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Definition of Satire

posted Feb 15, 2016, 5:32 PM by Cynthia Schofield

In literature, the ridicule of any subject – an idea, or institution, an actual person or type of person, or even mankind in general – to lower it in the reader’s esteem and make it laughable. Though a satirist may be attacking a rival or personal enemy, he will usually claim to be – and indeed often will be – ridiculing some representative vice for the general benefit of mankind.


A work or manner that blends a censorious attitude with humor and wit for improving human institutions or humanity. Satirists attempt through laughter not so much to tear down as to inspire a remodeling.

Christmas Story Contest

posted Oct 29, 2015, 11:25 PM by Cynthia Schofield

Christmas Story Contest – with prizes of $75, $50 and $25 to be awarded to three winners. For your story (fiction or non-fiction) to be eligible for consideration, just follow these easy guidelines.

*Story length must be 2,000 words or less. The story must be typed and may be submitted on a flashdrive or e-mailed to rick@scenepub.com

*The story (a true account or fiction) must relate to Christmas, the Holiday Season or Hanukkah.

*Please state above the title, “A true story,” or “A fictional story.”

*The Christmas Story Contest is open to anyone who is 14 years of age or older.

Send or drop off your stories to:
Scene Magazine
4642 Capital Avenue, S.W.
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 979-1411 ext – 100 or email
rick@scenepub.com

Definition of Satire

posted Oct 5, 2015, 6:54 PM by Cynthia Schofield   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 5:30 PM ]

In literature, the ridicule of any subject – an idea, or institution, an actual person or type of person, or even mankind in general – to lower it in the reader’s esteem and make it laughable. Though a satirist may be attacking a rival or personal enemy, he will usually claim to be – and indeed often will be – ridiculing some representative vice for the general benefit of mankind.


A work or manner that blends a censorious attitude with humor and wit for improving human institutions or humanity. Satirists attempt through laughter not so much to tear down as to inspire a remodeling.

Introductions: Extended Metaphor

posted Sep 7, 2015, 2:41 PM by Cynthia Schofield

Create a metaphor for yourself.  Then write a paragraph expanding the connection.  Attached are some previous examples.  If time allows, illustrate your metaphor.  These will be presented in class...

Assignment #1

posted Aug 30, 2014, 7:06 PM by Cynthia Schofield   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 4:06 AM ]

 Your first assignment is a getting to know you activity.
  1. “Me in a Bag”

    A Getting to Know You Activity

     

    I have filled my bag with special items that tell you about me.

    In this bag you will find, things that show I’m one of a kind, items of stuff I like, Family, friends, or a hobby.   So when I share these things with you, you’ll find out things you never knew!

     

    • Each participant needs to create their own “Me in a Bag”. Please have it created before you come to class on Wed.

    • Fill a small bag or paper lunch bag with at least 5 items.

    • Each item should represent a part of you. Such items could include trophies, books, family photos, ribbons, small keepsake items, etc.

    • If the item isn't obvious, then attach a short sentence or paragraph to describe the significance of each item. If you don’t want to use the real items, print and cut out photos of them.

    • At the meeting, you will set your bag at the front table. We will then randomly pass out the bags and you will meet with the owner of the bag you received.  You will discuss the items in the bag and get to know them.  In turn, you will meet with the person that received your bag and do the same thing. 

    • Your job is to then introduce them to the class by talking about their items.  The person who received your bag will introduce you

Due 9/3/2014  

Assignment #2

posted Mar 19, 2012, 9:34 AM by Cynthia Schofield   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 6:05 AM ]

The Music from The Way

Look through the lyrics of the songs which the director, Emilio Estevez, chose to include in the movie, The Way.  These songs were played while the pilgrims were hiking nearly 500 miles along Spain's El Camino de Santiago.  Select a song or parts of songs and explain with specific examples from the text  why these songs fit with and develop  the message of the movie. 

Please include a topic sentence, three lyric examples with explanations  and a closing sentence.    This should be a healthy eight sentence paragraph. 


Schofield's Attempt with Lyrics

Emilio Estevez effectively uses music in his film, The Way, to emphasize the theme that it is not the destination, but the journey that matters.    One of the most effective songs to show the protagonist’s shattered existence is James Taylor’s lyrics to “Country Road.”  The protagonist, Tom, is a man adrift; he is “all in pieces.”  Tom has been totally devastated by the loss of his son.  His decision to take a pilgrimage with his son’s ashes proves to be a turning point.  At the start of the journey Tom knows “nothing ‘bout the why or when.”  He can find no meaning in his life.  The days and weeks of walking are repetitive:  “Walk on down, walk on down, walk on down, walk on down, walk on down a country road.”  However, slowly he acquires new friends and “they’re coming to set me [him] free.”  At the end of the trail his son literally “lends[s] [his] name.”  The passport for finishing the Camino is written in the name of Daniel.  Tom’s world once more has meaning.  The final shot of the film shows him “walking on” in another country, down another road.

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