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Thursday, February 16

February 16, 2017
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Argument: Today we reviewed your homework. Then we talked about appeals, which we could call the “style” part of the “style vs. substance” question in argument. Except that style counts: in fact, it can lose you an argument.

There are essentially three types of appeals, which Aristotle himself identified (that’s why they’re in Greek):

  • Appeals to pathos (emotion): these can be personal or anecdotal.
  • Appeals to ethos (ethics): these are moral appeals.
  • Appeals to logos (logic): these are generally statistical and historical (which can also include the citation of written, non-statistical sources)

What appeal(s) should you use when? That’s a question we’ll be asking all semester.

Because we will have a shortened class Tuesday, I am not assigning homework. However:

  1. We will be reviewing for your first quiz, which will cover everything we have covered to date, and which will certainly include an argument you will have to analyze.
  2. If you are absent Tuesday, you still have to take the quiz Thursday. (Check the blog, is my best advice to you in that situation.)
  3. I will expect everyone to have “A Modest Proposal” read by Tuesday, Feb. 28, at which time you can expect another quiz on your reading.

Adaptation: Today we finished watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A response sheet was handed out; responses are due Tuesday. adaptation-2-16-17-response-3-breakfast-at-tiffanys. Please stay aware of the readings that you need to complete (one for next Thursday, the other for the Tuesday following that).

Siren: Today we had our first workshop. I thought it went well, overall — we’ll need to do this a couple more times to really get it down.

Please remember that these pieces are assigned to everyone on staff; that they are due on the date specified (or they are late); and that they do count toward your grade. I’m giving everyone a pass on an annotation grade today, but that will also be a grade moving forward. If you are absent, it’s your job to get the packet of stuff – I will post it on the blog as well. And of course, I expect verbal participation as well.

There will be a lot less downtime in this class henceforth, so please plan accordingly!

We interviewed Miss Bocek today about AWP for our second piece. Here’s the audio.

These pieces will be due a week from today — next Thursday, Feb. 23. Please post them to the SIREN blog. We will make up packets and workshop these pieces on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Daily Prompt: 

Publishing: Today we went through a bunch of ink! Thanks for your help. Next week we’ll do the business cards. Think about what kind of paper you might want to utilize!

Comedy: Today we talked a bit about Duck Soup, spent most of our time talking about verbal humor and wordplay.

We watched the following clips in class:

You added the following terms to your notes: pun, oxymoron, onomatopoeia, mondegreen (misunderstanding a spoken phrase as something else), portmanteau (mashing two words together to get a new word: smog, brunch, bromance), and paraprosdokian (in which the second half of a phrase or sentence makes the listener/reader have to reconsider the meaning of the first half – think of Groucho’s “elephant in my pajamas” line from Animal Crackers.

You got a writing assignment, which can be found here:  comedy-2-16-17-writing-assignment-1-verbal-comedy-sketch. This is due next Wednesday.

Survey: CNF: Today you turned in your first essays. Then we listened to this broadcast from 2000 of David Sedaris reading his essay “The Youth in Asia” on NPR’s This American Life, as we followed along with the version that appeared in his book Me Talk Pretty One Day. We talked about focus and theme, and how the humor works in this essay.

(Here is the full essay — sorry about the missing page!)

You then wrote a moment for a moment in which you were afraid to tell someone something. Keep these, because they could be the basis of your next essay.

Tuesday we will have a quiz on what we’ve covered so far. Besides the three Sedaris essays we’ve read, everything you need to know is pretty much on this handout: cnf-overview-2017

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