Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013


Welcome, AP English Peeps!  J
·      Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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Maximalism and Minimalism—Let’s check out those sentences!

Minimalism—Sources for Your In-Class Essay (Friday)
SOURCE:  “A Few Words About Minimalism (Excerpted); pages 22-3 or your text
1.      From John Barth (minimalisms of unit, form and scale)
a.     Short words
b.    Short sentences and paragraphs
c.     Super-short stories
2.     From John Barth (minimalisms of style)
a.     A stripped-down vocabulary
b.    A stripped-down syntax that avoids periodic sentences, serial predications and complex subordinating constructions
c.     A stripped-down rhetoric that may eschew figurative language altogether
d.    A stripped-down, non-emotive tone
3.     From John Barth (minimalisms of material)
a.     Minimal characters
b.    Minimal exposition
c.     Minimal mises en scene
d.    Minimal action
e.     Minimal plot
4.   SOURCE:  Our List (to Flesh Out Barth’s)
a.     Leaves the reader with more questions than answers
b.    Packed with meaning, even if not packed with words
c.     Limited backgroundhogs
d.    Limited punctuation
e.     Pronouns instead of proper names
5.    SOURCE:  Ernest Hemingway’s Iceberg Quote (page 24; your journal entry)
6.   SOURCE:  Deron Bauman
·      “Minimalism is the effect of a conscious effort to present written elements with the fewest words necessary to deliver the maximum readable impact.
7.    SOURCE:  Chuck Palahniuk’s “She Breaks Your Heart”
a.    *
b.   *
c.    *
d.   *
e.   *
f.     *

Your Tasks
1.      Read and annotate Chuck Palahniuk’s article, “She Breaks Your Heart”.
2.     What you need to get out of it:
a.     What are CP’s definitions of Minimalism?  Make sure you have those clearly marked.
b.    What does CP say makes Amy Hempel so heartbreaking and wonderful?  (What makes her a great writer?)
c.     Reminder:  Look up and define words you don’t know, and wiki and note allusions you don’t “get”.
3.     Read and annotate Amy Hempel’s short story, “The Harvest”.

a.     You’re going to ask a lot of questions.   These will be the basis for our class discussion tomorrow.
b.    Reminder:  Look up and define words you don’t know, and wiki and note allusions you don’t “get”.

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Welcome to Creative Writing!
Ø  Happy Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

When You Come In
1.     Please sign in.
2.    Please make sure you have a big (not a wimpy baby) dictionary under your desk.

Writing Lesson #1:           Avoid clichés.
Writing Lesson #2            Use precise words--not general, relative, or vague ones.
Writing Lesson #3:          Diction matters.  Use Vocabulary Variety.
Writing Lesson #4:          Revision (Around the Block—1st to 2nd; final revision upcoming)
Writing Lesson #5:          Build your vocabulary—freerice!

Writing Lesson #3—
1.   Big Question:  What is diction?
a.     Why is it important?
b.    What does using precise adjectives have to do with diction? (review)
c.     What does avoiding clichés have to do with diction?
d.    What does free rice have to do with diction?
e.     What happens to words over time?

2.  A Bunch of....  (page 15)
a.     Two minutes—match up as many as you can on your own
b.    Two minutes--work with a partner.
c.     Let’s see how we did!

Writing Assignment:  Death of Language (page 16)
1)     Explanation of assignment
2)    Discussion of “A” models
3)    Why you’re using dictionaries for this assignment
4)    Workshop time = Twenty full minutes right now to browse the dictionary
5)    Workshop time tomorrow in class = thirty minutes
6)    By Thursday—have at least ten strong answers (look and sound like examples on page ____) to share on google drive for two other people (sharing in trios) to comment on.
7)    E-mail me if there is someone in class you’d rather not be paired with, if you think your list will be too personal.
8)    By _________—all twenty words are due, typed, and in the same format as you see in the examples on page ____.

Sharing Out/Put your dictionaries on the heater, please.
At __12:48____, type one of your favorite words below:

1.     Jiggery-pokery
2.     Zebrawood
3.     Crumpet
4.     Supercalafragilisticexpialadoucious
5.     Acquiesce
6.     Stargazer
7.     Malefic
8.     Carpe Diem
9.     Inspiring
Writing Experiment #5

1.    Select one of the following writing prompts.
2.    Type for 350 words ore more.  Put your word count in parentheses, next to your name, please.
3.    Paragraph for clarity (when you shift ideas)!

By 1:15 today, printed.
  • If you need more time, finish, then print during seminar.
  • Last Acceptable Turn-In Time = start of class/tardy bell tomorrow
  • Reminder:  we have no snack break tomorrow.

Option 1:  This I Believe
You probably share a basic outlook on life with your friends.  However, most people have a few beliefs that would shock their friends.  Write about a belief of yours that annoys or surprises the people who are close to you.

Option 2:  Making a Comeback
According to the cliché,

Every setback is an opportunity for a comeback.”

 In your life, has this proven true?  Have you always recovered from setbacks?

Once you finish and print, please play free rice.

Due Monday = 17,000 grains

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Howdy, College-Prep Reading!
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

When You Come In
1.      Sign in.
2.     Pick up extra Vocab War sheets, if needed. 
3.     Open to page 1.

Backbone Literature:  Greek Mythology
·      Re-read the bottom two boxes on page 1 before we proceed to synthesize our learning in this unit.

Importance of Beasts and Creatures
a.     Represented evil in conflicts between good and bad
b.    Gave mortals the chance to slay them and become heroes
c.     Offered so many answers and explanations for disasters such as shipwrecks and volcanoes

Beast/Creature Presentations
1.      Creatures
a.     Triton                    DONE
b.    Pegasus                DONE
c.     Amazons              DONE
2.     Half-human, half-animal
a.     Centaurs               DONE
b.    Satyrs                    DONE
c.     Gigantes               DONE
d.    Harpies                 DONE
e.     Sirens                    DONE
f.      Medusa                 (Killed by Perseus)
3.     Monsters
a.     Typhon                 DONE
b.    Pythos                  DONE
c.     Cerberus               DONE(Hercules had to fetch it as a labor.)
d.    Hydra                    DONE  (Hercules had to kill it; Hera made it a constellation.)
e.     Sphinx                  (Defeated by Oedipus)        
f.      Chimera                (Killed by Bellerophon)

College-Prep Note-Taking
·      History Channel’s Gods and Goddesses
o   What strategies do you have for note-taking?
o   How are you connecting all the dots from our Greek myth study?
o   Some of what you’re about to hear will be familiar; some won’t be.  How will your organize it so it makes sense to you?
o   Pick a note-taking strategy, and use it on this video.
o   @9:20 = Lesson:  Motif (handout)


Ø  Play freerice.  (17,000 grains due by Monday)
Ø  Play Vocab War, and update your grid.

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