Modes of Discourse
•Mode = method (HOW)
•Discourse = communication / discussion
•In terms of written communication, we classify 9 main modes of discourse
–Narration, Illustration, Description, Process Analysis, Definition, Division and Classification, Comparison and Contrast, Cause and Effect and Argument.
Read in class:
“Is Your Jar Full?”
"The Scarlet Ibis"
Work on Visual Representations
Choose a significant event from your life – one that you attach some emotion to…happy, sad, scared, angry, etc. It could be a wedding, a birth, a vacation, a competition, a tournament, Christmas (a specific one), starting a new school, moving, etc.
Think about the usual demands of narration but especially the requirements that your narration have some meaningful point or purpose and a non-chronological organization
When you have chosen your event, break it down into four chronological steps. For example:
1 – We changed in the locker room
2 – We walked onto the field
3 – I scored a goal
4 – Final whistle blew. We won the game.
You will now write a 4 paragraph narrative of your event. Each of your steps will be included. Your paragraphs will go in this order: 4,1,2,3. If I was writing up the event above I would BEGIN with a paragraph that described the final whistle blowing, how excited I was and how my team-mates reacted, etc. In my 2nd, 3rd and 4th paragraphs I would then go back and describe the details that led up to that moment.
Please write detailed paragraphs, remembering all we have learned recently about parallel structure, active voice, modifiers, and using the 5 senses in your writing.