flesl.net paired stories: writing (Tracy Morgan & Anthony Burstow)

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comparison paragraph:
a paragraph in which one thing is compared to another

to “develop” a point, an idea etc. means concentrating on it, expanding it, explaining it, defining it, connecting it to other things—rather than just mentioning it briefly and then going on to something else

based on:
your paragraph will be “based on” the information in the story because you will use the information there in writing it (but it’s important to remember the difference between using information and using words, phrases and sentences!)

allowed, permissible

use your imagination:
i.e. say things about the people in the stories that you “imagine” or “make up” (they are not really there, but you feel they are suggested)

someone’s “personality” is what they are like, i.e. how they behave in various situations

reason for doing something


sexual attraction:
if you are sexually attracted to someone you want to have sex with that person

if you have a delusion (or are “deluded”) then you believe something that is not true (and which you have no good reason to believe)

person who is hurt or killed by a crime, an accident, etc.

if you are “responsible”for something you caused it to happen

personal contact:
“face-to-face” contact (not by telephone, mail etc.)

generally speaking a “relationship” is a connection of any sort between two things; in this context the word refers to a “sexual relationship” between two people.

• writing activity for ‘Tracy & Anthony’ (comparison paragraph)

1. writing


• Read the stories “Tracy Morgan & Anthony Burstow” and “Martina Hingis & Dubravko Rajcevic

• use the list of “suggested points of comparison” below as a guide

• remember: a paragraph which takes a single point of comparison and develops it in an interesting way will be a much better piece of writing than a paragraph that simply runs through several such points

• also remember: although your paragraph must be based on the information in the stories, it is legitimate to use your imagination to a certain extent (i.e. to make intelligent guesses about personalities, motives, and events)

suggested points of comparison:

• amount of genuine love/and or genuine sexual attraction felt by the stalker

• amount of cruelty or kindness shown by the stalker

• degree of delusion (about self or victim) shown by the stalker

• extent (if any) to which the victim was responsible

• amount of personal contact between stalker and victim

• amount of harm to victim as a result of stalking

• role played by other relationships of victims or stalkers

• period of time over which stalking took place

2. correction

• form groups of three (or four)

• exchange paragraphs with your partner(s)

• silently check your partners' papers for errors

3. discussion

• choose one paragraph from your group for reading to another group

• send the author of the chosen paragraph to another group and invite that group to send someone to your group

• listen while your guest reads his or her paragraph aloud

• if your guest’s pronunciation or grammar causes confusion, interrupt and ask for clarification

• when your guest has finished reading, summarize his or her paragraph to make sure it has been fully understood

• discuss with your guest the content of his or her paragraph