week, the Advanced Composition students worked with their teacher to
write an essay on the following topic. We followed eight steps to
produce an essay, "The Benefits of
1. Canadians generally condemn
daydreaming as a waste of time. Do you agree with this view, or do you
see some benefits of daydreaming? Discuss.
Choose the topic. Read it
carefully. Read it again. We decided that we needed to choose one side.
The class vote was eight for daydreaming has benefits and seven for
daydreaming is a waste of time.
Find a division of three for
Planning our Ideas and Dividing
1. Aids creativity
2. Reduces stress.Helps usforget trouble. Relaxing
3. Helps to avoid wasting time
Choose the order of the body.
Then, write the first body paragraph. (in a 300-word essays a body
paragraph is about 80 words and the introduction and conclusion are about
30 words each)
Write the body.
Write the conclusion. You will
find a natural thesis when you do.
Write your introduction. We used the "concession" style of introduction
where we admitted that many people think that daydreaming is not
Be sure your title is interesting. Try to avoid titling that is too
obvious or too likely the same as other students. We suggested three
other titles for the essay:"Daydreaming? Why Not!" OR "Daydream Every Day" OR "Useful Daydreaming"
If you have time, proofread.
Benefits of Daydreaming
Many people believe daydreaming is a big waste of time. They think that
it is better to stay focussed and pay attention. But, daydreaming can
help us avoid wasting time, keep us stress free and bring out our
The first benefit to daydreaming is that it allows us to avoid wasting
time when we are stuck in some situation. For example, when a student
is listening to a boring teacher droning on about some dry subject, he
can daydream to pass the time without falling asleep. Another way
daydreaming avoids wasting time is when we get stuck in a traffic jam
we can enjoy ourselves instead of increasing our blood pressure. So,
don’t worry if you are caught somewhere, just daydream!
Wasting time is not the only benefit to daydreaming; reducing stress is
also a benefit from this favourite activity of ours. At the office, for
example, when many workers are working very hard on an important
project, a brief “brain break” can be helpful. After a daydream, the
worker can go back to her work refreshed and ready to work hard again.
Not only that, but the physical effects of a slower heart rate are also
relaxing. Daydreaming reduces stress, so why not do it daily?
If we do it daily, daydreaming may also lead us to more creativity. One
way this works is when daydreaming we can release ourselves from our
“inner boss.” We can be anyone we want and be anywhere. One time I was
on the red carpet and everyone was there with me, watching and bringing
me flowers. Another time, I finally realized the solution to one of the
problems I was having. Being creative is one of the best reasons to
daydream every day.
allows us to use our time better, reduce the level of stress in our
lives and add creativity to our daily activities. Besides, daydreaming
is natural and happens whether we wish it or not, so why not relax and
enjoy the ride!
—335 words; first draft written by Brad Hyde
with the assistance of the students in Advanced Composition.