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Week 3 JW One: A Scene to Observe!

I started week 3 a little bit late because I had another final assignment in another online course about Statistics. I have just finished the peer review process and waiting for my peers’ score. Although the course was challenging, I enjoyed it so much and that final assignment helped me a lot to apply all what I have learned during the past eight weeks.

Shifting to Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade, I’m trying to catch up all what is required; discussing the question about peer learning, watching videos, reading materials bout subjects, verbs and punctuation, and posting writing activities here in my blog. The first writing journal of week 3 seems so enjoyable. It is about observing a scene and listing the activities that are happening and the doers who are doing them:

Observe a scene, preferably in a crowded, busy, or public place. List the activities that you see occurring and the actors (those doing the activity). Write 5-6 sentences that use your observation list and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3.  You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

The Scene Selected:

People going to work!The first crazy hour when people go to their work between 7:30 – 8: 30 A.M.

(My Village “Edfa” in Sohag City, Egypt)

Activities that are occurring in the scene selected above:

  • walking, running, calling out, talking, yawing, carrying, waving, shouting, waiting, driving, singing, looking, holding, riding, standing, crossing, crying, smiling, giving … many more.

Doers who are doing the activities above: 

  • Mom, two kids, little girl, I, she, high school boys, my friend, workers in groups, my colleagues, drivers, and others whom I don’t know, but involve in the scene.

Here are my sentences using the observation list above:

  1. Mom is waving out of the balcony wishing me a good day.
  2. The two kids are holding their little hands together and singing a sweet song.
  3. A little girl, carrying a heavy bag on her back, is bitterly crying.
  4. I think she wants to cross the road.
  5. Workers gather in groups to take a taxi.
  6. Drivers set a competition ignoring all the screams and shouts of people around.

More sentences using other different types of pronouns:

  1. Everyone in the street seems so busy.
  2. Those two high school boys are crazily riding their bicycles.
  3. Her smile is still stuck in my mind.
  4. They are in a hurry.
  5. [You] “Take care of yourself”, I shouted.
  6. What will happen if I arrive my school so late?

I hope I am on the right track. I tried so hard to do what is required correctly. However, I’m not satisfied with my answers. Imagining a scene and talking about what is happening is really enjoyable activity, but it needs more talents. From my point of view, it is a creative piece of writing. In the forums’ discussion, there are some people who object to the title of the course. They prefer “Basic Grammar” to “Basic Writing” Course. The course activities may seem a little bit grammar-based, but the unit of any paragraph is simply the sentence. How I can write a very good paragraph if I don’t know what the sentence is. I think that knowing the sentence and its parts very well definitely leads to a good piece of writing. I’m still excited about this course and where it will take us.