What famous buildings do you find most beautiful?
Select a nursery rhyme and analyze it. Write a parody of your analysis in the voice of a character from the TV Show “Big Bang Theory.”
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 box for a brand
of over-sweet chocolates?
I. Respond to the Poem
- During the War of 1812, Laura Secord saved a British garrison from American attack. Do some research on Laura Secord and compare what you find out to what is revealed in the poem.
- There are two parts to this poem. Why do you think the author divided the poem this way?
- The poem is written as one long question. What question is Raymond Souster asking?
- What do you think he is saying about heroes and heroic deeds?
II. Write a letter
As Laura Secord write a letter to Frank P. O’Connor, the founder of the Laura Secord Company.
Suppose you are going to make a monster out of body parts robbed from graves. For the monster’s brain, you will use the brain of a dead criminal. Little did you know that this criminal’s last thought before dying was his intention to kill his partner, Hans. Because this thought is still in the brain that you put into your monster, it is the first thought that the monster has when you bring him to life. So, naturally, the first thing your monster does is kill Hans. Are you responsible for Hans’ death? Would it make a difference if you knew this would happen? In this thought experiment you have brought a future killer to life. If God exists, he brings future killers to life every day. Is he responsible for the resulting deaths? Why or why not?
Write your own poem to honour an ancestor.
You could use the person’s name and relationship to you as the first line of the poem. On the next line, write two adjectives to describe him or her, what he or she did, and a short description of the person’s desires, fears, and loves on following lines.
Use the following poem as a model.
Marcel Lévesque, great-uncle
Brave, adventurous sailor
Wanted to marry a Spanish lady
Feared he would be sent home to Gaspé
Loved his señiorita forever
Write a futuristic story in which you present your vision of life twenty years from now.
Read an interview with Derrick de Kerckhove, author of The Augmented Mind.
How will people in the future be “always on” or “plugged in”? What will “cloud computing” look like in twenty years? What “next big thing” will replace Facebook?
How many “degrees of separation” will exist between you and your friends, your family, your children, your spouse?
How will people use their imagination twenty years from now? Will they still have one?
Kerckhove says we exist in “the era of the tag” and “tagging … is the soul of the Internet.” What remains to be tagged in the next twenty years? What will the Internet be like in twenty years?
As of 2011 more than 2.2 billion people—nearly a third of Earth’s Human population—used the services of the Internet.
… the average UK employee spent 57 minutes a day surfing the Web while at work, according to a 2003 study
Will one of the oldest forum threads on the Internet still exist in twenty years? “I am lonely will anyone speak to me”?
Pick 5 of the following words and synthesize them into a piece of your writing:
- a rococo motif
Using Swift’s structure and technique in “A Modest Proposal” as a model, write a mock argument in which you create a speaker whose proposal for solving a current problem is opposite to the real issues you want to raise in your essay.
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?
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.)
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 a parody in the style of Jonathan Swift)
Write an essay about a current human rights issue. It could be a world-wide concern or one with a Canadian focus.