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Wednesday, December 11

December 11, 2013
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CNF Workshop: Today: Jones. I gave out a new packet with four essays (Holley, Fox, Cunningham, Askew). Comments and annotations due for all four Monday. Revisions due Wednesday by the start of class.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Sara’s round 4. Allison and Savannah for Monday. Don’t forget that we’ll have visitors, so please make sure you are doing your comments and annotations. You should be doing that anyway, but you know. 🙂

Fiction Workshop:

Public Speaking: Today we had class in Alumni Hall and heard a few remaining Round Seven pieces. Then we went over a 12-point recap of just about everything we’ve talked about this semester:

1. Practice, practice, practice. If you’re having trouble, it’s likely a sign that your notecard isn’t working the way it should. Fix it.

2. Get familiar with the space beforehand, if possible. Ask questions and make adjustments (including moving the mic).

3. When it’s time to speak, own the space. To show you own it, before you begin your talk, count to three.

4. During that three-count, remind yourself: the audience wants you to succeed.

5. Do make early eye contact. Look up before you start. Why not?

6. Don’t begin by making in-jokes with audience members you know. It shuts out most of the audience, usually a bad way to start.

7. Your post-opening is your roadmap. It’ll keep you from getting lost (or wandering too much).

8. There’s a fine line between being animated and being manic. Observe it. Account for your hands, if necessary. (That is, if you have a habit of waving them around in a distracting manner.)

9. If you get lost, your catchphrase can be a life preserver, but don’t overuse it. Save it to reinforce your key points.

10. Also remember the power of silence. Don’t be afraid to let your points sink in with a moment of silence.

11. Try to make eye contact by lifting your chin fully, and slowly, once each graf. More important, don’t fall prey to chicken-feed syndrome. Eye contact is almost worse if you have to achieve it by jerking your head up and down like that.

12. When you’re finished, HOLD YOUR POSE! Don’t start running away before the speech is even over — it looks terrible. Say thank you and wait for the applause before leaving — you earned it!

BatCat: Odds and ends.

7/8 Lit Arts:

7th Grade:

Survey: Fiction: No class due to Medora documentary. Please remember to do the comments for your stories, due next week!

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