Reading with the heart

Now we’ve started to think about the head and heart methods of writing, let’s try reading a few pieces that take risks and show these methods in action! 

Read this extract of the opening of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine. As you read, think about all the ways in which she is honest, frank and truthful. 

Make a note of any lines that stand out as being especially truthful or honest. 

Did you notice how Claudia Rankine moves around in time and space fluidly and uses these truthful movements to push the story forward? 

Extract of Claudia Rankine.pdf

Once you’re done reading, I’d like you to answer these questions about this piece:

  1. Did anything in this piece surprise you? Which parts? Why? 
  2. Count all the times Claudia Rankine tells us something personal or revealing. How do those details make you feel? 
  3. What do you think comes next? 

Complete and continue