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1 How do I determine an author’s style?
Essential Question How do I determine an author’s style?

2 Write in Table of Contents
STYLE Write in Table of Contents

3 There Are Many Types of Styles
Clothing Style Music Style Hairstyle Performance style Artistic style Writing style

4 Writing Style is…. Just like the styles of clothing, hair, and music, different styles of writing feature aspects of the writer’s personality, background, preferences, strengths, etc.

5 Copy: Author’s Style Style describes the ways that the author uses words Style describes how the author describes events, objects, and ideas.

6 How Do We Discuss Writing Style?
Writing style can be discussed through a few key factors: Diction Syntax Tone Use of Figurative Language

7 Copy: Diction Diction is a writer’s choice of words. (think diction-ary)

8 The bear growled as he approached our tent.
VS. The beast’s vicious snarl thundered through our tent.

9 Copy: Syntax Syntax refers to the way that a writer arranges his/her words in a sentence.

10 I read my text book because I knew that my teacher would test us on that stuff.
Anticipating that my teacher would test us on the material, I read my text book carefully. I read the text book carefully, anticipating that my instructor would assess us on the material. Carefully I read my text book--I knew that my teacher would test us on the material. Etc., etc., etc………

11 Copy: Tone Tone refers to the writer’s attitude toward the reader and/or subject of writing

12 The cuddly kitten nestled down on my lap the moment I sat down on the couch.
That mangy furball flopped down on my lap before I could even sit down.

13 Figurative Language Figurative language refers to any word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else Examples= metaphor, simile, personification

14 Examples of Figurative Language
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

15 How Could You Use Figurative Language to Describe the Picture Below?
Metaphor Simile Personification

16 Let’s Review….. What exactly is style in your own words?
What are the key factors we can use to discuss an author’s writing style?

17 Describe Frederick Douglass’s Style
Diction Does he use plain, informal everyday language or Sophisticated, formal, elevated words? Syntax Are his sentences long or short? Tone What is his attitude towards slavery? Figurative Language Look through the text and find examples of figurative language.

18 Today’s Assignment Complete guided reading questions started yesterday. Answer questions 1-6 on p. 149

19 Exit Ticket How do you describe an author’s style?

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