I need help creating a piece of descriptive writing documenting "Life After People." This should be writing in 3rd person.  Consider a kind of transportation or a piece of technology that is...

I need help creating a piece of descriptive writing documenting "Life After People."

This should be writing in 3rd person.  Consider a kind of transportation or a piece of technology that is important to humanity.

The first paragraph should focus on 1 day after people and second paragraph 1 year after people.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Based on the prompt, it sounds like this assignment will draw a little bit of creative writing into the essay process.  From the prompt, it sounds like your teacher is getting you to think about the way humans have affected the earth through the lens of one kind of technology.  Usually, we think of technology as a very positive thing.  Perhaps your teacher wants you to imagine how one thing humans have done has positively and negatively impacted the world.  I think the best way to tackle such an assignment is to follow some preliminary steps:

  1. brainstorm a list of different types of transportation or technology that have greatly affected humanity and that you are familiar with.  (Most teenagers have an easy time writing about the various forms of communication that have developed in our lifetime, but feel free to be more creative than that.)
  2. Choose one of the ideas in your brainstormed list that you are most comfortable with (ie: you know the most about or like very much).
  3. Brainstorm how your example affected the Earth right after it came out (think here that perhaps things seemed very positive).
  4. Brainstorm how your example affected the Earth a year after it was developed. (These examples could be both positive and negative.  Consider the way communication technology has brought people together from around the world.  Consider also how much technology is contributing to pollution.)

Based on the "Life Before Humans" title, I imagine this needs to be an essay that looks at the WORLD before and after humans changed things.  Be careful to keep your focus as narrow as possible by staying on the topic you decide from #2 above.

This sounds like a fun assignment and a great thinking activity.  Good luck.

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