Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Your FINAL Blog

The final Friday of the course means the final BLOG of the course, as well! Follow the instructions, as usual...

A) Find a picture to start your last blog! Maybe something that represents the semester or it's end or the course or something else appropriate!
B) You are the first class in ECDrury history to try this 'semester of blogging' experiment. If you could reflect on it a little bit next, that would be appreciated. Your feedback will help for future years of 'bloggers'.
1) Overall, did you like or dislike "Friday Blog-days"?

2) What was your favourite blog of the semester (you may need to look back through your blog)?

3) What was your least favourite blog activity?

4) What other blog activities do you think students might like?

C) Every course I like to ask students what they thought to try to improve it in the future.

1) What was your favourite activity/part of the class this semester? Why?

2) What was you least enjoyable activity/part of the course? How could it be made better?

3) Who was your favourite famous person we studied? What other famous person do you think students would like to find out about?

D) Look around (electronically) at the work on these blogs that your classmates have done this semester. Surf through some of them, read them, and comment on at LEAST 4 different people's blogs. (remember to be appropriate) List who you have commented on at the bottom of your own blog.

E) Sign off on your blog with a good-bye message to any potential readers!

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Monday is your summative!!!!

EVERYBODY - all "Booklets" and "Creative Pieces" are due at the beginning of class.
ALMOST EVERYBODY - should be ready to present on Monday unless you have made other arrangements with me
Some advice:
BOOKLET - make sure all components are present
- make sure the editing is PERFECT - USE proof readers!!!

CREATIVE - be sure there is a clear connection to you project
- makes sure you follow all of the conventions of the type of project you have chosen
- make sure it reflects a strong effort!

PRESENTATION - be sure you have rehearsed; it should be smooth/polished
- try to involve the class so this doesn't happen:

- be sure it involves extra A/V elements

- don't read off of sheets - you're the expert! You don't want to look like this.

Use today's class to finish any last minute details, improve your project, or take a partner into the hall to rehearse your presentation.

If you have any questions, ask Mr. F.!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HOW TO DAYS!!!!!!!!

We are in the Labs for a few days to work on our "HOW TO..." Summative project. Use your time well!

Remember you need to
A) Create a "How to.." Booklet with a number of different components.
B) Create a Creative Project that links to your topic.
C) Create a Presentation that shows off/teaches your "How to..." involves creativity and involves the class. Remember, it must include visuals.

Some ideas for using your computer time well:

- Get ideas (WITHOUT PLAGERIZING) from other sites
- Word Process and Format your booklet
- Proofread and Edit
- Find useful images to add to some compontent

Tip: Keep getting your tracking sheet (page #3) signed - and don't lose the package!

Friday, May 15, 2009

HOW TO....Introduction

Your SUMMATIVE project (worth 20% of your mark) is creating a "How to..." project! If you pick something you like, something you're good at and/or something you're interested in, you might even have fun doing this very important project.

Here are some video "How To"s to watch. (If one isn't downloading well, go to the next one and return to the original one later.)

Magic Trick:

Cool Your Pop:

Deal Cards

Stop "Snoozing"

Reduce Tooth Pain

How to Kiss

Choose a Tatoo

TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT: Here is what you need to "Blog" about:

a) Which is you favourite?

b) Why?

c) What tip is the most important?

d) If you were to add a tip to improve the "how to" what would you suggest? (Please add something!)

Not long ago, a student handed in a brilliant "How to" project. It looked like this: Unfortunatley it was PLAGERIZED from the internet. Use the internet to get ideas or cite sources if you use them as a resource, but this project is meant to come from your own knowledge and experience. Choose something you're good at and have fun!!! (Needless to say the afore mentioned student got a zero and failed the course - plagerism is the worst academic crime possible!)

The internet can be a useful tool. If you have an idea, check out some tips here, if you wish. (If they have it.)


When your blog is done, you are free to research your "how to" topic on google, wikipedia or anywhere else you would like on the internet! Try to narrow down your choice soon! Write everything in your own words! Feel free to download any pictures you might find useful in this project.

Monday, May 11, 2009

You now have some time to work on the 4 different sections of this project. Some ideas for using computer time to your advantage:
A - Character - make sure your Facebook page is full of things that apply to your character and what they did in the novel. Please put your own name somewhere obvious.
B - Book Back - word process this so that grammar and spelling are correct. Use some proof readers. Why not get some pictures or quotes and make it look like a REAL book back?
C - Setting - maybe there are some images or headings that you could print off to make your setting work look even better!
D - Themes - word process your list and your 3 paragraphs to be sure they are edited correctly. Again, USE PROOFREADERS!!!

Use you computer time well to get the best marks possible!

Mr. F.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Today you will create a facebook page for your favourite character. Many students will choose Spaz or Lanaya, but Little Face, Ryter, Billy Bizmo, Lotti Getz, and other characters are options as well!

Sign into Facebook by creating a new identity (one of the characters!). You may need a secondary email account to do this.

Before you get too far into building a character, make a FRIEND REQUEST with "Mean Ol' Featherstone" - that's your teacher. The whole class will be linked to this page. You can 'FRIEND' other classmates, as well, of course.

Fill in the FACEBOOK PAGE as if YOU ARE the character. Include pictures, likes, dislikes, etc...maybe links or lists that apply. Explore the platform, but make everything suitable for that character!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



First off, read an Autobiography of our class novel's author, Rodman Philbrick.

1) How old was he when he was first published? How long did this take?

2) What do you think makes him a good writer?

Next, today's blog asks you to find images that fit our class novel. Use an image search site like google image, choose your key words carefully, and select the best pictures possible.

Find an image that fits each of the following. Put them in today's blog.
A) Spaz
B) Ryter
C) Little Face
D) The Proov Girl
E) A Monkey Boy
For each, put a heading. Explain why each picture fits the character.

Done early? EDIT!!! Look at some of your classmates' sites. Make comments. Are you sure that YOU are fully caught up?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009



BEFORE continuing with today's blog, BE SURE that you finished last week's blog. Many didn't, and I will be marking your blogs again very soon (before calculating your midterm mark).

Click on your face to the right under 'followers' to see what I will see when I mark you! BE SURE YOU ARE CAUGHT UP!!! Check the various blog days below or cross check with a neighbour to be sure!

You have researched a topic that is related to the novel (as assigned in class).

1) Type your write up as a new blog entry. Use sentences and paragraphs - proper english language use, please!

2) Edit carefully! Use the spell check. Have others help. You will be marked on this!!!

3) Make the format/layout attractive! Paste in at least one picture that will add to your blog.

Done early? Research the novel, the author, or one of the other topics on the sheet that interests you!

Monday, March 23, 2009


Today we explore a sub-genre of fiction known as Cyberpunk!

Before we begin a) read the 'tips' on the right and b) read 2 NEW classmates' entries and comment upon them.

Read this description of Cyberpunk.

Definition of Cyberpunk
"Cyberpunk" is a sub-genre of Science fiction. It deals with slightly futuristic settings where computers, cybernetics and technology have affected our society. Often these worlds are dark and damaged - sometimes called "Dystopias". The stereotypical cyberpunk novel is positively dripping with chromed artificial limbs, bizarre prostheses used to ill ends, futuristic slang and lingo, crazed artificial intelligences and genetic manipulation run amok. The concept is more subtle than that, however. The underlying aesthetic is often one of going beyond the flesh. Drugs are a prominent feature of many cyberpunk books as are powerful Corperations and government powers, "underground" subcultures, as well as a variety of vices and crimes.

The most famous Cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer by W. Gibson, has a character named Case that "jacks" into the Matrix not just for work, but for liberation from the "meat"--the ability to play unfettered in a purely mental arena, a "consensual hallucination." Similar ideas have been used in the Matrix movies. Bladerunner, Aeon Flux and Total Recall are other examples of cyberpunk influenced movies. There are computer games and Anime that involve this genre, as well. Ideas from this can also be found in our class novel, The Last Book in the Universe.

A) Watch this scene from Bladerunner:

1. List the futuristic things you noticed about this clip.
2. What mood is created? How does the film maker set the mood?

B) Read the "book back" and comments about the novel Neuromancer.

3. What types of things about this book might appeal to you? (Pick 2 or 3.)

C) Find a Cyberpunk Character!

i) Go to and research images. Try words like "cyberpunk, science fiction, cyborg" etc. in your search.

ii) Find a picture of someone you don't recognise (ie. not a movie star) that you like that fits the idea of 'cyberpunk' as discussed above!

iii) Copy the picture into your blog.

4) Write a character description about the 'person' you selected. Some considerations: What is their name? Physical traits/powers? Personality? What do they like to do? Do they have a job? Do they have friends? Enemies? What does their home look like? Hobbies? Favourite food? Music?

5) Edit this CAREFULLY before posting. Have others proofread it!

D) Done early? Look up more Cyberpunk related "stuff" at or or or or through google.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Famous People in Advertising

Famous people, big money, product promotion and your thoughts about these ideas are what you will be exploring today!

Before you start, read at least two blogs that other classmates wrote last week and comment on them. Be nice!

A) Here you will find some pictures (9 pages of them, actually) of celebrity advertisements. Look through them.
i) Which one do you like the most? Why? Would you buy the product?
Paste their advertisement below your answer.
ii) Which one do you like the least? Why?

Watch these celebrities promote a video game:

B) Here is a list of some of the top celebrity endorsements:
Do you think celebrities deserve this kind of money? Why/why not?

C) Read the following article on celebrity endorsements:
i)How much influence do celebrities have over what people buy?
ii) Do you think this is too much or too little?

iii) Michael Phelps, multi-gold medal winning swimmer, has been dropped by Kelloggs after a picture of him smoking an illegal substance was exposed. Do you think this is right? (1 paragraph, min.)

D) i) Copy a picture of the famous person you are studying to your blog.
ii) Copy a picture of a product they might promote. (hint: use google images to find almost any product or person)
iii) Tell us why you chose this product.

Done early? Research your famous person or find images of them that you might use in your project!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Before you start, read the "Tips" in blue to the right and make sure you have everything in order.

Today we are going to look at top 10 lists of famous
(or infamous) people.

A) Here is a list of 50 heroes and 50 villains. Read through it.
Which is your favourite hero? Why?
Which is your favourite villain? Why?

B) Read through this page.
Which scientist do you like the best? Why?
C) Look through and read the comments about who Forbes says are the top actors and actresses today.
Which is your favourite male? Why?
Which is your favourite female? Why?

D) Read through this site:
Which figure is your LEAST favourite? Why?

E) When you have finished writing your blog to this point, stand up and yell, "Chicken lips"!!! If you do this too early, you must walk around the class flapping your wings and sounding like a chicken.

Now that you have written the content of today's blog, edit it!
Watch for things like spelling (, punctuation and capital letter use.
1) Read it over yourself.
2) Call at least 2 classmates over to read it over with you.

Done early? Try the top 10 lists on:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Feb. 20 Blogging

As mentioned in class, you need a jpeg picture of your face to do this one.

1) Download your picture to your desktop for easy access.
2) Sign up for an account at
3) Look through the many different "people" you can put your face on. Choose one that you want to use.
4) Click on it and follow the instructions. Manipulate your face to make it match the "hole".
5) Save it on your account - then you can save it to your desk top.
6) Put the picture on today's blog. (If you wish to permanently save any pictures, save them to your G drive).
7) Write an entry under your picture. You may want to address such topics as
- Why did you choose that picture?
- How did it turn out, in your opinion?
- What do you think about the famous person you have used?
- Did you have fun creating your picture?

You may use this new picture as your profile picture, if you like (especially if you don't have one yet).

Done early? Look at some other blogs and comment if you wish, or try another "face in hole"!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Is This Romance?

<---- A "Toilet for Two"?

Hi there, folks, and welcome back to blogging. Here are today's tasks:

1) Please sign up to be a "Follower" of this blog. That way your class mates can explore your blog.

2) Read AT LEAST 2 other blogs from 2 or more of your classmates. Please comment on at least 2 of them!

Follow this link and read quotes about Valentine's Day. Choose one you like and
a) copy it onto your Blog
b) tell us why you like it/why you chose it

4) Check out and read the article at
What do you think is the best gift to recieve for Valentine's day? Why?
What is the worst gift you have ever heard of for Valentine's day? Tell us the story.
(post your ideas on this/answers on your blog)

5) a) What would be the ideal Valentine's Day for you with a partner?
b) What would be the ideal Valentine's Day for you if you were single?

If you finish this, here are some fun activities:
Look up "worst Valentine's gifts" on a search engine.
Look up "history Valentine's day" on a search engine.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Your first Friday Blogday

The first Friday of the course - you made it through a whole week!

Your task today is to create your own blogger profile and set up your first blog. Play around with the site, fill in your profile, check out other blogs on the net, etc.

When you have a basic first blog, respond to this one by hitting "comments" and include the http of your blog. It will be included on a list for the class to see and check out.

If you have extra time, look at blogs on the net that deal with subjects you are interested. Use an internet search site and plug in the word "blog" and key words that interest you, such as a band name, topic, famous person, etc.

Happy Friday Blogday!

Mr. F.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Welcome to our class BLOG!

Greetings and welcome to our class BLOG!

This is an experiment we will be attempting to allow you to write, reflect and respond to a variety of activities during the course. Feel free to write your ideas and opinions here, but remember that anyone can see what you write; be a responsible blogger!

Happy blogging, and I hope you enjoy this new activity!

Mr. D. Featherstone