses and defenceless/defenseless. But the words defensivedefensiveness, and defensively have an everywhere; Color: In 1998, Oxford University Press produced a Canadian English dictionary, after five years of lexicographical research, entitled The Oxford Canadian Dictionary. A second edition,  The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, was published in 2004. Just as in the older dictionaries, it includes uniquely Canadian words and words borrowed from other languages and surveyed spellings, such as whether colour or color was the more popular choice in common use. Color and colour are acceptable. The Canadian media has been using color since the 1990's. Labor is still labour and center is still centre, color is the only acceptable exception. Paperback and concise versions (2005, 2006), with minor updates, are available.
Quote of the week
 Make sure your words are necessary, kind and truthful.

- Stefanie Gross

Selfies at funerals
 Are 'selfies at funerals' progressive or indefensible?
Read this
 After reading this status, you will realize that the the brain does not register the second "the." 
1st draft
 Never underestimate the power of a first draft. If you want to e-mail your introduction to the teacher Rob.D' I can proof read and correct it for you (you must do so before the deadline).
Today's essay tip
Be careful with the use of the word "like" in formal essays. We usually use this word to compare one thing to another or as a simile. But it is too informal in an essay to say "...promising to not raise taxes is like promising jobs for everyone." It doesn't matter how logical or clear your point is, you should say: "...promising to raise taxes is comparable to promising jobs for everyone..." "Like" by defintion can only be used in its literal sense. Therefore, you can use it to say: "He likes pizza." "This dog likes cats." "Canadians like hockey." Etc. 
Essay Tip of the Day
 In formal essay writing, when there is a question mark, it must be followed by an answer or theory in the next sentence that addressed the question. 
media quote of the day
 ‎"A newspaper is a device incapable of distinguishing between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization" - George Will

 Should "whats-his-name" be capitalized?
Amazing fact?
 The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
Happy Read a Book Day!
 Happy Read a Book Day! (Sept. 6th)
Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91
 Author of Fahrenheit 451 and several Twilight Zone scripts...
Quote of the day
 Marianne Williamson
In our power to think about something differently lies our greatest power to make it different.
Submitting files
When submitting work, please make sure that you are using Microsoft Word, notepad, wordpad, or power point... I am unable to open other files such as Adobe/PTF or Word Perfect (etc)
being added as a member of the webpage
 If you add yourself to be a member of the page to be able to participate and receive updates etc, please let me know if you do not receive a confirmation as there are often technical glitches when adding members. Thanks.
Tip for Blogs
 As you are working on your Blog, you may be interested to know that Google offers templates, examples, and resources for blogs and personal web sites for free. 
"mechanics" refers to grammar and communicatin skills. When submitting work, remember that spelling and grammar do affect comprehension (and your mark!). Incerrek spulling and gramma often make riting un-derstand-ible! The Spell checker will help, but remember that it is not perfect! You will still need to proofread you work. (See? Spellchecker did not catch the you that should be "your" right there)... 
Of Mice & Men
"A man's got to shoot his own dog": The main theme of “Of Mice & Men” is loneliness and isolation.
In particular, George is lonely as he lacks friends because of his association with Lenny. Lenny in turn is a loner because he is developmentally challenged and is intimidating. Candy is a bit of an outcast due to his age and his loss of his only real friend his dog. Curley’s wife is a social outcast because of her enact to corrupt but also because of who her husband is. She is professes that she is unhappily married. Lastly, the Black man keeps to himself which is due to the time and location of the setting.
-human nature
-oppression via weakness
-loss of dreams tragedy
-impossibility of American Dream (there is a new film coming out called “The Jones” where the main characters are literally selling the America Dream. It will serve to be an interesting social commentary).
This site is designed to help with your daily organization and task management. The Class Homework section will be updated daily, so be sure to check your work every evening! As well, the Class Information section contains our Class Reminders, be sure to check daily!!
Class Files
Ad Project/Pop Cult
Tips on making a complaint letter
 Closing Time by Leonard Cohen.docx
Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
 Courteous and Conversational.docx
Keep it on a professional level
 Dead Poets.docx
Dead Poets Society q's
 Dear parents of ENG3C.docx
ENG3C update letter to parents
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
Dystopia handout
 ENG 3C Outline.doc
Course Outline
Silent Reading/Cameo Writing/Essay Topics
 Essay Plan.doc
Essay Plan
Essay Rubric
Essays 101
Essays 101
Essay tips
 media links-1.doc
Business & Media Links
 Million Dollar Baby appqs.doc
Million Dollar Baby Q's I
Million Dollar Baby q's II
 Parts of speech.docx
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentence
Profile a poem
 SONG INTO MOVIE Assignemnt.docx
song into movie assignment
 The Five P- pgs 98 to 150.pdf
The 5 People con't 3
 The Five P-pgs 1 to 46.pdf
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
 The Five P-pgs 151 to 196.pdf
The 5 People con't 4
 The Five P-pgs 47 to 97.pdf
The 5 People con't 2
 What Corporate America Can.docx
Corporations and e-mail business writing 101
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Peace Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM Discuss
Blog Entry OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM Discuss
Blog Entry General Politics Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM Discuss
Blog Entry LINKS discussion Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM Discuss
Blog Entry TV commercials Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM Discuss
Class Homework
Poetry Folder
Due November 28, 2017
Test 3
Due November 29, 2017
Great Debaters q's
Due November 29, 2017
Flowers for Algernon Test
Due December 6, 2017
Test 4
Due December 18, 2017
Bio essay
Due December 19, 2017
R & J graphic novel q's
Due December 21, 2017
OMELAS Journal
Due January 17, 2018
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