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Hamlet: After Act 1

Consider Hamlet’s second soliloquy from Act 1, Scene 5, “O all you host of heaven! O earth! what else?” to “I have sworn ‘t.” Describe Hamlet. Add a link to your post to the discussion page in the STJ Forums … Continue reading

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Inserting A Gallery into a Post

I have a small peeve with the default behaviour of a gallery. It takes a few clicks to see an image in its original size. So I offer the following tips. 1. Add link=”file” to your gallery short code. 2. … Continue reading

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Thomas D’Arcy McGee

Write a post about Thomas D’Arcy McGee and his contribution to the establishment of public Catholic schools. ©2013 Mr. D. Sader | snowflakes | All Rights Reserved . Original post by Mr. D. Sader

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Go Stubbornly Forward

Sometimes you experience a time when what you planned takes an unexpected turn, ending in a rude awakening. Other times you may go stubbornly forward with plans which have every indication of not working out, but you are certain that … Continue reading

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Symbolize the Past Three Weeks

Think of your own image or symbol for the past three weeks of your life (sunshine, darkness, fire, water). With a group of classmates, make a composite list of of your images/symbols. List the themes suggested by these images/symbols. ©2013 … Continue reading

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There’s Daggers In Men’s Smiles

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles” is a situation which may have had meaning for you in the past, with the accompanying feeling of unease. Write an interpretation of the statement based on your personal experience. Your interpretation can be expressed … Continue reading

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Write a Soliloquy

You have to make a decision about something, or you are thinking through a problem. You are alone, thinking about your decision or problem. You are trying to decide what to do to solve your problem. Present your thoughts as … Continue reading

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Birthday or Valentine’s Card

Write a description of a friend, using similes, to make his/her qualities clear. Include the description in a birthday or Valentine’s card for the person. ©2013 Mr. D. Sader | snowflakes | All Rights Reserved . Original post by Mr. … Continue reading

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A Prediction Came True

In a letter to a friend, write about a time that you were eager to see whether or not a prediction came true. Perhaps you had read your horoscope, or had your fortune told. Report your feelings of expectations or … Continue reading

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Relationship with a Hypocrite

You have noticed an acquaintance or a family member acting hypocritically, saying or pretending to believe one way but behaving the opposite. Identify your feelings, and decide what you want to do about your relationship with that person. In  a … Continue reading

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Advice to a Panicky Friend

One of your friends has shared some of his/her problems with you. Your friend wants advice on how to handle these difficulties because things seem to be going from bad to worse. In fact, your friend is becoming panicky. Write … Continue reading

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A Dark Time

Each of us probably has experienced a “dark” time in our lives when events or relationships were not going well. In a post, identify that dark period and comment on your feelings (ie. depression, frustration). ©2013 Mr. D. Sader | … Continue reading

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Basic Existentialism, Absurdism, Nihilsm

Basic existentialism, absurdism, nihilism   Absurdism In absurdist philosophy, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning(Existentialist) and the meaninglessness(Nihilist) of the universe. As beings looking for meaning in a meaningless world, humans have … Continue reading

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Alternative Approach

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 … Continue reading

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A Modest Parody

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 … Continue reading

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