The Secret Power of Things We Hold Dear

| July 17, 2015
Descriptive Writing and Grammar Review Directions Read the “The Secret Power of Things We Hold Dear” (2007) by Sherry Turkle (search for this online or in the EBSCO database). Read Writing Elements: A Quick Guide to Grammar and Usage (2012) by Goss and Goss (find this in this week’s readings or in the Course Resources folder located under the Lessons tab). Read and respond to each of the following writing prompts. Submit them as a single document. Descriptive Writing In her 2007 article, “The Secret Power of Things We Hold Dear,” Sherry Turkle discusses the importance of objects on a personal level. She describes her weekends spent at her grandparents’ apartment in Brooklyn, looking through the items that her grandparents saved, and using the information she gleaned from these items, gains a deeper understanding of her mother and her aunt. In her article, Turkle explains that the items that she looked at again and again “had a high emotional intensity” because they made her think about the father she never met (Turkle, 2007, para. 6). For this writing assignment, choose one item from your own life that you consider personally significant. Write a one-paragraph (five to seven sentences) physical description of this object using specific details so that the reader can imagine what the object looks like (remember to use sensory images–how did it taste, feel, sound, look, smell?). Write a second paragraph discussing why this object holds personal significance for you. Practice ways of showing your reader the significance rather than telling the reader of its importance. References Turkle, S. (2007). The secret power of things we hold dear. New scientist, 194(2607), 50-52.

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