This is a two-part assignment.
Part One involves posting to Blackboard. The two paragraphs must be posted to Blackboard no later than 8:00PM on Wednesday 26 January. Responses to your classmates’ posts should be made by 8:00PM on Thursday 27 January, and your final post by 3:00P Sunday 30 January.
2.1.A (by 8P Wednesday): Write a one-paragraph description of something tangible, something that you can see/touch/feel. However, do not name it. In your second paragraph, discuss the difficulties for you in writing the paragraph, and probably more significantly, the difficulties for your reader. Do you think your reader will “get” what you are describing? (You still haven’t named the object)
2.1.B (by 8P Thursday): Read through your classmates’ posts. Choose three, and guess what the object is in a response post (in the same thread).
2.1.C (between Friday afternoon and 3P Sunday): Read your classmates’ responses and guesses. Now, in a well-written paragraph that does not apply only to your description, discuss the relationship between description and identification.
Part Two is due in class on Wednesday 2 February. This more complete assignment should draw on the thinking and writing you did for Part One; for example, when will you identify the things you are describing? How much will your description depend on the naming of the object?
In your first paragraph, describe something that you can see. (You can rework your paragraphs from Part One of this assignment)
In your second paragraph, describe something that you cannot see. (Please think about each of these descriptions independently of one another. Your essay will be boring if you choose a tangible and intangible version of the same “thing.”)
Finally, in your third paragraph, expand on these descriptions. What is description? What sort of conclusions can you reach about descriptions?
Also, I should mention that I will be meeting with them something like 8000 times between when I hand this out and they hand the final part in.