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Which adjectives might your friends use to describe your personality?. happy brave funny pleasing passionate irreverent ridiculous riveting sarcastic earnest tentative detached bereaved horrifying self-deprecating scholarly caring gracious bizarre subtle thoughtful
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“As individual as fingerprints.”
Grandpa Tommy’s dad used to say, “A cowful is a great sufficiency.” According to my research, the rumen of a mature cow can hold over 300 pounds. And by anybody’s standards that is a substantial quantity.
Say you had a cowful of pocket change. You’d almost need a cow to keep it in. Say you had a cowful of wet laundry. It would take a forklift to get it in the dryer. Say you had a cowful of manure. Well, I guess a lot of us do.
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! They'd advertise--you know!
How dreary--to be--Somebody!
How public--like a Frog–
To tell one's name--the livelong June—
To an admiring Bog!
There are no records to prove it, mind you, but I have every reason to believe my husband was an eleven-month baby.
And he’s been running two months late ever since. Through marriage (and bad association) I have become a member of that great body of tardy Americans who grope their way down theater aisles in the dark, arrive at parties in time to drink their cocktails with their dessert, and celebrate Christmas on December 26.
Frankly, I don’t know how a nice, punctual girl like me got stuck with a man who needs not a watch, but a calendar and a keeper.
Consider the difference in two voices from
the same person in this film clip from The Electric
Horsemen, starring Robert Redford as Sonny Steele,
a former Pro Rodeo World Champion All-Around
Cowboy turned corporate ad gimmick.
In this scene Redford explains, off-camera he thinks,
how a retired champion racehorse named Rising Sun
has been mistreated by his corporate owners.
Notice the difference between the former Pro Rodeo
All Around Champion’s speech when he thinks he is
on-camera compared to when he thinks he is off-camera.
A. The writer speaks directly to the reader in a way that is individual, compelling and engaging.
B. The writer crafts the writing with an awareness and respect for the audience and the purpose for writing.
C. The tone of the writing adds interest to the message and is appropriate for the purpose and audience.
D. The reader feels a strong interaction with the writer, sensing the person behind the words.
E. The writer takes a risk by revealing who he or she is consistently throughout the piece.
F. Expository or persuasive writing reflects a strong commitment to the topic by showing why the reader needs to know this and why he or she should care.
G. Narrative writing is honest, personal, and engaging and makes you think about, and react to, the author’s ideas and point of view.
And/or it could be thought of as created through the use of other colors (red, white and blue used in certain proportions create lavender).
What has research shown about beginning writers and their choice of topics?
Entering the River (Lynn Nelson- Writing and Being)private writing public writing vision and revision
We might start with interesting literature that exemplifies strong voice.
voice and fit the students’ age/ability.
They have been introduced to the trait through interesting literature, they have done an activity to further their understanding, they have analyzed anonymous sample papers to help them see what strong voice looks like in writing from people their age. Now what?
Although the next steps in the writing process can help students to improve not only individual papers but also their writing skills,they have often proven to be difficult in the past.