Podcast: Episode 2 – Wealthy

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You are going to write an account of your life, or the life of someone else in your learning area. If you are writing about another person, you MUST have their permission and cooperation.
• It will be at least 500 words long, and will include complete sentences, lists, headings, and photos.
• It will be written in Standard English, so pay attention to spelling, punctuation, and capital letters.
• It will contain factual information and some opinion
• It will contain material that is appropriate for school.
• You do not have to tell the whole story of your life.
• Concentrate on key experiences and incidents rather than everything.
• You will have at least 150 minutes to complete this piece.
• You can write electronically or on paper.
• Please write with a partner who can give you feedback, encouragement, and suggestions.
If you want inspiration, there are many excellent biographies in our library.

Here is an example that I wrote.
A Practical Guide to Obscurity

You don’t have to read it all, but even skimming it will give you an idea of the format and style of writing.


I have been talking with a few of you about plagiarism, and just now I spotted this article about a US senator who has been caught using other people’s words for his college final paper.

New York Times

For what it’s worth, I wrote this entry all by myself, and it didn’t hurt a bit.

Tuesday: Warm Up

__, __, 58, __, __
Write an equation where x=58
Write a true or untrue equation that equals 58. Ask you friend to prove or disprove it.
One dictionary word where the letters add to fifty eight
Find the square root of 58. Can use calculators or phone.
2x=58. What does x equal?

True Grit – Longer Review


The Hollywood western is one of the oldest genres in motion pictures, starting in 1903 with The Great Train Robbery, and some notable names from the real cowboy days appeared in early films. From time to time, there is a resurgence of the classic Western but, even in lean times on computer animation and broad man-child comedies, new classics appear, such as the 2010 film True Grit.

The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, bring us a new take on the 60s novel True Grit, which claims to be based on this novel, and rather than on the 1969 hit for the aging John Wayne. In all its forms, this story is a classic western revenge tale: Mattie Ross, a tenacious and strong-willed teenager, ventures into the wilderness with drunkard US marshal Rooster Cogburn – a man with “true grit” and a foolish Texas Ranger- played with comic aplomb by Matt Damon – to avenge her father.

Damon, Bridges and Hatfield drawn through laconic bone-dry humour in this spare but memorable script. Matt Ross is alternately tough as nails and childlike, while Cogburns stumbled and grunts between drunkenness and drunken kindness. Although Damon as LaBoeuf is largely there for comic relief, he rounds out this unlikely trio. This dusty film mixes the laconic with the memorable as the actors drawl their hyper-formalised lines from this gem of a script.

If you’re ready for a break from giant robots and man-children, this gritty and playful film will make you hold your breath waiting for the next wave of quality westerns.

4 stars.

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Short Review: True Grit

True Grit, directed by iconic and idiosyncratic Joel and Ethan Coen, is traditional Western in many ways, complete with plenty of guns, cowboys and a kind of honour. Mattie Ross, a self-serious teenager, teams up with Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a drunken marshall, to catch and punish her father’s killer. This film is more playful than it sounds, but it for adults, unlike the cleaner and sunnier 1969 film of the same name.

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