View at least two movies that focus on World War II. List three specific events that deal with survival in a war setting. What survival strategies do these movie characters use? Are there any lessons to be learned from these movies.
Alternatively, view the movie Jaws. How does this movie deal with survival. What other movies have you enjoyed that also deal with the theme of survival?
How do you define the word “friend?”
If you could read minds for a day, would you?
Complete the statement, “I have always been a ____________,” and then write a detailed description in which you show your readers your implicit attitude toward that subject.
Are there any tech gadgets you’re eyeing?
Write a description of a friend, using similes, to make his/her qualities clear. Include the description in a birthday or Valentine’s card for the person.
Make a prediction about how our use of technology will change in the next five years.
If you could learn one extreme sport for free, what would it be?
Think of an action you took and then immediately regretted taking. Why did you regret it? What did you do to make up for your mistake?
What famous monument do you hope to see one day?
Think of three important years in your life – not including the year you were born. Why are these 3 separate years so important? What happened, and where were you?
What’s your favourite card game? Why?
Watch a film that features a masked character such as Phantom of the Opera, The Elephant Man, Batman3. Write a review of the film.
When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.
Describe your dream house.
Where do you fall on the political spectrum?
Put together a a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.
Invent a new onomatopoeia for one of your favorite sounds.
Would you rather have one free trip to space or free international travel for life?
What do you do to stay healthy?
List your favorite ways to procrastinate.
You may enjoy attending concerts, classical or rock. Describe the best time you ever had at a concert. Who played? What was the atmosphere like? What was the audience’s response like? What do you remember best about the concert?
List three jobs you’d consider pursuing if money didn’t matter.
We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
If days had 25 hours, what would you do with the extra time?
Read some poetry written by William Carlos Williams, Robert Creely, Allen Ginsberg, or George Bowering. Then write an illustrative essay in which you discuss what you believe makes the author’s poetry effective. Be sure to support your ideas with specific details and examples.
Describe your perfect Sunday morning.
Narrate the specific events of an experience from which you learned that “death is stronger than I am.”
Write about a situation in which you have been hypocritical or insincere. Describe the circumstances. Were you happy with the outcome? Would you behave the same way again?
When do natural events seem unnatural? Write about a freakish natural event you have experienced or read about. How did it make you feel?
What was the last live performance you saw?
Old, abandoned buildings: Cool or creepy?
What makes you smile like nothing else can?
Write about the experience that got you into writing.
When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
What was the first album you purchased?
It’s the first week of November! What does this month make you think of?
If you were forced to wear one outfit over and over again, what would it be?
You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What?s the first thing you do?
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles” is a situation which may have had meaning for you in the past, with the accompanying feeling of unease. Write an interpretation of the statement based on your personal experience. Your interpretation can be expressed as satire, an anecdote, or a poem in your blog.
Are you more likely to tell it like it is, or to hold your tongue?
Do you feel obligated to finish all books you start reading?
Describe a time when you had déjà vu.
What’s the most recent purchase that you regret making?
What does your future hold in store? Explore your thoughts on this topic in your blog. What personal goals do you have? What changes do you foresee in your daily routines and you career choices as a result of technological developments and changing social structures? How will your life differ from that of your parents or grandparents?
Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply – it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.
It seems that people are often fascinated by individuals who do extraordinary things to better the lives of others. Research Rick Hansen and write a report about him. Be sure to include a character description in which you suggest how Rick Hansen’s character might have influenced his life. Share your report with your classmates.
Include links to 3-5 sources of information. Check your information for relevance, bias, and accuracy.
Embed one or two images or media clips.
Adjectives to describe character traits.
“Pillars of Character”
Consider writing a report on another Canadian hero: fact or fiction.
Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?
What’s more amazing, the Taj Mahal or the Grand Canyon?
Share what you know about the year you were born.
Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?
Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo is a movie that explores the fear of heights. View the movie and critique how effectively the director portrayed the main character’s phobia.
If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?
What’s the best compliment you’ve received recently?
Write a narration about your experience with a person or an animal whose actions you have observed carefully, using a first-person point of view to present not only your own observations of your subject but also the details of that subject’s experiences as you have sympathetically understood and interpreted them.
Describe the longest road trip you’ve ever taken.
What do you wish you spent more time doing?
Grab your smart phone and make your own “We Are Happy From…” video.
Team up with a group of friends, classmates, teammates … and work on your “lip dub.”
(name it Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city])
Read about Pharrell Williams at wikipedia.
Read about youth who cannot create and share such a video.
Watch, but not all of it at once, a 24 hour version of Happy, http://24hoursofhappy.com
Put your town on the map: http://wearehappyfrom.com/map
WeVideo and WeVideo Help
iPhone WeVideo App
How to get your video to the YouTube without paying the premium?
Publish your project, once published the project can be exported. Export it to your Google Drive (notice the YouTube icon is grey and requires an upgrade premium to click).
Wait a bit of time.
Look for your exported “happy.mp4” inside your “My Drive”. Download this file to your desktop, then upload it to your youtube.
Worked for me.
Be careful how many times you “Export” there is a “bumper” on the free account that only allows a few MBs or minutes to be exported. Be certain you are ready for export and export only the once.
What are your favourite ways to stay warm in winter?