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.
Write an essay about some particular aspect of Globalization.
Write an essay about water privatization.
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.
Example: What the World Eats, Part 1
Research the Canadian Prime Ministers. Rank the top three according to how much information is available about them. Consider public and private contributions.
Focus on one and compare your knowledge of them with the knowledge that is available.
Describe a movie you think is a fairly realistic depiction of your life, or the lives of people your age.
Alternatively, think of some movies that are aimed at your age group and explain how they are not realistic.
Do you have a preference? Do you think movies reflect who we are or who we want to be?
Write an essay on one of the Group of Seven.
- Franklin Carmichael
- Lawren Harris
- A. Y. Jackson
- Frank Johnston
- A. J. Casson
- Arthur Lismer
- J. E. H. MacDonald
- Frederick Varley.
Find out what influenced the artist, and the effect his/her work has had on others. Include an assessment of one piece of his/her art.
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?
Research the characteristics and major themes of the Romantic poets. Focus especially on how they felt about the city.
Write an essay exploring the secret of the good life? What obstacles stand in the way of a good life? Focus on one of these examples:
The Vietnam War has been the subject of a number of excellent films, for example, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Apocalypse Now!, and Born on the Fourth of July. View one of these films or another film about this war. Examine the protagonist’s life and decisions. Write a brief essay to assess the difficulties he or she faces both physically and psychologically.
Examine six news articles – from various news sites – about Africa. What conclusions can you reach about how Africa is represented in the news? How accurate do you think this portrayal is?
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.