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Narratives Perspectives on Relationships
Quick Write: • Write a summary of a narrative that created an impression on you. This narrative could be a short story, a song with a story, a movie or a television story. Include the main events in the narrative, and also explain what it was about this narrative that was so memorable. • Share your narrative in trios.
Characteristics of a Narrative • Using the narrative you wrote about as well as the narrative your peers shared, list the characteristics of a narrative. • Share these characteristics with your same trio.
Read to Get the Gist:Excerpt from Bone Black by bell hooks Quick Write • What is happening here? • Who are the characters? What do you know about them? How do you know? • Share quick write in pairs
Significant Moments: T-Chart • What three moments strike you as most significant to the text? Explain why those moments are significant. • Share significant moments in pairs. moment why?
Reread excerpt from Bone BlackWrite About question: Why does bell hooks burn herself? • Use evidence from the text to support your response.
After Our Discussion • Based on the discussion we just had, would you change the answer you wrote from homework? If so, how would you change it?
“ . . . the angle of considering things . . .” First & Third Person Point of View
First Person Narration • Why do you think the author used first person narration to write her memoir? What is the effect on you as a reader?
WriteLike bell hooks: Use First Person Point of View • Write a two-paragraph narrative about something that happened to you using a first person narrator.
Share WriteLike in pairs/trios. • Partners should be listening for consistent use of first person point of view
Reread Again Differently: Analyze Authors Use of Language • What did bell hooks do to make you want to read this narrative?
Sensory Language • Sensory language is the use of details from the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) to add color and depth to writing. It helps readers visualize the scene a writer is setting.
Sight • Examples from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: • [Mrs. Flowers'] skin was a rich black that would have peeled like a plum if snagged, but then no one would have thought of getting close enough to Mrs. Flowers to ruffle her dress, let alone snag her skin. • I looked around the room that I had never in my wildest fantasies imagined I would see. Browned photographs leered or threatened from the walls and the white, freshly done curtains pushed against themselves and against the wind.
Sound • From Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: • “It was the best of times and the worst of times . . .” [Mrs. Flowers'] voice slid in and curved down through and over the words. She was nearly singing. I wanted to look at the pages. Were they the same that I had read? Or were there notes, music, lined on the pages, as in a hymn book? Her sounds began cascading gently.
Smell • From Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: • The odors in the house surprised me. Somehow I had never connected Mrs. Flowers with food or eating or any other common experience of common people. [...] The sweet scent of vanilla had met us as she opened the door.
Taste • From Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: • The sweet vanilla flavor was still on my tongue and [Mrs. Flowers'] reading was a wonder in my ears. I had to speak.
Touch • From Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: • I jammed one whole cake in my mouth and the rough crumbs scratched the insides of my jaws, and if I hadn’t had to swallow, it would have been a dream come true.
The Author’s Use of Sensory Language • With a partner go back over “Bone Black” and mark or highlight all the places where bell hooks uses sensory language. • What is your favorite use of sensory language in hooks’ text?
“Crack Open” WriteLike: Revise to Include Sensory Language Go back to your narrative and “crack it open” in a few places that need further description and more sensory details. Add a wedge to where you want to insert description, and make your narrative even more engaging and interesting.
“Crack Open” WriteLike: Revise to Include Sensory Language • How did your narrative change when you cracked it open? • What did you learn about using sensory language?
Assignment for Tuesday, September 9th: • Please neatly handwrite or type your short first person narrative. • Make sure to also add your “cracked open” sensory details to the narrative. • Your narrative will be assessed on the following: 1. Consistent first-person narrative 2. Addition of sensory details