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Tuesday, November 29

November 29, 2016

Spongebob: Took a quiz on Taming of the Shrew and discussed it a little. We will watch the first hour on Thursday. Please bring something I can put the digital version on so you can finish watching on your own.

Gave back the midterms and discussed them — nice job overall!

Finally, don’t forget about rhe final project. It is due Dec. 15. Here are the guidelines: spongebob-final-guidelines-nov-2016

Critical Reading: Today there were a lot of people absent, but we went ahead anyway. In class we reviewed notes from the beginning of the semester – back to basics, primarily because of the rather disappointing article assignment from before break. We went over RDI, as well as choices, and you (might have) added “inference” and “implication” to your notes as well.

In class, we looked at two article concerning the same topic, one from The New York Times and one from The Washington Post. In class we read these articles, you annotated, and we began to discuss them. I anticipate talking about these a bit more on Thursday; if you were absent, there are copies in the bin for you to pick up. Read and annotate for Thursday, specifically looking at the choices made by the respective authors (language, content, structure).

Siren: Worked on December stuff. The social media team (Bett, Morrison, Hamilton, McCollough) met and everyone reviewed these guidelines for social media use. sirensocialmediaguidelines

We did a quick post-mortem on the November edition; the short version is that we did well once again. Let’s not let it rest there, though!

Style: Round 1 of the comedy routines. We will have a full slate on Thursday as well.

The style for this week is Sherrie Flick’s microfiction. As usual, you need to take notes for Thursday, but it is unlikely that we will actually get to discuss them. For next Tuesday, you need to write 2 microfiction that are related in tone.

Reading for Writers: Today we finished watching Animal Crackers and you got a short response to complete for Thursday. Please be thoughtful! reading-for-writers-11-29-16-prompt-5-response-to-animal-crackers

Survey: Poetry:  We started with this sample PowerPoint presentation of the poetry of Sir John Betjeman. We talked about your final presentations, which are due Dec. 10. Remember: you are also responsible for turning in copies of the poems you use. You need a minimum of four poems — I recommend more. And you need to find multiple examples of each element you choose.

Then we watched this video: 

to begin discussing irony. Yes, we know that really none of the examples in this song really rise to the level of irony, which normally involves a reversal of expectations.

It’s the distance between what’s expected and what actually happens that accounts for whether something is legitimately ironic, though. For example, “rain on your wedding day” might be unexpected (or at least not ideal), but it happens all the time and really isn’t a huge reversal. A 98-year-old winning the lottery and then dying is unusual and probably tragic, but hardly unexpected. (They’re 98 years old, after all.) An Olympic swimmer drowning in the bathtub, on the other hand, offers a rare juxtaposition between what we expect to happen, and what actually occurs.

We talked about three different types of irony:

a. Verbal irony (sarcasm — when you say something that is the opposite of what you mean.)
b. Situational irony (when an event has an outcome that is the exact opposite of what was expected. For example, the Olympic swimmer drowning in his bathtub. Or, let’s say, a couple who go to divorce court end up falling back in love during the divorce proceedings.)
c. Dramatic irony (when the audience/reader knows something that a character does not.)

Then we talked about some other, somewhat related, terms from Chapter 10:

Paradox: A statement that seems contradictory or even impossible but which carries some deeper meaning (as when Jesus said, “They have ears, but hear not.”)

Coincidence: A random juxtaposition of events. “Rain on your wedding day,” to quote the popular song, is really just coincidence. Yes, you might expect that wedding days will be sunny, but of course, lots of them aren’t. That’s really not a sharp enough contrast between expected and actual outcome to qualify as irony. If you’re surprised to meet your friend at the mall, even though you didn’t plan it, it isn’t ironic — it’s coincidence. That sort of thing happens all the time too.

Read the rest of Chapter 10 if you haven’t already! It’s mostly review of stuff you’ve already done in Fiction: persona, denotation/connotation, diction and syntax, etc.


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