Novelist Ray Bradbury

Novelist Ray Bradbury began generating lists of nouns. He said, “These lists were the provocations…that caused my better stuff to surface. I was feeling my way towards something honest, hidden, under the trapdoor at the top of my skull.” Peer respond by Friday. Make sure you offer constructive criticism, specific solutions, and detailed solutions in addition to praise. You will do this on weekly basis. Specific Information on Autobiographical Narrative From http://go.hrw.com/eolang/modbank/mguide/mg11-1.htm (Links to an external site.): An autobiographical narrative tells the story of experiences that took place in the author’s life. It usually focuses on the details associated with the experience, but it also lets the author express his or her thoughts and feelings about what happened. Read James Cagney’s “A Brief History of My Failures with Women.” In telling your story, as James Cagney does in his sequential autobiographical narrative, you have the power to teach and entertain the audience. Look at all of the ways Cagney shows us where he’s coming from. Think about how he does not call this “A Brief History of My Failures in Getting Kissed.” Look at how he describes his peer group, his neighborhood. He does not tell us he’s an African-American student from Oakland, an overachiever who lacks confidence. He shows us these details. Look at how he uses specific sensory details: colors, textures, and sounds. Look at how he has us laughing and then delivers his mother’s death, surprising us with how this could be his failure. (Links to an external site.)on page 7 SPECIFICS OF THE ASSIGNMENT Read James Cagney’s “A Brief History of My Failures with Women,” and make a detailed narrative list of at least five separate failures (or a list of something else; you decide). Rubric Narrative Rubric Narrative Rubric Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Language Used 3.0 pts Writing uses concrete language to render its subject. 2.0 pts Although writing may demonstrate facility with language, it also contains clichés, vagaries, or abstractions that call for more revision. Writer experimented with the elements of narrative. 1.0 pts Writing demonstrates the writer’s attempt at facing the blank page. The writer has attempted the assignment. 3.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Human Connection 4.0 pts Whatever the approach—realistic, expressionistic, surrealistic, etc.—the writing offers the reader a human connection through intelligible language. 2.0 pts The writer finished a rough draft, but clearly s/he has not taken the time to take the draft to the required level. 2.0 pts Writing rises to moments of poetic or dramatic interest but reveals that the writer needs to engage more frequently with his or her writing process and reconsider the work by cutting or transforming expository passages into poetry or narrative. 4.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Revision 3.0 pts Writing reveals the strengths of a considered revision and the development of a voice relevant to the specific assignment. Author has a clear vision for the piece. 2.0 pts Although narrative demonstrates some understanding of the basic elements of creative writing, characterization lacks human verisimilitude in that plot restrains characters from taking action, thus making the characters passive victims to whom things happen without consequence. The author needs to spend more time on mechanics and/or audience consideration.