Scribe for March 2, 2011
In the beginning there was Eldridge and the projector with tone practices. There were 4 tone practices (they can be located on schoolloop and if they are not there anymore then your screwed) the first was Cut by Sylvia Plath(who was suicidal and was successul on her third try), the second was by Malcolm X, and the last was The Importance of Being Ernest. After we finished with these practices we took a quiz on tone terms and the class was over.
The first passage was about how the writer cuts her thumb and does act like a normal human being who would either be crying frantically, frozen in shock, and everything in between. She describes how she did not fully cut off her thumb and how it is only hanging on a sort of hinge. In the second stanza she describes how the world outside of her is dead white and the lie within her is plush red.
The second passage was about Malcolm X’s attitude toward the racist white man. He describes the white man using negative propaganda saying they use Faustian Machinations to make his own Christianity his initial wedge in criminal conquest. The topic was all blurred due to Franky’s quote that he takes hot showers. The main key note is to KNOW YOUR VOCABULARY.
The third and last passage was The Importance of Being Ernest. In this passage the character Jack speaks the truth to two fellow characters about how he it is painful it is or him to speak the truth. The writers tone was apologetic in the beginning but towards the end you begin to forgive him because of how he is able to crack a joke at the right timing and lightening the tension of the moment.
At the end o the class we took a tone terms quiz and the main benefactor in understanding and passing the quiz was VOCABULARY.
We started off class in a rush, or maybe it was just me, but were still getting used too Mr. Eldridge’s style of walking in to class with your notebook and pen in hand. As usual we did our quote practice, today focusing on tone, while we worked on it Mr. Eldridge kept reminding us how crucial it is to have easy internet access and using it to be proactive. One of our tone quotes was from Sylvia Plath, since none of us were aware of who this was, Mr. Eldridge gave us a little biography and how she tried committing suicide a couple times, but he kept reminding us she was not crazy she was brilliant. After the short biography Mr. Eldridge asked us “what is in the oven that can kill us?” and Vera so confidently yelled ” THE DOOR!!!”. After the laugh of the day we continued our lecture on tone. At the end of the lecture we started our quiz on tone words which was fairly easy. After the short quiz we started going over our essays which most of the class did good on, So either Mr. Eldridge is a great teacher or we are just very lucky individuals. The class ended with a brief talk on how warships are very intimidating and how submarines are even more, But as we all remember it is not going off on a tangent if you learn something new and i did not know a submarine could take out 42 world centers.