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We can think of prose as normal language when we write or speak. Prose consists of the ordinary sentences we create when we use language. These sentences are complete, and they have correct grammar. When we talk to someone else, we are using prose. When we read stories or books, the writing is usually in the form of prose. When we write notes and letters to our friends, the language and sentences we use are considered prose. Newspapers and magazines use prose because they both try to use everyday language that sounds like the way we talk.
Thinking about the opposite of prose can help us better understand and find prose in our lives. What is the opposite of prose? The answer: the opposite of prose is poetry. Poetry usually uses words that rhyme. Poetry generally doesn’t look like a story or a book either. When we read poetry out loud, it does not sound like sentences or phrases we would normally say when talking to someone else, or when talking to a friend. By thinking about how poetry looks and sounds, we can see that prose looks and sounds like sentences and phrases we say every day when talking to others. When your parents talk to you, they don’t use words that rhyme. Instead, your parents talk to you with complete sentences and normal words or phrases.
Prose, or everyday language, is one of the best ways to tell stories. Since we like to read and hear stories that sound similar to the way we talk, most writers use prose to write their books. Prose language is easier to read because our brain thinks in normal language and sentences.
Here are some examples of prose that you might use every day:
My teacher gave me a lot of homework.
My mom made me eat my vegetables.
My sister let me play with her toys.
I love to eat pizza.
Did you see the television show last night?
I love to play outside.
I saw a group of cows in the field yesterday.
My dog loves to watch me eat dinner.
I accidentally hurt myself today.
My dad loves to watch sports.
If you read this, either in your head or out loud, they sound like normal sentences that you would say to someone else. These sentences are complete, and they use correct grammar. They do not have any rhymes or rhyming words.
The story of the Five Little Pigs, and other children’s stories, is a good example of prose:
“There was once a family of Five Little Pigs, and Mrs. Pig, their mother, loved them all very dearly. Some of these little pigs were very good, and took a great deal of trouble to please her. The eldest pig was so active and useful that he was called Mr. Pig. One day he went to market with his cart full of vegetables, but Rusty, the donkey, began to show his bad temper before he had gone very far.”
You see that this short story sounds like many other stories told to children. In fact, it would be easy to read out loud, and it would sound perfectly normal when read to someone. Prose is the everyday language we use when telling stories and talking to others.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Prose worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of what Prose are. You can use these anaphora worksheets in the classroom with students, or with home schooled children as well.
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