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Reader Writer Notebook Entries

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									Reader/ Writer Notebook Entries
“Arm Wrestling with My Father” by Brad Manning (BR pp. 146-153)
“Shooting Dad” by Sarah Vowell (BR pp. 154-163)

Please answer the following questions in you reader/writer notebook to the BEST of
your ability. If you are not sure you understand, give your best educated guess.
Writing nothing is unacceptable. This isn’t a test, so take a stab at it. You will never
grow unless you try.

“Arm Wrestling with My Father”

      As readers we connect to the story: what the essay says. What do you think
       Manning’s message is – his theme – and what details (specifics from the text)
       lead you to this conclusion? (The message cannot just be one word – this is a
       statement!)
      As writers we want to examine how Manning put the words on the page to
       make us understand his message. What moves did he make as a composer of
       a piece of art – how did he string the language together? To think about
       these things consider:
           1. How is the piece structured? Where does it begin and end? What is in
              the middle? This takes some close analysis of the text. Go back and
              skim through.
           2. Identify the various “snapshots” that Manning uses to convey his
              message.
           3. What do these snapshots do for his writing – what do they bring to the
              essay that would be missing if they were not there?
           4. Pick your favorite sentence from the essay and write it down. Why
              does it attract you? Try to name it.


“Shooting Dad”

      Again, as readers I want you to tell me what Vowell’s theme is and list the
       details that get you to that message.
      As writers, now, I want you to examine how she puts words on the page to
       make us understand her message. Answer these questions:
          1. What is the tone – the author’s attitude toward her subject – of this
               essay? What are the specific words/phrases/sentences that establish
               the author’s tone?
          2. Identify the various “snapshots” that Vowell uses to convey her
               message.
          3. What do these snapshots do for her essay – what would we lose if she
               didn’t include them?
          4. Pick your favorite sentence from the essay and write it down. Why
               does it attract you? Try to name it.

								
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