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Wednesday, October 5

October 5, 2016

CNF Workshop: Today: McDanel and Mckinzie. Friday you have a reading quiz on the packet, and your third-round essay is due on the blog by 8 a.m.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Olivia. We are holding Sarah Bett’s screenplay over to Friday.

In class you received Spencer and Sara Hamilton’s screenplays. Spencer’s is for Friday; Sara’s is for next Wednesday. Annotations and comments are due on their respective days. This means that we will be altering our calendar a little, but the main thing you need to remember is that DUE DAYS REMAIN THE SAME. So now you know.

From now on, when you are absent, turn in your annotations to the red folder just below the absence box on my bookshelf. Please don’t hand them to me in class or at another time; just put them in the folder and hopefully nothing will get lost! Remember that I will not ever ask you for annotations that are missing – it is 100% your responsibility to remember to turn them in.

Grades are updated as much as they can be at the moment. Questions? See me any time.

Public Speaking: Heard some more fifth-round recitations, and then we watched this TED Talk from Richard St. John about the eight secrets of success.

There’s a lot to take from this short presentation, but the biggest thing for us, today, is the fact that he began it with a story. Stories can be powerful openers. They don’t have to be long. They can humanize abstract topics (like this one). They also provide visuals — which you guys already know from Survey and wherever else. This story was especially good because it also humanized the speaker: he admitted he was caught not knowing something he felt he should have known, and set out to address that.

For the second half of the block, you worked on your taglines. Remember:

  1. It has to be audience-centric. That means, it answers the implicit “why should I care?” question.
  2. It has to be punchy. Avoid weak constructions and the passive voice — e.g., “How you might be affected by Pokemon Go!” Be active and certain: “Three ways Pokemon Go! will ruin your life and leave you homeless.”
  3. It has to be short, yet specific. “Why videogames are good for you” is short and audience-centric, but I’d be even more interested with more specifics: “”How gaming can help you find your soulmate” is better.

On Friday, I’ll be collecting these cards at the start of class. (Yes, this is homework.) Take your best shot at selling us on your talk!

BatCat: Ten days till Frostburg! We are shifting gears into getting ready for Handmade Arcade; there are many other things we need to accomplish as well, so stay flexible.

Horror: Today we talked for a while about identity, and all the name crises we didn’t cover last year in Survey. Glad we all got through it.

Then we reviewed for the test Friday. Everything on this sheet history-of-horror-what-weve-done-so-far-sept-2016 is fair game, along with our current list of Six Things That Scare Us, and the uncanny valley (what it is; who coined the term; how it applies to things like dolls and dummies and what have you). See me if you have questions!

Survey: Fiction: Today we reviewed what we went over on Monday (if you were absent, make sure to get the notes from someone else!), and then we went through a series of excerpts illustrating each of the narrator typed we defined on Monday. (fiction-10-5-16-pov-samples.

I handed back some of your quizzes as well as the A&P voice analysis assignment from a couple of weeks back. Generally, the work on this assignment was very disappointing and graded very leniently – this must improve. Remember that identifying an example of something (be it use of vocabulary, syntax, sentence structure) is not enough; you need to explain what it is illustrating, or what it is an example of. Analyzing is more involve than simple making an observation.

Which brings us to the assignment for next Wednesday: you got two point of view analysis sheets, and need to analyze two of the stories that we’ve read in class: everyone will be analyzing The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, and then you got assigned one other story. Complete these analysis sheets to the best of your ability – type if you wish, but be sure to reproduce the structure/questions on your typed copy if you do! Here’s the sheet: fiction-10-5-16-pov-analysis-sheet.

For Wednesday, also read The Yellow Wallpaper from The Norton Anthology (pg. 302). There will be a quiz, as usual.


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