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    LESSON 3 - BRAINSTORMING

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    Writing Process

    Descriptive

    Essay Narrative Essay

    ExemplificationEssay Personal Essay

    Common

    WritingMistakes

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    Writers Prompt:

    Describe your perfect day. What are you doing?

    What are you seeing?

    Where are you? What do you smell? What do you see? What are you feeling?

    Write a paragraphdescribing your perfect day.

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    Assignments

    Read in GW Wuthering

    Heights by Emily BrontePage 31

    Page 35, do questionsMeaning and Idea #3;Language, Form, Structure

    #2 Read LBH Chapter 2 and

    do Ex. 2.6, Page 31

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    Assignment Review

    E.B. White Once More to

    the Lake Meaning and Idea - #4

    Language, Form, Structure - #3, #4

    Read Little Brown Handbook(LBH)Chapter One

    Narrow the subject

    The Civil War

    Teenage Drinking

    The History of the Cell Phone

    Environmentalism

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    E. B. White

    New Yorkermagazine essayist

    Language lover

    Charlottes Web, Stuart Little

    The Elements of Style

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    To Begin

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    And, Whynot?

    "Some men seethings as they are

    and say 'Why?'I dream things that

    never were andsay, 'Why not?'"George Bernard Shaw

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    Welcomewhimsy.

    Be foolish.

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    Dream.

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    Have a light bulb

    moment.

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    Look at things differently.

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    Look at both sides of the

    picture.

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    Waysto Brain Bounce

    Freewriting

    Brainstorming

    Ask critical questions

    Keep a journal

    Mindmapping

    Daydreaming

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    FREEWRITING

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    Freewriting

    Don't stop! Dont edit!

    Keep your fingers typing or your

    pen moving for your time limit

    Dont try to sort good and

    bad ideas.

    Dont worry about spelling and

    grammar.

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    Exercise

    Freewrite for 10 minutes on

    the word which will

    appear on the next slide. Just go for it.

    Dont hold back

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    blue

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    BRAINSTORMING

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    Brainstorming

    Brainstorming means thinking

    of as many ideas as possible in a

    short amountof time. Write down your ideas so that

    you dont forget them.

    Every idea is a good idea

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    Brainstorming

    Write down everything that

    comes to your mind; dont worry

    about sorting out good andbad ideas.

    Dont worry about spelling or

    grammar

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    Brainstorming

    No stopping, no editing (similar

    to freewriting)

    Note key words or short phrasesin list form under your subject

    (instead of free-flowing

    paragraph)

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    Exampleof

    BrainstormingTopic: What would I do with one million dollars?

    Travel--Europe, Asia, S. America

    Buy a house or two

    Share--donate to charities

    Get an expensive car

    Invest/save and let the interest grow

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    Exercise

    For next few minutes, get

    into groups of two, three,

    or four and brainstorm thesubject presented on thenext slide.

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    Howwouldyousolvethecurrenteconomic

    crisis?

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    MINDMAPPING

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    Mindmapping

    Start with a central word.

    As related concepts pop in your

    head, indicate them as branches,arrows, bubbles, etc.

    You may have an aha!

    moment.

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    New YorkThe Yankees

    Far Away

    Vacation?

    Law and Order

    Movies

    911

    Cost of Food

    Broadway

    Hilary

    Clinton

    Gang warfarePricey

    Big Apple

    World Series?

    Delis

    Times

    Square

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    JOURNAL WRITING

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    Keep a Journal

    JournalWriting

    Why is this important to me?

    How does it relate to me?

    How do I feel about it? Do I feel good/bad/indifferent

    about it? Why?

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    JournalWriting

    How does this affect me

    daily?

    How might my connection tothis change in the future?

    How did I feel about this in the

    past?

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    ASK CRITICAL QUESTIONS

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    Sleepwalking

    Ask

    Dictionary definition of _____?

    How is the _____ different from

    other things?

    What are some concrete

    examples of the _____?

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    COMPARE AND CONTRAST

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    Sleepwalking

    Compare/Contrast

    What is _____ similar to?

    What is _____ different from?

    Is _____ most unlike (like) what?

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    OUTLINING

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    Outlining

    Outlining is a more organized form of pre-

    writing than the others we discussed.

    It can be used after you have generated ideasthrough brainstorming, free writing, or other

    pre-writing techniques.

    It works well for structured types of writingsuch as essays.

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    Example OutlineI. Introduction: Eating sushi has its

    advantages and disadvantages

    II. Advantages

    a) easy to cook none requiredb) fun to do with friends and family

    III. Disadvantages

    a) hard to find sushi restaurantsb) sushi is expensive

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    CHARTING

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    Charting

    Sometimes you will want to

    organize your ideas for writing in

    a chart. Charting works very well for

    comparison/ contrast writing or

    examining advantages anddisadvantages.

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    Act

    silly

    .

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    Think outside the lines.

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    Changeyour focus

    Whe

    n is a pe

    ncil not a pe

    ncil?

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    Howmanylegsdoesthe

    elephanthave?

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    Monroeor Einstein?

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    Younglady,oldman

    orman?

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    BeforeanartistnamedEricpaintsthesideof this

    building

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    Andafter.

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    Before:theblankhallwaysof alarge

    manufacturer

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    Hard work pays off in the future.Laziness pays off now.Stephen Wright

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    I intend to live forever

    so far, so good.Stephen WrightStephen Wright

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    What happens if you get

    scared half to death twice?Stephen WrightStephen Wright

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    I used to have an open mind

    but my brains kept fallin