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Monday, October 21

October 21, 2013

CNF Workshop: Today: Dean and Holley. That ends the second round. For Wednesday: comments and annotations for the first essays from the new, third-round packet: Cunningham and Cavender.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Allison and Christy. Sarah and Savannah are due for Wednesday. We’re nearing the end of round 2, and so on Wednesday we will set the order for the third round. There are no requirements (except the standard length req.) for round 3, but note that if you want to do a continuation of something you’ve already started, you need to first revise what we’ve already seen and add at least 5 new pages to it, in addition to the revision (so, if you add stuff into your revision, the new piece that we see could be quite a bit longer than 5 additional pages…).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Fiction Workshop: Johnna & Danielle’s story to be workshopped, (and Andi’s as well.) Comments & Annotations Due.  Read up to part 3 of a long way down.

Public Speaking: Practice day today. For Wednesday: I want to see your speech boiled down to one notecard, which you will turn in, and which I will then return to you. If I made suggestions to you about how to improve your speech, you are free to make those changes and show me the results.

Wednesday I want to start practicing with the notecards. (You’ll probably want to have your speeches to refer to, as well.) We’ll try to set an order for next week.

Friday, you’ll hopefully be working just with the notecards.

PLEASE practice as much as you possibly can. Take it for granted, this is not gonna be any walk in the park.

Press: The usual.

7/8 Lit Arts: Read the first three chapters of Animal Farm. Bring a 2 paragraph response to the reading.

7th Grade:

Survey: Fiction: Today we talked a little bit more about characterization. Basically, the take-away is that there are two methods of establishing and developing character: the narrator can straight-up tell us things about the character (like, “Bob is a fireman.”) or the narrator can show us the character – this includes action, imagery, thoughts, and dialogue (“Bob wore a large black suit and helmet. He was already covered in soot as he began to climb the ladder to the third floor…”). There is a bit of a gray area, but you can also think of it this way: narrator-based characterization is founded in information and facts given to us – it doesn’t leave much room for the imagination. Action/image-based characterization allows the reader to observe the character and his/her actions – a picture is drawn of the character, and from that readers draw conclusions about who the character is.

We went over pros and cons of each type of characterization – hope you wrote this stuff down. We also defined summary and scene.

The in-class prompt was to take the summary on the slip that was given to you and write out a complete scene based upon the summary. The scene should feel almost as though it’s happening in “real time” and should definitely include dialogue. You were asked to keep the person the same as the slip, but the tense if up to you. These are going to be checked and/or collected on Wednesday and the length is entirely dependent upon how you approach the scene.

DON’T FORGET: Wednesday will be class as usual. Friday will be a review, and the midterm exam will take place on Monday.

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