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Monday, February 22

February 22, 2016
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Poetry Workshop: Today we started late because of the senior meeting. We workshopped Campbell and Doban. Wednesday we’ll try to get to Cianfarano, Denny and McKinzie.

For Wednesday: two more comments and annotations (McClintock and Thellman). For Monday: Paul.

Because we got a poem or so behind today, I will extend the deadline for the Round Two poem until Monday at 8:45 a.m. However, that is a hard deadline: what comes in after that time won’t be workshopped. Same deal with the comments. Not to be a jerk, but the deal is what the deal is: if they’re not on the blog by 8:45 the day they’re due, I can’t count them.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Sara and Haley. Please have Danielle and Victoria ready for Wednesday. Remember that no online late comments will be accepted – whether you are here in class or not.

Cultural Lit: Mr. Cageao sat in and talked about the Zodiac. We’ll return to OOO+P stuff Wednesday.

BatCat: We will very likely be staying after school this Thursday to do some marbling in advance of AWP. If you plan on staying, please plan to leave and/or be picked up between 6 and 6:30. If the weather turns out to be worse than predicted today, we may cancel, but as of right now, it looks like it should be fine.

Middle School Lit: We talked about three poems: Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” and Langston Hughes’s “God” and “A Negro Speaks of Rivers.” We discussed the imagery in each poem, and the way that each poem’s theme (what the author wants to say) is a little surprising, and gives a familiar idea a twist. That’s what a poet has to do.

I gave out copies of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which we will begin working on in a couple of weeks. You’re welcome to read ahead, but stay tuned.

Survey: CNF: We went over material for a quiz Wednesday. It’s essentially this handout CNF overview 2015, plus this one CNF ethics guidelines February 2016 (which we filled out in class), plus the author of our first three essays. Yes, you’ll need to know his name. And yes, I will probably ask you a hypothetical question or two about potentially libellous material.

Your second essay is due next Wednesday, Feb. 24. It can be on our latest topic (a time you were afraid to tell someone something), or on one of the earlier five topics we wrote moments/moment trees for (not, obviously, the one you chose as the subject of your first essay). No length requirement: it has to be long enough to get the job done. Which is to say, a couple of grafs isn’t going to work.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we reviewed three act structure and began watching Tootsie. If you were absent, please see me ASAP to make up the viewing. We watched about 45 minutes of the movie and will continue on Wednesday. Please note that on Friday there will be a quiz based on the movie, and you will need to analyze its three act structure, so making up the viewing is not only required but time-sensitive.

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