Our notebooks are the building block of our writerly lives, and I encourage students to use their notebooks beyond our classroom walls. For Didion, a notebook was a place to remember how it felt to be her.
What does Beauty means ?
We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were. I wonder what it means. I find that many high school students often need to be reminded that English is a language art.
We could all do better to notice the beauty found in the words we encounter. As my students and I have discovered over the last few days, Didion is a master of the great sentence —a sentence whose structure and parts, language and rhythm, are crafted in such a way that gives the ideas clarity and grace.
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A moment of silence. Some confused looks. Others, blank stares. A few, smirks.
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Not much at first glance. Yes, it does have structure. And yes, her essay has an intro, body, and conclusion. Not in any way.
It uses a first-person point-of-view, it shifts and moves, wonders and supposes. Rather than conforming to the cage bars of any formula or template, these essays are driven by curiosity, passion, and the intricacies of thought.
But when you know better, you do better. As perhaps they should be. That writing is a way to discover what we think as much as it is to express what we know or think we know.
After all, the etymology of the word essay is attempt. An essay is a way to test and tease out an idea.]