on Vocabulary Sentences:
will type sentences from the students demonstrating vocabulary
from the reading. Students will try to correctly guess the
your three-sentence summary with your partner. Write a comment
below your partner’s summary. Is it correct, in your opinion? Is
there anything missing?
persuaded by Heather Mallick’s argument? If you are, identify
the reasons why. If you are not persuaded, give reasons why you
are not persuaded. Write about 100 words. Use examples from the
reading to support your ideas.
discuss our ideas and identify some key elements of persuasive
persuasive paragraph about an issue that is important to you
personally. Use facts taken from Internet, newspapers, or books
to support your argument. See the teacher sample and persuasive
writing advice sheet for more information.
paragraph at least once. Bring both copies to next week’s class
on April 6.
Fast Food? Be Careful What You Eat!
is convenient when in a rush, but it is a bad idea to eat it too
much or too often. Recently, McDonald’s featured a two dollar
deal: Big Mac and small fries. Very tempting, and my son (who
doesn’t normally eat at McDonald’s) bought this meal last week.
What is the nutritional content of a Big Mac and fries? The
hamburger contains 570 calories; almost half (280 calories) come
from fat. Ten grams is saturated, the most dangerous and harmful
to our heart. The Canadian Food Guide recommends that we "choose
lower-fat foods more often." My son also ate a small fries!
Unfortunately, they contain 210 calories, with 10 more grams of
fat (1.5 grams saturated). He bought a drink as well, which adds
another 150 calories (small size). Imagine he eats this dinner
more than once a week! A two dollar meal contains a lot of fat.
So, although fast food is very convenient (and cheap) to buy, it
includes lots of fat—I think I’ll go and eat an apple, instead!
(Written as an example of persuasive writing, using facts to
support opinions; 172 words—revised in 2005)
Canada's Food Guide
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Good Persuasive Paragraphs:
down at least one idea for BOTH SIDES of your topic. For
example, if your idea is, "fast food is bad for us," then be
sure to include:
a) It is a fact that fast food
has higher fat than fresher, home made food.
b) It is ALSO a fact that fast
food is convenient when a person is in a hurry. (other side)
sure you have at least THREE facts to support your opinion.
Another fact on fast food is that
it is higher in calories due to frying, use of sugar and so on.
clear on the ACTION you wish the reader to take.
For a paragraph on fast food, we
may wish to say, "People would be wise to eat less fast food
every week to preserve their health."
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