Homework : Travis Shilling

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“Travis Shilling’s paintings tell a story. A filmmaker and playwright, Travis’ work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. Travis’ recent paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape.”

Travis Shilling paintings

Travis Shilling blog

How does Shilling tell a story? Choose any one of Travis Shilling’s paintings from the gallery or blog links above. Can you imagine a narrative for this painting?

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Homework 15

Course Assessment

What did you learn in this course? In what ways did you create the best conditions for your learning? In what ways did you contribute to a positive learning environment for the group? What strengths did you build on? How did you challenge yourself? Did you ask for any needed help? What most helped you learn? What could the teacher do to help you learn more and develop your English (reading, writing, analytical, creative, expressive) skills? What challenges would you like to take on next term? What do you hope to learn/explore/do/read/write next term?

This should be at least a full page, written in full sentences and paragraphs, and demonstrating thoughtful reflection. You can hand it in on paper at our last class on Thursday or send by MIO.

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Storytelling Project: Drama Analysis

Listen to, watch, and/or read and analyze a play by an Indigenous writer, either The Rez Sisters or another of your choice.

  • How does this play incorporate traditional elements or teachings?
  • What aspects of contemporary Indigenous society does this play present?
  • Does this play articulate a conflict between Indigenous and colonial societies?
  • How does this play relate to your own life?

250 – 300 words. Due December 9 through MIO.

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Homework 14: The Rez Sisters

Write yourself in! Imagine yourself as another character in Tomson Highway’s play. Rewrite a brief scene with yourself interacting with one of the actual characters. Perhaps you are one of Annie Cook’s cousins stopping by, or you’re a customer at the store where Emily Dictionary works, or a passerby helping with the flat tire. Write it in the same dramatic format as the play. Let your imagine have fun!

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Stories for next term

It is time for me to plan next term’s syllabus and place the book orders. I am considering two parts for the term, divided by March Break:

Indigenous Gothic

“Queen of the North,” Eden Robinson (novella)

Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson (novel)

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby (film)

Indigenous Identities

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Tomson Highway (companion play to The Rez Sisters)

Islands of Decolonial Love, Leanne Simpson (story and song selections)

Samian, Tanya Tagaq, A Tribe Called Red, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Skawennati, Travis Shilling, etc. (selected songs, videos, games, art, etc.)

The Business of Fancydancing, Sherman Alexie (film)

Mohawk Girls, Tracey Deer (film/TV series)

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Storytelling Project 20%

Genre Analysis Study Questions (5%)

Short Fiction

Analyze a short story by an Indigenous writer, either one we have read in class or another of your choice that has been approved by the teacher. Make sure you address these questions:

  • How does this story incorporate traditional elements or teachings?
  • What aspect of contemporary Indigenous society does this story present?
  • Does this story articulate a conflict between Indinous and colonial societies?
  • How does this story relate to your own life?

Poetry

Listen to and/or read and analyze a poem by an Indigenous writer.

  • How does this poem incorporate traditional elements or teachings?
  • What aspect of contemporary Indigenous society does this poem present?
  • Does this poem articulate a conflict between Indigenous and colonial societies?
  • How does this poem relate to your own life?

Drama

Listen to, watch, and/or read and analyze a play by an Indigenous writer.

  • How does this play incorporate traditional elements or teachings?
  • What aspects of contemporary Indigenous society does this play present?
  • Does this play articulate a conflict between Indigenou and colonial societies?
  • How does this play relate to your own life?

Personal Story (10%)

Written Draft 5%

Write own personal story on the theme of learning, whether formal schooling, traditional learning, or learning in some other way. Write in first person, with yourself as the protagonist. You are encouraged to include descriptive detail for setting and characterization, and to consider narrative structure. You might also consider using traditional elements or themes if appropriate. This first draft should be 500-750 words, typed and handed in on paper on Monday, November 14 (final deadline) at the start of class. It is worth 5%.

Genre Draft 5%

The second draft of this story can be told in any genre or medium: as spoken word performance, a personal essay, a blog, a comic strip, short story, etc. You are welcome to discuss the possibilities with the teacher. This is due on Thursday, December 1 and is worth another 5%.

Self-Assessment in Reflective Writing (5%)

In a balanced way, reflect critically and honestly on the work you have done on this project. How have you challenged yourself? How have you incorporated what you have learned about literature in your own writing? Have you learned something about how, when, where, and why you learn?

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Poetry Essay Assignment 20%

Pre-Writing 5%

THEME:

  1. Do a full page of think-writing about what this poem means and what the poet’s deepest message is. This should take 10 – 15 minutes only.
  2. Write your idea of the poem’s theme in a complete sentence across the top of a blank page.

POETIC DEVICES:

  1. Beneath the theme make a list of all the poetic devices used in the poem. Try to find imagery, figurative devices, sound patterns, and structural elements.
  2. Find examples of these in the poem and note them clearly on your list.
  3. Highlight the ones that most support the theme.

OUTLINE:

  1. Prepare an essay outline, choosing the best three main points from your list.
  2. Write an introduction, following the guidelines in Basic Essay Structure.
  3. Make sure you have a clear and correctly formulated thesis statement at the end of the introduction.

Grading:

  • 5 marks: think-writing and theme
  • 5 marks: brainstorm list and outline
  • 5 marks: introduction with thesis statement

Complete Draft 5%

Once your outline and introduction have been approved, you will write your complete five-paragraph essay of 750 words, using the essay-checklist handout as a guideline.

You must make sure you can check each item on the essay checklist and submit it with your essay. The essay with the completed checklist is due on Monday, November 28.

Final Draft 5%

Once you have seen me to go over your essay draft, you will write your final draft. This must be typed, double-spaced, in MLA format (guidelines here: e1-0-mla-term-paper-format-1) and submitted without a cover page. Due Monday, December 5, at the beginning of class.

Self-Assessment 5%

Write a reflective self-assessment of your essay process. Be sure to note both strengths and challenges. What was easy for you? What did you already know? What have you learned about analyzing poetry? What did you learn from the checklist and blog notes about essay structure? What did you learn from your individual meetings with the teacher? Did you work hard enough to be proud of the work you submitted? Due Thursday, December 8, our final class.

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