Two different topic readings.
“What We Hunger For” by Roxane Ga
Your response to EACH question needs to be around 6 sentences, and each response requires at least ONE quote pulled directly from the article to support your claims (unless the question specifically says otherwise)
DECODING NARRATIVES: little a and BIG A
What is the topic (little a) of this narrative? What would you say this essay is about on the surface? Make sure the little a encapsulates ALL the parts of the narrative (as in, make sure you arent just focusing on a particular detail in the narrative). — NO QUOTE NEEDED/ONE SENTENCE ONLY.
Mark some of the most vivid details in the narrative. What makes them stand out FOR YOU?
How does the author present her- or himself and other people in the narrative? That is, what insights do we get into the personalities, beliefs, and concerns of the people described in the narrative?
What is the tone of the narrative (e.g., neutral, sad, distant, nostalgic, happy, funny)? How does the tone help the author get their point across?
Who is the authors target audience? How can you tell, and how might the target audience influence the authors writing choices?
Is there anything special or unique about the writers style or approach? How might this help the author get their point across? (Think: would this story be as impactful if it were told another way?)
What reflections or commentary does the author offer? What does the author want us to learn from the personal experiences? What broader relevance do these experiences have (i.e., relevance not just to the author but other people, including the reader)? Essentially: what is the BIG A of the piece? — ONE SENTENCE ONLY, IN ADDITION TO ONE QUOTE FROM THE TEXT THAT COULD ACT AS A “THESIS STATEMENT” FOR THE PIECE.
Anne Lamott describes her writing process in this short essay and the power of “shitty first drafts.” In 250 words, tell us what you think of her advice. Do you have a writing process, and if you do, how does Lamott’s advice compare to yours? If you don’t, how might Lamott’s advice be helpful? What’s something from her essay that stood out to you?