Prepared by: Rhéal Nadeau
Posted on: June 2, 2002
Reposted on: June 6, 2004
Reposted on: August 28, 2005
Experts say that the majority of
communication is non-verbal. Body
language, tone of voice, intonation, etc. For example, how often have
known something was wrong with a friend or loved one, even though that
person hadn't said so?
The purpose of this exercise is to make us
think about how we detect
much about the people around us. What are the physical signs that
is angry, happy, tired, skeptical?
The assignment: in a passage of 300 words
or less, describe one or
characters using physical cues only (no dialogue, no "saying" words)
that we know what each character is thinking or feeling. Don't tell us
that is: let us figure it out on our own.
Critics: When you critique, be sure to
mention what you believe the
character is experiencing.
Extracurricular activity: for one day this
week, pay attention to
language of people you meet (strangers and acquaintances alike), and
attention to how much you can tell about them without any words being
exchanged. If you're feeling ambitious, try to see how different people
different signals and cues.
Web site created by
Rhéal Nadeau and
the administrators of the Internet Writing Workshop.
Modified by Gayle Surrette.