Readers Impression

Readers Impression

Language Use and Conventions

Opening

Your use of language is the first and only impression your readers have of you as a writer. It’s important to be very careful so that your ideas don’t get lost in a sea of distracting errors.

Read Language Use and Conventions. Then apply what you read to correct the following sentences.

  • _ (Your/You’re) so lazy,” Okonkwo told Nwoye. “I’m ashamed you are my son.”
  • Okonkwo believed that the tribe had lost _ (it’s/its) ferocity and strength.
  • “Look over (there/their/ they’re)!” said Obierika. “ (There/Their/They’re) about to attack.”
  • Angry and violent, Ekwefi feared Okonkwo would hit her.
  • Thinking about everything that had happened in Umuofia, exile seemed very long to Okonkwo.
  • Each member of Okonkwo’s family did their part to prepare for the feast.
  • Okonkwo thought that his daughter should of been a boy.

Open Notebook

Review your responses with your classmates.

Peer Response Groups

Work Time

Your work with your group today is very important: this is the final edit that you’ll get before your narrative is ready for publication. You’ll follow a similar procedure to your previous work with your group, with each writer reading his or her work aloud as the editors follow along. This time, you’re focusing on word choice, language use, and readability.

  • Identify any sentences, phrasings, and so on, that you particularly like: they may say a lot in few words; they may show something important about the characters, conflicts, or themes; or they may just resonate with you for some reason. Write a comment explaining why you like these phrases.
  • Identify anything that you find a little confusing or that you are unsure about. These could be places where the writer needs to be more specific, or needs to say something more clearly, or where you think the grammar or spelling may be incorrect. Write a comment explaining your confusion.
  • Identify examples of strong, descriptive language or active verbs.
  • Underline any spelling or grammatical errors that you notice.
  • Identify any changes you see from the previous draft that you particularly like.

After the reading and giving feedback, each group member should give one piece of “warm” feedback and one piece of “cool” feedback to the writer.

Steps to Accomplish

Closing

Reflect on your group’s feedback. You’ll have one more lesson and time at home to finish your final revision.

  • List the steps you still need to accomplish and put together a timeline for accomplishing these steps.

Open Notebook

Share this with your teacher.

Your Character Narrative

Homework

Continue writing!

  • Work on your final revision.

You’ll have one more class period to finish.