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Wednesday, March 30

March 30, 2016

In case you missed it: we are giving out schedules for the fall, today and tomorrow. Please see me if you didn’t get one.

Poetry Workshop: Gave out the Round Three packets. The first three — Winkle, McKinzie and Cianfarano — for Monday, please.

Fiction Workshop:  Workday.Gave out guidelines for Rounds 3 and 4. Owen and Ken will be workshopped on Monday, 4/4; Kat on 4/11.

Cultural Lit: Took the literary history quiz. Then we combined with the press for a mini-résumé writing activity. We talked about five things you should do:

  1. Show how you’re different from other applicants.
  2. Talk about what you’ve done using action verbs! (Show, don’t tell.)
  3. Be short — one page, max. (Most employers spend less than 10 seconds looking at your resume.)
  4. Tailor your résumé for the job you’re seeking.
  5. Not make mistakes.

and five you shouldn’t:

  1. Be cute/lie. (No Comic Sans.)
  2. Add filler.
  3. Be too general.
  4. Eliminate yourself early. (i.e., make mistakes.)
  5. Fail to update your résumé frequently.

For Friday: I asked everyone — including folks on the press — to bring in a notecard with the following:

  1. Imagine you are applying for a job in a retail clothing store. You can imagine that your duties might involve: running the register (and thus handling money), stocking shelves, taking inventory, cleaning the store and probably closing on some occasions.
  2. What skills/experiences do you have that are applicable to this job? Write them down.
  3. What makes you different than other applicants? What can you offer that other applicants might not be able to offer? Write that down too.

BatCat: Various stuff/résumé writing.

Middle School Lit Arts: Watched The Lorax.

You tried to make the case for the story as an allegory — a work in which characters represent things (real people, abstract ideas like love or hate, etc.) I asked you to come up with your own idea for an allegory, and be ready to turn it in Monday. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should tell me 1) who represents what and 2) what the idea (or “moral,” if you will) is.

An example from Aesop:

My story/poem will be about the importance of not giving in when people try to discourage you. It will have two characters: a tortoise, who is humble and very, very slow, and a hare, who is arrogant and very fast, and who challenges the tortoise to a race. The tortoise will represent determination, and the hare will represent hubris.

Yours doesn’t have to look exactly like that, but it’s a guideline.

Also for Monday: be sure you’ve finished Animal Farm. There will be a quiz on the whole book. And then we’ll talk more about that allegory, and what/who is represented by what animal.

Also: be thinking about the three best pieces of writing you feel you’ve done so far this year!

Survey: CNF (ALL): Started watching Baby Jane. Tomorrow I’ll be taking the M/W class to see Mr. DeFade’s Jazz Improv class.

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