“Anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town that depression felt obligated to invite to the party…Mom, I am the party, only I’m a party I don’t want to be at.”  – Sabrina Benaim



  1. Have your peer edited draft of FE #1 that you worked on in Monday’s class.
  2. Make sure you have read over the Usage Section of Hacker.


1. The Narrative discussion (Good writing opener deferred for context)

2. Family Challenge Quiz & Family Challenge #1:

Rhetorical Device Scavenger Hunt Group Challenge

1. Get in your families.

2. Find, identify, define and illustrate the importance of the rhetorical devices listed below. Find an example of each as used by Chris Ballard in his Sports Illustrated article about sports bars.

3. You can go to anywhere on campus that suits you. Or, stay here in the classroom and use your own devices to complete this task.

4. For Monday, you must have the following recorded in writing (typed, one per family turned in)

For each device, you must:
a. Define each.
b. Identify how each is used in the article. Extra credit will be given for those whom have examples NO OTHER family was able to find. Cite the examples.
c. Describe how each might also be used in our own writing.

You will be graded not only on the assignment turned in, but on your ability to share what you have learned with the class as a whole.

Use the remaining class period. This will minimize required meeting time for each family.

The devices: adjunction, allusion, anaphora, apostrophes, colloquialisms, dialogue, hyperbole, metaphor, repetition and simile.

We will begin class on Wednesday with a discussion on this assignment. Have a hard copy (again, only one per family necessary) with you in class.




Read, completely, one of the Salon essays begun in class. Then compose a tweet reacting to the article. Include the author (if possible) and me in your tweet. MUST Include our common hashtag #costrhet so that your classmates have a place to look to join this discussion. The point is not to say something profound. It is to have a real-time discussion about writing live, on social media, and see if we can attract something cool. Your must read the article and submit a tweet (which can be a response to someone else’s tweet) by next Friday, February 10th.  


Writing a Personal Narrative: Formal Essay #2

A narrative is a story. In writing a narrative essay, you share with the reader some personal experience of your own in order to make a point or convey a larger message. A great narrative, for example might be how your grandfather influenced your desire to become an orthodontist, or perhaps you’ll relate the story of the time you didn’t make the cut for the basketball team. Whatever the story, a good narrative relays a higher purpose or meaning.

Narrative effect is the main point of your story—the moral, the message, the insight you offer. Without a specific narrative effect, your essay is merely a series of unconnected events. If you are unsure what your main point is, you might ask yourself, “Why am I telling this story? Why should someone else be interested in reading about my experience?” In addition, you must decide whether to reveal your point explicitly (stated directly) or impliclove-memes-for-him-and-her-14itly (suggested but not stated).

Your narrative will be a story that evinces LOVE…not necessarily the LOVE of a human being. It could be the love of an item (your favorite chair) or an activity (knitting, spelunking, 40 man squash tournaments, full-contact origami). The catch is that the narrative must provide its description through the telling of a specific story. So you can’t simply DESCRIBE your chair, you must tell me the story of how you got it, or a time when it provided you solace. You can’t tell me about your boyfriend, you have to tell me about a particular memorable date.

The narrative MUST tell a story, and the story must illustrate the love you feel for the thing.

You may NOT write about a sport, your home, family or Disney World.

Sorry, just plain tired of reading those. This forced movement outside of the box will be good for you, I promise.

Two – three pages double spaced, default font, 1″ margins. Write name and Formal Essay #2: Narrative in the header.

Bring an electronic copy to use in class on Monday. Make sure you can access it from a computer. 

Frequently Committed Narrative Issues:

1. Inciting Incident: To begin…as weird as it seems…don’t just start at the beginning…MAKE the beginning at the point of incitement.

2. Write a story, not an expository essay: Too few of you cave credence to not explicitly describing the thing/person/idea you love. Many of you make this mistake early on as if the rules and conventions of a traditional opener were too hard to resist. “Help us, high school English tactics. You’re our only hope!”

3. Dominant Impression: Too many of you will not focus your story on ONE, SPECIFIC, CONCRETE INCIDENT, instead you wrapped it up in a complete day’s worth of description. For example, if you love Disney World, and you know that because you went last summer, don’t tell me the whole story, from packing the car to leaving Orlando on interstate 4. Instead, why not focus on riding your favorite ride with loved one. Or one magical evening at the Magic Kingdom. Or eating at World Showcase.