Object One-Pager Pointers

As you write your draft on your meaningful object, consider the following:

  • What is the impression you want to give your reader?
  • What do you want to convey about your object? Why is it meaningful to you? (Think Purpose.)

All of your decisions and choices as a writer—the words you choose (diction) and the way you arrange them (syntax)—should be informed by the answers to the questions above.

Remember that when we read Soto’s “The Jacket” and Dillard’s Excerpt from An American Childhood that each writer conveyed both the concrete and abstract. Soto’s essay wasn’t just about the jacket (concrete), but also about the struggle to fit in (abstract). Dillard’s essay wasn’t just about the microscope (concrete), but also about becoming independent and finding one’s passion (abstract).

Though it will be difficult, find a way to express both the concrete and abstract about your object. Use figurative language, make allusions, tell a brief story (anecdote).

Your final essay is limited to one page (approx 400-450 words). For your rough draft, you may go over the limit and then cut down as we revise/edit in class. Bring a typed copy of your rough draft (without MLA heading) to class with you on Thursday.

PS – We’ll be writing about a place next. Get ready!


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