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Background:


In his book Image Grammar, Harry Noden uses the analogy of writing as painting and encourages us to see writing not only as house painting (functional), but also as an artistic endeavor (stylistic). To help students achieve more artistic writing and integrate stylistic elements into their writing, her offers a series of brushstrokes or ways to revise our writing.


Activity:

If we have time, we'll do the following:

1. Write about your group's designated digital image at your table. You can post this at the bottom of your group's wiki page for this session.

  • Describe the image. Then imagine the story behind this image -- what preceded it, what is happening in the moment, and what is still yet to come? What is the potential problem or conflict? How might it be resolved? Collaborate and write at least a few paragraphs about your image.

2. Review the following:



3. Now, revise your story about the digital image associated with your group incorporating at least 2 of the brushstroke strategies. Like the examples from Mr. Lymon's students, you might look for areas to target for revision. Be sure to save your original copy in addition to your revised version. You can create a table with two columns to view the two different versions of your story side-by-side (in fact, I've provided on on your group's wiki page).


4. Afterwards, reflect upon and then discuss the differences between the two different versions.