"MY OLD NEWCASTLE" by David Adams Richards (Viewpoints 11, 306) 1. Find examples of descriptive writing techniques (concrete nouns, strong verbs, and figurative language such as similes, metaphors, sound devices) and explain how the language helps to develop the "message" of the essay. 2. Discuss how the last sentence in the opening paragraph establishes the tone of the memoir. 3. What is the purpose of having the sentence at the top of page 307 standing alone as a paragraph? 4. How does Richards organize the essay, that is, what perspective and transitions does he use to move his essay along? Is his organization effective? Why or why not? 5. What is Richards' attitude towards the Newcastle of his youth? Towards modern Newcastle? Find evidence from the memoir to support your conclusion. How do these attitudes convey Richards' thesis? State the thesis. 6. Choose an object, photograph, painting, piece of music, etc. that makes you feel nostalgic and write a memoir. Be sure to use vivid description and comparison. Have a definite thesis. Your memoir should be 500 to 750 words.