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SOAPSTone. Let the fun begin!. What is SOAPSTone ?. Speaker – the voice that tells the story Occasion- the time & place of the piece; the context that prompted the writing Audience- the group of readers to whom this piece is directed Purpose- the reason behind the text

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soapstone

SOAPSTone

Let the fun begin!

what is soapstone
What is SOAPSTone?
  • Speaker – the voice that tells the story
  • Occasion- the time & place of the piece; the context that prompted the writing
  • Audience- the group of readers to whom this piece is directed
  • Purpose- the reason behind the text
  • Subject- topic addressed in piece of writing
  • Tone- attitude of the writer

From Ogden Morse “SOAPSTone: A Strategy for Reading & Writing”

what is the subject
What is the SUBJECT?
  • Writers should be able to state the subject in a few words or phrases. This step helps them to focus on the intended task throughout the writing process.
  • Find the author’s exact thesis and then restate it in your words. This should be at one to two complete sentences.
what is the occasion
What is the OCCASION?
  • The time and the place for the piece; the context that prompted the writing. Writing does not occur in a vacuum. All writers are influenced by the larger occasion: an environment of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that swirl around a broad issue. Then there is the immediate occasion: an event or situation that catches the writer’s attention and triggers a response.
  • A one paragraph analysis is required, fully addressing each point previously listed.
who is the audience
Who is the AUDIENCE?
  • The group of readers to whom this piece is directed. As they begin to write, writers must determine who the audience is that they intend to address. It may be one person or a specific group. This choice of audience will affect how and why the writer creates a particular text.
  • 2-3 sentences are required, complete with evidence from the textual clues supporting your ideas.
what is the purpose
What is the PURPOSE?
  • The reason behind the text. Writers need to consider the purpose of the text in order to develop the thesis or the argument and its logic. They should ask themselves, “What do I want my audience to think or do as a result of reading my text?” Is the author attempting to bond with his audience, using appeals to pathos (creating an emotional or suffering bond), or appeals to ethos (creating a bond through common belief: religion, political, or value-based), or appeals to logos (presenting facts, statistics, or hard evidence).
  • 2-3 sentences are required, complete with evidence from the textual clues supporting your ideas.
who is the speaker
Who is the SPEAKER?
  • The voice that tells the story. Before a writer begins to write, she or he must decide whose voice is going to be heard. Whether this voice belongs to a fictional character or to the writers themselves, writers should determine how to insert and develop those attributes of the speaker that will influence the perceived meaning of the piece.
  • 2-3 sentences of analysis are required and should include information about the speaker’s background that you learn from the book.
what is the tone
What is the TONE?
  • The attitude of the author. The spoken word can convey the speaker’s attitude and thus help to impart meaning through tone of voice. With the written word, it is tone that extends meaning beyond the literal, and writers must learn to convey this tone in their diction (choice of words), syntax (sentence construction), and imagery (metaphors, similes, and other types of figurative language). The ability to manage tone is one of the best indicators of a sophisticated writer. What is the author’s tone towards his or her subject?
  • Provide textual evidence (an example) in a 2-3 sentence analysis.