Today in class Mr. Eldridge handed out our Syntax packet, the “A Study in Contrasts” Outline, and the How To Write a Review handout. Then he lectured about being scared into focus and memory, memory relays, the functions of your brain, and emotional and rational responses to stress. He lectured this because on our essays we all blanked out. Supposedly. I was blanked out too, so I can vouch for no one.
He then told us a story about two hikers that died at Yosemite (this was because we have to “climb mountains” but we can totally die, I guess. My theory is there are walls on this mountain).
8:27a—We were meant to be reading our “How to Write a Review” handout. Mr. Eldridge gave us some extra advice on our eventual essay, and in the process showed his age by telling us he used to use a typewriter.
We went over the Saturday Essay (as we’ve come to call it). I blanked out during the From Journal to Essay instructions. He might’ve said something, or we could have all been silent and reading. It was a very quiet class today. The essay has to be 2 pages long.
He closed the door because he couldn’t hear over the freeway. As I sit by the door, this made me incredibly sad.
After these events, we got into our main lesson about Syntax, mostly on our packet. Mr. Eldridge wrote this on the board after some sleepy class participation:
- -way words are put together
- -sentence structure
- -word order
The lesson was taught from our Weekly Packet, Lesson 1 (which was page 69, for those of you who didn’t notice).
Mr. Flores walked in and suddenly everyone was interested in the lesson but still had trouble participating. It occurred to me that if we were fish, we’d all be flounders.
There was some discussion about sentence length and how it gets the meaning across.
Mr. Eldridge giggled a lot today. I think he’s planning something.
Mr. Flores forgot his walkie-talkie when he left and I had the ridiculous notion to just call him on it.
Mr. Eldridge finally called Waffles by his proper name of Waffles.
The class wrote their Applies and read them aloud in class. We practiced bouncing our voices off walls. Note: when answering your weekly packets, please answer the entire question and only the question they ask.
Manny Tejeda presented his Trope, Hyperbole, today in exhilarating monotone. Multiple laughs were had. We made special note of the fact that he used most, if not all, of last week’s speech suggestions. He faced the audience spoke and didn’t read, made eye contact, and was calm.
In the last 15 minutes of class, we stared at the Discussion Rubric, then began to discuss last week’s topic of how adults were portrayed versus how children were portrayed in “The Chase.” Some tables were supposed to present their info and discussions, but we ran out of time. We are obviously going to have to try again later.
So, Mr. Eldridge is extremely disappointed with our self-obsessions. We should all work as team. Hence the groups we were assigned. Mr. Magana is offering tutoring from 2-4. If you would like to drop a class, it’s most likely a too bad for you. We were handed a syntax packet, which is due Monday. Syntax is a combination of sentence structure, the way words are arranged, grammar, punctuation, and the length of a sentence. Speaking of Monday, we have a timed essay due by the end of that period.
Ulysses, you need to be happy. We all love you man, despite the fact you ONLY know musical theory for the ONE instrument you play. Mr. Eldridge has parents who have this amazing super power in which they hold the ability to have “uh-huh… yeah conversations.” Supposedly when people get married they are granted with this skill of mind reading.
We unfortunately use the Fight or Flight hormone at the wrong time; we should train our bodies to control our adrenaline output. Fight or Flight does not equal out to intellect. Along with Eldridge’s knowledge of basically everything ever written, he was informing us about a part of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is controls that thought of an answer you get hours after a question is asked of you. Our knowledge of the answer is stuck in a loop and keeps going in its own little bubble, I guess that is the only way I can put it, unfortunately. Kind of sucks, but we deal with it. You just have to stay calm so you can operate the conscious state of mind. But in all honesty, conscious thinking gets in the way, right? (APPLY THIS TO TEST TAKING, ALL OF YOU!)
Eighteen-year-old guys should not act like freshman female savages. Anyways, manage stress and be prepared for the essay on Monday. You may turn into a drunken hiker at the elevation of 12,000 feet. So strap a tire to your waist or something and be prepared. Referring back to the syntax packet, short sentences are meant for being emotionally blunt.
Tropes of the day:
1.) Asyndeton: The omission or absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence.
2.) Polysyndeton: When conjunctions are used in close succession even when they are not required. Typically used for emphasis and rhythm.
3.) Hyperbole: exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
I apologize for my extremely characterless scribe. It is time for rehearsal. So to make you happy I have a picture of my brothers legs.