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Pros, Cons, and
Interesting Hooks

a short essay that examines
both sides of a job

Student Writer Instructions:

 In How I Became a Pirate, the young character enthusiastically goes on a pirate adventure.  He quickly learns what he likes and doesn’t like about the "job" of pirate. 

Today you will write an organized piece of writing about an interesting job other than a pirate.  You will borrow from Melinda Long's ORGANIZATION to write your own paper.

Remember Melinda's great introduction:  “Pirates have green teeth--when they have any teeth at all.”  Her introduction has an interesting fact and she uses the word when in the middle to make her sentence a complex sentence.  A great introduction almost always happens when you put these two ideas together in one sentence.

Your writing today will need to have an interesting introduction...and it will need to use a variety of words like when to help you build complex sentences.  We call words like when subordinating conjunctions.

Press the two buttons below.  The first button will give you ideas for interesting jobs that you might write about.  Choose your favorite or come up with one on your own.  The second button will give you words that--when you put it in your sentences--they make your sentences longer and more interesting.

 If you need to research the job you're writing about, you might do it on Yahooligans.

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.

Interesting Jobs you might Research:

(It's okay to come up with your own occupation here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Subordinating Conjunctions you might use:

(It's okay to come up with your own subordinating conjunction here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


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