• 2018-19 ENG3C  

    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

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  • Peace

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 9/18/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Do you think peace in the world is possible? Explain. 
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  • OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 7/10/2012 4:01:00 PM
    Anyting you want to talk about that relates to what we have debated (or class content or links etc). This "chat" is currently open to ENG3U, ENG4C, IDC4O, HZT4U, CPW4U, ENG1D, and CLU3M (eg. Interpret the quote: "Some laws are better than others.") (Eg."  I just saw the Hunger Games. Like the book it is based on, it is a philosophical and political film and it is a dystopia film. Here, you can share your thoughts, keeping in mind that the film has drawn varying interpretations for its political overtones, including arguments in favor of left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian viewpoints. The film displays a general distrust of government, regardless of the audience's political party affiliation.  Some viewers formed an opinion about The Hunger Games as a parable of the Occupy Wall Street activity.  The top 1% richest people in the world have more money than the bottom 95% put together! Collins doesn't use the terms 1% and 99% percent, but it's clear that those in the Capitol are members of the 1% and everyone in the Panem districts is part of the 99..."
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  • General Politics

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/26/2012 12:11:00 PM
     
    General political debate
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  • LINKS discussion

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/26/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Post general comments and questions to links posted, or share new links, or report dead links.
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  • TV commercials

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/14/2012 7:47:19 AM
     We have talked about subliminal suggestions in class and noted how commercials reinforce the idea that the viewer is deficient in something, which sends a negative message to people who are typically in a hyper-suggestible state while watching TV. In this context, is it true that "we are our own worst enemies," and if so do we have to rise above all this negative programming? Comment:
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  • General discussion

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/6/2012 2:05:00 PM
    OPEN LINE OPEN TOPIC ANYTHING YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT. 
    EXAMPLES: 
    1) How does power corrupt people?

    2) How does superstition affect human behaviour?

    3) How can appearences be different from reality? What influences our perceptions?

    4) Do you think that Shakespeare's plays are still relevant for today's audiences?  Is Shakespeare something that should continue to be taught in high school?  Give your reasons for or against these questions.  If you think Shakespeare should no longer be taught, provide what you think to be a suitable alternative.
     
    5)
    Technology has developed, and has changed our society and lifestyles, drastically over the last two decades.  What impact has technology had on literacy?  In your opinion, has it enhanced your literacy skills or detracted from them?  How has access to information changed the way you think and learn?  Do websites like Wikipedia impede or encourage learning?  Should our definition of literacy change as our definition of communication changes?

    6)
    Pick a character from a novel, play, short story or poem and either:

    a) Describe how you connect personally with this character, either through their character traits or your own life experiences;

    or

    b) Describe how you think that character would fare in modern-day times, in Russell, Ontario.
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  • The Best of Times

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/6/2012 2:04:13 PM
    In Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, it begins with one of the most famous lines in English literature: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

    Looking at current events, what would you describe as being some of the best times and the worst times for our society, or for our world?
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  • Eat The Rich

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/6/2012 2:01:40 PM
     The title of this discussion comes from the Aerosmith song by the same name but more to the point, check out the article in the link below (facsinating studies on lower concept of ethics amoung rich people) This discussion is open to all classes but keep in mind that many business people have literally said, "Greed is good"?  This topic particularily works with ENG3C (re: 'Of Mice and Men') certainly.  As well, ENG3U (Re: 'Macbeth'). It's all about greed/ambition.  : http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/27/health/rich-more-unethical/index.html?hpt=hp_bn10 


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  • Are you fed up with the prices of snacks at the movie theatre?

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/6/2012 12:23:56 PM
    Are you fed up with the prices of snacks at the movie theatre? One man is SUING AMC theatres...
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  • Debate: What's better? The movie or the book? Give your opinion and feel free to give examples with details for comparisons...

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 9/1/2009 3:43:00 PM
    Debate: What's better? The movie or the book? Give your opinion and feel free to give examples with details for comparisons...
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