Skip to content

Thursday, December 11

December 11, 2014

Argument: Sparring on the issue of legal immigration: should the United States limit it? We got to the last sets of speakers; we will finish Tuesday.

New Media: Today we were missing a lot of people! 1/3 of the class, believe it or not. So we got a little off track.

Your homework was checked and collected (both Tuesday’s and today’s) and we talked about limiting the reality show categories. We started off with a big list, but whittled it down to this:

Competition (season-long narrative) – such as Hell’s Kitchen, Survivor, The Bachelor, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Project Runway

Competition (episode-long narrative) – such as Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Fear Factor, Iron Chef

“Real” life (season-long narrative) – such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, Dance Moms

“Real” life (episode-long narrative) – such as Hoarders, My Cat From Hell, Celebrity Ghost Stories

Non-reality “reality” shows – this category includes shows that were developed prior to the late 1990s, when “reality television” became a real thing, or shows that follow the structures of these earlier models. This category includes talk shows (Jerry Springer, Maury, Oprah), game shows (Family Feud, The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune), some cooking shows (The French Chef), and a variety of other shows (Cops, Judge Judy, The People’s Court, Star Search, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Unsolved Mysteries).

There are some gray areas that will appear between these categories, but generally, nearly every show that we generated at the beginning of this unit would appropriately fit into a single category. Many subcategories can emerge under each of these broad, structure-based categories (such as genres: animals, cooking, human interest, makeovers, etc).

We will continue this discussion on Tuesday. Please make every effort to be in attendance!!

Siren: Took a “re-quiz” on the parts of a story/page. As a transition into our discussion of ethics, we continued our discussion of Rolling Stone/UVA, which I want all staff members to continue to follow. If you have any interest in journalism, you have to understand the issues in play here. You might also look up a fellow named Charles C. Johnson; he’s inserted himself into this story in a way we should discuss Tuesday.

Style: Today we had a pretty good discussion of A Christmas Carol. Your pieces are due on Tuesday – you can do a parody or write a serious piece. Either way, make sure you’re hitting the style right on! Here’s the board:


7th Grade:

Survey: Poetry: Today we discussed epistolary style — there was a handout which you need if you were absent. We read aloud the Terrance Hayes poem “MJ Fan Letter,” which purports to be a fan letter to Michael Jackson, but is actually something else: a poem in letter form that is actually about the author, not the subject. (For that matter, Eminem’s “Stan” follows pretty much the same sort of formula.)

So your final poetry-writing assignment this year is to choose a subject of your “fan letter” — they can be living or dead, real or fictional.  (Either way, it’d be good if they were well-known.) Direct your letter to this individual, keeping in mind that the letter is actually about you (or your persona), not the subject. Of course, if they relate in some way, that could make this a much stronger piece. For example, what if you wrote a “letter” to Ash Ketchum, talking about your problem with losing things?

(If you want to see a really good recent example of this, look no further than last year’s pulp., and the poem “Dear Robert Patttinson.”)

These fan letter poems are due next Thursday. Remember: notecard finals are due tomorrow, and we’ll begin presenting next Tuesday.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: