Basic English Discussion
This week’s discussion focuses on description. Sensory details, such as sight, sound, smell, feel, or taste, help the reader to “see” the object the writer is describing.
Week One Discussion requires responding to two questions. Write at least one paragraph (5- 7 sentences) for each of the questions and submit them in your initial post. Then respond to at least one of your peers, commenting on both parts of their response.
Post 1: Answer both sections A & B in your initial post.
- After reading “No Wonder they Call me a Bitch” beginning on p. 107 of The Norton Sampler, choose a physical description that Hodgman uses in her story. Analyze that description and tell us how the author’s words create a sensory effect (touch, smell, hearing, taste, or vision). Share your reaction to the description and whether you think it is effective and why.
- Write a descriptive paragraph comparing two foods categories such as snack foods (Doritos vs generic taco chips), fast food burgers (the Quarter Pounder from McDonald’s vs the Whopper from Burger King), candy bars, sports drinks, or any similar food groups. Using sensory details (taste, feel, smell, look/sight), describe them and convey your preference without directly saying “I like XXX best.”
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