POS: Parts of Speech
**How did we use it today? We were reading along in our fabulous short story by Jack London when we happened upon a great sentence. So we put it in our notebooks and labelled the Parts of Speech.
This is what we came up with:
He (pro) smiled (v) agreeably (adv) to (prep) himself (pro) as (conj) he (pro) thought (v) of (prep) those (adj) biscuits (n), each (pro) cut (adj) open (adv) and (conj) sopped (adj) in (prep) bacon (adj) grease (n), and (conj) each (pro) enclosing (adj) a (adj) generous (adj) slice (n) of (prep) fried (adj) bacon (n).
We began to read "To Build a Fire", by Jack London. You can find the story on this website under ELA11R/Short stories. Your HOMEWORK is to read the rest of the story and underline POWERFUL WORD CHOICES throughout.
When we first began reading London's work, we took a closer look at his word choices. He said that there were UNDULATIONS in the snow. The author stated that the man FLUNG a look over his shoulder. These are great examples of unexpected and energetic language. Imagine if the author had said the snow looked like waves or the man looked behind him. This is not very exciting imagery. But he chose POWERFUL WORDS INSTEAD. I hope you make the same choices when you write so that your reader can be moved by what you say.