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connections with what you are learning. Writing about a topic you care about enables you to write with more authority, confidence, and success. Even when you’re not free to choose the topic, you can choose the angle by thinking, “What’s at stake here for me (or my family, my community, my school)?” Remember a time when something you said or wrote had power or really mattered. What do you think made your words so powerful? Why? ● MORE 10 Choosing subjects, 1a Understanding an assignment, page
particular person who influenced you or on events, inside or outside of school, that shaped your writing attitudes and practices. In addition to telling a story, your narrative should make a larger point about learning to write that will be of interest to your readers. When she received the assignment, Nguyen considered several possible directions before settling on her focus. To get started, she listed some people who had influenced her writing development and brainstormed about her experiences
goods they might not be able to afford from small businesses. The existence of more small businesses would not change what most Americans can afford, nor would it reduce their desire to buy affordable merchandise. Sanchez treats the author fairly. Taylor may be right that some big-box stores have a negative impact on communities and that small businesses offer certain advantages. But she ignores the economic conditions that support big-box stores as well as the fact that Main Street was in
ideas for writing (see pp. 112–13 for guidelines on creating a double-entry notebook and sample entries). A double-entry notebook allows you to separate what a text says and does from what a text means. As you record details and features of an image or a multimodal text on the left side of the notebook page and your own responses on the right side, you can visualize the conversation as it develops. 5b Outline to identify main ideas. Writing an outline is one way of getting started on a draft.
tense 349 g Subjunctive mood 354 Part VI ultilingual Writers and M ESL Challenges 357 28 Verbs 358 a b c d e f Appropriate form and tense 359 Passive voice 362 Base form after a modal 365 Negative verb forms 368 Verbs in conditional sentences 369 Verbs followed by gerunds or infinitives 372 29 Articles 375 a b c d e f 30 Articles and other noun markers 375 When to use the 377 When to use a or an 381 When not to use a or an 381 No articles with general