Poets and other writers often use a quotation or line from someone else’s work to inspire them or provide a context for their own creations. Choose a line for one of your favourite poems(Canadian or American) and use it as a starting point for a poem of your own.
Create your own photo essay about a Canadian you admire – living or dead, famous or not. Use photos you take, or photos collected from print or digital sources. Choose shots that help convey the character of the person.
Alternatively, create a photo essay that pays tribute to your own life so far.
Many feature films contain protagonists who are faced with overwhelming questions relating to personal identity and one’s place in the world. Make a list of recent films that contain such a character. For each film, describe what questions of identity the character faced and explore how those questions were (or were not) resolved. Are there any general observations you can make about the way our culture regards the quest for identity?
Create a collage or presentation that captures the essence of some of your favorite poems. Your work should contain appropriate visuals, brief quotations from the poems, and a personal commentary that reflects your own perspective.
Take this opportunity to portray, in writing, a special memory from your own life. Use vivid, descriptive language to capture the details of your experience, and include personal reflections that explain why that particular memory is significant to you.
With the growth of urban development in many areas in the country, we, as a society, are frequently asked to balance the desire for expansion with the desire for preservation. Are there examples of this opposition within your community? If you were a member of town council, what would you want to see done in your area? Create a set of guidelines for managing growth in your own community.