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Tortillas Annotation Presentation

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Bethanie Clopton

on 13 October 2015

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Transcript of Tortillas Annotation Presentation

Mode 1: Narration:
"My earliest memory of tortillas is my Mama telling me not to play with them."
"When I was growing up in El Paso, tortillas were part of my daily life."
"In the Mercado where my mother shopped, we frequently bought toquitos de nopalitos,"
The author uses narration to explain his point of view. He uses this to tell stories about what tortillas represent, what they mean to him, and why it's that way.
He is creating a strong picture for the reader. It creates a better understanding and better insight into the author’s life and experiences.
Mode 2: Descriptive/Definition:
The author paints images for the audience with his detailed description and narrations.
"According to Mayan mythology,"
"As I approached, I could hear the rhythmic
slapping of the mesa as the skilled vendors
outside the factory.."
"The name flauta means flute,"
These descriptions give more insight into the
story and the definition of tortilla from Jose
Antonio Burciaga.
He adds history, culture, and art into his writing to
display those sides and make it more diverse and
engaging.
Figurative Language:
"tender slaps that give each tortilla character."
"crunchy taquitos"
The author uses onomatopoeia that displays sounds to the audience and strengthens the picture of a tortilla for the reader.
"Paper-thin tortillas"
This would be a metaphor because the tortilla is not paper, but it's as thin as paper. This brings more emphasis into the picture of a tortilla, and how round and thin it was.
Tortillas by Jose Antonio Burciaga
Annotation Presentation

Modes:
The author uses many modes to produces a clear point.
- Narration
- Descriptive
- Definition
- Process/Analysis
- Exemplification
by: Bethanie Clopton
Word Studies:
Run-of-the-mill:
this word basically means ordinary, unoriginal.
It is definitely effective, and while those other words would have worked,
it would have not given off the same emphasis on the making and origin of the certain
tortillas. It would not have worked anywhere else in the sentence, though, which makes
it good syntax. It creates a free flowing tone, where the mood is pretty spontaneous and
not very serious.
Versatility:
this word means to be able to adapt to many different functions or
activities. This works well when being compared to tortillas, especially when the author
added examples to the text to support his wording. So if there were another word traded
in for it, it probably wouldn’t work as well. It creates a more clear and sophisticated
mood and tone in with the writing, and it’s very well worded and placed in the sentence.

"For Mexicans over the centuries, the tortilla has served as the spoon and the fork, the plate and the napkin. "
This paragraph accurately shows the expository mode. The author uses background information to make certain that the audience knows what a tortilla really is and where it came from, this really defines the subject. This informs the readers of what they’re reading about.
Mode 3: Expository:
Sentence Study:
Most of the sentences in this essay are medium length, not varying by much, with
usually equal ended sentences also. It fits the essay well because it made it easiest to
read and was straightforward, but there were also places for many details. The use of many medium length sentences made the longer sentences stand out to create more of a point in the text.
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