USC speech

May 6, 2008

What is good writing?

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 6:59 pm

 

acquire : to obtain something  • adequate : enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose  • athlete : a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events  • bubble : a ball of air in a liquid, or a delicate hollow sphere floating on top of a liquid or in the air  • circumstance : a fact or event that makes a situation the way it is  • conceivable : possible to imagine or to believe  • corn syrup : a thick sweet liquid made from maize  • diverse : varied or different  • fascinating : extremely interesting  • limber : (of a person) able to bend and move easily and gracefully  • lumber : to move slowly and awkwardly  • proficiency : skilled and experienced

 

 

 

 

[Sample A]

 

When mother fride my egg this morning it limbered out like corn surp. Then it got buggles. They went up, then went down, like breethen heavy.

 

 

 

 

[Sample B]

 

I consider experience to be an important part in the process of learning. For example, in the case of an athlete, experience plays an important role. After each game, he tends to acquire more knowledge and proficiency, thereby making him a better athlete. An athlete could also gain more knowledge by studying up on the sport, but it is doubtful if he could participate for the first time in sport with study alone and without experience and still do an adequate job.

 

 

 

 

[Sample C]

 

The automobile is a mechanism fascinating to everyone in all its diverse manifestations and in every conceivable kind of situation or circumstance.

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS : Do you like this? Why or why not? Do you think this is a good piece of writing? Why or why not? What do you think is good about it, if anything? What is bad about it, if anything? If you were to rewrite it, how would you do it?

 

LESSONS ABOUT GOOD WRITING:

(1) Write clearly and vividly, even if it’s not expressed in the same way that other people would express it.

(2) Make your writing informative.

(3) Use examples to make your meaning clear.

(4) Whenever possible, avoid using language that you’re not confident about.

 

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