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1 Learning to Write through IMITATION THE SENTENCE TOOLBOX

2 Can Imitating Famous Writers Dramatically Improve YOUR Writing ? FAMOUS FIRST LINES… He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Ernest Hemingway When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. The Lord of the Rings ( ), J.R.R. Tolkien If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. The Catcher in the Rye (1951), J. D. Salinger It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Pride and Prejudice (1813), Jane Austen Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) Gabriel Garcia Marquez Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. Lolita (1955), Vladimir Nabokov Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3 The Sentence Toolbox Method WE WILL STUDY 14 DIFFERENT SENTENCE “STRUCTURES” OR TYPES GREAT WRITERS USE WE’LL REFER TO EACH TYPE AS A “TOOL” BECAUSE THAT TYPE OR PATTERN CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHENEVER YOU HAVE TO BUILD AN ESSAY 1. WE WILL LEARN TO IDENTIFY EACH TYPE 2. IMITATE EACH TYPE 3. THEN APPLY THESE 14 “TOOLS” TO OUR OWN WRITING

4 This method teaches us to analyze, study, and then imitate How can something like copying another person really work? Let’s take a look …

5 All of these famous people ADMIT they perfected their craft by IMITATING “the greats” Allan Holdsworth: Never heard of him? Many regard Holdsworth as one of the greatest guitarists of the 20 th Century. The sounds of Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Rainey, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, and John Coltrane were among this English musician's early inspirations when he began to work professionally as a musician in his early twenties Elvis Presley imitated and incorporated Black Gospel music to give birth to what we know as Rock n’ Roll. He couldn’t have done it without black musicians…

6 Each one of these thinkers & artists admits that his own art was inspired by…OTHERS

7 We begin with IMITATION IN FACT, EVERY TIME WE LEARN ANYTHING NEW…

8 But instead of imitating like THIS

9 Or using a lot of hard to understand sentence diagrams

10 PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!! I HATE SENTENCE DIAGRAMS!!!

11 YEAH!!!! We study 14 sentence types or patterns great writers use We keep all that “grammar lingo” to an absolute minimum We learn by COPYING because copying makes us pay attention We learn by RECOGNIZING THE PATTERN so we can do it, too And we learn to PUNCTUATE AS THE PATTERN DICTATES, so we can literally toss out hundreds of grammar worksheets

12 So which method of learning to write well should I use? TraditionalThe Sentence Toolbox

13 *A plastic box for index cards *Index cards *Dividers are nice if you can make them (one for each “Tool”) Sometimes it helps to color code, so you might want to use blue markers for Tool One, red for Tool Two, etc. IT’S TIME TO MAKE YOUR SENTENCE TOOLBOX

14 Today you will make one index card for each sentence type in the SENTENCE TOOLBOX TOOLS THAT USE WORDS Each one of these sentence types is a “tool” 1.Opening Adjective 2.Delayed Adjective 3.Opening Adverb 4.Delayed Adverb TOOLS THAT USE PHRASES 5. Absolute Phrase 6. Appositive Phrase 7. Prepositional Phrase 8. Participal Phrase 9. Gerund Phrase 10. Infinitive Phrase TOOLS THAT USE CLAUSES 11. Clause Types ( Independent & Dependent) 12. Adjective Clause 13. Adverb Clause 14. Noun Clause ONLY write the “Type” or pattern…We’ll learn & practice one type a day

15 After we learn the 14 “Tools”… We’ll multiply what we can do with them by mixing or combining the different tools It’s really a lot like learning to play the basic chords on a piano and then experimenting with different combinations so that you can play Hiphop Jazz Classical Rock Blues And much, much more

16 Pay attention Keep your toolbox organized Help, don’t hinder, the folks near you Practice YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

17 YOU CAN DO IT!


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