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"Hidden Lessons" by David Suzuki

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"Hidden Lessons" by David Suzuki
Member 1
Member 2
Thesis

“Does it matter whether we sense our place in nature so long as we have cities and technology?” ( 7). Yes it does. Even though we are born in a world with such wilderness, we are raised in such a way in which humans seem to be predominant. Parents give hidden lessons to their children in which they seem to pick up expeditiously. As a child what our parents teach us is what we dwell upon and it transforms into our belief.

Raymond Wu
Language
Diction
Choice of vocabulary

Mostly formal

Tone is strong and serious
Denotative or Connotative
Connotative
Significance of nature

Specific

Positive Shading
Rhetorical Devices
Personification
Anecdote
Imagery
Rhetorical Question
"nature is an enemy, it’s dirty, dangerous or a nuisance" (3)
"when my 7-year old daughter brings home new friends, they invariably recoil in fear when she tries to show them her favorite pets – three beautiful salamanders her grandfather got for her in Vancouver. And when my 3-year old comes wandering in with her treasures – millipedes, spiders, slugs and sowbugs that she catches under rocks lining the front lawn – children and adults alike usually respond by saying 'yuk'."(5)
"The yodel of a loon at sunset, the vast flocks of migrating waterfowl in the fall, the indomitable salmon returning thousands of kilometers – these images of nature have inspired us to create music, poetry and art. " (8)
"Does it matter whether we sense our place in nature so long as we have cities and technology? "(7)
Literary Device
Imagery
Methods of Development
-
Cause
: "Children are taught to fear and detest the natural world" (4)
Effect
: "When children are actually fascinated by
nature, people are disgusted" (5)
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Cause
: "If children grow up understanding that we are animals" (9)
Effect
: "They will look at other species with a sense of fellowship and community" ( 9)
-
Cause
: "When children who know their place in the ecosystem see factories spewing poison into the air, water and soil" (10)
Effect
: "They will feel ill because someone has violated their home" (10)
Cause and Effect
Teacher's Questions
Counter Argument
Damage caused by animals
Diseases
Animal mess
“I can't overemphasize the tragedy of that attitude. For, inherent in this view is the assumption that human beings are special and different and that we lie outside nature. Yet it is this belief that us creating many of our environmental problems today.” (6)
Thesis
The Audience
- Target audience of children & teens

- Adults impact kids

-Adults will teach their children to look after the world

Literary Device
Personification: The quote that I’m talking about in particular is "nature is an enemy, it's dirty, dangerous or a nuisance." (3)
Methods of Development
Mood
“When famine and drought struck, our numbers fell accordingly. We remain every bit as dependent upon nature today.” (4)
Teacher Question #1

- I identify with the essays both culturally and politically

- Background of criticizing governments

-Criticizes and influences the reader for the better

-Factors which personally influenced me

- Has a child I’d immediately people to clean up after themselves
Thesis
thesis is “I can't overemphasize the tragedy of that attitude. For, inherent in this view is the assumption that human beings are special and different and that we lie outside nature. Yet it is this belief that us creating many of our environmental problems today.”
Annoyed

Disappointed

Angry
point of view
First person collective point of view

-Words use such as “I” and “we”
-David Suzuki uses this view because he wants the reader to see his side of the story
-Suzuki uses his personal family experiences
-Author’s bias
first person view
Tone
Casual, Serious, Personal, Informal

- Anecdotes about his children like
how he struggles to stay calm when they’re covered in leeches or stung by wasps
- "yuk", "dirty", "mumbo-jumbo"
- Serious topic shown by the last paragraphs
Methods of Development

1) Example
-personal anecdote when he mentions
his daughter's salamanders

literary devices
anecdote- quote "my 7-year old daughter brings home new friends, they invariably recoil in fear when she tries to show them her favorite pets – three beautiful salamanders her grandfather got for her in Vancouver. And when my 3-year old comes wandering in with her treasures – millipedes, spiders, slugs and sowbugs that she catches under rocks lining the front lawn – children and adults alike usually respond by saying “yuk.”
teachers question
what the value is in hidden lessons is the importance of looking after the environment it is clearly stated how important it is to look after the environment
that one reader will also be able to influence other friends and family, i believe the author could have made this essay more convincing through using a few more examples.
Diction

"...see factories
spewing
poison into the air, water and soil. " (10)

"we were deeply
embedded
in and dependent on nature." (4)



Connotation
Diction cont.d
no jargon
some slang
easy to read
informal -->
CONNECT/RELATE
--> "mumbo-jumbo"
Sentence Structure
Short but sweet
Informal but sophisticated
Modifiers
----> beautiful salamanders
Many lists
----> "...live in a world conceived, shaped and dominated by people."
----> "presence of cockroaches, fleas, ants, mosquitoes or houseflies..."



Rhetorical Device
Visual Imagery:

The yodel of a loon at sunset, the vast flocks of migrating waterfowl in the fall, the indomitable salmon returning thousands of kilometers- these images of nature have inspired us to create music, poetry and art”(8).

Method of Development
Description
"When plants and animals were plentiful, we flourished. When famine and drought struck, our numbers fell accordingly. We remain every bit as dependent upon nature today – we need plants to fix photons of energy unto sugar molecules and to cleanse the air and replenish the oxygen (4)."
Teacher Question
Conditioning
Difficult to change
Group member 4
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