Narratives tend to make good use of dialogue to help communicate the story and characters within it. Let us look at how to handle formatting and some helpful approaches to clarity for dialogue in our Narrative Essays.

Here are some ideas:


Understanding and Practicing Using Vivid/Descriptive Details.

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Vivid or descriptive details are important to narrative stories for helping us “bring to life” the events in the story and help to paint a picture that we can, when images are not available, imagine in our heads.

Descriptive Details: Vivid details are another crucial element, because they help bring the story to life for the audience. You want to help provide us with the feeling that we are there, with you, in the story. Aim to create “mental sensations of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and texture of the world in which your story takes place”

You will then attempt using descriptive and vivid detail, and we will discuss on Monday, to paint a picture of the comic book image below in words.

To put it another way:

Your job is to be able to describe it, written down, as if the audience cannot or will not SEE the image itself.

I am looking for a nice sized paragraph (4-5 sentences) minimum. I WILL be taking this up at the end of class.


How we will handle “No Class” this week.

The Game Plan!
I hope everyone is safe and well. I want to quickly bring you to speed on things for now and when we are back in class on Monday, Sept. 9.
1. You need to go ahead and be working on Mindedge Module 3. It is what we would have been working on this week. It will remain open until the end of the day on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
2. This coming week, Sept. 9 – 13 will be our 2ndB Week. You will receive a new reading on Monday. I will also, this weekend, be looking at and giving feedback on your first summary reading for those who posted them.
3. I will be uploading some blog posts talking about vivid detail and dialogue, two elements important to our first essays. I will also do a video lecture to go up Friday (Sept. 6) discussing the material.
4. I am also, and it is already changed on the assignment sheet on the blog site, changing the due dates for our Essay 1.
Peer Review for Essay 1will now be on Sept. 11 (next Wednesday), in class. You will be asked on     Monday, reminded, about bringing copies/drafts to class that day.
Rough Drafts for Essay 1will now be turned in to Moodle on Friday, Sept. 13 by  11:59   PM.
 – Final Drafts for Essay 1will now be turned in to Moodle on Friday, Sept. 20 by 11:59 PM.
Any questions, please email me.
Dr. Evans

Submitting Your Introduction Blog Posts to Moodle

These submissions should be done by 11:59 PM on Wednesday night (Aug. 28).

Here is how to do it via Moodle:

1. Log in to Moodle and Click on your ENGL 101 Course (NOT the one with Mindedge, one without the Progress bar).

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2. Locate the “Contents” and CLICK on “Essay 1”

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3. Inside Essay 1 you will find your assignment: “Blog Post 1 Assignment”. CLICK on it.

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4. CLICK on the “Add Submission” button.

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5. CLICK on the File Submission icon: the piece of paper with a paper clip and green plus sign.

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6. CLICK on “Choose File” under Attachment to locate your Blog Post 1 and add it.

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7. Once you have added the file, CLICK on the “Save Changes” button. This should then return you to the main assignment page.

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8. The “Submission status” should change from “no attempt” and note your successful upload attempt.

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Annotating and Note Taking of Readings

If you are going to write effective summaries, you need to practice annotating and taking notes on what you are reading. Here are some links to help you in that process:

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Annotate and Take Notes

From UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center

Helpful tips

  • Write notes in your own words instead of copying down information from the book.
  • Avoid over-highlighting. Highlighting doesn’t actively engage the brain, so it’s not the most useful strategy. Also, highlighting too much can keep you from focusing on the main ideas.
  • Wait until the end of a page to take notes so that you can better focus on what you are reading and so that you can try to summarize in your own words rather than copy.
  • You don’t need to write pages of notes—keep them brief and focused.
  • Preview the chapter before you start reading by looking at the text features to gain clues about the main ideas of the chapter.
  • Focus on the main ideas and concepts.


PDF on ANNOTATING from UNC-Chapel Hill WC: Annotating Texts