Laurie Ringer deposited Day 1: Draft Prep Sheet on the 8 Parts of Speech through the Story of Hidden Figures in the group GS Speculative Fiction on MLA Commons 8 months ago
Because it is all too easy to (accidentally) make assumptions about what first-year students know about language, in 2019-2020 my lit and comp type courses will begin with a segment on language, before moving on to sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
Our exploration of language will start by jumping into a story, to help us identify the 8 parts of speech. These parts of speech are the building blocks of — a) every sentence we think, speak, and write; b) the stories we read and watch; c) the way we describe how stories impact us; and d) the critical thinking we do about stories and their impacts.
The day 1 prep sheet story is the film Hidden Figures. Maybe we need to help students visualize the ways that language moves through stories like Hidden Figures?