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Friday, November 4

November 4, 2016
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CNF Workshop: Today: Kashuba and Bullock.

Monday: Comments and annotations for Mckinzie and Kasper are due. We’ll also workshop Kennedy, and that will conclude the fourth rotation.

Wednesday: Reading quiz. Round 5 essays due on the blog by 8 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 14 through Monday, Nov. 21: Round five.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Finish Round Five if necessary. Reading quiz. Round 6 essays will be due by 8 a.m.

After that, we’ll see. But you should expect a seventh essay due before Christmas break.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Cassidy. You have Olivia and Alexa for Monday. Comments and annotations due as usual.

Public Speaking: I gave you most of the block to work on your speeches, which are due Monday. If the (typewritten) speech is not printed and ready to turn in by 10:19, it is late, and you will lose points.

What do I want to see?

Headings clearly marked, as follows:

  1. Opening. How will you introduce your speech? (You’ve gotten feedback on this already.) A startling statement? A provocative question? Something more basic? A combination of two or more? And how does the audience figure into this?
  2. Post-Opening. Your transition into the body of the speech. If you haven’t yet told us how this speech affects us/is going to help us, it has to happen now.
  3. Body. How many things do you want to tell the audience? Are they ordered a certain way? Remember: it’s better to get one point across well than three or four points in a half-assed way. Also: are you going to use visuals/audio/video/etc.? If so, then be sure you mark all slides/videos/etc. where they appear in the speech. Use a parenthetical, like this: (Show slide #2).
  4. Closing. This can be as simple as a sentence — think of Nigel Marsh’s final line: “And that, I think, is an idea worth spreading.” But look also at how Angela Duckworth closed her speech — we talked about it Wednesday. There was the signal that the talk was ending, which got the audience’s attention, and then she followed it up with a call to action — here’s what we should do.

The final thing I want to see — and you can just include it at the bottom of your paper somewhere — is how many note cards you think you’re going to need when you give this speech. I’ll look over the suggestions and come up with an answer Monday.

I recommend that you:

  1. Look at some of the shorter TED Talks we’ve been watching for tips. The three we watched Wednesday would be a good place to start. Swipe an idea if you think it’ll work for you.
  2. Time yourself. (Which also means practice.) This speech needs to be a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of five. If yours comes in more than a few seconds long or short, we have a problem. (Allow time for extras, like the A/V stuff.)
  3. Be skeptical. This isn’t meant to encourage more crippling self-doubt, but look at your speech critically. If you were a stranger, would you understand it? Would you buy it?

BatCat: Today seemed like a decent work day – thank you. Please work on some submissions over the weekend!!

Horror: Today we added a tenth and final item to our list of Stuff That Scares Us: “myth and legend.” Does that feature in Pet Sematary? Of course. The stories about the Pet Sematary have been local legend for decades; the stories about the Micmac burial ground have been around for centuries.

That adds gravity to the situation, and makes hubris worse — especially since Louis was clearly warned by a sage, a guardian of the boundary not to be crossed, not to do what he does. But Louis is a doubter; he trusted the wrong guy — Jud — instead of Victor Pascow, and the prophecy came true. Myth and legend are most powerful in horror when we get the sense that they foretell something that might be inevitable, that they are — if you will — divinely ordained. (Or at least, something decided by powers greater than our own.) You know this already, because we saw it over and over again when looking at Greek myth. When the oracle said something, you could usually take it to the bank — even though it was usually tragic.

Your assignment for Monday is to be sure you can get the Lovecraft book I sent you. I’ll be checking at the beginning of the block. Make sure you at least try to open the book.

Survey: Fiction: Midterm. If you didn’t finish, you will do so on Monday. I will talk to those of you that did well in the review game about potential rewards on Monday as well.

Due Monday: the character dossier sheet and the character interrogation. Both of these things can be found here, if you need a new copy: fiction-10-24-16-character-info-sheet // fiction-10-24-16-character-interrogation-1. Please put these in your folders, and bring the folders to class!

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