Timetables & Astronauts

Reminder: Class times change tomorrow. Academic classes will run from 8:30-10:30 and 10:40-12:30. If you are in my period 2 class, please remember to come at 10:40!
Now, to celebrate the long weekend, please enjoy this music video by Canadian superstar astronaut Chris Hadfield.


ENG4U Midterm Prep

As you know, your midterm for this class will be on Friday, May 24. Below is a summary of what to expect and how to review.

Format: 50 marks total
10 poetic devices
10 multiple choice
10 marks for archetypes
8 marks for a poem analysis
12 marks for short answer

Texts (note: not everything is on the test; only the texts below!)
Unit 1: “The Word”, “Write Me Sometime”, Both TED Talks (Patricia Ryan & John McWhorter), “Mazes”, “Not Waving But Drowning”, “Hush”
Unit 2: “The Committee to Upgrade Celestial Signs”, “The Not-So-Deadly-Sin”, “From ‘The Archetypes of Literature'”
Unit 3: Dead Poets Society, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

What to Study
Any and all concepts that we have discussed in class could potentially be on the exam. If we talked about it a lot in class, it probably will be. Useful study materials will be your notes, the questions on handouts (e.g. “Not Waving But Drowning”, “Hush”, Dead Poets Society), and powerpoints from class (available under “Readings & Media”).

Archetypes Poster

I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and problems with the archetypes poster, so let me clarify a few things:

1) You do not need to include anything from the “literary mode” column
2a) Secondary and subordinate characters are the same
2b) You must identify which subordinate character from the chart your named character matches (e.g. In the Sunset phase of Titanic, the man loading the lifeboats represents the traitor because he prevents poor people from accessing the boats, even though they had trusted the ship’s crew to keep them safe)
3) You must explain how each section of the plot connects to the characteristics (e.g. from the myth section) of each phase
4) You must explain how the comic and/or tragic visions of the world that you chose are represented in your movie (on the back of the poster, in pencil)
5) Your images should reflect both the plot and the stage of the year or day.

You may be noticing a trend: identify, explain, identify, explain… and so on. The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate your understanding of connections, applying the literary criticism to real examples instead of thinking of it only in theory as Northrop Frye does in the textbook. All of this is explained clearly on your rubric, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!