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Monday, January 7

January 7, 2013

Argument: Final today. Because of Keystones, we had to revise the presentation schedule, which is as follows:


1. Fox
2. Barber
3. Eichenlaub
4. Emanuel
5. McClintock
6. Patterson

Everyone else will present on Monday, Jan. 14.

Bookbinding: Today you worked on your Belgian bindings and final projects. They are due one week from today. Those of you that have Keystones: don’t forget, today was basically your last class and it remains your responsibility to get the work done. See me immediately if you need something and will not be in class…

Act One: Today we worked on a soliloquy prompt — I gave out three scenarios, and you had to come up with a soliloquy for one of them.

You now have (or should have) two soliloquies to choose from: the one you turned in last Friday, which I returned, and the one you did today. You are going to choose one of these soliloquies and build around it your final one-act — which will be due, typewritten and properly formatted in SAF — on Monday, Jan. 14.

We also read the Chekhov one-act “The Reluctant Tragedian,” which includes a great example of a monologue. See me if you weren’t here to get a copy. And we watched this short clip about Chekhov’s life:

Remember: Wednesday is a day to work on your final one-act — be ready to work. Friday we’ll review for the final, which will be on Monday the 14th.

BatCat Press: Today you got sheets that list all of the submissions. Fill them out. Let me repeat that: read the submissions, fill out the sheet. For your convenience, there are three ways to read submissions: 1) there are hard copies on my desk. 2) There is a flashdrive labeled “2013 BatCat Finalists” – you can copy these files onto your own computer. 3) Go to It’s password protected. The files are all available there to be read and/or downloaded.

Please remember that these submissions ARE confidential. Don’t let them get away from you, and don’t share them with anyone not in class.

You are expected to read the first 50 pages of each of these submissions (whether you like it or not). If you say “yes” to publishing a submission, you are obligated to read the entire manuscript. Once we have the finalist pool whittled down to just a few, everyone will have to read all of the complete manuscripts. Basically, if you like something and are willing to fight for it, read the complete work.

Stephen King: Today we juggled the schedule because of Keystones. Revised schedule as follows:

1. Everyone should have turned in their notecard final today. If you didn’t, yours is late. Wednesday is the last day to turn it in.
2. Everyone will be presenting on Wednesday.
3. I gave out a new packet of stories from our class. (See me if you On Wednesday, everyone’s response to one of these stories is due. The guidelines are on one of last week’s entries on the blog.
4. Wednesday, we will have all the remaining presentations. Then we will review for the final, which will now be held on Monday, Jan. 14. If there’s any time left, we’ll begin reviewing the stories.
5. We’ll spend Monday, after the final, reviewing the stories.

Survey: Fiction: Today you got your final assignment, which is standing in for a final exam (so take it seriously). The packet of work was handed out (come see me for a copy if you were absent), and the questions can be found here: Fiction 1.7.13 – Final Assignment. This is due one week from today (January 14, the last day of the semester).

Don’t forget to bring in your textbooks! Also, if you didn’t give me you final story assignment yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Seventh Grade Today we turned our attention to poetry. Each of you chose a poem from a packet I gave you, and answered the following questions about it in your notebook:

1. Why you chose it — what it was you liked about it.
2. What your interpretation of the poem was.
3. Who the speaker seemed to be, and why they were speaking to us?

We reviewed our answers aloud. Then I gave you your assignment for next week:

1. Pick a poem. It can be any poem, but I want it to be by a published, professional poet.
2. Answer the same three questions above about this poem — why you chose it, what your interpretation of it is, and who the speaker seems to be and why they are talking to us?
3. Have a copy of the poem, and your written (hand- or typewritten) response ready to turn in and discuss next week. I expect this to be done, and done well — we haven’t had a lot of homework, so missing an assignment is going to affect your grade!

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