Write a descriptive piece called Laughter and Tears. In your writing, create a sense of contrasting moods to help your reader imagine the scene.
*These are the first 150 words of the descriptive piece. Notice, nothing eventful has occurred. The speaker has merely taken LSD and lifted his arm as he begins to hallucinate.
CONTINUE THE DESCRIPTION BY COMMENTING BELOW. MAKE SURE TO FULFILL THE TASK OF "CREAT[ING] CONTRASTING MOODS" FROM "LAUGHTER" TO "TEARS."
(You do not have to write 600 words worth of this description. Instead, respond to at least three different posts so that you can practice a variety of writing formats.)
Paper-thin and neon green, the stamp lingered on my tongue confusing my taste buds with its bitter tang of curiosity. Sitting on the crimson beanbag, surrounded by eight eyes staring questioningly back at me, I anxiously awaited the trip promised by the psychedelic drug I invited into my system.
The brisk breeze from the ceiling fan suspended above our heads summoned our arm-hairs, hypnotizing them to rise from their follicles. As I raised my right limb to eye-level, it trembled uncontrollably as cerulean lava gushed from my tiny pores. The droplets of the sticky excretion evaporated and formed into gnomes bearing machine guns that aimed above me at the helicopter’s whirling propellers.
A cackle suddenly erupted from my esophagus, scratching my throat as it escaped my limp, clammy body. Its echo startled me, my hand automatically flung forward like a magnet to metal capturing the heinous sound.
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Shout out to my three musketeers: Edwin, Dayana, & Jorge! :o) Here's what we wrote Thursday afternoon:
Post a PEEEEL in response to one of the methods we discussed Fitzgerald employs in chapter two of The Great Gatsby.
Wednesday's tutoring group wanted to practice transitioning between paragraphs, so we started the following PEEEEL as though another paragraph preceded it:
The narrator similarly makes reference to the French Revolution when he assigns his parents the royal roles of "Louis XVI" and "Marie Antoinette." Comparing his father and mother to historically powerful authority figures clearly captures the speaker's reverence for them; nonetheless, it simultaneously presents his guardians--and all Cuban citizens--as powerless to the rebels and civil unrest. Given that the allusion to the 18th century overthrow depicts beheadings with the "guillotine," he undoubtedly likens Batista's ousting to a "heavy blade" of oppression, one that caused his caregivers to lose their minds and impacted him so severely that he still vividly recalls it as an adult.
Considering the extract is written in past tense, there is no question the reflective tone is meant to convey this Cuban man's realization of his family and his insignificance to the revolutionaries. ____________________
Now, continue the second PEEEEL AND write a third one, transitioning smoothly from one thought to the next.
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