Hello, dear students!
So, let’s dive into what’s due on Monday, 5/4/20…
Email your two poems to my firstname.lastname@example.org address by midnight Monday (that’s 11:59 PM on Monday, 5/4/20). Please send them in one email. If you’ve already sent them in multiple emails, please send them again, for my sanity.
Thanks in advance!
And now, let’s talk about dialogues…
Hopefully by now you’ve read the three scenes from the awesome play, Topdog/Underdog. I provided a series of questions that followed each scene:
What is the rhythm/pace of this scene?
How can you tell? (Hint: Look at the stage
What do we learn about the brothers’ characters
and points of view?
I’ve divided the class into discussion groups for each scene in a document titled “Discussion Groups for Topdog/Underdog.”
By midnight on Monday, 5/4/20, I want you to comment on this post with your answers. Be sure to state which scene you are commenting on–Scene 1, 2, or 3! If you notice that someone in your group has already responded, you can say “I agree with X, but I’d like to add X” or “I disagree with X, I think X.”
One thing I want everyone to think about (and comment on) is how Parks used stage directions to enhance her dialogue.
Note especially the (rest) or the stacking of names to indicate that the brothers are involved in activities during conversation. Just like when you write poetry, white space in dialogue is very important.
Your homework for Monday is to revise your dialogue(s), based on your reflection on reading Topdog/Underdog and be ready to share them with your Cohort on Wednesday.
If you want to talk to me about anything, remember that my official office hours on Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, but I can schedule different times.
Stay safe & be well!