The following two essays were written in English 10
classes held on May 30, 2001. Students participated while the teacher
wrote on screen in front of the class. The results are unedited and
represent a good quality standard essay, suitable for certificate tests.
Essay 2: Convenient TV News
Perfect Plan for a Wonderful Vacation
Suppose you won a million dollar lottery!
Now, you want to plan a way of spending all that money. A vacation comes
to mind. To have an ideal one, follow this advice.
To have a pleasurable, perfect vacation, choosing an
appropriate companion is the first, and most important, step. For
example, always choose someone who has similar interests to your own. If
they love to walk around museums all day, but you like to read and drink
coffee in a café, then don’t go together. Such differences will grow
much larger over a two week vacation. In addition, make sure your
companion has a flexible nature. That way, you can both do different
activities in the morning and then meet again in the afternoon. To be
perfect, choose a vacation companion carefully.
After choosing a perfect travel partner, you
need to consider your ideal destination. Use the Internet, the
automobile club, your travel agent or whatever way to find out more
about the place. If you like the sun, be sure to check to see what the
weather will be like during your vacation. Some places are very hot and
not suitable for a perfect vacation. Others have an ocean beach, but
dangerous currents prevent any swimming. If you visit Paris, in August,
everything is closed, so it is a poor time to visit. Before going
anywhere, research your destination to make sure it will be perfect.
Most important, however, is finding good
accommodations. Be careful about trusting only one source (such as a
travel agent) for information. Do an Internet search and talk to your
friends who have happy memories of a recent vacation. Travel guides are
another good source of information about finding a place to stay.
Whatever you do, make sure that the place you go is clean and safe, and
quiet. Nothing can wreck a vacation faster than finding a work crew
outside your window the first night! Ideal accommodations make for a
To be perfect, a vacation needs careful planning.
Making sure you get along with your travel companion, carefully
researching your destination, and finding the right place to stay will
go a long way to helping you have a great time.
Convenient TV News
Although I read a newspaper
religiously every day, TV news has some definite advantages. People
today, with their busy lives, prefer TV news since it offers more
reality, timeliness, and ease.
One of the reasons that people prefer TV news to
the newspaper is because it feels more real. Recently, the TV news
broadcast a video taken when the floor collapsed during a wedding party
in Israel. Newspapers, of course, published photographs taken from the
same video, but it cannot compare with seeing the floor disappear and
hearing the screams of the people as they fell. There is sometimes no
substitute for the reality found in a TV news broadcast.
Not only for reality, but also for being
up-to-date, TV news often is preferable to the newspaper. [Sample “paragraph
hook” where an idea is carried forward to the next topic sentence]
Some years ago, at the beginning of a Word Series baseball game in San
Francisco an earthquake occurred. Instead of baseball, we watched fires
burning, a bridge collapsing, and cracks appearing in the stadium within
the first few minutes after it had happened. When something has just
happened, turning to the TV news is a way to find out immediately, much
faster than a newspaper can provide.
One other important reason we prefer TV is
because it is easier for us than reading a newspaper. These days people
are busy, so having a TV in the kitchen is a popular choice for many of
us. During the six o’clock news, a mother can make dinner, feed her
baby, and she can find out what’s happening in the world—all at the
same time! Reading a newspaper cannot compare with this ease of access
to information that the TV provides to hurried people.
TV news is preferred by people because it is real,
up-to-date, and easy. Watching a recent tragedy, seeing the effects of
an earthquake, being able to keep up with news, are some reasons why
people prefer TV news over the newspaper.
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