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Tuesday, September 27

September 27, 2016
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Critical Reading & Spongebob: Guest speaker Madison Taylor.

Siren: Madison Taylor joined us for some additional Q&A and helped us edit October copy. Remember what we discussed about when it’s appropriate to fact-check someone’s quotes, and when you should use verbs like “claimed” and “alleged.”

Style: Today you shared and handed in your Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnets. The style for this week is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Read it and take notes for Thursday!

Reading for Writers: First day of presentations. We will continue on Thursday.

Survey: Poetry: Today we reviewed stuff from Chapter 5. I gave you a prequiz, which covered the following:

  1. The four non-rhyming sound devices: alliteration, assonance, consonance and onomatopoeia.
  2. Types of rhyme: true rhyme, slant (or off) rhyme and eye rhyme, as well as end rhyme and internal rhyme.
  3. The difference between end-stopping and enjambment.
  4. Although the prequiz didn’t cover it, we also talked again about euphony and cacophony.

Those 13 terms will be the subject of a for-real quiz Thursday.

I also gave you your first official poem-writing assignment. For next Tuesday, you are to write a poem on any subject. The poem must

  1. have no fewer than 10 and no more than 12 lines.
  2. have a tenor (in other words, a main idea) and a vehicle (in other words, at least one strong image) to express it.
  3. have at least one example of assonance, consonance or alliteration.
  4. have at least one example of either end-stopping or enjambment (you could use both, of course).

This poem may be typewritten or handwritten, but it must be ready at the beginning of class Tuesday. (If you need it printed, please take care of that ahead of time.)

It must also be accompanied by the poem creation checklist I gave you today (see me if you were absent).

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