Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Partner share--review Tweets and give advice to make them more memorable or concise
Read excerpt from The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson, page 1 and page 2
Identify tones and strategies used to create the tones you find (description, narration, dialogue)

Description: includes strategies like sensory details and imagery, figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.), repetition, and diction patterns

Narration: consider the structure and types of sentences used (e.g., questions, short sentences, intentional run-ons, parenthetical asides) and interior monologue

Dialogue: real (or in Bryson's case, imagined) snippets of conversation

Descriptive writing practice: Draw lines on a piece of notebook paper to divide the paper into four equal quadrants. Label each quadrant with the following statements:

  1. The desk was gross.
  2. It was a hot day.
  3. I/He/She felt like crying.
  4. I've/He's/She's never been so angry.
Now, in each quadrant, use the same writing strategies (description, narration, and/or dialogue) to make these statements descriptive and help readers picture a specific tone.

HW: Finish quadrants of descriptive writing if needed. Complete vocabulary notebook drawings, synonyms, antonyms, and sentences as needed for Friday. Revise and type Tweet and attempt to master the Tweet's formatting--2nd draft due Friday.

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