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Tuesday, September 20

September 20, 2016

Spongebob: First quiz.

Then we added our fourth archetype: the Sage, which represents our need to believe that someone has all (or at least most) of the answers. Sages are smart by definition; they mentor heroes and heroines, or they simply provide the brains of the group.

The subarchetypes are:

The Wise Old Man (or Woman): This term is adapted from Jung, who noted the presence of older mentor-like figures throughout dreams and mythology. Examples abound: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda from Star Wars; Gandalf from LoTR; Dumbledore from Harry Potter, Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas.

The Brain: A younger Sage. Not a Know-It-All: this person actually knows what they claim to know, and their knowledge is valued. Velma from Scooby-Doo, Mr. Spock and Wade from Kim Possible are examples.

Critical Reading: Today was our final day discussing Saussure. Hope you took notes; hold on to your packets, since you will very likely need them later in the semester. There is no homework for Thursday.

Siren: We worked on turning our Pledge piece into an actual news story. Remember our tips for next time you go out to interview people!

Style: Today you handed in your imagined monologues (thanks to those who read; some funny, interesting stuff!). The style for this weeks is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. I’ve given you the complete book – there are 40-some sonnets, and yes, I do expect you to read them all. Please do not include any “this is what a sonnet is!” stuff in your notes for Thursday – that’s too easy. Focus on the more sophisticated elements of style. You can also include one note, if you wish, on Browning’s history or the history of this collection, as it may be relevant.

Notes are due, as usual, at the beginning of class on Thursday. If you were absent, there’s a copy of the reading in the box (and here: fromportusonnets00browrich). If you were absent, please also make sure to hand in your monologues ASAP (if you were here and didn’t hand it in, do so tomorrow for 20% off – better than nothing, believe me).

Reading: Today you did an in-class prompt, which we briefly discussed (reading-for-writers-9-20-16-prompt-3-intro-to-war). If you were absent, please complete this and hand it in ASAP. The rest of your time was (supposed to be) spent working on your presentations for next week. Shoot for 3 – 10 minutes in length for your presentations, and don’t forget that a visual element (film or still) is HIGHLY recommended!

Little update: I finished grading your quizzes and entered them into the gradebook. If you are concerned about how this affected your grade, remember that it’s early in the semester, and you have plenty of time to bring your grade back up if needed, starting with next week’s presentations!

Survey: Poetry: I spent a little time covering the things that seemed to give people problems on the first quiz, specifically the difference between mixed metaphor and synecdoche, and the definitions of imagery and abstraction. Remember that a writer is responsible for conveying ALL the senses, not just visuals.

We talked in class about euphony and cacophony, and the letters that make them happen. (Long vowels and soft consonants for euphony; short vowels and hard consonants for cacophony.) You then gave me some written examples of the four main non-rhyming sound devices: assonance, consonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We’ll go over these Thursday.

For Thursday: please read Chapter Five in your textbook. Pay attention to types of rhyme.



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