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Student Reminders! EN100 Students: Diagnostic Paragraphs Due 9/9


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In-Class Exercise: Making the Abstract Concrete through Examples

Take a moment to read the paragraphs below. Then look at the problem you have been given, and write a paragraph that uses examples (you can use any type) to clarify the specific kind of thing you mean to describe. Be sure that you use examples that underscore/prove the topic sentence, and make sure you use enough of them to adequately provide a solution.


Problem: He was old
Solution: Old, but not pathetic

He remembered marching in parades with long lines of crisply uniformed WWII veterans. The crowds that lined Water street in Milwaukee cheered and waved as he passed them. He had been too old to fight in Viet Nam, but his favorite grandson served valiantly and was decorated with the Silver Star for bravery. He was not only an inspiration to his grandson, but he was a loving father and husband. He died the day that the Berlin wall came down.

Solution: Pathetically old

He was older than any other person in town. He could remember in detail the warm sunny days of his youth on the farm. However, he could not remember the names of his children, the day of the week, the month of the year, and certainly not the year itself. He did not sleep well at night–waking and dozing, waking and dozing. He nodded off during his noon mean, listening to his radio, while his nurse talked to him. No one thought of him as a man anymore.


Class exercises.

The problem number below corresponds to your group number. Provide your solution in the form of a paragraph.

When you have completed the paragraph, upload it to the in-class assignment folder on D2L.

You have twenty minutes to complete the paragraph.


1. Problem: He was smart
1. Solution: He was book smart

2. Problem: He was smart
2. Solution: He was street smart

3. Problem: He was a leader
3. Solution: He was a good leader

4. Problem: He was a leader
4. Solution: He was a terrible leader

5. Problem:He was a slow worker
5. Solution: He was lazy and therefore slow

6. Problem: He was a slow worker
6. Solution: He was slow but meticulous

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