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Wednesday, October 14

October 14, 2015
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CNF Workshop: Today: Lepczyk and McClintock. We’ll hold Holley over for Monday and that will complete Round Three.

For tomorrow: third-round piece on the blog by 8:45 a.m. I’ll give out packets and there’ll be two more essays assigned for Monday.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we opened with an activity involving scripts and Jenga (thanks for being good sports). The rest of the time was yours to work. Your (complete but fine to be rough) drafts are due by 8am on Monday.

Less Miserables: We announced the four(!) winning pitches, and the groups that will be working on them:

Nova Fox’s Tea Time Love: Fox, McDanel, Thellman, Kreitzburg, Kirsch, Faircloth

Sarah Poluha’s The Rise and Fall of the Puff Pastries: Poluha, McClintock, Kremm, Olivia Smith, Cianfarano, McKinzie

Cecilia McCormick’s You’ve Got A Point: McCormick, Sharkey, Trodden, Lepczyk, Swogger, Hill

Sara Hamilton’s Emo is My Screamo: Hamilton, Nickel, Hall, Winkle, Duff

We met for a while downstairs to get together with our groups and have preliminary discussions. One thing I need to have settled by Friday is who is going to do what. Each group (right now, at least) will have a lyric-writing team and a book team. You need to be part of one or the other; no one “assigns” this to you, however — you figure it out yourselves.

Also Friday: if you did not make your pitch yet, then you have to make it Friday. The format will be exactly the same as last week: up to four minutes to present your pitch, and then two minutes of Q&A.

BatCat: Work! Will continue. Please make sure to check your calendars, keep future dates in mind.

Middle School:

Survey: Poetry: Today we practiced more scansion, appointed an ambassador to France, and found out exactly how long a homeless turtle can survive. We’ll pick things up there on Monday!

Survey: Fiction: Today you took a lot of notes on the second question of the point of view analysis: To whom is the story being told? We officially defined “distance” and “immediacy.”

Several things were handed out in class:
Fiction 10.12.15 – Distance Ranking Examples: In class, you ranked each set of sentences in order of their sense of distance. In group you compared notes and then shared your thoughts with the class. The sense of distance is somewhat dependent upon how you read and interpret the story – but most of the time, we can come to an agreement about the overall effect.

Fiction 10.14.15 – POV Analysis Paragraph Examples: Instead of continuing to do the POV analysis sheets, you are going to transition into just writing your thoughts down in paragraph form. Use these as examples to help you out with your homework for Monday, which is…

HOMEWORK FOR MONDAY: Fiction 10.14.15 – Prompt 7, POV analysis paragraph: Prompt 7! This is due in your notebooks on Monday, October 19. Please know that when I collect your notebooks, this is the prompt I am MOST interested in reading. So please spend time on it.

Fiction 10.14.15 – Assignment 2, flash fiction: This is your long-term assignment, due Monday, October 26. If you have any questions, please see me (sooner rather than later).

Also, on Monday you’ll be assigned to read Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper for next Wednesday. I’m telling you now so that you can do it early, if you’re in the mood.

That’s a lot of stuff! If you have any questions, please let me know.

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