Monday, November 11, 2013

AP Lit 3G: Trifles

Today we will begin with "Trifles" and close with a couple of voluntary project shares.

In a first for this class, we will stage a dramatic reading of Susan Glaspill's "Trifles."  As we move through the dialogue, we will storyboard the action as well.  (My hope and dream is that one of our artistically inclined folk will take marker in hand and illustrate for us as we go.)  The intent here is to see the importance of blocking, while also aligning movement to dialogue and such.  (I'm less than articulate at the moment.  I know what I mean. I think.)

And we very well may need to stand up and act to make it all work.

We'll end class with a couple of project shares.  We'll keep sharing as we go through the next several classes. Sharing is completely voluntary.

Lastly, note the new synthesis essay is due for workshopping next week.  Plan wisely.  Start some pre-planning now and document, document, document your process.  You will want it all for your big self-analysis project in the spring.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Creative Post:
Write a brief dialogue in which two characters reveal exactly how they feel about a third, not-present character, without ever using the phrasing, "I don't like ... " or "I really appreciate ____" etc.  This is an opportunity to practice showing vs. telling while also gaining perspective on the challenge facing a playwright that doesn't want to bore audiences with exposition.
Due: Friday, November 15

Read & Annotate: Hamlet, 1.1 (Click for Folger edition online; download PDF from them for handwritten markups)
It is an admitted challenge.  Be brave.  We will be reading it all in class as well.
Due: Thurs, November 14

Prethinking & Starting to Write: Synthesis #2
Source material is anything you've read for class by assigment or choice
Workshop Draft Due: Wed., November 20th
Submission Draft Due: Tuesday, November 26th

PACE: Music & Poetry Solving Problems as We Solve Our Own

We'll start Tuesday with a look at this.  (If you are looking at this on an iPad, you'll likely see nothing but a jigsaw puzzle piece or some such indicator that there's no Flash available to you.)

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We'll briefly explore these words, who wrote them, what they mean, and what it means for your work this week.  I'm being a little shifty and mysterious because of the lesson itself, but basically we are going to practice in class the work you will be doing on your blogs this week.

After this activity, we have some very important work to complete.  We have to walk out the door with our essential questions established for this unit, a clear sense of project choices that should allow you to answer those questions, and some lists of the steps and stages we'll need to go through in order to accomplish the goal.


Blog: 3+ posts
Req'd Creative Post: Select a favorite musical artist of yours and create a lyrical remix, an original song made up from the words of that artist's previous words.  This is an opportunity to examine how songwriters craft their work, while at the same time giving you a chance to look at the patterns and repetition, rhyme and figurative language of your favorite music.

Include a brief analysis of your song that explains your thinking, the choices you made and how you believe your song reflects that artist's other work.

Due: Friday, Nov. 15

Three 4 Thinking over Beat Making Lab videos
Due: Today

Be Thinking:
Project Choices & Essay Topics