AGENDA DISCUSSION ON THE ARTICLE NARRATIVE GENRE PERSONAL AND SENSORY CHARTS ABOUT AN IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE WRITING ABOUT FAMILY LANGUAGES BLOGGING-FREE WRITING
Group discussion SUMMARIZE THE ARTICLE IN YOUR GROUPS. WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE? ANSWER ONE DISCUSSION QUESTION FROM THE LIST (each group will be assigned one discussion question).
Tells a story about a person. Tells about a real experience that happened to the writer.
Three types of narratives: personal, fictional and biographical
When you write a personal narrative, you can use first personal pronoun. Focus on your experiences, be descriptive about time and space, tell the experience why your experience is important.
When you write a biographical narrative, you tell the third person’s experience. You can interview the person. You can discuss why the experience was important for the person.
When you write a fictional narrative, you create a fictional character and write about his/her experiences.
Use clear and concise language throughout the essay.
Much like the descriptive essay, narrative essays are effective when the language is carefully, particularly, and artfully chosen. Use specific language to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.
FILL OUT Personal AND SENSORY Chart Create a chart for an important person in your family. Fill our each box with information about the person’s characteristics. Create a short narrative on this person and the feelings this person evokes for you.
Assignments Carefully read personal narrative titled “From Outside, In” Answer two discussion questions on your blog
Discussing the reading titled “Outside, in”
Watching a short clip on different Englishes in the U.S.
Blogging about our language history
Discussing the language awareness project
A personal narrative: “OUTSIDE, IN” What does this title mean to you? In what way does this title reflect her journey ? Discuss what Barbara means when she wrote “ Each experience of writing was like standing naked and revealing my imperfection, my otherness.” (P.208) Barbara wrote “My concern was to use “appropriate” language, to sound as if I belonged in a college classroom. But, I felt separate from the language—as if it did not and could not belong to me.”—Why do you think she feels this way? Have you ever felt this way in a college classroom? If so, why? Answer one of these questions: 2,3,4.
Do you speak american? --DOCUMENTARY Watch DVD from 36’ to 46’— Watch carefully. Take notes as you watch. What strikes you the most ? Share your reflections with the whole class.
bLOGGING about your languages What are some of the languages/accents/dialects that are spoken in your family?Which language (s) do you feel more attached to? Where do these languages come from? Do you code-switch languages or accents as you move from one community to the other? How about at school? Do you feel like your language(s) are recognized at school? Do you see your languages represented in the assignments given to you, in the class readings? Explain how. Give examples. The purpose of this activity is to raise your awareness about the languages spoken in your everyday life. Be insightful. Give specific examples.
Project # 2: LANGUAGE AWARENESS PROJECT Project # 2: Language Awareness Project (20 points)
In this project, you will discuss your family’s language history. To do this, you should first learn how to be a good ethnographer of our own language and culture. For this project, you may observe a language interaction within your family or friends circle and/or interview your grandparents, your parents to see the kinds of languages, accents and dialects they have used throughout their lives. To be successful in this assignment, you need to learn how to observe the scenes carefully and develop a good understanding of narrative genre.
Assignments 1. Read Read “Getting Personal” by Irene Taylor” 2. Read Read Critiquing and changing genres 149-163 3. Write about each article on your blog. 4. Brainstorm topics for your Language Awareness project