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Fall 1 a 20

  1. 1. Class 20 EWRT 1A
  2. 2. AGENDA • Discussion: Toufexis Toufexis: Hooking the reader. Toufexis: A focused concept, logical plan 145-48 • Writing: Consider topics for your essay from The Hunger Games.
  3. 3. Toufexis “ Love: The Right Chemistry”
  4. 4. First, answer these questions about Toufexis’s essay • First, summarize the story. • How does Toufexis “Hook the Reader”? • How does Toufexis focus her plan? • How does she create a logical plan?
  5. 5. Is this how you summarized it? Hooking the reader
  6. 6. Here is how Toufexis hooks the reader: did you identify these strategies? oThe title—”Love: The Right Chemistry” oThe epigraph quoting Greta Garbo’s line from the film Ninotchka. oThe conversational tone of the essay • Using “O.K.” and “Let’s” rather than the more formal “let us.” Focusing the Plan
  7. 7. Focusing the Plan What She Does What She Does Not Do • She focuses on certain scientific aspects of romantic love, specifically the evolutionary biology and neurochemistry of love between adult human heterosexual mates. • By keeping to her focus, she is able to present information that is unfamiliar, and therefore interesting, to her readers. • Because she wants to emphasize love as a tool to promote reproduction, she does NOT include same-sex love, or nonsexual love between friends and family members • She does NOT discuss views on love by various religions or cultures. A logical plan
  8. 8. o Introduction of topic o Thesis o Forecast o Transitions Introduction of Concept: Paragraph 1: She announces that she is writing about “romantic love,” a concept that she will address with “scientific precision.” Thesis: Paragraph 2: What seems on the surface to be irrational, intoxicated behavior is in fact part of nature’s master strategy—a vital force that has helped humans survive, thrive, and multiply through thousands of years” Forecast: In paragraph two: “Love rests firmly on the foundations of evolution, biology, and chemistry.” Toufexis also uses transitions to let the readers know when she is leaving one topic and going to another: here is the transition from biology to neurochemistry: Here is her logical plan: She provides clues for the reader
  9. 9. Remember your Goal! You will write a concept essay much like one of these we read in class
  10. 10. The Concept Essay • Topic: Write an essay about a concept from The Hunger Games that interests you and that you want to study further. When you have a good understanding of the concept you have chosen, explain it to your readers, considering carefully what they might already know about it and how your essay might add to what they know. Essay #3 Three to five pages 125 points possible MLA-style formatting and citations Works Cited page must include three entries: The Hunger Games, A Dictionary or other defining source, and a book or article from a credible source. Remember the assignment!
  11. 11. Hunger, Cold, Friendship, Safety, Justice, Fair play, Class, Game, Play, Power, Identity, Strength, Competition, Sacrifice, Spectacle, Schadenfreude (happiness derived from others’ misfortunes), Fear, Privilege, Equality, Legal, Skill, or? Remember the Topics to Consider:
  12. 12. Try this brainstorming drill again • Consider topics for your essay from The Hunger Games. o Consider two different possibilities. o Write a paragraph for one of them, sketching out what you already know about the concept.
  13. 13. Homework • Read: HG through chapter 19; SMG 148-163 • Post #22: o Finish and post your concept paragraph. o Find two different definitions for your concept. One can be from a dictionary. • Post #23: Name two concepts about which you wrote paragraphs (one from today and one from yesterday). Find a few lines from The Hunger Games that illustrate each concept. Copy them into your post, and then explain how the example demonstrates, defines, or embodies the concept. • Post # 24 Journal: Write from the perspective of Prim watching the Hunger Games live on her television. What does she feel, say, and experience seeing her sister in the games. • Study: Vocab (10-18) • Bring: SMG to Class