Reminder: Ted Talk original draft and feedback

This is a reminder to those students who didn’t attach the original draft of their Ted Talk response to their second draft. The purpose of the assignment was to take feedback into account in your second draft. You need to return the first draft so the second one can be assessed. I haven’t received those from some students.


March 24th Homework Reminders

The second draft of your Ted Talk response was due today, with the first draft attached behind it. Those of you who didn’t hand one in today need to get this in tomorrow. Those of you who didn’t attach the first draft need to bring that in tomorrow.

Math homework is on the hub.

Geography homework is on the hub.

Imagist Poetry

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel 

glazed with rain

beside the white

			--William Carlos Williams

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

			--Ezra Pound


The City

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.

In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights 
Above its head.

			--Langston Hughes

The Toaster

A silver-scaled dragon with jaws flaming red
Sits at my elbow and toasts my bread.
I hand him fat slices, and then, one by one,
He hands them back when he sees they are done.

			--William Jay Smith

Apartment House

A filing cabinet of human lives
Where people swarm like bees in tunnelled hives,
Each to his own cell in the covered comb,
Identical and cramped -- we call it home.

			--Gerald Raftery

You are going to describe something metaphorically
without naming the object explicitly.
Pick an everyday object from around the house, such as a 
dryer or iron. 
Now list some things that it reminds you of or that it 
could be like.
Now all you have to do is write four lines to describe 
your object.
Your lines could rhyme AA BB just the last two above or 
your poem
might rhyme only two lines or perhaps not rhyme at all.

Blackout Poetry

Find a newspaper article.

Use a pencil, pen, or marker to black out the words you don’t want in order to leave all the words that make up your poem.  It’s “Cold War” spy stuff and nicely matches our telephone.

Here’s a simple one…


The challenge is to string together words from the text in order to create new meaning.  Start by circling the words you think you might use.  Remember, they have to appear in the correct order that you need them.  Once you’ve selected your words, use a marker to blackout the ones you don’t want.

If you’re struggling, it might be easier to practice by making short sentences at first.  Give it a try.

Literary Devices Glossary

By January 15th, you’ll have finished creating definitions of half of the literary devices from our lessons this week.  Trade your definitions with someone else in the class so that you have a complete glossary of all of the terms.  Print the glossary and insert it into your language notes.

Identify a Literary Device

In Google docs, write about one literary device deployed in the following poem.  Your response will have the exact phrase or words cited in quotations. Your explanation will illuminate exactly how and why your example conforms to that particular device.

Due Thursday January 15th

One Great City! by John K. Samson

Late afternoon, another day is nearly done.

A darker grey is breaking through a lighter one.
A thousand sharpened elbows in the underground.
That hollow hurried sound of feet on polished floor,
and in the Dollar Store the clerk is closing up,
and counting loonies trying not to say:
‘i hate Winnipeg’

The driver checks the mirror seven minutes late.
The crowded riders’ restlessness enunciates
that The Guess Who suck, the Jets were lousy anyway.
The same route every day.
And in the turning lane,
someone’s stalled again.
He’s talking to himself
and hears the price of gas repeat his phrase:
‘i hate Winnipeg’

And up above us all,
leaning into sky,
our golden business boy
will watch the north end die,
and sing ‘i love this town’
then let his arching wrecking ball proclaim: