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On y va, mes amis!

English class just got a little bit French… Let’s have some fun with our Les Belles Soeurs unit!

For a look at Greek theatre and some snippets of Les Belles Soeurs productions, check out my Youtube playlist.

Later, we will be watching a half hour doc from the 70s that I found on the NFB site.  It’s so very weird and awesome, so if you need to watch it twice, click here.



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Literary Analysis

Follow this slideshow  with the help of the handout provided in class.   Use the tips to do a close reading of “Coyote Columbus” by Thomas King.


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Starting with stories

The syllabus for this English class comprises myriad voices in literature.  One of the overarching themes in the course is the power of stories to reflect, embrace, and even create human experience.

“The Danger of a Single Story” will be our starting point in the class.  This is a Ted Talk by Chimamanda Adiche. From the TED site: “Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

Here’s the tedtalks handout, too.  The responses should be ready for next class.


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