Category Archives: The Arch of Experience

Down Came A Blackbird and Pecked Off Her Nose!

“Let me write a nation’s songs, and I care not who writes its laws.”

Much has been written of the impact on children of mass media, with their excesses of violence and sex and their distortion of reality. The trouble may start at the parents’ knee with indoctrination through nursery rhymes.

Make a list of rhymes and stories that you remember and discuss their unpleasant overtones.

For example, did you ever think of the “four and twenty blackbirds” being baked alive?

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Urban Dialogue

Imagine you are sitting on a very crowded public city bus. The large and aggressive-seeming person next to you keeps demanding in an obnoxious was that you move over to make more room, You can’t move over and there is nowhere else to sit or stand in the bus. Write the dialogue that might take place in those circumstances.

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National News

Spend a week carefully observing news stories covered by the televised CBC news The National (10 or 11 p.m.) and the print daily newspaper The National Post.

Which stories were covered on TV, which significant stories were only in the newspaper? Which medium provided the deepest and most thorough coverage of particular events?

Write a post about your comparison and conclusions.

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How do you know it is good?

Select two works of art(visual, musical, or literary): one that is good and one that is bad.

Explain the reasons for your judgements in a short piece of writing. Include a thumbnail, embedded clip, or snippet of each and ask your classmates to submit a comment with their own analysis and judgement.

Respond to your classmates criticism and discuss together the similarities and differences in your evaluations.

http://www.wga.hu/index1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_art

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Extinct Civilizations

Write a story in which your protagonist has discovered that s/he is a rare descendent of an extinct civilization – East or West.

Ancient Egyptian
The Inca
The Maurya
The Toltec
The Mayans
The Phoenicians
The Babylonians
The Sumerian
The Aztec
The Minoans

Extra ideas for consideration:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_DNA_test
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_genealogy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropology

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