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Thursday, March 20

March 21, 2014
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WWTWWT: Today we had a nice, civil discussion about the prompt question: “If there is a God, how can there be evil?” I thought the responses were thoughtful and nuanced from all sides, and I’m proud of how you guys managed the groups.

Then we talked about St. Augustine; his history (he’s one of the most famous Christian converts) and his works (especially his Confessions, sometimes called the first modern autobiography, and City of God, which proposes — similar to Platonic thought — that we all live in two cities simultaneously: our city on Earth, and the heavenly city of God. (Which is the real city, in this line of thinking.)

We also discussed Augustine’s reasons for believing there is a God, and how such a God can let evil exist. The free will defense was an important one; namely, that as rational beings, humans must have free will. Because we have free will, we can choose to do good or evil. Therefore, “God is not the parent of evils,” as it says in your book. (Of course, the idea that we do have free will would be challenged by future thinkers, but we’ll get there when we get there, which will be soon.)

For Tuesday: please read the section on Augustine in your book (should be just a recap after today), as well as the sections on Boethius and St. Thomas Aquinas. The latter will be difficult, but reading it ahead of time will help, trust me.

Adaptation: Today you handed in your informal responses for Into the Woods and then we talked about the musical, including an analysis of the characters. Good conversation, good thoughts, and nice job on the character stuff.

The formal response for the musical was handed out and can be found here: Adaptation 3.20.14 – Response 6, Into the Woods. It’s due on Tuesday (typed, preferably) and will be worth more than the informal response, so if you’re keeping track… you know what to do. Also handed out was a short story called “Green Thoughts,” which you should read by next Thursday – I wanted to give it to you early. Also, the tickets to Little Shop of Horrors have been purchased: Friday, April 11, 7:30 pm in the mainstage. Dinner on your own.

Siren: Worked on April stuff: proofing, etc. We have to get April copy approved (more on that next time), and we also need to be looking down the road. With two more issues left, what do we want to do that we haven’t yet this year?

Film Studies: Today you handed in your responses to Hook and we made up a list of things we expect to see in the next film, based upon what we’ve seen already. Here’s the list:
– action sequence (lights, music)
– bad parenting – focus on father, divorce
– sudden nonsensical love interest
– bad relationships – estranged, awkward, tension
– melodrama
– protag will be a man with issues – manchild, daddy issues, becomes obsessed with things
– he will meet an attractive woman – blonde, maybe a single mother (on her own)
– protagonist will have to prove himself by changing his way (it will be dramatic and sudden)
– antagonist with henchmen
– lots of light (white = awe, red = panic)
– white light on the face
– low angles for scary things
– small protag, wide shot
– music will be IN YOUR FACE
– music will be setting the mood (cheaply)

There are others, certainly, but as we watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, keep an eye out for this stuff. We started the film and you’ve probably already been able to knock out… well… most of the list. Be able to cite specific examples, though.

Bookbinding: Last day for working on long stitch – I think pretty much everyone finished and handed them in. If you weren’t able to do so, we can arrange for you to come in sometime next week to finish up if you need help.

The next project is a traditional hardbound (casebound is the technical term) book. You’ll also have the opportunity to marble your own paper for this project. The size and shape of this book is the same for everyone. If you’re disappointed by this, don’t worry – you’ll have pretty much complete control over the design for the following project, including the size. We’ll continue on Tuesday.

8th Grade: Story typin’. People who were done watched “Nick of Time” and we wrote about our superstitions.

Survey: CNF: Today we briefly discussed the chapter from your textbook I assigned you to read. Besides learning a lot about fish doctoring, you hopefully came away with a better appreciation of how important it is to hook the reader, fast. Our catchphrase of the day is “commit quickly” — that is, you want your reader to commit to reading your whole essay, and you must get this commitment very fast.

We talked about the concept of hooks, using the example of Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold.” (Just the first 30 seconds, really.) Then you developed your own hooks by coming up with two alternate openings for your opinion essay, trying to find the biggest and best hook.

These essays are due Tuesday. Remember: you need to have “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” read by next Thursday. Expect a quiz.

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