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Monday, September 12

September 12, 2016
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CNF Workshop: Today: Pierri, Koscinski and Kashuba. For Wednesday, please note this change: comments and annotations for Pilch and Adamson. (We moved Mr. Bowser to Friday because of the financial aid thing for seniors Wednesday morning.)

Screenwriting Workshop: Today was a work day. Remember that your Round 1 pieces are ALL due by 8:45 on Wednesday (the 14th), and that your films/storyboards/etc. are due at the beginning of class on Friday.

Public Speaking: Second round of recitations today. I thought overall there was improvement. Just clean up your entrances and especially exits: take that extra beat at the end, hold your pose, and then depart.

If you did not go today, you’ll go at the start of class Wednesday.

You do NOT have to bring in a recitation piece this week: I am going to give everyone the same piece (or two).

We watched this TED Talk from author Dan Pink. I’ll be asking you a few questions about it on Wednesday:

BatCat: Tentatively staying after school on Wednesday.

Horror: Quiz on the first 10 chapters of Pet Semetary and other stuff. You told tragic pet stories.

For next Monday: please read chapters 11-20 in Pet Semetary. (Roughly another 50 pages.)

Middle School Rotation: Practical spelling words! Here’s our list:

  1. definitely
  2. guarantee
  3. refrigerator
  4. its/it’s
  5. there/their/they’re
  6. eligible
  7. piece
  8. scissors
  9. sympathy
  10. restaurant
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. Wednesday
  13. irrelevant
  14. reiterate
  15. exceptional
  16. luscious
  17. associate
  18. theory
  19. embarrassment
  20. grammar

Middle School L.A. Enrichment: Quiz today on the first two chapters of Neverwhere. We discussed why this book seems to be working so far, at least in its first 50 pages:

  • It has a relatable protagonist. Richard Mayhew is not exceptionally smart, funny  or strong. He’s a nice guy who tries to do the right thing. He’s also fairly weak and his fiance walks all over him. He second-guesses himself a lot. And he’s not terribly brave: in fact, he’s deathly afraid of heights. In short, he’s not that much different from a lot of us. We can put ourselves in his shoes fairly easily.
  • It keeps us interested with a series of problems. If we’re just looking at this from Richard’s point of view, there are at least six (I’m skipping the smaller ones, like him forgetting to confirm his restaurant reservation): 1. Richard isn’t sure he should move to London. 2. He does, then falls in love with a girl who bosses him around constantly. 3. He’s forced to choose between her and saving Door. 4. He finds out two people are looking for Door, who seem to want to do her harm. 5. To solve Door’s problem, he’s forced to go on a long errand that makes him confront his fear of heights. 6. After all of that, Door won’t tell him what’s going on and disappears.
  • It also sketches out most of the major characters in the book. Richard. Jessica. Door. Croup. Vandemar. The Marquis. Old Bailey. We don’t know everything about them yet — why are Croup and Vandemar chasing Door, for example? Who do they work for? But we know enough to keep us reading.

Here’s a what we DON’T have: a bunch of exposition to slow things down early on. We know that wherever Door comes from, the rules are different. We’ll find out more in time.

For next Monday: Please read Chapters Three and Four.

Survey: Fiction: Today you took a quiz on The ChrysanthemumsWe discussed the story, and then you took notes on “concrete, significant detail,” which is another (pretty accessible) way of thinking about using imagery in storytelling. Basically, actively think about what details you’re including and why. We’ll do more on this on Wednesday.

In class you got two handouts: fiction-9-12-16-dog-story-rewrites-prompt-3fiction-9-12-16-dog-story-with-notes. We read these in class. Prompt #3 is on the back of the first handout, and is due on Wednesday. Please put it in your notebook and appropriately label it.

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