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3. Does the effect of this description depend on color, sound, or form?
4. Are the sentences simple, complex, or compound? 5. Explain the syntax of each noun.
6. Are the "Four W's" sufficiently clear?
7. Explain the reason for each mark of punctuation. 8. Make a list of the color words.
9. Explain how each sentence is hooked to that which precedes. Make a list of the transition words.
10. Why do we put commas between the adjectives in this sentence, "We saw a red, white, and blue flag," and yet omit them in this: "Three gay young men came down the walk."
11. Has this paragraph unity? If so, what elements produce it?
12. Find and copy into your notebook a better color description.
13. Find and copy into your notebook descriptions that depend on sound, taste, smell, touch, and combinations of one or more of these.
IV. Composition Subjects
1. Examine one of the pictures in the school and describe it orally, basing your work on its colors. 2. Make a similar description of some scene which you see between now and 6 P.M. to-day.
3. Describe according to the same plan the cover of some current weekly or monthly magazine.
V. Suggested Time Schedule
Thursday (a) Written Composition; (b) Reviews.
Friday - Speaking.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
A host of golden daffodils
Continuous as the stars that shine
The waves beside them danced, but they
In such a jocund company;
I gazed and gazed but little thought
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
Which is the bliss of solitude.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770–1850),
DESCRIBE any building in the range of your personal observation-house, store, theater, school, churchold or new - good or bad. In John Burroughs's “RoofTree" you will find some good examples of the way in which a master artist can do this.
THE OBSOLETEST RAILWAY STATION
SIR: Hold! No one who has seen it dare deny that the very obsoletest railway station is the dippo in New V———. As a landmark it is unique. Some believe that it was built by LaSalle to commemorate his visit to St. Joseph valley; others claim it was slung together by Daniel Boone for a blockhouse. The latter theory is borne out by the many battle scars still visible on its hoary walls. The style is principally Gothic, with a little Hun and a bit of Cuckoo Clock. The interior is done in the quaint rustic style peculiar to lumber camps, the mural decorations departing somewhat from the original idea, being a clever interweave of marine and Kickapoo Indian. They were executed by Al Fresco. He died.
In the matter of furniture a pursy self-satisfied stove that apparently never had any use for Flynn's hip-reducing movements radiates hope from the center of the room. It has a charging door small enough to prevent small children and pet dogs making an excursion into the interior, and located high enough to discourage any one who is of a mind to put coal into it. The women's room has three Queen Anne rockers. One marvels at the shape Queen Anne must have had.
A yielding wooden platform surrounds the structure, with the planks placed near enough together to prevent trunks and other small objects from falling through. Tastefully arranged here and there is a herd of hump-backed baggage trucks laden with milk cans, and, being in the down town district, this lends a very metropolitan touch to our growing city.
The population of New V- is 60,000. Exactly 59,999 citizens agree that the dippo is the very obsoletest. The 60,000th is the crossing flagman, who won't commit himself for fear that the superintendent will make him use the dippo for a shelter. - SIB. (Chicago Tribune.)
III. Topics for Oral Discussion
1. Obsolete and Obsolescent.
2. Depot and Station.
3 La Salle.
4. Daniel Boone.
5. Gothic, Hun, and Cuckoo Clock.
6. The Kickapoo Indians.
7. Al Fresco.
8. Queen Anne.
9. Dangling Participles.
10. Metaphors in the Model.
11. The Paragraphing of the Model.
12. The Unity of the Model.
13. The Best Railroad Station You Know.
IV. Written Composition
Write a description of a building which you have opportunity to study with your own eyes. Adapt the tone of what you write to the character of the building. Use the following framework:
Paragraph 1. Strike the Keynote.
Paragraph 3. Interior.
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Come see the north wind's masonry.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
RALPH WALDO EMERSON.