English 101 Day 29
1. Here’s the news: I have an appointment in Seattle to see a doctor tomorrow and won’t be in class. I would still like to do the whole class critique of an essay. So, this means I’m changing the due date for the paper until Wednesday. We will still have plenty of time to review the book and to work on Essay Three.
2. H/W: Read Chapter 23
3. Hand in study guide
4. Bonus points—Poetry reading next Wednesday from 7-8 un Writing Center.
5. Blog comments due next Tuesday. Copy and paste into word. Make sure your name is on them. Only your comments. Count them up/number them.
6. Remember: More drafts, writing center, work harder, see me.
7. Rubric scoring for the narrative essay.
8. Help with dialogue.
Tips on Dialogue (probably for 1255 class only today. 1030 class will cover this on Friday)
Movies with great dialogue: Tarantino, Juno, Linklater, Kevin Smith, Coen Brothers, David Mamet, Casablanca, China Town, Aaron Sorkin, The Wire (David Simon), Deadwood, Sopranos.
Listen to how people talk to each other
• Most of it is the weather.
• He's like a bull in a china shop…
• Eating out. Bars. Waiting rooms. Cell phone jerks. At the checkout.
More notes on dialogue:
Dialogue is not real speech, but it should sound like it.
• Cut words and phrases that don't move things along
Don't use dialogue to provide exposition—keep it to three sentences or less.
Break it up with action—remind us they are physical
Vary signal phrases, but keep it simple. Don't use elaborate signal phrases (she expostulated, he interjected)
Avoid stereotypes in dialect, but…
• Huck Finn
• To Kill a Mockingbird
Don't over use slang/profanity. "Slang goes sour in a short time." –EH
Do “rough it up” with contractions.
Read a lot. Note good/bad
Start a new paragraph when changing speakers.