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Gilbert’s Symbols and Motifs

11 Feb

Image: ‘Time Jumper’

It’s great to see you all steadily working through the challenges of the symbols and motif’s task. Here’s a few things for you to consider while you edit your work:


  • Using strong paragraph structure will also help you to develop your ideas. Remember: introduce the point, give an example, then explain it.
  • Your example will consist of paraphrasing a scene from the film. Use a couple of sentences to describe what you see. If you need to, go back and watch the scene. See Mr. Tangey to do this.
  • Your explanation should show what the symbol represents. What is the director trying to suggest by using a water tower, burning the house or using so much food?


  • Vary your sentence length. Key ideas should come in short sentences. Description should use longer sentences. 
  • A common error that many of you are making is the comma splice. Read or listen to my favourite grammarian teach you how to avoid this persistent error.
  • Re-read your work. OUT LOUD!

Keeping these few tips in mind will make a big difference to your writing.

A little background on Gilbert

14 Jan

Image: ‘Are you ready???’

Use on-line sources to find information on the following. Use academic definitions, but make sure you understand them.

  1. What is a euphemism? Give at least two examples:
  2. Define intellectual disability and mental retardation. 
  3. Name at least two euphemisms for mental retardation.
  4. What has happened to these terms in relation to euphemism.
  5.  List a few of the signs and symptoms of “mental retardation”
  6. Define obesity:
  7. What is “binge eating disorder”? What are some of the symptoms and speculated causes?
  8. What does it mean to be “morbidly obese”?
  9. Name at least two euphemisms for obesity:
  10. Using Wikipedia, write an academic definition of “embarrassment.”
  11. Think about a time when you were extremely embarrassed. Without explaining the incident, thoroughly explain how it FELT:
  12. What is a dysfunctional family?
  13. What are some of the causes, features and characteristics of members of a dysfunctional family?
  14. EXTENSION: What are the equity issues associated with living in the countryside? Consider: wages, career, access to social services etc.

Mental Disability

22 Nov

Now that you have completed your research skim through the notes and make links between the research and the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Organise your thoughts under the following headings:

1. Links to the film…

2. I found interesting/didn’t know about…

3. I have had experience with…

You can view your collective research here.

Upload your work

Once you are done you can upload your work here…

  1. Name your file before uploading: EngAM3 – <Task Name> – <Your Name> (without the crocodiles, of course). This task can be called Mental Disability Reading so your file would look like this: EngAM3 – Mental Disability Reading – Sean Tangey.doc
  2. Click the link above
  3. Enter the password (englishaspie – easy to remember huh?)
  4. Hit “browse” and find your file
  5. Click “upload” and you are done – homework turned in!

Throughout history, the terms used for mental disability have changed drastically. Today, doctors have identified differences between terms commonly thought to mean the same thing. Identify what each of the following means and how it is different from the other terms.
1) Mental retardation-

2) Intellectual disability-

3) Developmental disability-

4) Developmental delay-

Use the Wikipedia page on “Intellectual disability” (and links from it) to answer the following questions.
5) What is an “intelligence quotient”?

6) List a few of the signs and symptoms of “mental retardation”

Read the section on that page called “History of the Condition” to answer the following
7) During The Englightenment (the 1700’s), how were the intellectually disabled treated?

8) During the Renaissance (1300’s to 1600’s)?

9) What changes occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries (1700’s and 1800’s)?

10) What changes occurred in the 1950’s and 1960’sin the U.S. and other countries?

Use the Wikipedia page on “Eating Disorders” (and links from it) to answer the following.
11) What is an eating disorder?

12) What is “binge eating disorder”?

13) What are some symptoms of binge eating disorder?

14) What are some of the speculated causes of eating disorders?

15) At the bottom of that Wikipage, under “External Links,” open BBC Headroom. Go to the section on “Overeating” and watch the video titled “Overeating.” Write a brief comment about its purpose.

Shots and Their Purpose

15 Nov

There are a whole range of camera angles and techniques that directors commonly use. Each of these shots has a common purpose that they are commonly employed for.


Look at the 5 snapshots from The Wrong Trousers. Name:

1. The type of shot and,

2. the purpose of the shot (what is the shot used to show?)


Type of shot and purpose

High Angle Shot – to see how high they are above the ground and allow you to see the penguin (Feathers McGraw) riding Wallace

Dutch Tilt – Disorientation; creates a feeling of nausea or vertigo given that Wallace is so high. May also add some depth to the shot.

Wide Shot – Shows the subject in the environment

Now do the same for the following five snapshots (don’t do the last example again; I can’t remove it from this gallery is all…)

Shots 1 – 5 (click on the thumbnails to see a larger image)