English 10: Literary Journeys

The “What?” and the “So, What?”

For the Birds

The “What?” and the “So, What?” of narratives we read and see are important components to crafting an effective personal essay, which will be the final assignment for this unit. We learned today that the “What?” of a narrative is the who/when/where/what you see in front of your eyes. It is the action happening in the moment and the summary of plot points that you read.

The “So, What?” is the most important part of the analysis that you do for a reading. This is the same “So, What?” from your analysis papers, the same “So, What?” that will come up again and again in any kind of writing that you attempt in your careers. The “So, What?” asks you the writer to describe the inference you perceive, to read between the lines, to dig for deeper meaning, make connections to bigger pictures, and the “Why?”. Why is that passage/event important, to you, to the novel, to the author, or to the viewer? Dig, dig, dig, and dig more. This part of the analysis should be much longer than the “What?” part of it. The most of what you say should be in that “So, What?” part of the analysis.

In class, you practiced how to do with this a short animated film from Pixar called, For the Birds. I would like you to use this practice and apply it to you reading homework for the night. Choose a part of the reading in Persepolis and do the same thing. Tell me the “What?” and then explain to me the “So, What?”

We will be using this skill and practicing it in various ways. Yay!

For the Birds:

*Shout out to Emily Scherer for her wonderful micro-lesson!

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This article was written on 26 Mar 2013, and is filled under Homework Assignments, In Class.

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