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Transcript of Bonne Anne
by Jean-Pierre Benoit
- Personal essay: a nonfiction (true) essay in which an author expresses an opinion or provides some insight based on personal experiences.
- Author is making connections between events in his OWN life and historical events in Haiti.
- Bonne Annee is a French phrase that means "Happy New Year."
As you read:
- Fill out your T-chart, noting how the author FEELS about the country he lived in and the country he lives in now.
- Pay attention to chronological order in the story; events in personal essay are often told in order of when they occurred.
Haiti in the 1950s
- Determine main idea.
- Identify supporting details (facts, opinions, and anecdotes)
PAIR AND SHARE
SHARE AS WHOLE CLASS:
- Main idea and supporting details.
Central Idea and Details
- Central idea = the MAIN POINT that the author wants to communicate to readers.
- Supporting details = the
facts, opinions, examples, and anecdotes
that the author provides to make his or her point.
To determine central idea:
- Who or what does the author TELL most about?
- What does the author seem to think about that person or thing?
- What overall idea do the details in the selection support?
Main Idea and Details