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Semester’s Close.. Our Story’s End

15 May

Good Morning, Colleagues…

Thank you all again for an amazing semester.  Just a reminder:  English 5-ers, you need to submit the assessment of your rough draft, along with the rough draft itself, and of course your final draft, at 7AM.. SHARP, MONDAY, 5/19/14.

100:  Please bring the assessment you wrote in class on Wednesday along with your final draft on Monday, 10AM.. SHARP.  Also MONDAY, 5/19/14.

And after this term ends, I hope you all continue to exercise your writing, reading, and freethinking.  Never allow anyone to speak for you, or tell you what a text means, or tell you what you should think, be convinced of…  You are YOU, and that’s the only actuality that has true significance.

Talk to you all Monday…

Mike

ps–  Feel free to post anything you want, below, from your final submissions for feedback and workshopping..

English 5….

22 Apr

How’s the writing going, for the Final Submission?

ENGLISH 5: FINAL SUBMISSION FOR SEMESTER …

21 Apr

ENGLISH 5

Final Submission —

“Me.”

“Who are you?”

Length: 5-6 pages

Due: May 19, 2014, 7AM

Precisely…  Who are you after this semester? Write your story for the semester, with some message, lesson, or value in mind, and that persists through your piece. What you went through, both inside and away from academia. How did you evolve, strengthen? How were you challenged?

At some point in your story, I’d like you to make a correlation to one of the authors we read this semester, referencing their book and/or the research you conducted. SHOW, through narration, imagery, and even dialogue, how you identify with their progression as a character– YES! I wrote that right… The AUTHOR as a CHARACTER.

What you’ll submit:

1 – Title Page

2 – Quote in center of 2nd page, from your selected author; bold, 22-38 pt font, in center of page

3 – The story itself…..

I would also advise you look back through the manuscripts we’ve read, and find the passages that gripped you most strongly. Why was the writing effective in holding your attention? Why did that passage hold so much meaning for the author’s story? This assignment is very much about writing your story, yes, but showing what you’ve learned from one of the masters we’ve read, discussed.

The only way a writer can be strong within his/her own Craft is if they’ve read. A lot.

How You’ll Be Graded:

1 – Structure

2 – Narration

3 – Showing vs Telling; details

4 – Mechanics

5 – Language, Word Choice

Both classes….

17 Apr

Final submission prompts will be posted tonight… Sorry for the delay…

Mike

Morning Walk

15 Apr

What are you
writing?
What are
You
reading?
Are you moving?
Please move.
Don’t let
Your
Self
BE
moved.

English 5…..

10 Apr

Talk more about the characters in TW’s book. What does each suggest about Wolff’s attitude towards certain character types?
AND… Why do you think this story was worth writing, in his mind?
AND…..
Why is it worth reading?

(4/4/2014)

4 Apr

Colleagues…

So sorry for my absence, Wednesday. But, when you know you need to recover, or take care of yourSelf, then you do so. That explains your instructor’s locational void the other day. As I write, the day comes to a close, much like our semester. Our final projects are upon us, as is grade calculation. All semester, I’ve been saying that ‘this semester is a book, a story of sorts’. Now, in our last chapters, we make our characters, individually and collectively, known. Written.

ENGLISH 5: Please read to page 199. I know this is a sizable reading assignment, but please consider that your lens, your focus, the connection you bind from Mr. Woolf’s Life with your own, is what our focus now necessitates. Demand answers from his book– Answers to what? Whatever you want! Regarding the characters, general existence topics, family, deception, Life vs Death, the “masculine” role.. you decide. And, as I always urge, journal! Write all your OBSERVATIONS, thoughts, feelings. I, like your colleagues, need your voice to be heard, come Monday’s session.

ENGLISH 100: Please bring your fully completed rough draft to class, Monday. I am planning to call upon NEW readers on Monday to share their positions and how they’re structured. In addition, please continue researching F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author, as well as the time in which he lived. Try to find out how F. Scott’s time period contributed to his writing. I will be assigning the first pages from his novel, come Monday.

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On another note, I hope you’re using your journals to document your days, this semester.. keep track of your individual stories, perhaps monitoring how your character is developing. One of the most advantageous methods for logging a day’s ideas is to have them centered in symbols, or set of symbols. Objects, basically. I invite you to show me some of your entries, see if we can find some creative/”scholarly” way to develop these lines further, for sakes of a written piece.

Also, on Monday.. expect a surprise of sorts, both classes. This ‘surprise’ is only being introduced to energize your writings. Think about the fundamentals of a character, what they want, how they act, what makes them memorable. But, even more importantly: HOW THEY SPEAK!

See you Monday,

Mike