• ENG 3U 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 and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.


    • ENG3U

      Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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  • Journal

    Is there a difference between an entertainer and an artist?

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  • Short Story prezis



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  • 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 …

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  • DNA Connections


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  • Palidromic poem

    Worst Day Ever?by Chanie GorkinToday was the absolute worst day everAnd don't try to convince me thatThere's something good in every dayBecause, when you take a closer look,This world is a pretty evil place.Even ifSome goodness does shine through once in a whileSatisfaction and happiness don't last.And it's not true thatIt's all in the mind and heartBecauseTrue happiness can be attainedOnly if …

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  • Business Writing Grammar Links

    http://bowvalleycollege.ca/Documents/Learning%20Resource%20Services/Library%20Learning%20Commons/E-Resources/Study%20guides/writing%20d …

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  • #TrendThink

    #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

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  • 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").

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  • Why Colonel is pronounced "kernel"


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  • Examples of oxy morons


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  • 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 (citationmachine.net)

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

    9. Proofread & Edit

    10. Write Final Draft

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  • Edgar A. Guest

    “He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it”.

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  • 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, …

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  • I too am American


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  • Golding quote

    "Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us"
    William Golding (Lord of the Flies)

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Class Files

Discussion Topics

  • 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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    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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  • Did Macbeth deserve his fate?

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/14/2012 8:32:57 AM
     Would you say Macbeth was a great person who suffered more than he deserved or was he evil (etc)
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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
    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.
    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?

    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;


    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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