Saturday, November 15, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Based on the article by Ian Parker, what type of person is Alec Baldwin? How does the writer use dialogue to convey this? What other things does the writer do to SHOW you what kind of person Alec Baldwin is without telling you? What techniques do you think this writer uses effectively that you can use in your own writing?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Think about the first time you saw your favorite band live. Was the concert hall packed and sweaty? Did someone spill their beer on you, or burn you with their cigarette? Were you deaf for days?
Alternatively, think about the first time you heard your favorite band (not live). Did you have a sudden moment of enlightenment when they came on the radio? Were you listening to the cd when you had your first kiss? Did you steal the record from your dad's collection?
Spend a few minutes jotting down details about ONE of these experiences (whatever you think is most vivid). Then, tell me a story (in about three paragraphs), using sensual language (I don't mean sexual language, I mean 'involving the senses'--I want to hear the music, smell the beer and cigarettes).
The point is to convince me that your favorite band rocks, not by invoking logic (I don't care how many grammys they won), but by making me wish I were at that show or listening to that cd.
Of course, I'd like to know the name of the band, but other than that, try to keep background info (like the band's bio) to a minimum.
The point of this assignment is to measure your ability to make a point through storytelling, a skill that will be necessary for your first major paper. Please write your response as a comment.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Write about the term you were assigned. Remember that we are trying to figure out what these things mean in the context of the class, so one of you sentences might mention what you think it has to do with the class. Post your sentences as a comment and don't forget to put your name and email address on it. I'll go first.