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Tuesday, November 10

November 10, 2015
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Violence: Quiz on “My Kinsman,” followed by a brief discussion of the type of crowd behavior demonstrated in this short story.

Today we watched the Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street”: Afterward, we talked about groupthink, a term coined by psychologist Irving Janis in 1972. It refers to a group under pressure to preserve consensus and reach a decision without complete information — often because it’s unable, or unwilling, to seek outside counsel. That’s what happens in this episode; it’s also a good definition of how government often works (think about the decisions made in Vietnam, or the invasion of Iraq).

On Thursday, we’ll be watching a film — The Ox-Bow Incident — that will be the basis for what we’ll consider a late midterm.

Radio: Weekly listening was reported then we talked about your upcoming project. I was having internet issues – sorry about that! No specific homework for Thursday, but you should be well into planning (if not already recording/editing) your projects. See me for a recorder if you need one!

Siren: Group edit of some November copy. Keep in mind the things we covered today — they’ll make editing things much easier next time around!

Style: Some of you shared your e. e. cummings poems. The style for this week is nonfiction essays in the style of David Foster Wallace. If you were not here, here is the reading: Style 11.10.15 – David Foster Wallace Essays. Notes are due on Thursday, as always.

Middle School:

Survey: Poetry: Today you shared some of your recent poems, and we discussed them. Thanks to everyone who participated — it was a good batch of stuff!

I gave out the guidelines for the final formal poetry project — Survey Poetry final formal poetry guidelines Nov 2015 — which is due next Thursday.

This Thursday, we’ll have a quiz on the formal poetry we’ve studying — identifying it, as well as knowing the names of different stanza lengths. Remember: the best clue you can have is simple being able to count!

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 Thursday. There will likely be a quiz-type thing, as usual.

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

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