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Tuesday, November 24

November 24, 2015
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Violence: You turned in your midterms. We analyzed the William Carlos Williams poem “The Crowd at the Ball Game” in some detail, referencing the crowd behavior/mob violence implications. (It isn’t a violent poem, on the surface.)

I gave out the guidelines for the final project, which you can download here. Violence final guidelines Fall 2015 These project are due at the beginning of class Dec. 17, and MUST be accompanied by an analysis. They will be distributed to the class, so please recognize that fact beforehand and write (classroom) appropriately.

When you return from break, you are to have read Native Son in its entirety. (Including the essay “How Bigger Was Born.”) I suggested that knowing about these historical facts/incidents would help you with your reading/understanding:

  1. The Great Migration, and why it happened
  2. The backlash to Reconstruction in the South
  3. The Great Depression
  4. Communism in the USA during the 1930s/40s.
  5. Parallels to real cases (Leopold-Loeb and Robert Nixon)

Radio: Weekly listening was reported. You handed in Project #4 and we talked about them a bit, and spent some time thinking/talking about strengths and weaknesses in advance of the big upcoming final project.

There is a small assignment for you to complete over break: Radio 11.24.15 – Thanksgiving Recording Assignment. Most of you have recorders, but if you don’t, please feel free to use an alternate method (“Voice Memos” on iPhone would be fine, or something like this). Just make sure the files can be saved and sent.

Siren: We posted stuff to the USA Today hub site. I met with the new folks to continue talking about the journalistic ethics survey.

The papers came out — thank you everyone for your hard work in making that happen!

Style: Today we watched more clips of comedy and the official assignment sheet was handed out and can also be found here (if you were absent): Style 11.17.15 – Stand Up Assignment.

Middle School:

Survey: Poetry: Turned in your names for the notecard final. Took a quiz on Chapters 8 and 9 — external and internal organizers. If you were absent or didn’t take it, you’ll do that on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Over the break: please read Chapter 10.

Survey: Fiction: 

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