Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Dillard likens writing to laying out a line of words to be followed. The line of words Dillard follows will be explored in this lesson.
1. Class Discussion: From the very beginning of the book, Dillard speaks of writing as laying out a line of words. What does she compare the line of words to? What does she suggest that a writer do with this line? Where does the line of words take the reader (or writer) by the end of Chapter 1? At what stage of writing would one be in by the end of Chapter 1?
2. Peer Discussion: An informal discussion amongst students will take place to focus upon Dillard's analogy of writing to a line of words to be followed. Questions to be discussed are: Is this an analogy that makes sense to you? Why or why not? Is it easy to imagine?
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