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What's your Fifth Element?

creating an organized and convincing argument about an item's importance


Student Writer Instructions:

Think of something incredibly important to you that someone older doesn't quite understand.  You know, they just don't "get it" like you "get it."

In chapter one of The Snow Walker, we learn that the Greeks couldn't "get" the importance of snow to the people of the Arctic.  Pytheaus, however, was convinced that this weird new thing might just be the fifth element.

Modern day things are not really "fifth elements," but your writing task today is to convince a reader that something modern (and loved by you) is important enough to the world that you consider it to be a personal "fifth element."  Get it?

If you can't think of something modern and important enough, clicking the first button below will give you some interesting ideas.

If you can't think of how to start your essay, the second button will give you some words that--when inserted into a sentence about your "fifth element"--might very well make a really strong introductory statement.


Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

  Ideas for "fifth elements" and ideas for introduction sentences:


(It's okay to come up with your own "fifth element" for this activity,
if you think of a better one.)


(It's okay to come up with your own introductory sentences for this activity,
if you think of a better one.)

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