Examine one of the following topics and write a narrative or personal essay:
Kingship (Consider the differences between the four Kings in the play)
Ambition (Consider the differences and similarities between the ambitions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth)
Guilt (Consider Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s response to guilt)
Order (Consider nature, politics, relationships, and how order is restored)
Fathers and Sons
Loyalty and Patriotism
The Ideal Marriage
Have a look at an emergency car kit. How does the value of each item on this list depend on the type of accident you are in or have arrived at?
What additional items would you add to the list?
Where in the vehicle should these items be located?
Do you have ICE contacts in your phone? Or an ICE app on your home screen? Maybe you’d want an emergency phone charger.
Write a post about about what should be in your emergency car kit.
(Add links/images, too. Perhaps you could add an Amazon Emergency Car Kit Widget to your blog.)
Sometimes you experience a time when what you planned takes an unexpected turn, ending in a rude awakening. Other times you may go stubbornly forward with plans which have every indication of not working out, but you are certain that you are right or you want desperately to make things right.
Recollect such a situation and report the events and your feelings in your blog. You may want to use the event in a short story, instead, or an advice column for your school website.
You are writing a report for a science class. Recall a time when you were deeply affected by the lack of sleep – physically, mentally, and behaviorally. Report this recollection in your blog.
Think of your own image or symbol for the past three weeks of your life (sunshine, darkness, fire, water). With a group of classmates, make a composite list of of your images/symbols. List the themes suggested by these images/symbols.
“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.
You have to make a decision about something, or you are thinking through a problem. You are alone, thinking about your decision or problem. You are trying to decide what to do to solve your problem. Present your thoughts as a soliloquy. Make it seem as if your mind is speaking.
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.
In a letter to a friend, write about a time that you were eager to see whether or not a prediction came true. Perhaps you had read your horoscope, or had your fortune told. Report your feelings of expectations or nervousness as you awaited the event. Then, report your feelings after the prediction did or did not materialize.
You have noticed an acquaintance or a family member acting hypocritically, saying or pretending to believe one way but behaving the opposite. Identify your feelings, and decide what you want to do about your relationship with that person. In a post, report that person’s actions and explain your feelings about this behaviour. Finally, give and explain your decision.
One of your friends has shared some of his/her problems with you. Your friend wants advice on how to handle these difficulties because things seem to be going from bad to worse. In fact, your friend is becoming panicky. Write a post/comment/letter to your friend, giving both your advice on how to relieve the panic and your suggestions about how to proceed next. In the opening paragraph, identify the problem and make sure it is serious enough to warrant such a response from you.
Each of us probably has experienced a “dark” time in our lives when events or relationships were not going well. In a post, identify that dark period and comment on your feelings (ie. depression, frustration).
Think of some people you know or have read about who are/where ambitious. Have their ambitions led to a positive or negative result? Are ambitions sometimes destructive? Explain.
What is your understanding of the philosophy, “the end justifies the means”? Give examples of situations in which you would agree or disagree with this philosophy.
Would assassination or civil war ever be a justifiable response to rule by tyranny? What would you do if the leader of your country became a vicious tyrant? Respond with a short story or narrative essay.
Are a citizen’s first responsibilities to family, political leader, or country?
Describe some examples of what you think is evil behaviour. How should evil behaviour be dealt with?
If you suspected, but had no evidence, that a friend of yours had committed a crime, what would you do?
How do you deal with your fears? How might you help others to deal with theirs? What are some of the effects that fear can have on people?
Describe a time you experienced insomnia (lack of sleep). What did you do about it? What are some of the effects that insomnia can have on people who suffer from it?
Describe a women who best represents your idea of “womanliness.” Describe a man who best depicts “manliness.” Are there any similarities between the two descriptions? Why or why not?
Explain what your think an ideal marriage would be.
Describe a situation in which you or someone you know has been deceived by appearances. How might you advise someone to guard against this trap?
What do you want most from life? What are you prepared to do to attain it?
View one of the following “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” episodes from CBC’s “The Passionate Eye” series.
- Watch Shipwrecked Family.
Debuting Wednesay October 5: On the final leg of an amazing two year sailing voyage, the Silverwood Family hit some stormy weather 180 miles west of Bora Bora in the South Pacific. It’s no big deal, until a broken mast pin and a submerged rocky reef suddenly turns their adventure into a potentially deadly one. As the mast snaps, it falls on dad John, severing his leg. It’s up to teenage son Ben, to become the man and help to save his family. He gets the family off the sinking boat, but as they spend a terrifying night on a reef in the middle of the ocean, will rescue get to them before Ben’s father dies of blood loss?
- Watch Crashed in the Jungle.
Debuting Wednesday October 12: Newlyweds Brandon and Brandy Wiley are on a backpacking adventure in Costa Rica, when their 8 – person Cessna crashes in dense tropical rainforest. The pilots and one passenger are killed on impact. Of the five remaining survivors two are seriously injured, including American Michael Packard. With the plane’s emergency beacon malfunctioning and the crash site obscured by thick cloud, the chances of rescue appear remote. When darkness falls, the group face poisonous spiders, swarming ants and jungle predators. By morning and with Michael’s condition worsening by the hour Brandon and Brandy face a terrible dilemma – do they go in search of help or stay with the two injured men? It’s a decision that could ultimately cost lives.
- Watch River of Fear.
Debuting Wednesday October 19: Running through the majestic splendour of the Grand Canyon the Colorado River offers construction contractor David Whittlesey with just the kind of challenge he craves. He embarks on a 3 week, 280 mile white-water rafting expedition, opting to tackle some of America’s most gruelling rapids on his own. Just days away from completing his journey David’s raft capsizes, gets stuck and he loses all of his life-saving supplies. As he attempts to scale a cliff face, which is his only way out, he falls and injuries himself. He is trapped, alone and knows that hypothermia could kill him before anyone even knows where he is or that his life is in danger.
- Watch Alone in the Amazon.
Debuting Wednesday October 26: Fresh-faced twenty two year old Brit Benedict Allen embarks on an epic six-month expedition which will take him from the mouth of the Orinoco River to the Mouth of the Amazon River through six hundred miles of uncharted jungle. On the final leg of his journey Benedict meets two gold miners who steal his guides then threaten to kill him. Fearing for his life Benedict is forced to tackle the wilds of the Amazon with only his faithful dog, Cashoe, for company. His inexperience nearly costs him dear when he capsizes his canoe, losing virtually all his provisions. Embarking on the 100 miles journey through dense rainforest to safety Benedict is struck down by near starvation, Malaria and a severe case of ‘jungle madness’. Will he ever find civilization?
- Watch Edge of Death
Debuting Wednesday November 2: Charlie Hench has set himself a big challenge before he turns the big 50 – to fulfil his dream of a late-summer solo hike through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But he underestimates the challenge ahead. Charlie is at 9,000 feet when an early snowstorm suddenly blows in. The amateur hiker is soon out of his depth, lost in the snow-covered landscape. A missed step on the treacherous boulders and he’s crashes over the side of the mountain. Only a ledge, the size of a car bonnet, saves him from falling 500 feet to his death. Charlie is trapped and badly injured, with a shattered wrist and fractured spine. He’s alone and there’s no way up or down. He knows no-one will even know he’s missing for days, but will he survive trapped on the exposed on the side of a cliff?
- Watch Crashed in the Rockies
Debuting Wednesday November 9: Trainee pilot Justin Kirkbride takes two friends, Tommy and Larry, on a sightseeing tour of the Rocky Mountains, but crashes on a steep, snowy mountainside. Larry breaks his leg, while best friend Tommy is knocked unconscious. Only Justin escapes unscathed. He decides to hike 45 miles down the treacherous mountainside in search of help. As darkness falls he picks up a cell signal and manages to summon a rescue helicopter. He joins the rescue pilots in the search for his two missing friends, but their crash site is hidden by thick pine forest. The search is about to be called off when disaster strikes again – the rescue helicopter clips a tree and smashes into the mountainside. Can Kirkbride escape with his life for the second time in 24 hours? And will his passengers now succumb to their injuries during the freezing night?
Write 2 posts(one Critical Essay, one Creative Narrative) in which you discuss some of these focus questions dealing with survival.
What challenges to survival does the environment present?
- What hardships and challenges do humans experience with respect to the environment?
- What must humans do to survive with respect to the environment? Who and what will survive? Is population survival more important than individual survival? Why or why not?
- What are the most important survival qualities in our society? What images do we associate with the idea of wilderness survival?
Who are your heroes? What qualities or characteristics do they possess that make them heroic?
Do you believe in fortune telling? Do you read your horoscope? Why or why not?
Describe an experience in which you misjudged someone or were misled by someone’s attractiveness.
Write about a time when you persuaded someone to do something, or a situation in which you were persuaded to do something about which you felt hesitant. Describe the consequences and feelings that resulted.
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?
Recall a time when you wanted something so badly that nothing else mattered but achieving your desire. Did you succeed or did you fail? How did you feel about what happened?
Most of us have been afraid of the dark at one time or another. Think of a time when you or someone you know felt frightened in the dark. Describe the experience, explaining how the person dealt with the terror.
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?
Have you ever received an emotional shock? How did you behave immediately afterwards? In what ways did your reaction to the shock change over time?
When do natural events seem unnatural? Write about a freakish natural event you have experienced or read about. How did it make you feel?
Sometimes the failure to speak or act when others expect us to reveal what we know is referred to as a “sin of omission.” Describe a situation in which you were tempted to commit the “sin of omission” or in which you actually did refrain from revealing what you knew. Would you do so again? Explain.
Sometimes, achieving a goal we have longed for does not make us feel as happy as we expected. Why do you think this is so? Share your ideas.
Have you ever known or read about someone who was distrustful of everybody and everything, regardless of the circumstances or evidence? Why was this person so suspicious? What effect did this attitude have on others?
Describe the most frightening experience you ever had. What was the cause of your fear?
Think of someone you know or have heard about who did something foolish because he or she was “over-confident.” Why is confidence an advantage and over-confidence a disadvantage?
Suppose you lived in an undemocratic country. How would you express your discontent with someone in authority?
Sometimes we feel so angry or frustrated, so helpless or desperate that we lose all caution and restraint. Describe such an experience of your own or of someone you know.
If you had to choose between loyalty to your family and loyalty to your country, what decision would you make?
In your opinion, which qualities are essential in a political leader? Which qualities are unacceptable?
What kind of behaviour have you observed in children who are trying to conceal guilt? How do you conceal your guilty conscience?
Have you ever felt that everyone you know has turned against you? What were the circumstances? How did you deal with the situation?
Describe a situation in which you felt trapped. How did you behave?
Is revenge ever justified? Recall an incident in which you decided either to take revenge or that revenge would not be justified.
If your country had experienced great turmoil, how would you, as its leader, begin restoration?