English 1B, Monday 5/04/20

6-6:10pm.  Narrate your day… tell us a story from today…

6:10-6:30pm:  Your personal essay/story… share some paragraphs with us?

6:30-6:50pm:  What are some of the more exiting dimensions to writing about yourself?  Some of the challenges?

6:50-7pm:  Without spoiling anything in your story, what do you want readers to leave with? That is, what do you intend on teaching them?  What do you want your readers to do when done reading your writing?

7-7:07pm:  BREAK

7:07-7:20pm:  Samantha Irby….  Thoughts?  Passages from her book that had you laughing, or LEARNING?

7:20-7:30:  Describe her mood, attitude….

7:30-7:50pm:  OPEN MIC

7:50-8pm:  Close, tonight’s page…. Positive beats…..

HW:  Final Draft of your story, keep reading Irby and type a reaction to her (wherever you are in the book…)….  Journal entries, be prepared to share next meeting.

291 Comments Add yours

  1. Rizzie Vermont says:

    unfiltered

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  2. Yara Goldreyer says:

    I didn’t enjoy Lawson’s writing a lot but I’m getting into Irby’s writing style. I actually read her book in my free time instead of watching TV. She has a sense of pride in herself even though she can laugh at her life. I love that about her.
    I also think there is less self-pity in Irby’s stories compared to Lawson.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks for this response, Yara… and I agree. Glad you read instead of needle-and-arm-ing the TV…

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  3. Kyle Hirth says:

    Reading Irby has been a blast. She is an amazing writer who has a lot of unusual experiences that are hilarious. I enjoy how she often bullet points her ideas to provide contrast. She definitely has a very loud personality that I love.

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  4. diana mendez says:

    Although she’s similar to the other authors we’ve read, I’ve been enjoying her a lot more. Her use of capitalizing certain words and sentences is great and I love how she does not censor herself at all. None of her stories so far have came across as trying too hard, she’s just a genuinely funny person and an amazing writer.

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  5. Luis Quezadas says:

    Samantha Irby’s writing just brings me so much joy and happiness. It has been a long time since a book like this has made me laugh and honestly it’s quite entertaining. I can’t wait to finish the book and check out more of her stuff.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Examples? Some support?

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  6. Alexander Tustin says:

    Her mood is very much Lawson. She seems to be very much easy going as long as crazy is involved. She can’t take being around normal and boring and that reflects in her writing. She is crazy and needs to be around crazy. Her attitude is very much you better accept for who I am or we aren’t talking. She has a little sass.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      How is she “crazy”?

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      1. Alexander Tustin says:

        She’s a party fanatic and is out of the ordinary, which I guess is not “crazy” as it is just human and not usual. So technically she isn’t crazy, again just human.

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        All good, was just trying to get some idea of what you meant. Thank you!!

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  7. chrisfilice says:

    I enjoy reading Irby. Simple enough for me to digest. She’s very self aware and able to write about things that could be considered negative i a positive light or rather with a sense of humor about it all. She does well at making fun.

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  8. mikemadigan says:

    OPEN MIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who’s got WHAT?????

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  9. chrisfilice says:

    She takes normal everyday situations and forms them into entertainment through her reaction to them and then through writing about it.

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    1. Leon says:

      Nice observation. Similarly I try to do the same thing as well, try to find the entertainment in everyday life.

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  10. Dasha Hall says:

    Vulgar, candid, personable, and humorous

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Vulgar? Explain, DAAAAAAAAAAASHAAAAAA….

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      1. Dasha Hall says:

        Not in a bad way, I don’t mean she’s tasteless or anything of the sort, just raunchy in certain bits

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  11. Rizzie Vermont says:

    What has everyone been doing for exercise during quarantine? I used to go to the gym and run on the treadmill, but since quarantine started I’ve been counting walking a few miles a day as my exercise :/

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    1. pashatoub says:

      Mostly basketball and bike rides. Walking is also fun, especially with good music

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    2. Yara Goldreyer says:

      I bought a treadmill on Amazon since I couldn’t run in the parks. It’s cheaply made because I don’t have lots of money but it works well enough. I run a couple of miles each night before I go to bed. I have a hard time sleeping without any sort of exercise to tire me out so the treadmill has helped.

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    3. Kyle Hirth says:

      I sometimes facetime my friends and we do workouts together, but other than that, walking running.

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    4. Alexander Tustin says:

      I’ve been dancing and trying to do some daily workouts. I’ve started doing daily push-ups and sit-ups.Hopefully I can stick with my daily schedule, but we’ll see.

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    5. Markus Ong says:

      I’ve been playing tennis with my friends and sometimes we meet up at Maria Carillo High to go to the track and do some workouts or run. Not sure if this helps for you but I enjoy having friends around to push me but I’m a little more relaxed with the whole 6ft thing so if that doesn’t work for you then I don’t have any good advice.

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    6. Leon says:

      I usually walk my dog and am starting to train for my first marathon once all this is over.

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    7. Jose F says:

      Kettle bells!

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    8. Luis Quezadas says:

      I’ve been running on some trails and road early morning, then I do 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 squats. Get this I don’t do them all at once. I break it in 4 parts, doing 25 of each then waiting an hour to do it again. I’ve seen my body change and actually have a difference. I think the first step of getting exercise is just getting out the door.

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    9. Gilbert says:

      Running. Lots of running

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  12. countrygirl1001 says:

    What’s our topic for open mic? Stephanie

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      No specific title… Just read/post what you got!!!

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  13. mikemadigan says:

    Cupboard Decibels

    The day is a bicycle, broken but
    Still moving. I don’t focus on the wheel,
    No matter how confrontational.
    I’m just a listener, more music, another track
    Set, for me and the company of trees and some bird on the corner
    Roof. Someone opening a bag, then a car driving past, maybe being
    Chased. Where is the quiet. IT’s in a box somewhere.. in some devilish
    Attic. Steps again, lights, blinking, cliques, and a fireplace.
    Cords and phones, the poles partially burnt, I can’t ride.
    They said you wouldn’t forget, but I did.
    No manual, no coach, just some containment of containment.
    Envelopes, scrapes, communicated drama, more than 6 feet.
    Complete, replete, read my own conceit.
    Gloves on, bell, clouds, saved by rain.

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  14. Jessica M. says:

    Regretably I didn’t read as much of Irby’s book as I had planned to but I still read a bit. So far her humor is a bit softer than the past two authors we have read. She has a really relatable way of writing and I feel like its easier to laugh with her. So far I’m really likening this book and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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  15. theresadevine says:

    I’ve gotten crafty during the quarantine. Baking and crocheting (I make a mean hippie granny square) spending time with my indoor garden. Reorganizing. This past weekend I didn’t do much, and it was so nice to decompress.

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    1. Yara Goldreyer says:

      Another person who crochets!!! Isn’t it the best?

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      1. theresadevine says:

        YES!! The absolute best! It’s calming and therapeutic. I also made a yarn tassel hanging thing.

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      2. Yara Goldreyer says:

        Agreed! It becomes second nature so you can just hang out and flow with it. What’s a yarn tassel hanging thing entail?

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      3. theresadevine says:

        It’s like a tassel garland. I couldn’t think of the word lol. I made a bunch of yarn tassels by looping the yarn around a book and then tying it at the end. But it looks pretty cool. Then I tied them all to a braid I made out of this like velvet yarn. It was fun. 🙂

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  16. Jose F says:

    BOLD.

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  17. mikemadigan says:

    OPEN MIC, Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Andrew Mckamey says:

    Here is something I wrote about an activity I did continuously throughout last week.
    “This week I found myself stuck with an issue: boredom. I thought to myself, “okay Andrew everybody is dealing with it, just suck it up.” I got a phone call from one of my friends asking to go on a bike around the neighborhood and I immediately jumped on the opportunity. He arrived at my house and he showed me the route. What came next was a reaction of shock and laughter. What my friend showed me was a route that drew a giant turtle in the neighborhood. We both use an app called strava which is where you can upload your runs, hike, and bike rides and if you have a GPS watch the route would be shown on a map. We venture out to start drawing this turtle and it was an adventure. We were flipping u-turns in the middle of college avenue and Mendocino avenue, we were going up down the same streets getting weird looks for the neighbors. It was just one of the weirdest rides I had ever been on. After 14 miles of zig-zagging through the middle of Sanat Rosa, we had finally finished. I uploaded the ride to my watch and there it was, a giant drawn-out turtle created with the streets of Santa Rosa. After that ride, I was hooked on creating Strava art or GPS art. Every day this week I’ve gone out to draw something. I drew a dog, a dinosaur with the name Perry drawn in the middle of it, and a space shuttle. I also went out and spelled out random things with streets like “Pasta is cool”, “SRHS 20″, and even I spelled out Fortnite as a joke to friends, though I don’t play the game. All these routes had me going crazy directions, neighbors rs saw me ride past their house five times and I could see the look of confusion on their faces. Right now though the drawings are going to take a break as I start running again and I don’t run with a phone. Looking back on them though, I realized that I felt like a young kid again getting creative with what I had when boredom tried to fill the air.”

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Nice!! Colleagues….??

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    2. Kyle Hirth says:

      That’s greaat! I saw the drawings and they were better than I could’ve done with a pencil and paper lol.

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    3. theresadevine says:

      I love that! Creative and exercise at the same time.

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    4. Rizzie Vermont says:

      That’s awesome! Haha I want to try that now

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Thanks for the reaction to your colleague, Rizz!!

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    5. Jose F says:

      That is cool! I used strava when I used to road bike but never thought about making art with it

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  19. Kyle Hirth says:

    May the 4th be with you for all the Star Wars Fans!

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  20. Jessica M. says:

    I am in love with this time of year. The air has a fresh crisp smell and the flowers are at full bloom. It makes me grateful to live in such a beautiful place. I’m sad that all of the parks are shut down but I’m happy to just go on my evening walks around the neighborhood and enjoy all of the work my neighbors put into making such beautiful yards. I hope to one day have a yard that I can also plant gorgeous roses and lilacs in. I look forward every day to my sit on the porch in the sun with my glass of tea and a good conversation with someone I love.

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  21. Jose F says:

    Anybody watching the Last Kingdom?

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    1. Rizzie Vermont says:

      I’ve never heard of it, is it good? What is it about?

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      1. Jose F says:

        It is great! It’s about a Saxon boy who is kidnapped by the Danes and ends up becoming a great warrior and family member for a Dane family. He ends up in a tough situation between the two warring groups. He has loyalty for the Danes but also remembers his Saxon roots and is now bound by a contract to the king.

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    2. Dasha Hall says:

      Present. Watched the first three seasons in an embarrassingly short amount of time (really hunkered down and didn’t leave my room for a few days). Starting on the 4th

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  22. mikemadigan says:

    What’s on tonight’s page, y’all???

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    1. Dasha Hall says:

      Composition is in the characters, and the intention to tell their story in addition to your own.

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  23. mikemadigan says:

    For tonight’s page…. Listen to all sides of your inner narrative before any reaction on the outside.

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  24. theresadevine says:

    Composition is in the characters and the intention to tell their story in addition to your own.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks, Theresa… for everything tonight! Appreciate the consistency of activity.

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      1. theresadevine says:

        🙂 Thank you Mike. Happy to be here.

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  25. Rizzie Vermont says:

    Composition is in the characters

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks, Rizz!!! Cheers to you and yours!!!

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  26. countrygirl1001 says:

    Focus on what you want readers to get from your story. What message do we want to send. Stephanie Neeley

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  27. mikemadigan says:

    For tonight’s page… consistency in conversation is ACTUAL conversation.

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  28. mikemadigan says:

    For tonight’s page…. Tangents and distractions and not only annoying and avoidable, but indicative of laziness and an eagerness to hide.

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    1. Rizzie Vermont says:

      Hmmm sometimes I like stylistic tangents. I don’t think it’s always a sign of laziness. I feel like Lawson had some distractions and they made the book more relatable for me

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        In conversation, I see it as lazy, or unfocused… that’s all.

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  29. Markus Ong says:

    I have “make the reader see from you and through you

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  30. luis quezadas says:

    This week a few teammates of mine and myself had decided that we will be training together 6 feet apart to stay motivated but to help each with our running. Whether it’s our form, stride, breathing, literally anything that we feel could help us improve we will let each other know and usually it’s the small things like stretching before and after a run. We decided this because we figure we want to train for races once they are allowed to be put on and we want to be ready and not have to just wing it. Instead we decided that we would have workout written to us by the Legend Mathew Centrowitz who participated in 2016 Olympics. One of my teammates went to the Paralympics because he’s partially blind and was at the USA training facility. Mr. Centrowitz gave him workout and now he is taking time from his busy life to give us workout to do.We were estatic that someone of that caliber would even give us a chance. We were honored and thankful. Most of us are training for 10k’s but myself and another teammate are training for Half Marathons and we have quite adjourned but we are glad to be doing it together. We are holding each other accountable and making this count. Who else is excited for Season 2 of MANDALORIAN!!! MAY THE FORTH BE WITH YOU ALL!!!

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  31. mikemadigan says:

    One last note for tonight’s page…. Excuses are coffin nails.

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  32. mikemadigan says:

    #professormikey, OUT. I’ll email you all tomorrow. Start editing your narrative pages, and submit before next meeting. Enjoy Irby’s work and please note that there’s a typed response due before next meeting. We’re approaching the term’s close. Anybody down to do a Sunday coffee hour with me, this coming Sunday, on ZOOM? Let me know! Thanks to all who wholly and passionately contributed, tonight!! Talks soon…. -Mikey

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    1. Luis Quezadas says:

      I would love to have a zoom Sunday coffee hour with you Professor Mikey!!

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    2. Alexander Tustin says:

      I’m down, depending on time and my work load.

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      1. Luis Quezadas says:

        We should get a classroom Sunday zoom meeting!! Missing this class and seeing people’s faces and conversations!!

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