Personalty

Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Opposition to Slavery in New France

http://www.canadianmysteries.ca A critical thinking challenge for students, ages 14-18 Introduction During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Canada maintained a practice of slavery that forced people of Aboriginal and African descent to endure captivity and servitude. Many people at that time saw slavery as a natural social condition for certain peoples. However, there appear to be […]

The Status of Women in New France

http://www.canadianmysteries.ca A critical thinking challenge for students, ages 14-18 Introduction In the spring of 1734, a fire occurred in Montréal that destroyed a hospital and 45 houses on rue Saint-Paul. Criminal proceedings were soon underway against Marie-Josèphe, dite Angélique, a Black slave, and her White lover, Claude Thibault. The latter fled, leaving Angélique on her […]

Alternative Approach

Select a news or magazine article, editorial, blog, or letter to the editor in which a writer’s solution to a problem is morally or ethically unacceptable to you. Write an essay in which you argue against the writer’s position and offer a more reasonable and acceptable alternative approach or solution to the problem. (Hint: try […]

Proposal to close the movie theatre

Read the situation described below and use it to complete the assignment that follows. The Situation The Prosper Town Council is considering a proposal to close the town’s only movie theatre. Supporters of the proposal cite declining attendance and the potential to redevelop the site. Those opposed believe that the theatre is a valuable cultural […]

Laura Secord

Laura Secord a poem by Raymond Souster Lady, long part of our history would you perhaps have been so eager that time to drive those silly cows before you through the forest mile after mile, risking who knows what indignities at the hands of the invaders, had you known you would end up on the […]

Applying for a Summer Job

Read about the situation below and complete the assignment that follows. The Situation Imagine that you are Kim Green applying for one of the four jobs listed below. Robin Thornton is the person at the Hillcrest Job Centre who processes the applications for these jobs. Summer Jobs Available Volunteer Jobs Playground Program Assistant – assist […]

No Cell Phones!

Pretend that the members of your community have decided to turn off their cell phones, televisions, computers, consoles, hand held devices, game gadgets, etc. for a week. Write a persuasive letter to the editor of your local newspaper as part of the publicity campaign that would be used to inform the public, enlist their support, […]

Canadian Military Spending

Politicians often state that one letter received from a citizen is worth a thousand votes. Decide whether you think Canada is spending too little or too much on the military. Now write a letter to the Minister of Defence, arguing your point deductively. Apply your premise to a specific example or examples, such as tanks, […]

Response to Novel or Story

Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture. Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity […]

Separation from a Loved One

Compare and contrast how the following two poems deal with the theme of separation from a loved one: The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound(a translation from original by Li Po) A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne Focus on such aspects as imagery, symbolism, archetypes, mood, and characterization. Quote directly from the […]