English 1B, Wednesday 4/15/20

6-6:10pm:  Narration, greetings, update on how you’re doing.

6:10-6:25pm:  What was the point of that, Lawson’s book.  What was her intended lesson, and what she wants us to do now?

6:25-6:40pm:  Proposals … What are you going to write, and why?  And by “why” I mean what’s the idea behind your idea, YOUR intention in writing it.  Remember, this is an opinion paper!!  A supported opinion….

6:40-7pm: Ideas for developing your writing, your idea….  What will take you to page 5?

7:7:07pm:  BREAK

7:07-7:30pm:  Open mic…. Our writing.  Just excerpts if you want, but if you have something typed and want to post it below, feel free!

7:30-7-50pm:  Define quarantine… how you have used quarantine.  And if you’re working during all this, what’s that like.  But even still, what is this ‘shelter-in-place’ reality, in your words?

7:50-8pm:  Close up …. The night’s page. 

HW:  Rough Draft of Sedaris/Lawson/Both paper

354 Comments Add yours

  1. Quarantine has been an emotional roller coaster. It’s surreal to me. The possibility that something so tragic and lethal would threaten our day to day lives was predicted. However, now that we’re living in it I can hardly comprehend the world around me anymore. It is heartbreaking to see thousands economically And emotionally affected By this.

    I am privileged enough to still manage a rather normal life. It sometimes feels like I have all the time in the world. Everyday feels like a week. I have lost burden of time . I no longer obsess over how I’m going to divide my day so I can fit everything into my schedule. I feel light.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Great definition and narrative piece here. The surreality is very universal.

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  2. skylerherring says:

    also sorry but I’m gonna do a little quick rewind because a quick thought popped in my head about Lawson but I feel like her being an outcast while a young childhood help forges her ability to make us feel comfortable with her because she knows how it feels to not be liked by anyone and be the odd one out just a quick thought that came to me.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks for sharing, Skyler!!

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  3. mikemadigan says:

    Alright y’all…. let’s close it up. What’s on tonight’s page?? Great session, by the way. More than impressed.

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    1. Olivia peachey says:

      telling your story is convincing yourself of your story and its value!!

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      1. LOL! My favorite tonight too!!

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    2. peacheymaddie says:

      creative approaches to the critical nature of your ideas 🙂

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    3. “Telling your story is convincing yourself of your story and its value”
      *Mic drop*

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    4. harmony says:

      tell your story, ALL of your story

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  4. harmony says:

    Hey all, I just wanted to share how inspired you all make me feel… it’s odd not sharing things in classes on a regular basis, but these discussions continue to motivate me to write passionately in my journal!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Kind words, Harmony! Thank you!!! We all appreciate you!!!

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  5. Kiely Rowe says:

    “How I became Ambidextrous”
    When I first started school I went to a small Montessori school, and at this school the method of determining which hand you wrote with was by going outside and then saying hop on one foot. I guess see the reasoning behind this because you would pick which ever foot you favored which somehow would equate to what hand you favored and therefore, should write with. Anyways, little me chose to hop on my left foot, so after that I was taught to hold the pencil in my left hand.
    I think I always felt so cool being left handed because it was something different than all the other kids. I guess not all but most of the other kids. You know what I’m trying to say though, I was part of the special 11% of left handers in the world. Looking back though maybe I wasn’t really meant to be left handed. Maybe I simply liked my left foot more than my right that day.
    The person who made me question my handedness was my grandma. One day we were eating outside somewhere. I have no idea where we were or what we were doing; I just remember this conversation and that we were outside. Anyways I was eating and my grandma noticed me switching my fork between my left and right hand subconsciously. Its like my hands were taking turns-what good sharers they are amirgiht?!. And my then she asked me “Now Kiely Anne, do you even realize that you eat with both hands?” And the answer was no I didn’t. Not until then. But now when I’m eating in front of other people I always notice myself switching hands (a lot of the time because one hand would get tired) and am very conscious of it.
    Sometime later, when I was in grade school our teacher had some kind of lesson for us that involved writing with our off hands. I was the first one in class to be finished writing the entire alphabet with my off hand (not to brag or anything), and my writing was pretty legible. I went home and showed my Dad this trick and he was like “Wow totally cool” in his sarcastic voice (if only you could hear my dad’s voice) and then he proceeded to tell me about ambidextrous people. After that I practiced writing the alphabet and other things with my right hand. I probably have a few pages in old diaries of my ‘Right hand writing practice’ pages.
    I find myself doing a lot of things right handed. In my brief hockey days I held the stick right handed, and in my brief baseball days I threw right handed. I didn’t play soccer back then but now I do, and when I kick the ball I kick it with my right foot. Since I play soccer right footed I wonder why I don’t hop one footed…
    When I write with my left hand I press down really REALLY hard on the page, which gives me a lot of hand cramps, blisters and unnecessary pain. A lot of people tell me that is “kinda weird” and that I should “write softer”. But I can’t write softer because thats how I learned to write with my left. I also hold the pencil weird which everyone points out. Alternatively when I write with my right hand I press really really soft and I hold the pencil the ‘traditional’ way. This made me wonder if I should have jumped on my right foot all those years ago, and what if I am a true right hander who was just taught to write lefty. Who knows. Maybe I jumped on my left foot for a reason.
    I have come to terms with being ambidextrous and a lot of times it can be helpful. For example when I am painting I can use both hands. Recently I was painting and had to add some details which involved painting very small very straight lines which, in painting, can be pretty difficult. Without even noticing (at first-I soon realized), I dipped my brush back into the paint and switched it to my right hand. Then I stopped thinking ‘this feels weird what am I doing wrong?’ and realized I was using my right hand. After that I realized ‘damn’. That line was pretty straight so then my right hand got all cocky and was like ‘oh yeah I can do that again’ and I drew a few more lines with it. Then Righty biffed it and I knew he had to much ego and not enough skill, so I switched back to trusty ol’ Lefty.
    I guess I am part of the ambidextrous club too, which is less than 1%. Thats a little cooler than 11%. But now I’m wondering ‘what foot would an ambidextrous person hop on?’

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  6. Ashlynemclean says:

    Close Up: Tonight the quote: “Telling your story is convincing yourself of your story and its value.” This gives me strength and confidence to continue to tell my own story. I feel more empowered than ever to continually work on my writing. I miss our class, but am so grateful for this time. Talk to you ll next weekend!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers, Ashlyn!!!! Thank you for all your contributions, tonight!!!

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    2. Looking forward to reading more from you!! ❤

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  7. skylerherring says:

    self-love is never a sin! ( im pretty positive that was said tonight)

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  8. Feeling very inspired heading into (my) weekend. Thank you all! ❤

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers, Samone!!!!! Thank you for everything tonight!!!!

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  9. Kiely Rowe says:

    Wow I got totally carried away in my open mic time. Anyways I’ll wrap it up for tonight. At first quarantine was an obstacle for me. I didn’t sign up for online class and here I was ‘stuck’ in 4 now online classes. I realized now I have time to focus on my classes more and can learn on my own time and all these other benefits, I guess what I am trying to say is that quarantine is really a great opportunity for me. My fav thing I wrote on tonights page is “LOVE YOURSELF” I wrote this in huge bubble letters at the tp because seeing that title whenever I flip through my journal will remind me that that is the most important thing for your mindset.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      All good, Kiely!!! Enjoy your time, your classes, and your writing!!!

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  10. mikemadigan says:

    Have a great night, y’all. #professormikey, OUT. Submit rough drafts before next class. I’ll be on my phone, by text, for office hours till 9pm. PEACE.

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  11. Kiely Rowe says:

    I just read a whole bunch on y’all’s stories and loved them keep writing! ANd keep sharing I love hearing everyones different POV on this quarantine. Stay safe y’all. And have a goodnight.

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