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Wednesday, May 18

May 18, 2016

Poetry Workshop: Today: Paul/Swogger.

I would like to offer this gentle reminder: a few of you are slowly, but surely, falling over the edge of the cliff. No grade is guaranteed. Slacking now is ill-advised. Workshop is hard. End of sermon.

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Monday, May 23: Comments and annotations due for: Hall/McKinzie/Winkle/Campbell — the last four poems in the packet. Remember: no comments accepted after 8:45 a.m.

We will workshop: Mckinzie/Winkle/Campbell

Wednesday, May 25: Revision due.

We will workshop: Hall/anyone we’ve missed

Monday, May 30: No school/Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 1: Revision round (seniors)

Friday, June 3: Revision round (everyone else). This will, essentially, be our final meeting.

If you miss your slot, we’ll do our best to accommodate you at a later date, but no guarantees.

Fiction Workshop: 

Cultural Lit: In our “families,” we calculated mortgages, car payments and our family tax bills, using this worksheet: Calculate your annual taxes

There are several terms we used that I would hope you retain, like taxable income, tax bracket and standard deduction — as well as the three types of taxes (income, consumption, property) which you most certainly have to know. I sure hope you remember a basic rule of economics: that a low down payment and a long payment term means you’re going to be paying a lot of interest. Paying more up front and trying to limit the term of a loan will save you money in the long run.

Speaking of which, here’s a handy school loan calculator that you can use to figure up how much interest you’ll be paying on student loans. I give you this not to discourage, but to encourage: it’s your job to get as much money as possible that doesn’t need to be repaid — scholarships, grants, etc. If you pay back $1.25 for every dollar you spend on loans — and that’s a conservative estimate, believe me — then every dollar you DON’T borrow means you save a quarter, at least.

We then began talking about where those tax dollars go, at the federal, state and local levels. You voted, using this ballot — Federal government spending US — about where you thought your federal tax dollars should go. We’ll talk Friday about where they actually do go.

Homework for Friday: read this piece from The Washington Post — no conservative publication, I might add — about why free college doesn’t add up.

Public service announcement: your final presentation is due on Monday, May 23; we will be presenting them Friday, May 27. The May 23 due date is for the written part of your presentation: even if you choose interpretive dance to explain why The Hobbit is still relevant today, I need a typewritten explanation of what, why and how you are doing what you’re doing.


Middle School Lit Arts: You wrote two-character scenes today using the most basic conflict: both characters want something, and the scene ends when one of them gets it. We’ll run these Monday.

Middle School Lit Arts Rotation: 

Survey: Combined – Screenwriting: 

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