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Adding Sights and Sounds: Expanding into an Essay

March 31 and April 1, 2004


"Seventy percent of the body’s sense receptors cluster in the eyes," says Diane Ackerman in her book, A Natural History of the Senses , and goes on to add, “Because the eye loves novelty and can get used to almost any scene . . . much of life can drift into the vague background of our attention.”

“In Arabic, absurdity is not being able to hear,” reports Ackerman. In English, its key meaning is meaninglessness. She goes on to say that “Sounds thicken the sensory stew of our lives, and we depend on them to help us interpret, communicate with, and express the world around us.”


Class Discussion

What are some of the sights and sounds of the places you write about in last week’s assigned paragraph?

The teacher will help collect a suitable vocabulary for describing sights and sounds.

Writing Assignment:

NOTE: This assignment is due in two weeks time, on either April 14 or 15, depending on which class you attend.

Take your existing paragraph and expand it into a full-size, 300-word essay on the same topic.

• One body paragraph will include smells.
• Another will include sights.
• The third will include sounds.

Write an appropriate introduction of no more than 35-40 words. Include a clear, three part thesis.

Restate the thesis in your concluding paragraph. Follow the restatement with two sentences.

*A TOC will take my class next week. He or she will teach a short, grammar-in-writing lesson for you to learn better sentence writing technique.

Read the teacher's sample: "An Early Morning Walk in Vancouver" (Essay)

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