AGENDA• The Hunger Games: What is your take on the game so far?• Grammar: Me, Myself, and I• Writing Discussion: “Exploring your present perspective” and “The Thesis Statement” • In-Class Writing: Finding your present perspective Formulating a Thesis
I versus Me• John and me/I went to the store • Me went to the store • I went to the store• John and I went to the store• Maria went to the store with Chase and I/me. • Maria went to the store with I • Maria went to the store with me.• Maria went to the store with Chase and me.
Me versus Myself Me Myself• Me is an object pronoun, which • Myself is a reflexive or stressed means that it refers to the pronoun, which means that, person that the action of a verb generally speaking, it should be is being done to, or to which a used in conjunction with the preposition refers. subject pronoun I, not instead of the object pronoun me.• They want me to study more.• Tell me a story. • I bought myself a car.• Between you and me, hes right.• Carol wants to meet with John • I myself started the company. and me tomorrow. • I did the laundry by myself.• The book was written entirely by • I feel like myself again. me. • Tired of waiting, I just did it• Please call Hillary or me with myself. any questions.
THINKING ABOUT YOUROWN EVENTExploring your perspective
Review• Introduction• Long quotation• Description of places• Description of people• Dialogue• Online review: Indicate the significance of the event • The Strategy: Recall Remembered Feelings and Thoughts
The Strategy: Recall Remembered Feelings and ThoughtsAnswer these Questions in Detail• What were your expectations before the event?• What was your first reaction to the event as it was happening and right after it ended?• How did you show your feelings? What did you say?• What did you want the people involved to think of you? Why did you care what they thought of you?• What did you think of yourself at the time?• How long did these initial feelings last?• What were the immediate consequences of the event for you personally?•Pause now to reread what you have written. Then write another sentence ortwo about the event‟s significance to you at the time it occurred.•Let‟s explore the significance by adding your presentperspective
The Strategy Continued: Explore Your Present Perspective • Looking back, how do you feel about this event? If you understand it differently now than you did then, what is the difference? • What do your actions at the time of the event say about the kind of person you were then? How would you respond to the same event if it occurred today? • Can looking at the event historically or culturally help explain what happened? For example, did you upset racial, gender, or religious expectations? Did you feel torn between identities or cultures? Did you feel out of place? • Do you see now that there was a conflict underlying the event? For example, were you struggling with contradictory desires? Did you feel pressured by others? Were you desires and rights in conflict with someone else‟s? Was the event about power or responsibility. • Pause to reflect on what you have written about your present perspective. Then write another sentence or two, commenting on the event‟s significance as you look back on it
Where is my thesis? Do Ihave it in my transition?Keep in mind that readers donot expect you to begin yourremembered event essay withthe kind of explicit thesisstatement typical ofargumentative or explanatorywriting. You are not obliged toannounce the significance, butyou must convey it through theway you tell the story andthrough the dominantimpression you create.
Goal: Formulating a Tentative Thesis• The Thesis: If you do decide to tell readers explicitly why the event was meaningful or significant, you will most likely do so as you tell the story, by commenting on or evaluating what happened, instead of announcing the significance at the beginning.
The Strategy• Review what you wrote for Reflecting on the Event‟s Significance, and add another two or three sentences, not necessarily summarizing what you already have written but extending your insights into the significance of the event, what it meant to you at the time, and what it means to you now.
Before the opening ceremonies, Katniss meets with her stylist, Cinna, to prepare. Cinnapresses a button and a fancy meal of “Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamysauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped likeflowers, and for dessert, a pudding the color of honey” appears (65). Katniss thinks abouthow difficult it would be to get a meal like this in District 12: What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment? I look up and find Cinna‟s eyes trained on mine. „How despicable we must seem to you,‟ he says. (65)Katniss doesn‟t respond to Cinna‟s statement, but she agrees in her head. “He‟s right,though. The whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65). Although our world does not really consist of a Capitol and many districts, there are stillsome people who live more comfortably than others. For people like me who live in privilege,life is easy. Food is readily available if I want to eat. Outside of school, I don‟t really havemany responsibilities. I don‟t have to worry about how I will survive day to day. My familyhas told me on many occasions to think about how lucky I am to live the way I do. In othercountries, life is hard. In Africa, children starve to death as a result of famine and poverty.People my age in some countries are working more than my parents do. Katniss’s disgustfor the extravagant Capitol is similar to the disgust I felt for myself when I listened toan account of one man’s visit to factories in China.
HOMEWORK• Post #13: Post your working draft: Long quotation; transition; intro to event, description of place(s), description of people, a dialogue or two, the thesis, the significance of your event, and end with your framing plan. (Remember, this is still just drafting.) Bring: HG and SMG; draft of your outline/writing