Quote of the Day:
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'. Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain
Word of the Day:
conciliate - v.
: to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts
: to make compatible : reconcile
: to become friendly or agreeable
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
In your Reflection Journal: In the same way that we can describe architecture or buildings, we can use adjectives to describe a writer or speaker's language and speaking style: clear, concise, trim, neat, sprawling, circuitous, flowery, ornate, etc. By assigning these adjectives, we can more clearly analyze the writer and their meaning. Assign some adjectives to the above quote and to "Solitude" (at least 3 to each text- if you are struggling for adjectives, check this bad boy out) and then compare/contrast how Thoreau's language in this oft-quoted passage differs from the language in "Solitude"?
This writing is (adj.), (adj.), and (adj.)
The language in "Solitude" is (adj.),
I'll be walking around and interjecting myself into conversations. If you have specific questions, feel free to raise a hand and call me over.
20 MINUTE FREE WRITE:
I'll set a timer for 20 minutes. During that time, don't worry about anything but getting your thoughts down. Spelling, grammar, structure, organization- none of that matters. Just get your ideas out. They don't even have to be particularly good ideas. Remember "Thinking Like A Traveller" here: the more you notice and can be present, the more ideas you'll have; the more ideas you have, the easier it is to have a great idea.
DEBRIEF & QUESTIONS
Put your essay away. Give yourself time. Breathe. It's going to be fine.