The two essays were written by the teacher during a test essay exercise
for the English 10 classes. Each essay is on a different topic. Second essay:
A Life without TV
A: How can a person reduce the chances of his or her home's being
broken into by burglars? Explain.
Reducing the Incidence of Burglary
Property crime is one of the fastest growing
categories and one that affects the individual deeply. However, an
individual homeowner need not only worry, he or she can take concrete
steps to reduce the chances of a burglary occurring in the first place.
The first step is to form a Block Watch
in your neighbourhood. One of the problems we face in a modern life is not
knowing our own neighbours. As a result, our neighbours do not know our
habits, nor even our address or phone number. Once, on my block, I saw a
strange man waiting at the front of my neighbour’s house. With my Block
Watch map, I was able to find the telephone number and was told by that
neighbour that the man was a student who lived at their home. Having a
Block Watch helps us to know our own neighbours and to watch out for them
and thus will reduce the incidence of burglaries.
Another step, related to the first one, is
making one’s home more unattractive to burglars. In the Block Watch
program, people learn what burglars like; in fact, we are encouraged to
“think like a burglar.” One thing burglars like is privacy. If your
house has a lot of trees or bushes around the windows, the burglar will
find it very convenient and private for his illegal activity. If, instead,
most of the easily broken into windows and doors are visible to the
neighbours, the chance of being seen will increase. Thus, the burglar will
tend to try to find an easier target, as the home will be less than
attractive from his point of view.
Finally, making sure your home looks “lived
in,” especially when going on vacation, is a useful deterrent to
burglary. We all must go away sometimes, even if it is only to go to work
for the day. Most hardware stores, for example, have large displays of
light timers to help you make it look like someone is home. Make sure to
use several: a kitchen light in the morning and evening; the living room
at night; a bedroom for later on. Also, leave a radio on while you are
out, and be sure to tune it to “talk” radio. The sound of human
voices, heard from outside the home, is sure to make many burglars think
twice about entering. A lived in look is an essential tool for thwarting
Reducing the incidence of burglary requires an
active step-by-step approach from the homeowner. Instead of worrying about
it, it is better to avoid it altogether, by enrolling in a Block Watch,
burglar proofing your home, and making it seem like you are always at
Word count: 455 total (including title). Introduction: 43 Conclusion:
45 Body 1: 117 Body 2: 115 Body 3: 130
Topic B: If you were forced to live without
television, how would you spend the time you normally spend watching TV?
A Life without TV
Apparently, in Canadian homes, there are now
more televisions than refrigerators! This startling fact makes it hard to
imagine a life without TV. In any case, my life would surely be different
if I were forced to live without a television.
Although I walk often and exercise faithfully,
I believe that, without a TV, I would do more of these activities instead.
Lately, for example, the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs have been on TV
almost every night. And every night you can find me, plopped down in front
of the tube, watching. If I had no TV to keep me inside, then I would
surely go out more often to take a brisk walk around Queen Elizabeth Park.
Or, perhaps you would find me on the floor doing a refreshing set of
Pilates exercises. So, exercising would replace some of the time I
normally spend on watching TV.
Another activity that would replace my TV
watching time would be reading good books. I read a great deal already,
and sometimes I even read while the TV is on! However, if I had no TV to
distract me, I would definitely replace some of that time with reading.
One neglected pleasure in my life is the reading of good (and long)
novels. The way my time is divided among TV, Internet, and family, reading
time is sometimes limited. To read a novel is time consuming, so without
the time spent on TV, I could easily fit more reading into my life.
Perhaps the most important activity I can see
replacing my TV watching time would be an increase in the time I spend
communicating with my family. It is of critical importance to communicate
with children, for example, and even more so during their adolescence.
Without a TV, conversations could happen more naturally: perhaps I could
even combine one of those exercise walks with talking with my kids. I read
somewhere once that husbands and wives often talk together for fewer than
20 minutes each day; lacking the distraction of a TV, then, could help my
marriage by allowing my wife and I more time for communication! Thus, no
TV would increase my family’s communication.
To be forced to live without a television
would free up many hours for exercise, reading, and family communication.
Imagining my life without a TV, it seems to me that it would be more
positive than negative. So, perhaps I should now reconsider the idea of
buying a second TV!
Word count: 418 (including title) Introduction: 41 Conclusion: 50 Body
1: 107 Body 2: 102 Body 3: 114
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