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Thursday, October 26

September 26, 2013

Violence: Today we discussed The Coral Island, Peter Pan, and the ways in which young adult adventure fiction influenced LotF. We also reviewed the philosophies of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, for those that missed Tuesday’s class. No assignment for Tuesday, but be aware that the first exam is likely within the next couple of weeks.

Radio: Today was mostly a work day. For Tuesday, please have a written proposal (format doesn’t matter, just have your ideas down) for Project #2. You’ll have a little time to work on this on Tuesday, perhaps, but you should have a very solid idea of what you’re planning to take on.

Don’t forget about your weekly listening!

Siren: Finalized the first edition, which will go out tomorrow morning. Thanks to everyone who helped get it together, especially Miss Cavender, Miss Holness, Mr. Wischerman and Ms. Mulye.

Remember: you should be working on your stuff for the October issue!

Style: Today we went over Blast… I didn’t get a picture of the board, but it was a good conversation, mostly!

Your Blast pieces are due on Tuesday. Unless you spoke to me about it, they do need to be typed to get full credit.

Film Studies: Today you got the assignment sheet for your first paper, which you can also find here: Spielberg 10.1.13 – Paper #1 ET Close Encounters. Rough drafts (typed) are due next Thursday. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to ask!

8th Grade: The difference between affect and effect. Character card stories. And the problem with that Victoria’s Secret ad.

Survey: Poetry: Today we reviewed the most common foot patterns and line lengths in metrical poetry. Remember:

1. Foot means a pattern of stresses. (Like “unstressed-stressed”)
2. Meter refers to line length — essentially, how many stresses, or feet, there are in a line.
3. The most common foot pattern is the iamb. (Unstressed-stressed, or u ‘). If you have no idea of the foot pattern, guess “iambic” and odds are you’ll be right.
4. The second most common foot pattern is the opposite of the iamb, the trochee (Stressed-unstressed, or ‘ u)
5. The next two most common foot patterns are also opposites of one another: the anapest (u u ‘) and the dactyl (‘ u u). These are considerably more rare than the iamb and the trochee.
6. The least common patterns are also opposites, but they’re so uncommon you really don’t have to worry about them: the spondee (‘ ‘) and the pyrhhic foot (u u). That’s for extra credit only.
7. The three most common feet are pentameter (five stresses per line), then tetrameter (four stresses), and trimeter (three stresses). Just remember 5-4-3.
8. The most common combination of foot and meter is iambic pentameter — a ten-syllable, five-stress line. Why is it so common? Not because Shakespeare used it (although he certainly did), but because it most closely approximates the way we talk.

I gave out a practice exercise, and then an assignment for Tuesday: you must write a minimum four-line poem, in any combination of foot and meter you choose. Does it have to be great? No. Does it have to be scanned properly, and does it have to have an image? Yes.

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