A few years ago, NPR posted an interactive graphic titled “What’s Haunting America?” showing the things people were afraid of. This is pretty outdated, so I thought we should create a new one. Add what’s making you fearful by double-clicking on the image below. You don’t need to add your name. Comments will appear after I approve them.
Today we will be working with the essay “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner. This excerpt is from a longer work titled Travels with Lizbeth, which the author wrote when he was homeless. The book is written in vignettes because the author says “a homeless life has no story line.” Open the file in Classroom and read/annotate the text. Then, choose THREE of the comprehension questions. Don’t pick the easy ones; pick the ones that will hep you understand the text. Next, do numbers 1,4 and 6 of Purpose and Audience and 1-4 of Style and Structure.
For tomorrow’s class, review the chapters we have read in Bird by Bird. Find a section that reminds you of Eighner’s essay. The connection is up to you, and you will be closely examining these two texts with regard to diction and syntax. Please bring the excerpt and some notes to class on Friday.
Today we are in 2-203 to finish up the Fiction Skills paper. Use this editing guide to help you do your best work! This is your last opportunity to work on it. Make sure you turn it in when you are finished. I posted an optional Halloween writing in Classroom.