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Tuesday, April 23

April 23, 2013

Poetry Workshop: Today: Holness and Fox. Thursday: Jones and Kline.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Liam and Zack. Shannon’s story was handed out for Thursday; Sami was also due but her story won’t be available till tonight (hopefully), so please see me to get a hard copy tomorrow.

World Lit: Today we heard your responses to the Baudelaire poems you chose from the book. Surprise, surprise: most of them seemed to line up with a particular theme — his troubled relationships with women. (When we say this, we’re talking in particular about his mother and his mistress, Jeanne Duval.)

The poems we heard today were “Thee I Adore”; “Altogether”; “With Her Vestments Iridescent”; “Allegory”; “The Serpent That Dances”; and “Love and the Skull.”

The vocab words were:

caress(es) — to touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
vacillating — to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
implacable — not placable : not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated
bohemian — a : vagabond, wanderer; especially : gypsy
b : a person (as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others

For Thursday: choose any Baudelaire poem. (Not any of the ones we heard today, and not one of the prose poems.) Go to and compare the translation in your book with one or more of the alternate translations offered. Write a short response comparing the two, focusing on differences in diction, syntax, rhyme structure, etc. and how they affect the meaning of the poem.

Daily Prompt: Notebooks were checked today, and we will do an activity on Thursday, as usual. 4 new entries due next week and the grading will once again be stiff since you had so much time to work.

Film Studies: Today we began watching The Blues Brothers. It will continue Thursday.

Survey: CNF: Today we tried to create titles for each of the sections of the Susan Orlean essay “The American Man, Age Ten.” We did this to highlight a point worth considering as you write your essay about Mr. Enochs: transitions between sections can be difficult. One way around this is to break your material up into sections, divided with asterisks or just spaces. (But remember: it’s best to end each section with a quote or some sort of definitive conclusion.)

That was one of five points we covered. The others were:

2. This is not an essay about facts — I can get those anywhere. This is about a story. What is the story you want to tell about Mr. Enochs? There are quite a few options. Is it a story about a guy whom not everyone knows? Is it a story about a guy who had to make a difficult and painful choice? Is it a story about a guy who has traveled the world and played professional sports at a level most people could never dream of, but who has traded all that for a more regular, family life? When you choose a story to focus on, that will help you decide what material you need and what material you can ignore.
(BTW, facts are still important in this essay — it’s just that you have to go beyond them.)
3. Should you (or “I”) be in this essay? Yes, if you’re part of the action. If not, then no. Don’t insert yourself just because you can. (Read the passage about this in the Lee Gutkind handout I gave you today — good advice.)
4. You need visuals. That means you need moments. Consider beginning and/or ending with one. (Doesn’t have to be the same one.)
5. You need quotes, from Mr. Enochs and from other sources (at least three). Where will you get them? The transcript. Our observation. By interviewing people. (And you can always talk to Mr. Enochs again.)
How do you know when the use direct quotes and when to paraphrase? Suggestion: go through the transcript and highlight the best quotes, the ones you know you want in your essay. Another suggestion: paraphrase long or awkwardly-worded answers.

The word count for this essay is 500 words minimum; 1000 words maximum. It must be typed and double-spaced. And it is due Tuesday, April 30.

Friday is a work day. Bring what you need to get stuff done!

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