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Responding to reading:
news report

Using Questions to analyze literature is a great way to use our prior knowledge and interests to help us understand and explore a work.

Use the TDSB Student Research Guide (see table of contents for Questioning)
  1. Go to
  2. On the right panel, click on the Green Research Guide link researchguide.png
  3. Enter the password to open the PDF - consider saving to your phone! All library passwords are in the library section at the front of your agenda (2016: p23-24).



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Reading Strategies
"A good reader makes a good writer."

News Reports

► Analyze samples from Toronto Star, Globe and Mail

Tips on writing a News Report (The lead is the W5H opening paragraph). Focus on an conflict-rich, event-based part of the story studied in class (e.g., Hermia's Rebellion, Montague vs. Capulet: a Civil Brawl)




Play Review materials:
Writing a Review (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Play Review instruction: add lighting, costume, set design
Macbeth plot summary

Merchant of Venice at Stratford Review
► Look at articles with "review" in title: Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post

Drama E-Texts:

Reading Supports and Strategies:

#1. Review what you know about Shakespeare and English in Elizabethan times.

#2. Watch the film version. Shakepeare's plays are meant to be appreciated on stage. Seeing the characters come to life helps to understand both the surface meaning (plot, setting, character development), but also the subtleties of

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E-texts of Poetry Online

Poetry Research and Project Skills
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Poetic Devices in depth

Schools of Literary Criticism


Essay Analysis