Friday, January 29, 2016


Whether we’re born rich or poor, our lives are shaped by our unconscious beliefs about money. What are your ‘money scripts’, and what do they reveal about your attitude to earning, spending, saving and borrowing? The Guardian
Take the test, do your research and determine where you stand; then write your essay. Remember: your objective is to prove that your standpoint is the correct one.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  
Take the test
The major arguments for and against
·         Does money bring happiness?
Reading material to make notes on:
·         The 3 reasons money brings satisfaction but not happiness
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         How to buy happiness  
·         Can money buy happiness?

·         Can money buy happiness?

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Conartists have always existed.  Do your research and write about what kinds of people they are, the tricks they use, who they target and why, and why they succeed. In your conclusion suggest ways in which people can protect themselves. While doing your research, you will learn about famous conmen. You will need to draw conclusions, discover similarities and generalize. When writing your essay, state what generalizations you can make and also provide examples.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  
Reading material to make notes on
·         The conman who pulled off history’s most audacious scam
·         The best and worst ways to spot a liar
·         The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion
·         How con artists trick your mind
Documentary to watch:

Film to watch

·         The Great Pretender


Was George Eugene Haussman the greatest architect of all time or is he to blame? Do your research and decide to what extent Napoleon is to be applauded for giving him free rein in his architectural endevours.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Reading material to make notes on
·         The man who created Paris
·         Haussman and new Paris  Click the ribbon on the right to access details of the changes Haussman made
Reading material and accompanying audio to make notes on:
·         George Eugene Haussman
Videos to make notes on:

·         George Eugene Haussman’s urban renewal of Paris

Friday, January 22, 2016


Do you trust that the water you drink is as safe to drink as your water board claims? Water either looks ‘clean’ and is therefore ‘clean’ or looks murky and is not; right? Wrong! Many of the worst toxins are colorless and odorless. The added bonus: they not only destroy the quality of life or life of one generation, but the next one as well so think again. What happened in Flint Michigan is a cautionary tale that could be happening where you are living too. Do your research and tell the story. Remember to also discuss the effects of the specific toxin at issue, implications for the future and who is to blame.

Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  

Note to the student: you will find it necessary to use the past forms of modals, conditional structures, narrative structures while writing your essay. You will also have to think back to process descriptions  
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         22 Powerful photos show the devastating reality of Flint’s water
Find out about lead poisoning:
· Follow the arrows to read about the symptoms, effects and the treatment.
The tragedy of Flint: watch the video
·         Undrinkable the Flint water emergency
Reading material to make notes on
·         Who’s responsible for poisoning Flint’s water supply?
·         Flint’s high lead levels have doctors struggling for answers 
Videos to watch and make notes on
·         The effects of Flint’s lead poisoning disaster
·         Gov Snyder should be arrested

·         Lead poisoning causes violent crime

Thursday, January 7, 2016


In a wonderful series of drawings comparing and contrasting Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, Stuart McMillen highlights some of the most important problems facing human society today. Study the drawings and decide who has it right then write an essay in which you defend your stand point.

Note to the student: this task is very deceptive and is , in fact, a lot harder than it may seem so be careful
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work

“In some countries the idea of paternity leave - when a father takes time off work to stay at home with a new child - has yet to take hold. In Sweden, which has been encouraging fathers to take paternity leave since 1974, there is now a new incentive for them to spend a full three months at home.

There is a tired old cliché that women make much better parents and should stay home to look after the kids. Sweden has a completely different approach to the topic. Read the BBC article and write a response or reaction essay. If you don’t remember how to write such essays, check out the examples on this blog