30 November 2010

Today we’ll meet in the lab.  I’m going to do an essay ambulance on showing vs. telling.  Then, if you have writing to do, this is the time to do it.  If you don’t, then you may either (a) finish reading your memoir or (b) do some Quizlet work.

Your final lit circle meeting is tomorrow.  I will collect your memoir notes 1, 2 and 3.

Note on Showing vs. Telling–Showing involves…

1.  Action:

I wrote, I felt, I jumped, I conquered.

2.  Dialogue:

“How are you?” I asked.

“Fine,” he answered.

3.  Sensory detail:

his raspy voice

the shiny blue vinyl tape

4.  Occasional figurative language: metaphor, hyperbole, etc.

My insides felt alive with crawling insects.

Also, it is wise to keep your VERBS in the past tense and your pronouns personal (I, me, my).

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