Tuesday, May 4, 2021


  • We’ll discuss writing poetry and have an open mic.
  • We’ll talk about using text threads to inspire writing dialogue.


  • Homework: Find at least four text threads and rewrite them as dialogue.
  • Reread scenes from Suzan-Lori Parks’ play, Topdog/Underdog. You can find them in Course Profiles, titled “Scenes from Topdog/Underdog.” (There are three separate scenes you need to read; this isn’t the whole play. If you want to read the whole play–which I highly recommend, go here.) Be ready to discuss the question following each section on Thursday!
  • Remember to post your final drafts of your poems by 11:59 tonight!

Thursday, May 6, 2021


  • Discuss the Topdog/Underdog scenes.
  • Bring your text threads to your Cohort for review.
  • Review and respond to your Cohort’s work.


  • Journal Assignment 8: Take/create the dialogue from Journal Assignment 4 and revise it to tell a story (perhaps fashion it after Topdog/Underdog).