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Independent Writing Task

  1. Exercise: Understand the independent writing prompt

    1. Prompt: Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
      1. What is the topic of the essay? Does easier food preparation equal improved living?
      2. What style of essay should you write? opinion
      3. What are the controlling ideas focused on? reasons for why or why not
    2. Prompt: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
      1. What is the topic of the essay? Are parents good teachers?
      2. What style of essay should you write? opinion
      3. What are the controlling ideas focused on? reasons for why or why not
    3. Prompt: People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge). Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
      1. What is the topic of the essay? Why do people go to college?
      2. What style of essay should you write? opinion
      3. What are the controlling ideas focused on? reasons for why people go to college
  2. Exercise: Analyze example responses

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided