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Thursday, March 9

March 9, 2017

Argument: Pseudoproofs! We checked your homework (answer key/explanations available here: Argument Pseudoproof Practice answer key 3-9-17), and then you listened to a “speech” and tried to pick out the pseudoproofs (answers here: Sample pseudoproof argument).

Adaptation: Today I handed out a bunch of readings and then we started to watch Into the Woods. We will continue the viewing on Tuesday. Everyone was here, so I will go ahead and assume that you wrote down what we talked about when it comes to when the readings will be due (I will give you official due dates as they come closer, but I wanted to give these to you today in case you want to get a head start).

Siren: Workshop, part II.

Your assignment for Tuesday:

  • Pick one of your two workshop pieces (the Nathanael Turner piece or the BatCat piece)
  • Figure out the average sentence length. (That is, count the number of words in each sentence, and divide that number by the total number of sentences in the story.) That’s your first number.
  • Count up the total number of words in your story that have three or more syllables (excluding proper nouns). That’s your second number.
  • Add the first number to the second number, and then multiply the total by .4.
  • That number is the “Fog Index” of your writing. We’ll talk more about this Tuesday.


Publishing: Today we discussed your next project, which I guess is going to be a haiku book. 🙂 

Comedy: Today we went over the history of color in film and watched a few samples. Here is the website I mentioned in class – it has an exhaustive history of color processes in a timeline format, if you’re interested in learning more:

The paper for The Great Dictator will be due next Wednesday! Here’s the sheet again, if you need it: Comedy 3.8.17 – Paper 1, The Great Dictator

Here are the clips we watched in class:

Survey: CNF: You took a quiz on “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold.” If you missed it, you’ll make it up Tuesday. Then we talked about it. I gave you an excerpt from Lee Gutkind — “A Famous and Memorable Scene” — which you should read for Tuesday.

I also collected the sense of place essays, and gave back the second essays. Some good stuff! Remember to take advantage of riffs — they shape an essay! And pay attention to transitions between grafs; they often signal the difference between an OK essay and a pro effort.

Your interview transcripts are due Tuesday. Use a Q&A format and edit out any long tangents. But reproduce the dialogue as accurately as you can — including the “like”s, “um”s and “uh”s. At the end of your transcript, include a one-paragraph summary of your observations about the person: tone of voice, mannerisms, etc.

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