Directions: Sometimes different types of writing can fall under more than one category. For instance, an expository essay may also be written as a description. In this exercise, you will pick something to describe and use the following template to plan your writing.
Let's start with an answer to this question: What is your favorite (book, movie, TV show, instrument to play, music to listen to, game to play, sport to play or sport to watch)?
Write your answer in a complete sentence without using personal pronouns such as I or my!
For example, If I wanted to write about basketball, this could be my opening sentence:
Playing basketball is the ideal sport for producing superior athletes.
Next list three reasons that support your statement.
For example (or reason number one that proves this is true):
Running across the court over and over again involves extreme physical exertion and requires superb conditioning.
Next example (or reason number two that proves this is true):
Jumping and reaching high are important components of the game that involve not only great technique, but also much practice and solid mastery of skills.
Next example (or reason number three that proves this is true):
Playing a competitive game involves the use of logic and an organized thought process...so the brain gets a workout, too!
If you look at the outline we already have above, you will see that each example in bold print can become a paragraph of its own. Each sentence is an important reason WHY basketball produces superior athletes. These important details are the evidence we need to support a statement we have made to begin our essay.
For today's assignment, I want you to simply create an outline like the one I have provided for you. Think about something that you feel strongly about--a favorite, as listed in the directions above. Create a strong sentence about your favorite pastime or hobby. DO NOT USE THE WORD BECAUSE IN THIS STATEMENT. Every detail sentence I have provided above are the reasons or the "because," and we will want to show the importance of each one later on.
Here is your outline that you will fill in today. Only four solid sentences will be needed, but I want you to think carefully about each sentence before writing it down. This topic should be about something you feel strongly about because you will have a lot to say about the subject! Enjoy!
1) A reason why this is true:
2) A second reason why this is true:
3) A third reason why this is true:
That's it! Complete this outline in your notebooks today. Be sure to date your work and maybe even give it a title! We will work on filling in the rest later, as we expand these thoughts into paragraphs of their own. If you finish early and want to write more, please feel free to do so!