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Wednesday, April 5

April 5, 2017

Poetry Workshop: Today we finished Round Five: Kennedy, Koscinski, Kasper.

I gave out the speed round packets. On Friday, we’ll be divided (for at least part of the time) into these groups:

Group 1: Duffy/Hill/Kasper/Ohlund

Group 2: Bett/Bullock/Cianfarano/Koscinski

Group 3: Bowser/Erb-White/Kennedy/Smith

Group 4: Bocek/Hamilton/Hulick/McDanel

You should read all 16 of the poems in the packet (including yours). Then you only need to respond to the three poems of the other people in your group. Write your responses on the notecards provided. (See me if you need more.) These are short poems, but give a complete response.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Cassidy. For Friday: Henry and Spencer.

Family Values: Today was a little all over the place, for which I apologize. Gave back the tests, with special attention to the math problems.

Then we watched The Flintstones, Season 4, Episode 26 (March 12, 1964): “Operation Switchover.”

We only had time to talk briefly about this show, which is obviously a Stone Age (and better-natured) version of The Honeymooners. The plot of switching jobs is a familiar sitcom trope, as is the idea that men have no idea what a housewife does. (In fairness, we should point out that Wilma has trouble doing Fred’s job, as well.)

Remember that The Flintstones was the first animated prime-time show — at least officially. That meant ads for products that weren’t necessarily kid-friendly:

Then we watched the introduction to perhaps the most gimmicky of the Sixties’ gimmick comedies: The Munsters. (This show has obvious parallels to The Addams Family, which debuted in the same month in 1964, and had a similarly short run, but is an older concept. It was based on a cartoon series created by Charles Addams for The New Yorker,

Image result for the addams family cartoonand then adapted for TV.)

The Munsters were a much more conventional family than the Addamses — take away the plots in which the Munsters have to interact with the outside world, and it could be just about any sitcom family. (But the short runs of both Munsters and Addamses suggest the gimmicks wore thin quickly.

We may try this (or a part of it) again on Friday. We’ll see.

BatCat: Quick note on scheduling: it’s largely a formality, but I do need you to fill out the application again if you plan to be on BatCat next year.

Not to sound like a broken record or anything, but we made a little progress today! I think we’ll be there by Friday. Keep thinking about this stuff, and let me know if you have any epiphanies.

Comedy: Finished The Producers. You turned in your punchline sketches. Tomorrow we’ll just see…

Middle School Lit Arts: The Castle of Art! The Moat of Sorrow! The importance of grammar! “I remember” poems (or at least the start of them).

I gave everyone a copy of an illustrated version of Twelfth Night, by that Shakespeare fellow. Please read it over break. Because would I give you a quiz when you return? Hmmm…

Survey: Screenwriting: Keep in mind the issue that I mentioned at the beginning of class today. If you value any part of this community and want to be a part of it, and I sincerely hope that you do, you need to be more cognizant of what you say – both in and out of the classroom.

I handed back a bunch of old notes; your grades are up-to-date with the exception of the Sequence assignment, which is taking me forever to grade. Apologies! They look pretty good, though, so far.

In class I met with the rest of the groups regarding your story choices – your loglines (Screenwriting 4.3.17 – Story Dev. Part 2) are due on Friday, at the beginning of class. Make sure they’re typed.

If you find that you have any questions about the scheduling stuff (or if you were absent), come see me or Mr. LeRoy any time. We’d like to get these all back by Friday, if possible.

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