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Title: Blue Winds Dancing

Blue Winds Dancing
  • Writing Workshop

The Personal Essay
  • BWD is a personal essay
  • essay a brief work of nonfiction that expresses
    a persons opinions or views about a particular
  • Possible purposes
  • Analyze
  • Inform
  • Persuade
  • Entertain

Function of the Personal Essay
  • For the author allows the author to re-create a
    personal experience
  • For the reader allows the reader to live the
    authors experience through the authors eyes
  • Why might this be helpful to you as a reader?
    What does this allow you to do?

Why do we Need to Learn This?
  • The readers interest in a personal essay often
    has at least as much to do with the author as it
    does with the subject of the essay.
  • Listen to Marlins mollusk joke. The story isnt
    that bad, but the way he tries to tell it is
    terrible https//
  • The way you tell the story makes it come alive
    and makes your reader interested!

In other words
  • If you want people to pay attention to what you
    have written, you need to write in a way that
    appeals to others.
  • When would this be important in the real world?

Style, Use of Language, Comparison
  • We will focus on three areas of how to write a
    story so that your readers are interested
  • Authors Style
  • Sentence structure
  • Imagery
  • Use of Figurative Language
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Use of Comparison

Authors Style Sentence Structure
  • Sentence Structure the pattern the writer uses
    to connect words in a sentence
  • Good authors mix up their sentence patterns by
    using a variety of simple, compound, and complex
  • Good authors vary the length of their sentences.

Authors Style Sentence Structure and Imagery
  • Parallelism (sentence structure) the use of
    repeated forms, phrases, or clauses that are
    similar (parallel) in structure to add to the
    flow of the paragraph and to make connections
    between ideas in a paragraph.
  • Alliteration (sentence structure) repetition of
    consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of
  • Imagery the use of words or phrases that appeal
    to one or more of the senses

Use of Figurative Language
  • contributes to an authors style
  • Refers to words or phrases used in unusual ways
  • create strong, vivid images,
  • to focus attention on certain ideas,
  • or to compare things that a basically dissimilar
  • Simile, metaphor, personification

Use of Figurative Language Simile and Metaphor
  • Simile A direct comparison that uses like, as,
    or than or a verb such as appears or seems
  • Ex giant cacti that look like petrified
    hitchhikers along the highways
  • Metaphor An implied comparison that doesnt use
    words such as like or as
  • Ex The giant cacti were petrified hitchhikers
    along the highways

Use of Figurative Language Personification
  • when an animal, object, or idea is given human
  • Ex heavy mountains holding up the night sky

Use of Comparison
  • Comparison AND contrast
  • Comparison focus on similarities
  • Contrast focus on differences
  • Demonstrate dramatic differences between two
  • Through comparison, the reader understands both
    ideas being compared even better because they are
    being set side-by-side

Use of Comparison
  • If youve only ever had one, its hard to notice
    the subtle things you like about it until you
    have had the other!