Discovering Voice:Taking Action through Language Carla Sanford HWP Summer Institute 2011
What Bugs Me? • List five things that you have noticed that irk/ annoy you. • Some of my examples include: • When I’m in a rush and someone brings 30 items into the express checkout lane for 12 items or less. • After long previews at a movie, someone’s phone or baby ruins the first pieces of dialogue • People who drive “cell phone drunk”
Freewrite • Write about one these points that you find annoying. Explain why you find this is so irksome or inconsiderate. When students care about what they are writing, their voice emerges.
Discussion • The group reads the text silently, highlighting it and writing notes in the margin. Answer to the following questions: • What Assumptions does the author of the text hold? • What do you Agree with in the text? • What do you want to Argue with in the text? • What parts of the text do you want to Aspire to (or Act upon)? What Anecdotes (personal connections- do you have to this topic?)
Reading • “The Environmentalist Mindset” • As you read: Note the following A’s • Agree • Assumption • Argue • Aspire/ Act-upon • Anecdote (does this have a personal connection for you?)
In a round, each person identify one assumption in the text, citing the text (with paragraph/line numbers, if appropriate) as evidence.
Central Question • Why is this issue so important? • Who does effect and how?
Using Writing To Move Toward Social Action • “What Bugs Me” Freewrite • Before taking action, one must determine what to take action about. • What is of sufficient importance to warrant the effort?
Using Writing To Move Toward Social Action • “What Bugs Me” Freewrite • Before taking action, one must determine what to take action about. • What is of sufficient importance to warrant the effort? • Discuss which issue to pursue.
Plan of Action • Give written descriptions of what your group plans to do and how the activities fit together. • Within these plans, varied genres of writing are necessary. What genres would be most effective to reach your target audiences? • Create a plan of action