This is one of our catchall weeks. We’ll recover briefly after finishing our busy unit on newswriting, and cover some additional topics that will shape your writing for the remainder of the semester.
First this week, we’ll discuss libel and ethics, which will likely be a review for many of you in terms of the principles we discuss — but we need to see how these principles play out in practice and within our writing choices. We’ll also consider the role of bias and stereotypes in media, including the TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie below. I think Adichie’s talk and the satirical reading you’re assigned (“How to Write About Africa”) are also relevant to a certain social media campaign you may have heard about…
We’ll discuss another grammar topic this week. After all, what is a sentence, anyway?
Finally, on Thursday, we’ll get the chance to do the interview and speed-writing activity we had to reschedule from last week. Be ready to write quickly!
And, for a laugh: here’s one of my favorite stereotype-highlighting photo projects ever. Enjoy.