WEEK 3 ONLINE CLASS: SCIENCE WRITING
Not all Creative Nonfiction is memoir!
A lot of great essays that fall into the Creative Nonfiction genre are science-oriented. They are considered “creative nonfiction” because they blend elements of fiction writing (plot, narrative arc, character, dialogue, etc.) into their structure.
Lately, both the writing and science communities have discovered that people take in scientific information better when it is told like a story. For this reason, it is key that even the most data-driven of scientists know a bit about storytelling!
This week, I am asking you to read two “science writing” essays and analyze them for the creative nonfiction tools they employ.
I’ve created a “Journal” for you in BbLearn and called it by your name. In that journal, I’d like you to answer the questions presented below.
Article 1: David Quamman, “The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion”
Are there characters in this essay? Who are they? Who are the main ones and who are the supporting ones?
Is there a plot? What is it? When does it peak and how does it get resolved?
Article 2: Jason Bittel, “Seeing Stars”
What is Bittel’s “frame” for this piece? How is he capturing his audience’s attention in order to deliver scientific facts?
How would you describe his tone?
Thinking back on the piece, what fact sticks out most in your mind? How did the author call attention to that particular fact?
Your comments need to be posted on your journal by midinight on Monday, 9/10.
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