In this sequence we will be looking at :
|synonyms:||vanity, self-love, self-admiration, self-absorption, self-obsession, conceit, self-centeredness, self-regard, egotism, egoism
“his emotional development was hindered by his mother’s narcissism”
Look at the image:
What do you think?
Do you believe our society is obsessed with being young?
In what ways?
What is the myth of Narcissus?
In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was the son of a river god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope. He was exceptionally proud of what he did to those who loved him. Nemesis noticed and attracted Narcissus to a pool, wherein he saw his reflection and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself.
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Look at these paintings:
How are they connected to the myth?
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What about the Flower, Narcissus, What is the origin of it’s name?
What do you know about the “Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde?
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Learn more about Oscar Wilde and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
You are going to write a story:
You should use past tense verbs:
* Regular with ed
– He walked to school.
* Irregular – http://www.englishpage.com/irregularverbs/irregularverbs.html
– She wrote a story yesterday.
Past continuous –
* was/ were + verb +ing ( a past continuous action)
She was eating her piece of pizza when a monster grabbed her .
Present Perfect –
* have/has + past participle
Have you ever visited the USA?
I have never visited the USA.
How long have you lived in Agadir?
I have lived in Agadir for 3 years.
How many times have you visited the Eiffel Tower?
* use : never, ever, just, yet, always, already
* use : How long……. How many times ………. answer with for and since
Elements of a story :
- Suspense: feelings of excitement or anxiety when the reader tries to figure out the outcome or ending
- Plot twists: a change in plot that takes the story in a different direction than expected
- Suddenly : http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/suddenly?s=t
- Change : http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/Change?s=t
- Conflict: how the characters solve the problem
- Setting: time and location where the story takes place
- Surprise endings: the ending or resolution is not what the reader expected
If you want to add dialogue, remember:
“I told you he was behind you!!” James screamed angrily.
- Put the dialogue in quotations””,
- Use the correct punctuation.
- Describe how the person said it using the past tense and adverbs.
- Change lines when the character changes.
Here is an example:
Narcissus and His Obsessive Ways
The mother moved closer to her son, she whispered, “Narcissus, can you hear me?”
Narcissus shook his head with extreme nonchalance, “Yes, Of course I can hear you, but can you please leave me alone, can’t you see I am with my friend?”
The mother shook her head in disbelief wondering if she could actually make him understand that he was actually looking at himself. She was very proud of her son, he had a certain beauty that was flawless and perfect to most by-standers. She knew the power her son possessed, but didn’t realize that it would actually come to this. He hadn’t eaten in over a week and she knew she had to react quickly to save her son from certain death. “Son, you have got to try and listen to what I have to say, do you understand me? This is a matter of life or death,” the mother pleaded urgently.
“I told you I was busy, I only have eyes for my true love. He is looking at me as I am looking at him. He is the only one that counts for me. Can’t you see how much he loves me? Just look at the way he is staring into my eyes. He is so beautiful and pure, like an angel. I cannot leave his side, he needs me as I need him. Go back home, I will be alright as long as I am with him,” Narcissus replied sternly.
His mother started to cry in her desperate attempt at saving him. He would not listen to her and he was definitely not going to move. What could she do? She started to panic to come up with ideas to save him. She turned away and whispered to herself, “If I get a mirror and put it in front of him, maybe I can coax him into coming home with me!”
The mother made her way to the village and recuperated a small hand held mirror. She returned to the river in her last attempt to save her handsome child…………….
Highlight the PUNCTUATION used in the dialogue.
- UNDERLINE the words ending in ly
Outside of the dialogue, how are the verbs conjugated?
Is this how you wrote your dialogue? Compare your dialogue to this one and correct your mistake.
Make sure your verbs are conjugated correctly. Look at the punctuation, does it follow the method?