Tutor profile: Rachel D.
Why should you make an outline when you are writing an essay?
An outline is the guide to your essay and will help you to organize your thoughts and make sure you have a strong argument. With a good outline, your paper will practically write itself. As you create your outline you need to consider what you are trying to say and what you are trying to prove. Use your outline to help formulate your argument and compile your evidence. It is much easier to organize your paper in the form of a bulleted list. It will show you if you have sections where you made claims but did not support them with evidence. It will also help to show you if you are repeating yourself. By making a strong outline, you can create order out of your chaotic thoughts and make sure your paper is well organized and well supported.
What is iambic pentameter?
Iambic pentameter is one of Shakespeare's major writing techniques. It's a pattern of writing where each line consists of one unstressed syllable (or short syllable) followed by one stressed syllable (or long syllable). Think da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM. There are 5 of each kind of syllables in each line of text, making 10 syllables in total for each line. It is designed to mimic the feel of a heartbeat and is prevalent throughout Shakespeare's plays, for example: If MU-sic BE the FOOD of LOVE, play ON. It is also used in other contemporary writing. A great example of using iambic rhymes you probably are familiar with is "Green Eggs and Ham", the children's book by Dr. Seuss. "I DO not LIKE green EGGS and HAM, I DO not LIKE them SAM I AM." While Dr. Seuss doesn't always use pentameter (penta meaning 5) he does use the iambic rhymes.
Subject: Film and Theater
How do you create a strong performance?
There are multiple elements that go into creating a strong performance. You need to have commitment to your character and a connection to the audience. As you create your character you need to make them believable and think about their physicality, voice, movement patterns, and internal thoughts. It is important your character is consistent and you are easy to hear and understand as well as using stage positioning to your advantage so we can see your face. As you are working your way through your lines you need to consider your subtext and the character's internal motivation and objectives. What tactics are they using to get what they want? How can you show the audience how you are feeling? Being comfortable with your character and your lines will help ensure you are confident and are able to accurately portray your character.
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