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Thursday, August 23

August 23, 2012
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CNF Workshop: WordPress tutorial with Ms. Mulye, then we adjourned to the Cafe for a review of the syllabus and course guidelines. Besides the syllabus, I gave out a set of commenting guidelines, and a packet of three essays, which I would like have you read by next Thursday.

Plan on having class in the cafe until further notice. And plan on writing on Tuesday!

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we went over the syllabus and set our first rotation, which will follow this paragraph. For Tuesday, please read, annotate, and comment on the anonymous short screenplay handed out in class. You will be graded for completion, so please do the best you can.

Links: Screenwriting – Comment Guidelines 2012, Screenwriting – Handbook 2012, Screenwriting Syllabus

First Rotation Schedule:
Due Wednesday, Aug. 29: Zack, Sydni (to be workshopped on Tuesday, Sept. 4)
Due Wednesday, Sept. 5: Ashley, Rosemary (to be workshopped Tuesday, Sept. 11)
Due Monday, Sept. 10: Kat, Autumn (to be workshopped Thursday, Sept. 13)
Due Wednesday, Sept. 12: Sydney, Alyx (to be workshopped Tuesday, Sept. 18)
Due Monday, Sept. 17: Bethany, Savanna (to be workshopped Thursday, Sept. 20)

The Siren: Again, class in the Cafe (until further notice). Today we were interrupted for a while, for which I apologize, but we did get go over the syllabus and recap the seven reasons that make something worth reporting about:

1. Impact (how many people does it affect, and how does it affect them?)
2. Immediacy (when is it happening?)
3. Proximity (how close it it, geographically?)
4. Prominence (are well-known people involved?)
5. Novelty (has it ever happened before?)
6. Conflict (is someone fighting? is there a controversy?)
7. Emotions (does it make you go awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww? does it fill you with rage? sorrow? etc.)

We ran through a list of imaginary LP stories and had you identify which of the seven categories they fell into. Expect more of the same, soon.

Tuesday we’ll get into more of the nuts and bolts of this year’s paper — who’s doing what, and how often.

In The Style Of: Today we went over the syllabus and you received a handout of T.S. Eliot’s cat poems. Your assignment for Tuesday:
1. Read the poems and make some observations. Write these observations down – they will be collected and discussed in class.
2. Write a poem mimicking the style of one (or all) of these poems. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about cats, but the style (as you define it) should be as close to Eliot’s as you can get it. Be ready to share and explain what you did and why you did it.

Reading for Writers: Today we went over the syllabus. Please get your permission slips signed as soon as possible so that we can launch into the book! 🙂

Survey: Poetry: Today was mostly informational. We talked about submissions and good sites to visit to get more information.

I also gave out:

1. The blanket waiver form for all Literary Arts classes. Please get it signed and returned for all the relevant classes (for all of you, Survey Fiction; for some of you, Stephen King and Reading for Writers) ASAP.

2. The course syllabus.

3. The textbook, Three Genres. (Sorry if you got a rough-looking copy — this is the last roundup for some of these guys.)

Please read Chapter 2 for Tuesday. It’s mostly a collection of poems, so I think it makes for pretty easy reading.

Please remember: you’ll have Survey Fiction on Mondays and Fridays. You’ll have Survey Poetry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And you’ll have Mrs. Kennedy for Mythology on Wednesdays.

7th Grade: Please look for your copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you can’t find one, no problem, we’ll get you one. It would be great if you could bring them to class on Monday!

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