English 5 – 2/24/21

5-5:10pm: Narrate your day… write it out!!

5:10-5:40pm: Open discussion on EVERYTHING… what you want as a career, Lawson, writing, the essay we’re writing… EVERYTHING. The more you write, the more credit you accrue.

5:40-6pm: Our next author, Samantha Irby…. Look her up right now. What did you find? What does she seem like? Like Lawson? Different? Someone you want to get to know?

6-6:15pm: Advice to your colleagues on writing this first longer essay, which is due on Monday. Anything you suggest? Have you discovered something in your essay writing routine and way that another student might find helpful?

6:15-6:25pm: Close….. What’s on the page?

ASSIGNMENT: Lawson essay (DON’T FORGET THE WORKS CITED PAGE!!); Research Samantha Irby!!!!

Do some creative writing, about yourself… Narrate your days!!! What do you learn about YOU?

285 Comments Add yours

  1. oliver castillo says:

    Irby seems like an amazing human being! She seems very outgoing and is a comedian with a blog called Bitches gotta eat She seems very open-minded

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  2. mikemadigan says:

    Do you think Irby will be as aggressive as Lawson, or…..

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    1. Phoenix Gobbée says:

      I think she will be just as raw and unapologetic, she definitely takes me as someone who speaks their mind as they please and just that ideology alone makes me smile and look forward to reading this.

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      1. I agree with you Phoenix, I feel like we will see the same pureness and straightforwardness from what I have read so far.

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    2. Diego Monjaras says:

      from the looks of it, it seems Irby is pretty straightforward about the way she says things so I do think she’ll be as aggressive as Lawson

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    3. Irby is for sure more out there lol

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  3. OOH OOH GUYS!

    For my anthropology class I had to watch a film on a South-American tribe, I thought it was fascinating and to those who might be interested, It’s called ” A man named Bee” !! highly recommend.

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  4. connorsoutherland says:

    After seeing the titles for her blogs and novels I’m starting to think that like Lawson, Irby’s sense of humor is going to be very very unique. She’s similar to Lawson in the fact that she suffers from some mental illness and if we’ve learned anything this semester this tells me we’re looking at one hell of an interesting person here.

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  5. Riley McConnell says:

    For writing, I found that planning out the writing in an outline is the most beneficial thing. I have a difficult time starting my essays but I found that the outlines help exponentially. I also found that if I just start writing, I get more done. If I just sit around thinking of what to write nothing gets done

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  6. laurabewest says:

    I imagine she will have the words that makes us see things/write things differently and with a broader perspective

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    Truth is on the page, but there’s more truth in your interpretation and how you forward into the world with your read.

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  8. Janessa Goodwin says:

    Last semester I had this professor who was a very tough grader and gave zero feedback on essays except to say how terrible it was**sad face**. This definitely traumatized me so whenever we’d have something due I’d get crippling anxiety. I found a way to cope through it but it just sucks that this is so many of our experiences. I still have that initial dread which I’m working on entirely eliminating. But once I sit down, get comfy. Have my water with me and a lil snacky to snack on I’m good! I try to relax and just trust the process. I write everything I think of, eventually I find my zone, then edit and expand from there.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Janessa… I am not that “teacher”. You have my number and email and can contact me anytime you like. I want you to enjoy your writing and experience here.. period. Cheers to our work together. -Mikey

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      1. Janessa Goodwin says:

        Thanks Mike. I appreciate how much you work with us, not against us.

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Send me a text or email tomorrow… let’s have this essay be your best, ever.

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    2. Gianina Mencarini says:

      Omg that’s horrible Im sorry, I would be traumatized to.Yeah Mike is definitely the complete opposite of that and will always work with you to better your work and wants to give you a good grade, not fail you.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Not sayin my way is the right way, but it’s one I actualize with students in mind.

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      2. Gianina Mencarini says:

        Definitely a way students like myself like much more and can express ourselves more into a essay than others we’ve written.

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  9. laurabewest says:

    For the essay, what’s helping me is writing questions I want answered in my essay.

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  10. levoneral says:

    Is there any chance we could send you our essay before we submit it to get feedback before monday?

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      1. laurabewest says:

        ohhhhh good to know

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  11. Cory Cochran says:

    Something I have found that has helped me through my essay so far has been looking back on my passed notes in my journal. Little comments I have written down or responses I have written down really helped me with me essay and forming different opinions.

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  12. Lily Backus says:

    My main suggestion for essay writing will always come back to the thesis because I think it is the most important. Everything in your essay must function to support your thesis and your topic sentences that indicate what you will be using to proving your thesis in that paragraph, should also support it. From there you’re golden if you have a solid, arguable, strong thesis statement and evidence that effectively proves it. I also like to refute the other sides point. With that structure I can usually write a whole essay pretty solid in one go if I already have thought of a strong thesis statement and have an idea of how I can prove it. Also you have to care what you write about, figure out why this argument is important to you and what you want people to get from it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Could not agree more.

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    2. Janessa Goodwin says:

      Definitely writing this down in my notes.Thanks Lily!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        #collaboration

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      2. Lily Backus says:

        I’m glad my tips helped someone out!

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  13. TiffanyFayed says:

    I don’t really like writing essays and handing them in just because I know I’m not good at writing so I just try my best and hopefully it would be good. One thing that helped me get an idea for my essay is to write all my ideas down and why I like that idea or wanted to write about that idea and It helped me realize what I wanted to write about.

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  14. Paul Poulter says:

    My advice to colleagues is to be like Lawson; just right honestly and openly, and try not to let yourself be controlled by your prior English teachings. Just get the information out and figure it out from there.

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    1. laurabewest says:

      Absolutely

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  15. Something that works for me is use the days you have, meaning type a little bit each day, it makes a difference in satisfaction with the end result.

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  16. roryhinkle says:

    So friends, for writing a bigger essay. Use your thesis when you’re writing something and you don’t know what you’re going to say next. It’s going to be a clunky paragraph for a while but !!! that can be fixed later ;0 just keeeeeep writing

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      OMG… Yes X 100000000000000000000.

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  17. essafayed says:

    I like to have multiple drafts when I write the first one it basically all my ideas on what I’m writing about it probably doesn’t make much sense than I would expand my ideas and put them into paragraphs and for the last draft and just correcting. the wording, grammer, etc. This really helps me as I wont be in my head about making the essay really good from the first word as I find it hard to start an essay.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Do what works for you!!!

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  18. mikemadigan says:

    My “advice”… f/ck essays. Emphasize the idea, your writing of it, and support of and belief in YOUR idea. Yes it is an essay technically, and yes you submit it for a grade… but SO WHAT? Write first, and freely, MADLY… edit later. Love you writing and that reality that you are a writer if you want to be.

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  19. adamseaifan says:

    Write to express your self not to fill up a page.

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  20. Phoenix Gobbée says:

    A lot of times for me the hardest parts of writing an essay are starting and coherently getting my point across and backing it up enough without being repetitive. I tend to second guess myself and to amend that and make sure my point is solid I think it gets repetitive.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Find an idea you love and write.

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  21. mikemadigan says:

    Goddamn it’s windy…

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    1. laurabewest says:

      where are you? Its quiet here..

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Deep in the heart of Coffey Park

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      2. laurabewest says:

        ahhhh

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  22. lizethmorales49 says:

    What on my page is all the suggestions my classmates have me, will help a lot. thank you!

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  23. thanks for the advices, everyone. letting go of your own limits is so important and yet I feel caught in doing so. UGH. we’ll get there…

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  24. Daisy Guevara says:

    Don’t overuse quotes! Use them minimally, like a sentence, focus on expanding your paragraphs with unique reasoning.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Unique reasoning, yes! That speaks to your conviction.

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  25. selenadiaz7 says:

    on tonight page.. “keep writing, edit later”

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  26. essafayed says:

    OTP: some advice I read from classmates and more ideas on the essay.

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  27. TiffanyFayed says:

    OTP: Some journal writing been thinking about a lot lately so it would be nice and relaxing putting my thoughts on paper.

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  28. Phoenix Gobbée says:

    Write it all out the anxiety, the fear, all of it

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  29. Lily Backus says:

    I’ve got a little story from my day on my page today, I wasn’t comfortable sharing but it felt good to get my experience down on paper to really solidify how I feel.

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  30. Riley McConnell says:

    On my page tonight, I have to just start writing. Things will work itself out if you just start doing SOMETHING

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  31. Paul Poulter says:

    OTP: Due date of essay in bold; Build on the 2 pages I have written, look for ways to build rather than tear down. Let the writing come naturally and worry about length later.

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  32. Cory Cochran says:

    On my page for tonight is key words like “love” and “love your writing”. Then just a few sentences to remind myself of different ideas I want to add to my essay. Have a good night.

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  33. Dominic Betti says:

    OTP: Some notes from my class mates about the essays. Notes about Samantha Irby. And some inspirational stuff I thought would be good for later

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Have a great night!!

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  34. laurabewest says:

    OMP: f/ck essays. Emphasize the idea, your writing of it, and support of and belief in YOUR idea.

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  35. AshtonMorales1991 says:

    self worth, that’s what is on my page what it means to me and how I can give it personal meaning

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  36. OTP: Get feedback. Goodnight guys! Thanks for the advise!

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  37. mikemadigan says:

    Have a zen-filled nuit, everybody!!!! I’ll email you all tomorrow…. PEACE. -Mike

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  38. Janessa Goodwin says:

    OTP: Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Trust the process. I am a writer if I want to be. Thanks for a great class everyone!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thank YOU, Janessa!!! Enjoy your night!!

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  39. levoneral says:

    OTP: Notes about deadlines and dates, when I should work on things. I have things about perspective, how I think it’s cool to have an LGBTQ+ author in a curriculum.

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  40. Diego Monjaras says:

    on tonights page I wrote some ideas that you guys suggested, I’ll be trying them out to see if it helps me write moreee

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  41. Daisy Guevara says:

    There is material and ideas in EVERYTHING.
    Forget the labels.
    What matters is how you feel at the end of it.

    I loved class today! Have a good evening, and happy writing!!

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  42. laurabewest says:

    See ya guys! Thank you for the inspirations!

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  43. thanks for today everyone!!

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  44. larslovgren says:

    I only have the goal of finding a passion that can be followed to find a career that I will enjoy working. I’m completely lost in my life other than that singular goal. Reading Lawson makes me remember that other people still exist and feel things and everybody is weird despite us doing our best to hide it. School is stressful and Covid 19s quarantine has isolated me from a lot of the other random people I would usually see, its gonna be uncomfortable when it finally ends because I’m so used to being around the same 4 people every single day. My job right now has been super annoying and painful because they wont schedule anybody else to work in my section with me so I mean I guess I’ll just suffer in silence in a job I absolutely despise for no reason other than habit. Everything in my life right now feels like its on a timer and I’m just stuck watching it all come tumbling down despite my greatest efforts to prevent it from doing just that. I mean at least I’m working on the essay according to my schedule and should finish before the due date. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.

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