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The Odyssey and Sentence Variety
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Character Descriptions: Using Sentence Variety
Write a paragraph about the character you have just been assigned from The Odyssey. Write this paragraph in first person, present tense, as if you are the character. Include as much detail as you can find from the story. *Hint* You will have to use your book to refresh your memory.
You must have AT LEAST one sentence that fits each number listed below.
- Write a compound sentence (two independent clauses) using a comma and a conjunction. I am a tomboy, and I hate dressing up.
- Write a compound sentence using a semi-colon by itself. I have an older brother named Jem; sometimes he gets on my nerves.
- Write a compound sentence using a semi – colon and a transitional expression. (Accordingly, also, besides, consequently, finally, furthermore, hence, however, indeed, moreover, nevertheless, otherwise, still, then, therefore, etc.) I used to believe Boo Radley as a psychopathic killer; however, he is actually one of the kindest people I know.
- Write a sentence with a dependent clause at the beginning. Remember that dependent clauses begin with subordinating conjunctions: since, whenever, while, as, as if, although, before, after, even though, as soon as, if, even if, unless, etc. Before Tom Robinson was falsely accused of rape, I thought Maycomb was a great place to live.
- Write a sentence with a dependent clause in the middle. My best friend Dill, who is always trying to get into trouble, keeps my summers interesting.
- Write a sentence with a dependent clause at the end. I still believe in the goodness of humanity because my daddy Atticus will always fight for what is right.
- Write a simple sentence. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird.
This paragraph will be due by the end of the period. Do not waste your time. I will grade for grammar, punctuation, and whether or not you followed instructions. Make sure to proofread.
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This is a fun activity I do with my freshmen. They choose a character from The Odyssey and have to create a detailed descriptions. The catch? They have to use sentence variety in order to do it.