Students here think they’re so EXTREME, yet they couldn’t handle a little Verdi opera as they came in to class today. Several students were literally unable to hold their heads up under the brutal beating provided by the voice of Maria Callas wailing away in her upper registers.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Maria Callas, as a singer, is seriously out of control, but this is pretty terrific stuff, and should be no big deal to the school’s legion Slayer and Slipknot fans. But I guess they’re just not extreme enough.
Anyway, we did something else that also might have been too extreme: We started the first draft of our Catcher essays. Starting an essay has got to be one of the hardest things there is to do in all the world. I’ve tried everything I can think of to ease the class into it–we’ve brainstormed, and discovery drafted, and discussed, and looked at examples, but at some point you just have to start writing, and today was it. Most students who did the first three steps on the essay description sheet from last week were totally fine and came up with pretty respectable first drafts. Some students, however, were severely browbeaten by today’s work. I help as much as I can. I encourage, I spin off ideas, I suggest wording, but in the end there’s just brutal hard work that has to be done on one’s own.
If you missed today, you should complete step 4 from the essay description worksheet. This step instructs you to use your discovery draft to complete a first draft of your essay. The difference between the discovery draft and the first draft is summarized in the handy information sheet available for download at the bottom of this post. Basically, I want you to focus on some sort of rudimentary introductory paragraph on this draft, as well as dialing in your overall essay structure and paragraph composition. That sounds complicated. Just read the handout. The handout will solve all of your problems. The handout is all-knowing and all-powerful. Oh great handout, we praise thy magnificent virtues and thy prolific clipart.
Download: How to Write a First Draft