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ENG 4C English
Instructor: Mr. Rob D'Alessio   
This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, 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 and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college
Class Announcements
Is there a difference between an entertainer and an artist?
Short Story prezis
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
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").
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
Miller quote
"The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget."
Arthur Miller
The Crucible
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
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.
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.”
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."'
Final Exam Review


A: Short Answer-------------------------------- /69 
B: True or false--------------------------------- /10
C: Mechanics------------------------------------ /19
D: Essay question:------------------------------ /20
E: Interpretation-----------------------------------------/ 36

 TOTAL: / 154


Part A:  69 marks


sample questions: 1.       In The Crucible, why is John Proctor sentenced to death (i.e., what are the “accusations”)? (3)

 2.       Who wrote The Crucible? (1)

 Study: Fahrenheit 451; dystopia; loaded language; V for Vendetta; Equilibrium; The Twilight Zone- The Street That Time Forgot; “The Time Keeper” (What does Mitch Albom do once a year on his birthday?; Name 5 other books by Mitch Albom; What other name does “Father Time” go by in the book?; Name two time periods referenced in the book; Is the hour glass literal or symbolic or both, explain; Considering D’or’s eventual obsession with measurements of time, what are the dangers of such an approach to life? Where do you draw the line?; Describe Sarah Lemon; What made Nim a leader?; Consider Victor Delemonte, in what ways has his disciplined work ethic benefitted him? In what ways has it limited his life experience; What is the genre, theme, and message of the book?) 

Part B: True or False: (10)

Example: A bibliography must be on its own page. ____

You must underline book titles (or put them in italics). ____

Part C: Mechanics /19

Example questions:  If you have one sister, which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

a)My sister Julia has been working on a novel at her local Starbucks.

b) My sister, Julia, has been working on a novel at her local Starbucks.

 Six months _____ too long to wait for approval.

a) is   b) are  


Section D- Essay (20) (Be prepared to Compare and Contrast the main characters in Equilibrium  and Fahrenheit 451.)  

Section E- Interpretation (36 marks)

Part A: Pick any 3 of the following quotes and interpret the quote by explaining what you think it means.

Example:        "I would rather have 30 minutes of 'wonderful' than a lifetime of nothing special."

June 12th
Today, you have the class to pair up and use the laptops. You can use these for your culminating task if you wish, you can use the whole period to work on your culminating task if you wish. You may also use part or all of the class to participate in the term II on-line discussion board. Click on discussions. And proceed the same way you did in term I. Please make sure you and your partner post a least one comment or reply. 
 We are still reading "Timekeeper" by Mitch Albom. Today (Monday) was Day 1 of the Culminating Task.
V for V discussion points
 V for V discuss: climax? (rain) (“God is in the rain.”; “A new ability to wage war…”; “Three waters” (Walkerton); “Fear becomes the ultimate tool of this gov’t.”; Dominos scene (Domino Effect); Does V die?
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
Co-Teaching Week
 Mr. D'Alessio's students will have Mr. Beacom this week learning and working on short story writitng. Mr. Beacom's 4C class will have Mr. D'Alessio as a teacher this week learning and working on poetry. Mr. D'Alessio's students for the week (i.e., Mr. Beacom's class) will be learning literary terms, types of poems, and complete 1 cameo poem, 1 journal and 1 poetry folder. For the "cameo" students will have to write an original poem on the spot. For the journal, students will need to write a paragraph about someone or some invention or some idea that has changed the world or the way we think (in the opinion of the student). For the poetry folder, students will need to write 1 original poem, 1 hiku, 1 biographical paragraph about a poet with a sample of that poet's poetry, one song lyrics with synopsis, and 1 paragraph about poetry (op-ed- what they like about poetry), and list sources.  
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.
Arthur Miller
 Algonquin College Theatre Arts Professor Don Laflamme (author of Mechanicsville Monologues) is currently performing in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, playing the role of Willy Loman along with three Theatre Arts grad students who are playing Biff, Happy and Bernard. The production is also Stage Managed by two grads. Chamber Theatre Hintonburg is making waves in the professional theatre community with this production at Southminster United in the Glebe April 25, and The Black Sheep Inn May 1st. This marks the professional premiere of the play in Ottawa.  Read the review at Capital Critics Circle 


radio project:

-groups of 2-5:

-2 pages min, no maximum, commercial must be acted out in front of the class (commercial to be 25-190 seconds.

- Come up with a name for your radio station and name of your "3 hour" radio show

-Include: news, weather, sports, traffic, a guest, and a commercial

-poetry assignment:

                -individually or in pairs

                -one original poem (5 marks) (or 2 poems if in pairs)

                -one hiku (5 marks) (or 2 if in pairs)

                -One song synopsis (5 marks) (print out lyrics of a song and offer your own interpretation of that song.

                -One biographical paragraph on a famous poet + source(s) + print out one sample poem by that poet (5 marks)

                -Paragraph (5 marks) (write a paragraph about poetry saying what you like and/or dislike about it and the purpose of it. 

Technical difficulties
Please note that I have been updating/revising due dates on here and they have not been saving for some odd reason. I hope this has been corrected. When in doubt, please e-mail for clarification: Rob.D'
Field of Dreams
"If you build it... he will come"
We watched the first half of "Field of Dreams" today. We will finish watching this tomorrow and you will have time to complete the accompanying questions that can be found in the BTL text. 
Greatest Film
According to D'Alessio's ENG4C Semester II, the greatest film ever: "Forest Gump." (RE: OSCARS month)
notice of teacher absence (updated Feb.9th)
I will be away Thursday this week due to my attending the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association Council of Presidents Task Force. 
Quote of the week
 Make sure your words are necessary, kind and truthful.

- Stefanie Gross

Mr. Beacom
 Please note that Mr. Beacom and I will be co-teaching this semester and that there will be some classes and units taught by Mr. Beacom. 
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." 
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. 
media quote of the day
 ‎"A newspaper is a device incapable of distinguishing between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization" - George Will

V for V discussion points
 -Does V die?
-The climax of the film is when EVE steps out into the rain. The rain is symbolic of transition the same way the flames were for V.
-Does the little girl with glasses die?
-Are there marginalized groups in society today that would consider themselves to be living in a dystopia?
-Themes: Love is the only trump card against dystopia; nationalism sometimes gets in the way of healthy skepticism; mediocrity can pave the way to dystopia; bullets v. truth ("ideas are bulletproof.")
-Guy Falkes quotes: 1. "Remember, remember, the 5th of November, the gun-powder treason and plot. I see no reason why the gun-powder treason should ever be forgot."
                                 2. "Pride would never set foot in paradise would it? And beauty will save the world won't it? And enthusiasm does conquer all doesn't it?"
                                 3. "A revolution without dancing is not worth having."
-V is resentful for what the gov't has done to him but more resentful for what he has become
-social commentary on pharmaceuticals and fear-mongering in the media
-What religion is the High Chancellor?
-Actual figures of dystopia: Hitler, Stalin, Hussein
-FYI: China to this day has exiled the Dali Lama
-Fictional characters who fought against dystopia: Zorro, Mulder, Robin Hood (etc).

The following link has an excellent synopsis on the play that the langauge arts classes saw in 2012 at the NAC. (great sybolism in the play):                                                                            As well, some information on the actual case:         

Mona Lisa nail gun artist
 Some students in the class brought to my attention a video clip on the internet that shows a construction worker using a nail gun to "paint" the Mona Lisa in great detail in just a couple minutes. Though it looks convincing, this is a good example to show that you should not believe everything you read, hear, and in this case, see. It is CGI:
 Should "whats-his-name" be capitalized?
Amazing fact?
 The average person looks at their phone 150 times a day.
A note to parents
Att: Parents: In the course, we may, time permitting, watch clips from some or all of the following films: "Field of Dreams: (re: Between the Lines text Unit 3: Leisure, Dreams, and Happiness), "The Crucible", "Equilibrium" and/or "V for Vendetta" (Re: Fahrenheit 451), "Dead Poets Society" (Re: poetry), "Atonement" (re: short story unit, love story in historical narrative). If you would like your son/daughter excused for any or some film clips, please let the teacher know).  
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.
"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)... 
ENG4C on line
This site is for students in-class for ENG4C, if you are taking this course on line (or the EBT4O on line) you need to use the E-Learning website.
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
ENG4Cb class pic (2012)
career path essay/grammar questions/BTL Assignment & checklist for term 1
 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
Why Ducks Quack and Eagles Fly (story)
Dystopia handout
 ENG4C Test.docx
Take Home Test Term II Due Friday Dec.2
ENG4C poems
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
opinion essay & newspaper instructions
 Parts of speech.docx
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentence
Profile a poem
first 2012-13 test review
 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 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
Blog Entry General discussion Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM Discuss
Class Homework
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