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Monday, November 9

November 10, 2015
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CNF Workshop: Today: Began Round Four with Bain and Hill. You turned in Denny; we’ll begin with that one Monday.

Tomorrow, I’ll give out packets with the rest of the Round Four essays. For next Monday: Lepczyk, Kreitzburg and Bett.

Looking ahead: The deadline for Round Five essays will be Thursday, Dec. 3. If you want to do a bonus Round Six essay, it will be due Monday, Dec. 21. Your revision essay will be due on the blog by Monday, Jan. 4.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Emmett, Kat, and Mallory. Please prepare the last three (four, if we get Cecilia’s in – I’ll let you know) screenplays for Monday: Olivia, Laura, and Abby.

Less Miserables: You worked on Scene Three of your script, and on song lyrics for the third song.

I hope to have some music for you to listen to Friday. Next Friday (the 20th) we will try running very rough versions of what we have so far.

BatCat: We will be setting up a table for Thursday’s LAVA. If you are staying for LAVA and want to work on book stuff after school, that’s fine. Also, we’ll be staying after next Thursday to work on stuff from I Made It and Handmade. On this day, you stay till 6 – 6:30ish (plan to leave/get picked up sometime in there).

Middle School Lit Arts: Final quiz on Tom Gordon. You turned your copies back in (if you didn’t, bring them next Wednesday). I gave you back your examples of “be careful what you wish for” moments, and moments of great relief, as well as your transformations of those moments.

Your job for next Monday is to turn one of those moments into a series of linked haiku — at least four. Remember: you have to use imagery to tell the story — you can’t just tell it flat out.

Also for next week read the introduction, plus Chapter One, in Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.

Middle School: We took someone else’s story opener and turned it into our own thing, sort of. Watched The Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough At Last.” We’ll discuss it Friday.

Survey: Poetry: Introduced two new styles: the pantoum and the sestina. Survey of Forms Poetry Pantoum and Sestina The first, you will need to write for Friday (four quatrains; no rhyme or meter restrictions). The second is optional: if you do it for extra credit, I’ll replace a missing grade and give you five bonus points ( a super-generous offer). Those are due before Thanksgiving break.

Survey: Fiction: Today we went over the character analysis assignment from last week. Prompt 8 was also checked.

Please read the “Toolbox” section from Stephen King’s On Writing for Friday. There will likely be a quiz-type thing, as usual.

Also, if you’d like to get ahead, the story for next Monday is Paul’s Case by Willa Cather and the story for next Wednesday is Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway. Both of these are in the Norton (use the table of contents…).

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