Reading for College
November 9, 2012
Minimalism Reflection; Wrap-Up Monday
Combined Discussion and Note-Taking of Key Ideas
1. Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is set out to expose the essence or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.
2. Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
3. “Popular Mechanics” was written in the 1970s. (Research needed here)
a. Why has the minimalist style might have developed in the 1970s and remained popular in contemporary times.
b. Why was writing that is short, simple, and straightforward (i.e., “minimal”) appealing particularly to readers in the 1970s.
4. The writing of Carver ushered in a new style called minimalism, a style that is regarded as very contemporary and is still popular today.
5. Important BIG PICTURE IDEA:
a. Literature develops from the writing that came before it.
b. What does this mean?
6. Writers are also influenced by the styles of their literary predecessors.
7. “Less is more.”
8. “Tell it like it is.”
9. What is one similarity you see between “Cat in the Rain” (1925) and “Popular Mechanics” (1970s) related to the situation or to the theme?
10. Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory
12. Typed one-page (doublespaced) response
a. Sounds REFLECTIVE
i. You’re thinking
ii. you’re talking about your learning
b. Kindness to Authors!
c. Details to support your points (They Say, I Say)
i. “Popular Mechanics”
ii. “Cat in the Rain”
iii. “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
1. Periods of Literature (handout)
2. Online research
a. What’s happening in the fifties and sixties (before Carver writes “Popular Mechanics”?
b. What’s happening from 1900-1920, prior to Hemingway’s writing “Cat in the Rain”?
· For each time period (2) your group needs ten important timeline items that you feel COULD HAVE IMPACTED a move towards a minimalistic style of writing.
· Google presentation (saved in our class folder in google drive)
· Viewing at 1:05!
Welcome to Creative Writing!
Fiction and Memoir Comments
1. Is the ending satisfying?
2. How’s my word choice? Vocabulary Variety?
3. Do I have enough detail?
4. What’s your favorite part?
5. How’s my conflict?
6. What setting detail did you like?
7. Did I use precise adjectives?
8. How is my title?
9. Was the story suspenseful?
10. Did I use vivid description—using the five senses?
11. Did I avoid clichés? Eh, not on this assignment! J
Here’s how I turned my earliest memory story into a poem. What do you notice?
Up to their belly buttons
In the immense jet black tub
The girl steps out
Sees her brother, peachy-white
She sees the silver handle
Turns the knob
All the way
Towards the wall
Steam rises off the water
Drifting up to the white ceiling
Baby brother turning pink
Waving skinny little arms
Mom runs in