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Monday, January 4

January 4, 2016

CNF Workshop: Today: Round 6. Kreitzburg, Hamilton and Hill.

For Wednesday, Bain (it’s a long one!) and Ohlund. Remember: all comments on the blog. No annotations.

Your revisions were due today. If you don’t have them in, that needs to happen ASAP. We’ll begin the revision round next week.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Mallory. Please have Olivia and Cecilia ready for Wednesday.

Don’t let what happened today happen again. We only have 4 classes left – make them count.

Less Miserables: Gave notes to Puff Pastries and Pointe. Will have notes for everyone else Wednesday.

I will be looking for a final draft of each musical by 8:45 a.m. Monday. We’ll be in the Black Box next week (for one day; hopefully, two) trying to work these out in more detail.

BatCat: Today we talked about goals and thoughts about what to tackle this spring. Thanks for your input.

Middle School: We talked about Chapter 6 in The Tipping Point, and the “pyramid” of trends:

  1. Innovators
  2. Early adopters
  3. Early majority
  4. Late majority
  5. Laggards

We also talked about rumors, and how context can affect their spread.

For next week: Please read Chapter 7.

Survey Poetry: Extra credit opportunity, which almost no one took.

I gave out the study guide for the final Survey Poetry study guide Final Exam 2016, which is Friday. We’ll review Wednesday. Be here: if you’re absent Wednesday, you still have to take the final.

Survey: Fiction: Today you took more notes on conflict and we started an assignment in-class:

You got a slip of paper with a location or common situation written on it. You wrote a quick character sketch for a person that might find themselves in that location or situation. There was a lot of possibility here: for example, if you got something like a “fast food restaurant,” you could have written a character sketch for a worker, manager, or any kind of customer.

After our discussion, we did a sample on the board involving Elaine and a doll hospital. For each conflict “type,” we came up with several possibilities for stories that could involve Elaine and the doll hospital. For example, man vs. man: Elaine squares off with a little girl who claims to be her granddaughter. Man vs. nature: the shop floods in a storm and Elaine must find a way to save her dolls. Man vs. society: the town lobbies to get the shop shut down and Elaine kicked out because she doesn’t keep up with her property. And so on.

Your homework is to do the same for your character and location/situation. Please come up with at least one story idea for each conflict type (more if you’re ambitious). Write this idea out in a complete sentence and be sure to make the conflict clear. This is due on Wednesday.

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