Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English
You’ve written a paragraph about one painting, now let’s look at another — using the OPTIC Journal to track your thoughts. Hopefully, a close look at this painting reveals some of the artist’s assumptions. Whether in words or pictures, a story is a story. This painting above tells a story; it’s color, it’s tone, it’s characters are all working together to give you an impression. What is that impression?
After you have looked the painting over, write a comparative OCI Paragraph in relation to Crossing the Delaware. As you write, follow the pattern below (using the Rhetorical Modes). For an example for a OCI Paragraph, click here for Paragraph Writing Samples to make your paragraph more fluid, take a look at AP Language Stems and this Topic Sentence Cheat Sheet.
Observation: Conclusion from OPTIC
Description of Scene (from Signers)
Example (from Parts Section)
Comparison-Contrast (between two paintings)
Interpretation: Connection between Assumptions and Human Condition
Before writing, complete Exercise 2 of Device 17 (parallelism) in Literary Devices Workbook and use it within the paragraph. Examine your OPTIC Journal; start with your conclusions and write an OCI Paragraph that develops your case.