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Muir Graphic Organizer B Directions: Fill in the chart using complete sentences. Choose a descriptive quotation from each paragraph that represents Muir’s writing style. Describe his use of diction and connotation in each of your selected quotations. Include at least two specific examples for each quotation, identifying the connotation of each example and describing the tone the examples create. Explain the effect that the author’s diction has on the reader. Descriptive Quotation Use of Diction & Connotation Effect on the Reader Paragraph 1 “I set off on the first of my long lonely excursions, botanizing in glorious freedom around the Great Lakes and wandering through innumerable tamarac and arbor-vitae swamps, and forests of maple.” Muir’s writing is formal and academic, describing the intention of his excursion (botanizing). He uses the word lonely which usually has a negative connotation, but being alone helps him focus and enjoy his work. He also describes “glorious freedom” which has a positive connotation. The word innumerable creates a tone of awe for boundless species of trees and plants. In this paragraph Muir lets the reader know the purpose of his excursion, shows he feels free in nature, and expresses a sense of wonder in nature. The reader is invited to come on the journey with him.
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  • Fall '13
  • Style, Connotation, Muir, Muir Graphic Organizer, paragraph Muir

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