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Thursday, August 29

August 29, 2013

Violence: Today we passed out books. Lord of the Flies (for those who needed a copy) must be read by Tuesday, Sept. 24. Native Son should be completed by Nov. 1 (approximately).

We reviewed your homework, where you tried to categorize violent acts from your summer reading/viewing. And we read in class the William Wordsworth poem “Nutting,” which features a depiction of natural violence with man as the aggressor against nature.

For Tuesday: choose one of the poems I gave you — “The Wind” or “The Stoat.” Try to categorize the violence in each poem in a short written response.

Radio: Today we talked a little bit more about the advantages of radio/podcasting, primarily: cost. It’s cheap to make audio pieces and it’s cheap to get them out to the listening public, and that’s one of the reasons we’re able to have a class like this. It’s also an advantage in that there is a lot of time and room for experimentation, creativity, and long-term projects.

We discussed the reading assignment for a bit, and you got a copy of the handbook from Radio Diaries: Radio Diaries Handbook, which you are to read for Tuesday. You should also go to and poke around a bit – listen to some of the examples, look at what they’re doing over there.

We then discussed Project #1: Radio 8.29.13 – Project #1 Assignment Sheet, the due date for which is TBA. Some of you requested recorders for specific dates. Here’s what I have (note that these are check-out dates; check-in is the following school day):
Friday, August 30: Andi, Allison, Sydney, Rae
Wednesday, September 4: Jess, Kat (? not sure which one, sorry)
Thursday, September 5: Kat (? the other one!), Rosemary
Friday, September 6: Morgan, Jillian
Everyone else will be scheduled when we return on Tuesday, so think about it.

HOMEWORK for Tuesday (recap):
– Weekly listening!
– Read the handbook

Siren: Talked design options today with Trevor Wischerman, our new designer/copy editor. And you worked on your first edition pieces, which are due (via email, to Miss Cavender, and cced to Mr. Wischerman) on Tuesday. Remember the format!

Style: Today we discussed the Emily Dickinson selections. It was an excellent discussion, so thank you all for your participation. Here is a picture of the board:

Your Dickinson-style poems are due on Tuesday at the beginning of class. As I said in class, I would like you to write at least two poems (more is welcome, but don’t go overboard). Also as was discussed in class, you are allowed to take liberties and pick and choose which elements of her style to mimic or use. At the end of the day, if I get a clear Emily Dickinson vibe when reading your poems, that’s a good thing. That’s the point. Good luck – I’m looking forward to hearing/reading them!

8th Grade: Today we created story starters, and then began turning them into stories in our brand-spankin’-new course notebooks.

Film Studies: Today we talked about Georges Melies, a contemporary of Edison and the Lumiere brothers. Melies is regarded as being the first filmmaker to make narrative films, or films that tell a full story. Melies was a magician and tinkerer as well, and so his films are very fantastical and have a lot of special effects.

We watched two examples: A Trip to the Moon from 1902 and The Impossible Voyage from 1904. It was noted that the films are extremely similar, both in plot and visuals (although the latter was hand-colored). Next week we’re going to talk a little more about these films, so don’t forget them!

There is no homework for Tuesday.

Survey: Poetry: Today we reviewed your responses to Where Poems Come From. Thank you all for a very thoughtful discussion!

We then started talking about the importance of imagery, via two versions of the Langston Hughes poem “Dreams.” Remember: as a poet, you have to strike a balance between challenging your reader (you don’t want to make it too easy for them) and keeping things accessible enough to be understood.

Tomorrow we’ll have individual meetings, and you’ll have time to write in class. For Tuesday: please read Chapter One in Three Genres, which you should bring to class that day as well.

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