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Thursday, May 24

May 24, 2018
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WWTWWT: Germanic philosophers quiz.

Tuesday you have two finals from your classmates to comment on.

I gave you two handouts: a final exam review guide: WWT2 Final Exam Review Spring 2018, and the essay “Unspeakable Ethics, Unnatural Law” by Arthur Leff. (You can download it here if you didn’t get a copy, or just see me.)

You should look at the review guide and have questions ready for Tuesday’s review. You need to read the essay before next Thursday’s final. I will not answer any questions about it — you’re on your own there. But it will be the basis for an 11-point essay question, so please be ready.)

Book History: Printing day #1! Most of you made a lot of progress. Thursday will be basically the same – if you want to do more printing on fabric or other materials, most of you will probably have time. (Just a thought: using the alphabet blocks to actually spell something out on a shirt or poster? Making extra prints for you mom? Greeting cards? You can also use the other colors of ink, if you want.)

We’ll bind these together next week. The final will also take place next week – we’ll discuss on Thursday.

Siren: Worked on June stuff. A real doozy of a cover coming up.

Publishing: Today was a little slow because of reason, but TOMORROW. Let’s just say… we have things to do. (For anyone who care: the translucent stuff has been printed! We are VERY close to the final steps.)

Prompt: 

Podcasting: Work. And stuff.

Survey: CNF: No class today — a special workshop with our BatCat Press author and guest, Jessica Poli.

I gave you an extension on your hybrid essays until next Thursday. You are welcome — either for the extension, or for a more or less unencumbered Memorial Day weekend!

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Wednesday, May 23

May 24, 2018
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Poetry Workshop: Finished R9. Speed Round 10 Friday.

Your revision — of one poem you have done in this workshop — is due on the blog by 8 a.m. Tuesday. Remember: I am looking for substantial revisions, not a couple of commas. These revisions will be graded on content.

Also remember: we are only leaving comments on the blog for these revisions: no annotations. (Unless you just want to do them.)

CNF Workshop: Workshopped Alexa today. Layla and Rachel are for Friday. You got Marena’s next essay, which will be workshopped next Wednesday. Stay tuned for more (and remember to give our seniors an excellent last workshop! Do you comments, etc.!).

Comics: Bronze Age quiz. If you were absent, you’ll make it up Friday.

Friday is a TBD day. It’s likely we’ll begin reviewing for next Friday’s final exam.

Final project due next Wednesday!

BatCat: Everything is fine!

New Media: Reality show work day. The last one. I would like to see these episodes Tuesday before we screen them next Wednesday.

Remember: this is the final week for your blog posts. Go out with the proverbial bang!

Survey: Screenwriting: No class due to LAVA presentation. I will check in with you on Friday to get your final commitments (remember, you have to choose between the excerpt or the final test).

Senior Reading order for tomorrow night…

May 22, 2018
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…is this, after deliberative deliberations:

  1. Rachel Hill / creative nonfiction / Midland  
  2. Ian McKinzie / poetry / Cranberry 
  3. Layla Denny / creative nonfiction / Hopewell 
  4. Sam McDanel / poetry / Chippewa 
  5. Yasmine Duncan / fiction / Midland 
  6. Sarah Duffy / fiction and poetry / New Castle 
  7. Sara Hamilton / poetry / Peters Township 
  8. Luke Aloi / fiction / Beaver 
  9. Tony Hulick / poetry / Aliquippa 
  10. Victoria Wolfe / creative nonfiction / Midland 
  11. Emily Koscinski /  poetry / Zelienople 
  12. Sarah Bett / creative nonfiction / Ben Avon 
  13. Olivia Smith / creative nonfiction / Mars 

Should you see a problem or have a question, please speak up and soon.

Tuesday, May 22

May 22, 2018
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WWTWWT: We discussed Nietzsche. More on this ASAP.

Quiz Thursday on the Germanic philosophers of the 19th century. I’ll try to include the finger puppets. Here’s the study guide: WWT2 The Germanic Philosophers Study Guide May 22 2018

I gave you two finals from classmates. Your job for Tuesday is to analyze the philosophical idea(s) in each piece and write a short (one-page) response to each piece. Do it on separate pieces of paper, please.

Book History: Printing day #1! Most of you made a lot of progress. Thursday will be basically the same – if you want to do more printing on fabric or other materials, most of you will probably have time. (Just a thought: using the alphabet blocks to actually spell something out on a shirt or poster? Making extra prints for you mom? Greeting cards? You can also use the other colors of ink, if you want.)

We’ll bind these together next week. The final will also take place next week – we’ll discuss on Thursday.

Siren: Senior Reading rehearsal. If you’re not a senior, you worked on the June edition.

We will fold/staple/distribute tomorrow.

Publishing: Today was a little slow because of reason, but TOMORROW. Let’s just say… we have things to do. (For anyone who care: the translucent stuff has been printed! We are VERY close to the final steps.)

Prompt: 

New Media: Work. And stuff.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today was, as promised, a work/study day. If you plan on taking the test and come up with questions in the meantime, let me know or email. Use your common sense, and spend the most time on knowing terms, three act structure and DEFINITELY read the handbook again! Here it is, so you don’t have to go digging: Screenwriting 2.26.18 – Handbook.

Monday, May 21

May 21, 2018
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Poetry Workshop: Today: Holten/McKinzie/Starr/LeRoy.

Two more for Wednesday: Wolfe & Ambrose.

Speed Round Friday. Revisions (of any poem we’ve workshopped) due by 8 a.m. next Tuesday.

CNF Workshop: Slight change to the workshop schedule: Alexa for Wednesday, Layla and Rachel for Friday. All due dates remain the same.

Comics: Today we took a quiz on The Dark Knight Returns.

We discussed The Watchmen — specifically, a five-page sequence with Rorschach — and the way it took vigilante heroes like Batman, Dirty Harry, etc. and made them disturbingly real. Could Rorschach (Walter Kovacs) have been Bernhard Goetz in a mask, dirty trenchcoat and lifts? Writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons forced us to think about this. (See me if you were absent to get the handout.)

Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns were cynical, disturbingly realistic, and very much a part of the world in which they were created. In other words, there was none of the relief and escapism that superhero comics had generally tried to provide. And with their publication, the Bronze Age ended, and superheroes would never be the same again.

Bronze Age quiz Wednesday. Everything we’ve been over is on the blog. See me if you have questions.

BatCat: Thanks for all of your hard work today! Just a few more days.

New Media: Work day. Reality shows (all three episodes) due next Wednesday, may 30.

Survey: Screenwriting: A few things today:

Tomorrow is a work/study day, and we can do an informal review if people want one.

Friday, May 18

May 18, 2018
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Poetry Workshop: Today: Shafran/Aloi/Wahlenmayer.

For Monday: McKinzie/Starr/LeRoy

CNF Workshop: Layla was absent, so we’re holding her essay over to Monday. Two new essays (Luke and Chip) are due for Monday as well.

Comics: Today we shared your responses to the prompt about Marvel’s diversity problem. Some very smart and provocative answers representing multiple viewpoints.

I met with people individually about comics. Again, some really intriguing projects — at least based on just one page.

Make sure you’ve read Dark Knight Returns for Monday! (See Wednesday’s post for the link.)

BatCat: Thanks for your efforts this week. We still have a long way to go. Just a few more days!

Podcasting: Episode 2 was due at the beginning of class. We listened to a couple, then I gave you lists of the required listening shows you haven’t yet reported on. Moving forward, you can do more than one a week, if you need to, to fulfill the requirement.

Episode 3 is due at the beginning of class next Friday.

Survey: CNF: Today you shared your reviews with a partner, and checked for the CNF qualities we’ve discussed first and foremost (imagery/sensory detail/moments), as well as the four qualities of a good review that we discussed yesterday.

We briefly discussed your what if essays, and the fact that both the reviews and these essays can be considered examples of journalism. Don’t fear it just yet!

I owe you guys a lot of stuff back. You should receive it next week.

DANCING FOR DONUTS

May 18, 2018
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If you want a donut this morning:

  • If you’re a morning person, find a Survey. If you’re a Survey, find a morning person.
  • Together, come up with a new dance move. It’s going to sweep the nation.
  • Come up to our office. Do the dance move. Simultaneously and with enthusiasm.
  • You both get donuts.

THOSE ARE MY TERMS.

UPDATE: Actually, I forgot that I have a meeting this morning. If we’re not in our office, wait in line or come back later. Terms still apply.  I’m back, we’re good.