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Prewriting

  1. Exercise: Think about some topics that interest you

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided.
  2. Exercise: Brainstorm to find a topic

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided.
  3. Exercise: Make an outline

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Revising

  1. Exercise: Identifying the parts of a thesis statement (topic and controlling idea)

    1. There are many types of video games including adventure, strategy, and sport.
    2. The most popular brands of cell phones are iPhone, LG, and Samsung.
    3. There are two great instruments that people enjoy learning.
    4. Bachata, country, and electronic are some of the many genres of dancing music.
    5. The major types of watches are casual, smart, sport, and luxurious.
    6. Fast food restaurants have a wide variety of types.
    7. Books come in a plethora of genres such as fiction, non-fiction, and fantasy.
    8. There are many reasons to travel; however, the three main reasons are for sightseeing, visiting, and business.
  2. Exercise: Evaluate thesis statements

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  3. Exercise: Writing supporting sentences

    1. Many people choose iPhones for personal use. Also, businesses often choose iPhones for their employees to use. IPhones are popular because they sync to other devices easily.
    2. Fast food restaurants serve food that is easy to prepare quickly. For example, sandwiches and small salads are easy to find at fast food restaurants. Fast food restaurants also sell fried foods that they can keep hot until someone orders it.
    3. A majority of people like to visit famous places when they travel since it helps them get to know the area. When traveling to New York for the first time, for instance, you wouldn’t want to miss going to see the Statue of Liberty. Sightseeing gives people something to look forward to on their trip.
  4. Exercise: Identify concluding sentences

    1. C
    2. B
    3. A
  5. Exercise: Write concluding sentences

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  6. Exercise: Evaluate concluding sentences

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  7. Exercise: Write body paragraphs

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  8. Exercise: Restate thesis statements

    1. In conclusion, rap, pop, and country are some popular, modern music styles.
    2. In sum, suspense, romance, and fiction are the most popular entertainment genres.
    3. Basketball, American football, and basketball are indeed the most popular sports in the U.S.
  9. Exercise: Give feedback

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided.