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Wednesday, October 9

October 9, 2013

CNF Workshop: Today we turned in annotations for Cianfarano and Ree, and workshopped Dixon and Peterson. Today’s takeaway: the basis of most effective CNF pieces is some sort of comparison, direct or implied. When we built “moment trees,” that was an illustration of this idea: how can I find other moments with connections to this moment. But connections aren’t solely moment-based: Miss Peterson’s essay today reminds us that sometimes the comparison can be riff-based as well. For example: what are some other words that sound weird that few people know how to define? You can write a riff based on these words, rather than on a moment that occurred as a result of them.

Here’s the plan for the next couple of weeks:

1. No school Monday, so on Wednesday the 16th, we will workshop Cianfarano and Ree.
2. I am giving out copies of two more essays from the second round: Dean and Holley. They’re on the blog; get hard copies from me if I miss you. Annotations and comments will be due for those two essays on Wednesday, Oct. 16 as well.
3. If all goes according to plan, we will workshop Dean and Holley on Monday, Oct. 21.
4. On that date, your third-rotation essay will be due on the blog. We plan to begin the third rotation on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Rae and Jillian. Allison, Kat, and Christy’s screenplays were handed out. Please have all three ready for next Wednesday (no class Monday – no school).

Fiction Workshop: We will not have class again till Wend, but as I understand due to the PSATs this class will likely act as a study hall for those of you who are present. However, the remaining four round 2 stories (Andi, Danielle, Megan, Johnna) will be due before class would meet on this day. Megan and Andi will be workshopped the next Monday so have your annotations and comments ready as well. Additionally at this point you should get to about p. 160 in a long way down. I’ll leave a post on the writing blog where you can leave comments. Be sure in addition to focusing on what you enjoyed (or didn’t) about the work, but the particular elements of writing as well.

Public Speaking Today we heard most of the fourth-round recitations. Overall, another good job — I’m happy with what I’m seeing (and hearing).

We then worked on speeches. I met with more people (though not all) about outlines. If I haven’t met with you yet, I will do so Friday, when we’ll also hear the rest of the recitations.

The tentative date for the speeches to be due is Wednesday, Oct. 16. Plan on that and we’ll amend it if need be.

Press: The usual. Please note that if you’re staying late tomorrow that you need to have your ride come by 5:30.

7/8 Lit Arts:  If you still have not handed in your revised flash fiction. This is your last chance to do so.  This is a lot of your grade so don’t mess around with this. Additionally everyone is to turn in a typed copy of their elevator or place piece.

7th Grade:

Survey: Fiction: Today your stories in second person were collected – thanks to those of you that read.

You took notes on character, specifically central character, protagonist, round character, dynamic character, and character sketch. If you were absent, please get these notes from a classmate. Note that there will be an exam in this class later in the month.

We did an in class writing activity (prompt #7), which involved you filling out the following sentence:
__name__ is a/an __adjective__ _age_-year-old who wants _____something_________. I then asked you a series of 60 questions which you answered in first person using this character as a persona. You can find the question here: Survey Fiction 10.9.13 – Character interrogation.

– Write a character sketch for the character you created in class today. It should be typed and about a page long (TNR, 12 pt font, double spaced). It can be a little longer if you wish. Focus on explaining who the person is – don’t get hung up on the physical stuff.

– Read Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums from the Norton Anthology. There will be a quiz.

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