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Monday, November 18

November 18, 2013

CNF Workshop: Today: Fox and Jones. Wednesday: Holley and McCormick. Remember: your fourth rotation essays are due on the blog by the time class starts — we’re gonna start the fourth rotation on Monday.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Allison’s screenplay. Kat and Christy will be workshopped on Wednesday.

The round 4 schedule looks like this:
Due Monday, Dec. 2: Rae, Kat
Due Wednesday, Dec. 4: Jillian
Due Monday, Dec. 9: Sara, Savannah
Due Wednesday, Dec. 11: Morgan, Allison
Due Monday, Dec. 16: Christy, Sarah

Wednesday, Dec. 18 will be out last class meeting/workshop before winter break, so it is imperative that all screenplays be handed in on time. If you miss your date for any reason, the last acceptable day to turn your screenplay in is Monday, Dec. 16. Screenplays handed in after this date will recieve an automatic “0,” and trust me, you do not want that to happen.

We’ll talk about what the round should entail on Wednesday. Please make sure that you’re staying up-to-date on your comments on the website and that they are excellent.

Fiction Workshop: We will be workshoping Danielle and Andi’s stories on Wend – assuming there are enough people in class.

Public Speaking: A couple more recitations from Round Five. If you didn’t do yours, it’s Wednesday or not at all.

We talked about how emphasis changes things when you speak, and about the power of silence. I gave you two terms:

1. filler words (which include all the usual stalling tricks — “uhhh,” “ummm,” etc.)
2. interference (anything which gets in the way of your audience’s understanding of what you’re saying)

Audiences NEED short pauses to digest what you’re saying. Filling those spaces with uhhhs and ummms not only doesn’t help you — do they really think more of you if you say “uhhhh” rather than just stay silent? — it actually hurts you because it eliminates those little silences. And silence is necessary for contrast, as well — short silences actually make people pay closer attention to what you say when you speak.

On Wednesday, you need to have a piece chosen for the sixth recitation round. It can be anything you choose; I suggested a monologue because I really want you to focus on characterization this time around — reading, if you will, with feeling. (Yeccchhh.) Chose a piece with a character you can assume, and assume it. (But let’s be clear: you’re not “acting out” anything, you’re just reciting.)

These recitations will occur Friday, which is a pretty quick turnaround. You’ll have time to practice Wednesday, so come prepared!

Press: The usual.

7/8 Lit Arts: Turn in the where I want to go/what I want to do assignment if you have not already, and turn in the 5 paragraph essay if you have not already.

7th Grade:

Survey: Fiction:

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