You’ve done a number of formal literary written assignments in recent semesters of ELA. This next essay will have a more-relaxed format and be less formal because it will rely on the reflection of personal, childhood memories.
Through this writing assignment, in particular, it will really test your use of transitions to smoothly guide your reader back and forth from past to present observations.
Sample Writing – Reflecting on Childhood Ideas From an Older Perspective:
In this class video, I guide you through an author’s piece of writing called “Back to Wolf Willow” where the author shares what it was like returning to the place he lived as a child. In it are many of the transitions of Past to Present.
Transitions to consider for Past vs Present writing
Understanding to keep similar topics together in your paragraph – avoid jumping back and forth and back and forth between past/present within one body paragraph. Clump similar focuses together in the paragraph to keep the organization of ideas smooth/easy to follow for your reader
establish a pattern of steps in your body paragraph writing – adapt the pattern you typically use for body paragraphs to suit the requirements of this assignment in particular
There are also sample student paragraphs included ranging from less developed to more with feedback included for what is strong and weak in each. It may help you set goals for what to develop in your own writing.
After having reviewed the techniques and tools used to create a listening text like Podcasts, your final assignment is to create your own Visual text (video), which will include these similar types of tools to develop.
Sample Viral Videos on Social Change:
You can view/skim some video examples to see what techniques and formatting of their videos they used to best capture their audience’s attention and draw a wide audience to spread their message.
If the wording of the article is a bit too challenging to understand, students can copy the text of the article and paste it into the website Rewordify. It will exchange the larger words for more-understandable words, to help make it easier to understand the meaning of the writing.