ENGLISH 1A – 5PM SECTION

9/1/20

5-510:  Check-in… how’s your day, week?  Narrate your day…..

510-530:  Before we get into Sedaris, talk to us about your reading methods….

530-550:  Sedaris, the four essays we read.  Observations?  How did the reading feel?  What insight do you have on this author?

550-610:  What parts/quotes did you like most?  Why?

610-630:  Does he have you thinking about writing a different way, possibly telling your own story from a funnier form?

630-650:  Thoughts, and close…..

ASSIGNMENT:  Read the next three essays, take notes on them IN YOUR JOURNAL. Post pictures of your journal writings on Sedaris, on your class’s assignment post.  Any questions, send me a text.

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  1. angelmunoz56 says:

    One of my reading methods is writing down notes about concepts I don’t entirely understand or can interpret within a book. I find this effective because as I progress through the book I can come upon certain text that clears up any previous confusion I had while reading.

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  2. Shantel Shaw says:

    He doesn’t have me thinking yet about writing differently. I enjoy trying new things though so I definitely will try writing with some humor.

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  3. Abie Prieto says:

    He has definitely got me inspired for a new way of writing. I think I am going to try it out . At least for me it drawn me in really quick and its such a different type of writing i have never seen. Maybe might make my own writing style

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Only way to find out is to start writing!

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  4. finn ransome says:

    so we are now doing a page of free-write to you after every class and by next class need to have read all of the rest of the book. Is this correct or am I missing something?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      You’re just misunderstand, that’s okay. Type and post some of your notes in the Assignment post… on this blog, right next to this post. Super easy…

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      1. jakesilva753 says:

        and then free writes are just little extra credit points?

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Kind of. You can always email your writings, or pictures of your journal. Again, EASY.

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  5. Again, the way he writes it gives the real feeling of free writing because it doesn’t seem he wants to convince his readers or trying to get the readers’ attention. He is just writing about him and his life. I always thought I had to work so hard to convince my readers or trying to find the ”right” words. Sedaris showed me a different point of view of ways to write. His naturally and humor is just so amazing that I can’t wait to finish this book

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  6. Aiden Seifert says:

    Sedaris definitely has me thinking differently from the style I usually write in. He writes relaxed almost as if he’s having a conversation with the reader. Instead of using lots of ambiguous verbiage he writes in easy to understand metaphors most people are able to find enjoyable.

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    Who has little notes in their journal TO Sedaris? Like “What were you thinking when you wrote this?” Or, “That’s harsh!” Something like that… If you don’t, try it!! Helps you get more connected to the reading! 🙂

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  8. Sarah Harrison says:

    Sedaris seems to have a very divisive way of writing. His candor is admirable and has me considering incorporating more of it in to my writing, just maybe not to the same extent. His style of comedy is probably not my style. He has very edgy humor that I find funny in moments, but that definitely doesn’t always sit well with me. You either enjoy a piece by him or you don’t, is what I have found. All the I’ve read so far has drawn me in, but at some points it’s almost because I’m incredulous about what he’s saying. His writing style definitely pushes you to broaden your perspective on life.

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    1. Paloma says:

      Agreed. Even in his interviews I found myself almost inclined to dislike him. It’s been helpful for me to question that instinct and try to be more open minded.

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  9. I think his free writing approach also come from fact that he has been writing 15 yers before his first book was published.So, in a way he was writing only for himself for quite a long time.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      And in some respects he still is!

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  10. mikemadigan says:

    Let’s start to close it up, y’all…. What’s in your notes? Any questions? The Assignment post right next to this one is where you will post excerpts of your notes on the homework’s reading. Let me know if you have questions! In my notes…. Play with form, try new ways of seeing your own life, your own work, how you see yourself….

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  11. jakesilva753 says:

    As we close up, I really understand what we’re supposed to do now thanks to todays discussion. I can’t wait to share my notes on the other post after class is finished and I’m excited to see what y’all have in your notes as well

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Excited to see your notes and musings on Mr. Sedaris as well, Jake. Enjoy your evening.

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  12. No question so far! One thing I got from this class and Sedaris is I am the only person that can free myself from shit and try to be see the positive side of every single thing.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      The positive and educating side!!! Enjoy your night, Debora!!

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      1. Thank you Professor! Thanks everyone. What a pleasant class! Be safe and I see you guys in two days 🙂

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Enjoy your night!

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  13. Paloma says:

    In my notes is to take more notes lol, about the book. Specifically about Sedaris’ approach to life, then try to apply his methods in my own life

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  14. Daniel Bagley says:

    The Final prompt is extremely ambiguous so my answer may not be what was asked but I see Sedaris as a good comedian and a moderate writer but thats it. Moderate, his writings dont inspire me so far and his comedy doesn’t him home for me. honestly id say that he should do stand up since thats where i feel his comedy would excel. However with the way it is its sub par.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Well, log observations and share insights.. try to get something out of it for the sake of the assignments.

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  15. Abie Prieto says:

    Honestly this book seem really enjoyable and I really thought it was just going to be another boring book. Hopefully I can change my writing style thanks to David Sedaris. Thank you for another great class and have a great day y’all

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  16. angelmunoz56 says:

    My preferred reading method is writing any notes on concepts I don’t entirely understand or can interpret within a book, rather than just skimming over it. I find this effective because as I progress through a book. I can find text or information that instantly clears up any previous confusion I had while reading. Just being able to backtrack on these missed concepts makes grasping the whole book a lot easier!

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  17. Shantel Shaw says:

    My thoughts….I am very excited to continue reading David’s novel. I’m still not sure what I’m going to write in my journal tonight besides my reviews on the next essays. Looking forward to Thursday’s class! Hope everyone has a great next couple days!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good! But, not a novel. Essay collection/memoir. Enjoy your night!

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  18. finn ransome says:

    enjoy your night everyone this was a good class catching up on all things sedaris!

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  19. Harmanpreet Singh Sabharwal says:

    hi

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