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Tuesday, March 5

March 5, 2013

Poetry Workshop: Today: Johnson, Holness and Fox.

Next rotation poems are due on the blog by next Friday, March 8 at the start of school. The new rotation will begin the following Tuesday. However, we’ll begin with Miss Jones’s second rotation poem on Tuesday. Please have your annotations and comments then.

Fiction Workshop:

World Lit: Today we talked about the story “The Revolutionist.” Our discussion centered on the protagonist Gabriel Anderson, a teacher who goes through quite a transformation over the course of this story — from innocent, scared bystander to true believer. It’s a transformation that would have spoken deeply to Russian readers, who went through the cycle of failed revolution/crackdown/failed revolution several times during the 19th/early 20th century. And it would have spoken even more deeply to people a couple of years after this story was published (1915), when the communist revolution finally toppled the czars.

Then we watched this version of the Anton Chekhov play “The Proposal”:

and I gave out copies of the script (which is a little different). I’ll have another Chekhov play to give you to read for next Tuesday (no class Thursday because of AWP).

Daily Prompt:

Film Studies:

Survey: Creative Nonfiction: Today I gave back the notecards with your opinion essay ideas/moments. We’ll work on these opinion essays in class on Friday. Please bring your cards, as well as any research you might need to help back up your opinion. (Doesn’t necessarily have to be straight factual research, either — to use the example we gave in class, if you’re writing about why you think people should wear more clothes, you could talk to your parents to get their take on how things used to be.)

Then we listened to this segment from NPR about Mike Daisey, and why it’s important to tell the truth.

It boils down to this. There are two parts to nonfiction, as you well know already. If you don’t have good enough moments, then the riff has to carry the weight. Mike Daisey didn’t trust his moments, so he made some up. Don’t.

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