After considering the passages above from the CEL, look at how writer Ben Zimmer emphasizes the significance of a particular memory in his essay “Chunking” from the New York Times Magazine (online) (Links to an external site.).
In a short paragraph (150-200 words), respond to the follow questions about Zimmer’s use of memory in the text:
- Why is Zimmer’s memory of his experience with his son Blake significant to what he has to say about “chunks” of words in the English language?
- What is the most important point about this memory that Zimmer is trying to communicate?
- What does Zimmer hope readers will learn about the topic of chunking from this memory?
- How does he use the story of Blake to connect the significance of his topic to readers’ interests?