PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
English 10 and Advanced Composition
Old Hands: Writing for an Audience of Peers
Returning students are "old hands." The expression "old
hands" is a kind of metaphor that says the hands of
experienced people are "old," and uses metonymy that
says "hands" but means entire people.
You, who attend the class today, are experienced students. Today, we
will write our advice, as "old hands," and share important
information with the new students who will attend next week.
As an "old hand," you have important information to share
with a new student. What, in your opinion, should students know to save
them time and trouble? Why have you returned? Your answer to
"why" will contain the examples you need for this paragraph.
Give three clear examples. Each example should be of a minimum 25
words (three sentences) and appeal to our senses (hearing, taste,
touch, sight) in at least one way. For example, "Room 187 is
filled with students, and their teachers, who chat while eating a noon
The paragraph should be about 125 to 150 words long. Write it,
first, without any use of dictionary. Write to get your ideas down on
Revise the paragraph at least once, then proofread to catch any
grammatical errors. Watch out for: subject/verb agreements; use of
pronouns and clear antecedents; omitting or including "the,"
"an," or "a"; correct diction.
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