Literary P resent Tense. Writing in ONLY the present tense as if the story is happening NOW! -used to summarize the plot or subject matter of a work of literature - referring to a writer’s relationship to his/her work. Why use literary present tense?.
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Writing in ONLY the present tense as if the story is happening NOW!
-used to summarize the plot or subject matter of a work of literature
- referring to a writer’s relationship to his/her work
In “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote about
a talking bird. This bird spoke to the main
character and repeated the word “nevermore.”
In “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe writes about
a talking bird. This bird speaks to the main
character and repeats the word “nevermore.”
In order to create a strong, formal voice in your writing you must use an active voice in addition to using literary present tense.
Passive Voice – the subject is not doing the action in a sentence
The tornado was photographed by a student.
Shingles were torn from the roof by the high winds.
Active Voice – the subject is doing the action in a sentence
A student photographs the tornado.
The high winds tear shingles from the roof.
**In your thesis statements try not to use any form of the verb “to be”.
Remember - have the subject performing the actions!!
Elements of Language - pg 520-521
1.Review Examples on page 520
2.Exercise 5 - all
Remember - we are not only using active voice but present tense to strengthen our writing!
Rewrite the following sentences using the active voice – remember - have the subject performing the actions.
1. Trees were being blown over by the wind.
2. The cave was explored by the science class.
3. The Gettysburg Address was written by Abraham Lincoln.
Writing Review Activity – materials on the desks.