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Thursday, April 17

April 17, 2015

Spongebob: You turned in your midterms. We discussed archetypes — and similar archetypal patterns — in Shakespeare’s four great tragedies. (Those are Hamlet, Othello, MacBeth and King Lear.) We briefly discussed perhaps the two most common archetypes in Shakespearean drama: the Shapeshifter and the Fool.

Hitchcock: Continued watching Vertigo. We’ll finish on Tuesday. We watched up to 1:42, for those of you that need to make it up.

Siren: Working on May stuff and reveling in the success of the Deem extravaganza.

Daily Prompt: Today was another game day (the last of the semester, I believe). Same as last time – please respond to the game experience, or use something from the game to spin off into a new piece. Four new entries due on Tuesday, as always.

Bookbinding: Long stitches were graded (the gradebook is updated too, fyi). Your homework is to fold your paper for the next project (Coptic binding).

8th Grade:

Survey: CNF: Today we talked about your next assignment: the opinion essay. I had you read one not-so-great example (“The Coldness of E-Mail”), which is nonetheless a good example because it shows how a simple moment can make an opinion relatable, and one pretty funny example (“Dumb KIds’ Class,” by Mark Bowden from The Atlantic Monthly), which shows a better way: taking an opinion contrary to the received wisdom (dumb kids’ classes are bad) and using personal experience to provide imagery (via moments) and humor.

You wrote down 10 of your strongest opinions, and we shared a few. Then I had you write down a moment that reflected your experience with this opinion — whether that experience was direct (for example, if your opinion is “Our school should have no dress code,” perhaps you would describe being sent home from school because of something your wore) or indirect (for example: take the same topic. An indirect example might be seeing another student being punished for violating the dress code. Even more indirect might be a moment where you watch a YouTube video about silly dress code violations, or one where you imagine, sarcastically, the “perfect” dress code.)

These essay are due next Thursday. Ask questions early and often.

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