For the practice assignment, students will write an example paragraph detailing how an item they have purchased speaks about who they are as a person.


Students should identify an important or small purchase that reveals something about their individual likes, dislikes or lifestyle. After selecting a topic for the paragraph, consider the reasons for the purchase. See the Using Examples section under Developing Paragraphs/Strategies for Developing the Main Point in the The Little Seagull Handbook.

Use the following questions as a guide for planning and writing the paragraph.

What is the purchased item?

Why was it purchased?

Who can enjoy the purchase?

When was it purchased?

How was it purchased?

What examples support the thesis statement?

The practice paragraph should demonstrate good structure through the use of a topic sentence, several coherent supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. Refer to Section W-4b, Developing Paragraphs, particularly the section on Using Examples, in The Little Seagull Handbook.


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