Important Features of an Essay about a Remembered Person

  The essay depends on the full range of descriptive strategies - naming, detailing, and comparing (metaphor and simile), as well as dialogue - so that readers can imagine what the person was like.

It also relies on anecdotes or recurring events to reveal important aspects of the person and the relationships.  It leads readers to reflect on people who have been important to their own lives.


Group discussion

Take turns in the group.

Tell who you chose and what kind of a person s/he is (was), the major impression (thesis) that covers the essay.

What can you remember about that person?  For example,  Image, personality, and/or appearance.  What are the distinctive characteristics of the person?  Are there any events or episodes that you can't forget, or that support the thesis?   Can you remember any memorable words (dialogue) that you exchanged with the person?                                                                     


Group members:  ask questions about the topic of the essay to the writer, for example, appearance, personality, any particular behaviors, gesture, characteristics, events, episodes.




Circle all the descriptive words that support the thesis statement?

Find out the thesis statement of the essay?  Where is it?  Do you think it clearly pictures the person?  Do you think the descriptive words are related to the thesis statement?

How does the writer organize the essay?  Topically? Chronologically? Or a combination of both?  Identify it.

Does the writer have a topic sentence in each paragraph?

How is the topic sentence supported in the paragraph? 

Where does the writer have an episode or anecdote?


Circle all the "be" verbs.

Run-on sentences and comma splices

Unintentional fragments


Dangling modification 

Word choice

Simple sentences. Combine the simple sentences into complex sentences.

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