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Monday, September 14

September 14, 2015
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CNF Workshop: Today: Bain and McClintock. We’ll start Wednesday with Miss Lepczyk (that was due today as well).

For Wednesday: Holley and Blackham. For next Monday: Bett and Hamilton. For next Wednesday: Denny and Hill.

And by 9 a.m. next Thursday, Sept. 24, I need you to have your second rotation essay posted to the blog. I hope to begin the second round on Monday, Sept. 28.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today you got copies of screenplays (Olivia and Andi) for Wednesday. As always, your assignment is:
1. Read the screenplays.
2. Annotate the screenplays – write on the hard copies in the margins.
3. Write comments for the screenplays and post them to the blog under their respective pieces. These must be posted by the beginning of class on Wednesday (8am preferably, but if you need to use the school computers to do this, you have some leeway. The beginning of class is the ultimate deadline.)

Here are some guidelines: Fiction 1.28.15 – Sample Comments, Screenwriting – Comment Guidelines 2012.

Less Miserables: Began watching Into the Woods. If you have not seen all of 1776, you need to get a copy from me (please bring in a flash drive — that would be super-helpful) and finish watching it on your own. You will then need to complete the response: I want all of these in by the end of the day Friday.

BatCat Press: Please focus on submissions. Let me know if you have any questions.

Middle School: Today we discussed some characteristics of Ray Bradbury’s writing, among them:

  1. the use of vivid and unusual imagery (“hot tent heavens”), sometimes including hyperbole (“he had gone out to eat five thousand steaming hot dogs…”), which is a deliberate exaggeration used for effect, usually something that couldn’t literally be true.
  2. the use of long, run-on-style sentences, which can give the effect of motion. (As they’re used in “The Illustrated Man” and “The Whole Town’s Sleeping,” they give the effect of a character being chased.)
  3. Even though we didn’t discuss this today, Bradbury also uses the familiar to suggest the unfamiliar. The peaceful setting of a small town on a summer night becomes a place of terror; a simple jar and a man’s tattoos become a source of mystery and horror.

For Wednesday, please bring in your permission slips if you haven’t — I’d like to pass out some books!

Survey: Poetry: Today we took a “prequiz” on Chapter 4, which most people did well on. We discussed the following terms from Chapter 4:

tenor and vehicle

the difference between metaphor, simile and symbol

hypoerbole and mixed metaphor

the Venn Diagram chart on page 67

We started talking about synecdoche but were interrupted right at the point at which Bill is stomped to death by skinheads. We’ll finish Wednesday!

Survey: Fiction: Today we talked about (and defined, roughly) objectivity, subjectivity, denotation, connotation, and lightly touched upon “concrete, significant detail.”

Permission slips for your textbooks were handed out – these need to be returned ASAP. There will be a reading assignment given for next Monday, and if you don’t have a book, you won’t be in a good position to do the reading. So please, get it signed and bring it in as soon as possible.

Your homework for Wednesday is Prompt #3 (Fiction 9.14.15 – Prompt #3, story rewrite). Notebooks will be collected at the end of class on Wednesday as well, so please make sure that you’ve gotten all of the notes up to this point (if you were absent, get them from a classmate).

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