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Address Writing Edit

In the following exercise, I'm going to ask you a series of questions and make several suggestions of ideas for writing. Often, in response to these guidelines, people write in lines rather than sentences and paragraphs, a poem rather than a narrative. As we go through this process, in response to each set of directions or questions, you might want to write only a phrase or a single word on a line.

If your writing is moving along and you don't need the questions I'm asking, try to ignore my voice and stay on your own path. The prompts are meant to help you when you need a new idea, but you don't have to answer them.

I will read the following guidelines for composing (Perl):

  • For your title, write an address — somewhere you have lived in the past, where you have worked, gone to school, visited, or vacationed. Please DO NOT choose where you live or work now.
You may know this address very well, or only slightly — perhaps you've been there only once. Remember that an address might be a room number (like this one we're in now) or the name of a city (Athens, Greece). Write the address as specifically and completely as you can. (For example: 729 Memorial Avenue, Grove City , PA)
An address is probably coming to mind right now, whether you can explain the reason or not. Don't worry. You won't have to defend your choice. Just take a chance — write the address at the top of your sheet. If you feel uncertain about the choice, remember that you can repeat the exercise at a later time with another address. For now just choose an address as a heading for the work; choose it for the sake of the exercise.
  • "Look" at the place in your mind. What do you see there? Go closer towards it. Do you have to turn to go inside? Which way do you turn, right or left? Keep moving towards it. What do you see now?
  • Is there a color to this scene? Are there many colors?
  • What do you hear? Do you hear music?
  • Who's there? Is anyone there? Does someone speak? What is said?
  • Is there food? Can you smell it? Is someone cooking?
  • Does anyone else come in? Is there talk? Record the talk as well as you can.
  • Write for a few more minutes on anything you've already thought of, or a new image.

Subscribing to Podcasts Using NetvibesEdit

Follow these steps to add over 50 podcast subscriptions to your Netvibes index:

  1. Save this file to your desktop (or other folder) OPML file. NOTE: Save the file, don't click on it.
  2. Save the OMPL page that appears to a place where you can find it.
  3. After you have logged in to Netvibes, click Add content, then Add my feed.
  4. Click the Browse to import an OPML file, and find the file: PaulAllisonPodSubscriptions.OPML
  5. Click Import, and a list of Podcasts will soon appear in your left column.
  6. Click the link, Breakdown FM w/Davey D, then click: Add to my page
  7. A box for this podcast will appear at the top of the middle column. Click on this link, and begin to listen: Breakdown FM: Dr King Had More to Say Than 'I Have A Dream'

While listening, read and writeEdit

  1. Open and read the 1956 comic book produced by the Fellowship of the Reconciliation, Martin Luther King and "The Montgomery Story". (Click on each page to go to the next one. Read all 14 pages.)
  2. Copy these sentence starters to a new Writely document and write a Response to Davey D's Podcast about King.
  3. Spell-check and copy your Writely document to East Side Bloggers 2008.
  4. Respond to other students' posts.



Did you do these five assignments yet? It must be done this week for this sememter's grade.Edit

Type, Upload, and Record Your MemoirEdit

  • Type memoir
  • Clean up in Notepad
  • Create news Item (Don't release yet.)
  • Record (with an introduction) on Audacity
  • Export as an MP3
  • Upload to Filer in East Side Bloggers 2008
  • Copy URL to Enclosure box
  • Release to Homepage

Copy memoir to Youth Voices Coast to CoastEdit

  • Create a News Item and copy the text of your memoir there
  • Copy the URL (Web address) of your MP3 and paste it into the enclosure box on your news item.

Type, Upload, and Record Your Personal EssayEdit

  • Type personal essay
  • Clean up in Notepad
  • Create news Item (Don't release yet.)
  • Record (with an introduction) on Audacity
  • Export as an MP3
  • Upload to Filer in East Side Bloggers 2008
  • Copy URL to Enclosure box
  • Release to Homepage

Copy Personal Essay to Youth Voices Coast to CoastEdit

  • Create a News Item and copy the text of your personal essay there
  • Copy the URL (Web address) of your MP3 and paste it into the enclosure box on your news item.

This too! Did you finish your Religion Page on this Wiki?Edit

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