Morning, Monday!

First of,
WOW- What a great job you guys did in getting your assignments done and starting your WordPress!
Unbelievable. We still have a few to get things in- Hustle. Expect your work back this week!
Lets get those marked and back.

Today,
English 20:

What is irony?
(from: dailywritingtips.com)
Recently I was walking and talking with my co-worker, who happens to be a freelance writer and aspiring journalist. We were talking about the fact that our employers were providing us with a Thanksgiving lunch the day after Thanksgiving, and she said, “It’s so ironic!’’ – all emphasis and drawing-out of syllables possible used on the last word.

This is a smart girl I’m talking about. She’s a college graduate and has done her fair share of writing and reporting. And even so, she doesn’t know the definition of irony.

Merriam-Webster defines irony as:
1: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony

2: a) the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
b) a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony
c) an ironic expression or utterance

3: a) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result; an event or result marked by such incongruity
b) incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony, tragic irony

A simple way of putting it is that irony usually signals a difference between the appearance of things and reality. For instance, here is how Wikipedia defines it: “Ironic statements (verbal irony) often convey a meaning exactly opposite from their literal meaning. In ironic situations (situational irony), actions often have an effect exactly opposite from what is intended.”

Confusion is such that there is even a website, IsItIronic.com, where you can post your own question about whether or not something is ironic. Readers will cast their own vote – you can see the percentages of the votes – and the website will provide the final yes or no verdict.

“Ironic”
An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well isn’t this nice…”
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out.

DIRECT EXAMPLES
Lazy- gym teacher.
Dog- named cat.
If a tomatoe costs more than the ketchup.

NOTE: Text messaging week- Oh The Places You Go!
College humor

“Cat’s In the Cradle”- Harry Chaplin

“Hometown”-Bruce Springsteen

Assignment:
In light of the current English unit of Looking Back… Your assignment is to find a song YOU RELATE YOU.
Not one you just like the beat to or is sung by your favourite artist.
You will have ONE week to find this song and embed a YOUTUBE video of it to your WordPress.
You will not be marked on the SONG you chose.
You will be marked on the BLOG post/free write you will later right about how it applies to you and why it is important in life to have- words to live by, songs you relate to, personal mission statements and so on.

Social Studies 20:
Continue on with humans rights issues.
Discussion of latest assignment.
WHAT BLEW YOUR MIND?

Today,
Together we will read through the following questions to refresh.

What is the first human rights declaration adopted by the United Nations?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document.

When was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted?
10 December 1948.

Where was the Universal Declaration adopted?
At the Palais de Chaillot, in Paris, France.

Who were the key contributors to the drafting of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Eleanor Roosevelt (United States of America), René Cassin (France), Charles Malik (Lebanon), Peng Chun Chang (China), Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), Alexandre Bogomolov/Alexei Pavlov, (Soviet Union), Lord Dukeston/Geoffrey Wilson (United Kingdom) William Hodgson (Australia), and John Humphrey (Canada).

How many articles does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contain?
30.

When is Human Rights Day observed?
10 December each year.

What is the International Bill of Human Rights?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, together with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

How many countries are members of the Commission on Human Rights?
53 countries, representing all regions of the world.

Where does the United Nations Commission on Human Rights meet and for how long?
In Geneva for six weeks each year.

How many women have chaired the annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights since its first meeting in 1947? Who are they?
Three. Eleanor Roosevelt (USA), Princess Ashraf Pahlavi (Iran) and Purificación Quisumbing (Philippines).

Which human rights bodies can hear individual complaints of human rights violations?
The Human Rights Committee that monitors the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the Committee on Torture.

How many human rights treaty bodies are there?
Six treaty bodies. Each treaty body monitors how countries implement a specific human rights treaty.

What are the six international human rights treaties monitored by the treaty bodies?
The Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Which mechanisms were devised by the United Nations to monitor human rights
violations?
Conventional mechanisms (treaty bodies to monitor compliance of States parties to Conventions) and extra-conventional mechanisms (Special Rapporteurs, working groups and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General).

What are special rapporteurs and what do they do?
Special rapporteurs are experts appointed by the Commission on Human Rights. They examine, monitor and publicly report on human rights situations and compliance of States with the various international human rights instruments.

To whom does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply?
To each individual, regardless of gender, race, religion or cultural background.

Why is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights important to you?
Because it protects and promotes your individual rights.

LESSON TODAY:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Introduction
“I Have a Dream” -handout and assignment

CC; Mike Licht Photo

Media Studies 20:
Finish CATFISH!
Discussion on online safety and smarts.
WORDPRESS development day and FIRST Blog Entry.
Pages on your Blog should be:
Resume- and one for each class.

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