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Monday, March 28

March 28, 2016

Poetry Workshop: Today: Paul, Thellman and Swogger. Your third-round poems are due on the blog by 8:45 a.m. Wednesday; I’ll give out the new packets then.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Danielle. Victoria was absent and will be held over till next Monday. Three new stories were handed out: please have Ken and Owen ready for next Monday. Kat’s will be workshopped on the 11th, so you have a while (but of course can do it now, so you don’t have to do it later).

If you’re reading this and are thinking, “Monday! What about this Wednesday? WHAT’S GOING ON,” this is for you: I will not be here on Wednesday. You’ll have a workday, and I will also leave you guidelines for Round 3, so you can get started on that if you want.

Cultural Lit: Watched part of The Source, this 1999 documentary about the Beat Generation. (Sorry about the Johnny Depp stuff, but it couldn’t be helped.)

For Wednesday: quiz on literary history. Everything you need for eras four through eight is on the blog entry from Friday, March 18. (The earlier stuff — classical mythology, the Old English and Middle English eras — we already covered.)

BatCat: Finished up some AWP business.

Middle School Lit Arts: Talked a little about the “form your own government” experiment. Watched the first half of this short documentary from the early ’60s about how the communists came to power.

Three names should stand out: Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. You’ve met them already — the last two for sure — but under different names.

We (very briefly) discussed allegory: a form of writing in which characters represent other characters, or even abstract ideas like love and hate. I’ll be asking you to come up with your own form of allegorical writing on Wednesday.

For next Monday: finish Animal Farm. And be thinking about the three best pieces of writing you feel you’ve done so far this year.

Middle School Rotation (8th grade):  Watched (or rewatched) the Twilight Zone episode Long Distance Call. You wrote in medias res beginnings about a magic cup.

Survey: CNF (ALL): Eric DeFade group interview. Tomorrow I’ll be taking the T/H class to see his Jazz Improv class; we’ll repeat that with the M/W group on Thursday.

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