Definition of Finding Significance

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The exercises are activities we've used to help students choose moments that will illustrate something significant about their lives and avoid trying to do too much in a short essay.

We've provided two activities that have worked well for us in the past, and you are welcome to improve and modify them in any way. Each gets students thinking about possible topics for a narrative -- especially a biographical one, like the Literacy Essay -- by having them remember significant moments in their lives that could be used to illustrate a theme. In the case of the current CO150 syllabus, possible themes include language/self, language/community, language/power, or language/perception.