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Today's Objectives: th Students will use literary models to inform and improve their own writing. Students will understand how to write a definition essay and use completed models to inform their understanding of the form. Students will demonstrate understanding and careful reading and annotation of ODITLOID. Block Day, January 26 , 27
th th Today's Agenda Quick Survey Writing Invitation #1 Definition Paper notes and assignment details Card Questions (pages 343) Block Day, January 26 , 27
Note to absent students: th Please write down your answers to the survey (next slide) and turn in upon your return. You will need to get the definition essay handout upon your return. The notes, however, are included in this PowerPoint. Get the notes on the card questions from one of your classmates. Survey: Your Writing Process
1. 1. Your Name How many drafts do you normally write for a paper if there is not a required number dictated by a teacher? Did you rewrite any of the major assignments for LA last semester? If you did rewrite, which ones? What caused you to rewrite? If you did not rewrite, why not? 1. 1. Block Day, January 26 , 27
Today's Literary Model: th The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Salinger was born and raised in New York. Catcher in the Rye was his first novel and "became immediately a Bookof theMonth Club selection and won huge international acclaim. It sells still some 250,000 copies annualy." As we read, pay attention to Salinger's use of voice. What makes the narrator (Holden) come alive? Does he seem passionate, real, etc? Also, think about how Salinger introduces his book. What catches your attention and draws you in? Your Writing Invitation: The Catcher in the Rye is like ODITLOID in a lot of ways. Both focus on a short period of time, employ an engaging introduction, and are packed with voice. Would you like to tell the story of a short period of time in your life (13 days)? CHALLENGE YOURSELF: While Salinger uses a first person narrator (Holden), Solzhenitsyn does not. Still, Solzhenitsyn effectively uses voice while avoiding first person ("I", "We", etc.). Can you?? this would be very helpful practice for working to include voice in your academic writing!) Definition Essay
What is it? A definition essay is writing that explains what a term means. Two kinds of terms: 1. Definite, concrete meanings ex. glass, book, tree 2. Abstract, dependent on point of view ex. honesty, honor, love 3 Steps to an effective definition:
1. Tell readers what term is being defined. 2. Present clear and basic information. 3. Use facts, examples, or anecdotes that readers will understand. (At least one of your examples or anecdotes must pertain to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.) Choosing a Definition
Choosing a definition is a key step in writing a definition essay. You need to understand the term before you can define it for others. Read the dictionary, but don't just copy the definition. Explain the term briefly in your own words. Limit your term before you start defining it. For example, you could write forever on the term "love." To limit it, you would write about either "romantic love," "platonic love," or "first love." The Thesis Statement The thesis statement usually identifies the term being defined and provides a brief, basic definition. Ex: Assertiveness is standing up for your rights. Writing an Effective Definition Create a definition. There are several ways to define a term. Here are a few options. Define by function: Explain what something does or how something works. Define by structure: Tell how something is organized or put together. Define by analysis: Compare the term to other members of its class and then illustrate the differences. These differences are special characteristics that make the term stand out. For example, compare a Siberian husky to other dogs, such as lap dogs, mutts, or sporting dogs. Define by what the term does not mean: This distinction can sometimes clarify a definition and help a reader to better understand it. Writing an Effective Definition, Cont'd...
Use understandable facts, examples, or anecdotes. Select facts, examples, or anecdotes to fully explain your definition. Ask yourself, "Which examples will best help readers understand the term? What examples would most appeal to my readers? Will a brief story reveal the term's meaning?" Do not use any examples that will not support the definition. To Sum it Up...
Remember: A definition essay is writing that explains what a term means. When writing a definition essay, remember to tell readers what term is being defined, to present a clear and basic definition, and to use facts, examples, or anecdotes that readers will understand. When is the Definition Essay DUE?? The final draft of your definition PARAGRAPH is due NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH. We will have a writer's workshop/editing session next block day, so please have a draft with you then. Monday, January 25
Homework for tonight: th Read and annotate ODITLOID (p. 4462) Journal #1 is due on Friday! On Deck for Friday: Journal #1 is DUE TODAY! Close reading of a passage in ODITLOID. Work day: Definition paragraph. Draft due block day next week!! ...
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