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Read and discuss, “Bayou Monster”

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Read the essay “Bayou Monster”

 found in the Narration chapter.
 This essay was written by an English 101 student. Answer the following discussion questions thoughtfully. 

Questions for Discussion

1. What point of view does the author use in his essay? How does it differ from Amy Tan’s essay?

2. Who are the characters in this narrative? Which ones are major? Which are minor?

3. Where does the author use transitions? Why do you think he placed them there?

4. What is the main conflict in the narrative? How is it resolved?

5. What is the theme of “Bayou Monster”? What is one sentence that reveals the narrative’s theme?

6. What are three examples of description in this narrative?

7. What is an exciting or interesting true story you like to tell? In a short paragraph (12 sentences minimum), briefly tell a true story from your own life that you often share. 

Essay #3: One-paragraph topic proposal

For this assignment, write a fully-developed paragraph about the person you will profile for Essay #3. The paragraph should tell a brief version of the story you will tell in your essay. 

Be sure to include: 

· A topic sentence that 
names your subject (not just “my brother” or “my girlfriend”)

· At least three supporting points, or three major points in the story 

· Lots of interesting, specific detail

This is not a description of the person; it is a STORY about a specific person, and it’s a story that shows one of their biggest personality traits. 

Writing exercise, Figurative language

We talked about using 
figurative language in our writing to help us evoke a particular 
dominant impression.  We can evoke a particular emotion, sense, memory, mood, or personality trait by using creative imagery. 

In our descriptive essay, we will use examples of: 

· simile

· metaphor

· personification

· allusion 

Let’s do some practice with each of these.  For each emotion or character trait, try and come up with an example of each type of figurative language.  Remember that your figurative language in your essay should not be “random,” and we don’t want creativity for creativity’s sake.  There should be a point to your figurative language, meaning it should all work toward creating that dominant impression. 

1. Excited 

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

 

2. Confused 

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

 

3. Nervous

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

 

4. Brave

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

 

5. Funny

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

 

6. Hateful 

Simile:

Metaphor:

Personification: 

Allusion: 

Writing exercise, Description and narration

The challenge in descriptive writing is to make your writing more concrete and more detailed.  We can do this using four strategies: 

1. 
Use exact names.  Don’t say, “my uncle.”  Say, “Uncle Jimmy.”  Don’t say, “I went to the restaurant” or, “we went out to eat.”  Say, “I went to the Chili’s on Youree Drive.”  

2.  
Use lively verbs.  Don’t say, “I went to school.”  Say, “I drove to school,” or, “I sped down the highway to get to class on time.”  

3.  
Use plenty of adjectives.  Don’t say, “My girlfriend came over in her car,” say, “My cute girlfriend Denise came over in her shiny new red Camaro.”  

4.  
Try and appeal to all five senses.  Often we focus on how things look, but what did you hear? What did you feel, taste, or smell?  “We walked into the smokey bar, and immediately my eyes started burning.  I knew I’d never get that smell out of my clothes.”  

Let’s practice. 

1. 
First, write a short paragraph describing a place you visit often.  It could be a classroom, a workplace, a restaurant, a coffeehouse — anywhere!  Describe the place in as much detail using the four strategies above. (USE Walmart on Mansfield Rd)

2. 
Next, write a short paragraph that tells a story about a person you know. It can be anyone you know, a friend, a spouse, a coworker, a teacher, an archnemesis.  Anyone!  Again, try and use all four strategies.  

3.  Finally, after you post your writing, check back later today and read through everyone else’s posts.  Click the “like” icon by the two posts that you think are the most creative.  The two posts with the most likes will get a few extra points on Essay #3!  

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