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SOAPSTone for Nonfiction
Transcript of SOAPSTone for Nonfiction
The voice that tells the story
Do not give only a name - how would you describe that person?
What is his/her perspective?
What is his/her social status?
What are his/her goals?
How does he/she view the world?
What is their bias?
The time and place of the piece; the context that encouraged the writing to happen
Larger Occasion: what is going on in the world
Immediate Occasion: the event
The group of readers at whom the piece is directed
The reason the author wrote it
"What does the author want the audience to think?
What does the author want the audience to do as a result?"
To persuade, to inform, to entertain, to reflect
The general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text
You should be able to state this in a few words or a phrase.
The attitude of the speaker
Tone can be determined by examining:
Diction (choice of words)
Syntax (sentence construction)
Imagery (vivid descriptions that appeal to the senses)
Use SOAPSTone to analyze Sandra Cisneros' "Only Daughter"
It may be one person, a small group, or a large group
Be Specific. What defines the group that the piece is written for?
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