The two essays were written in the English 10 classes on
Wednesday, November 24, 1999. Each one follows the proper structure and word
count. Students helped with ideas and sentences; the teacher (quickly!)
did the writing.
Topic: Would you prefer to live in a high rise or in a house?
The Advantages of a House
The way we live is important to our life. In
a large city, people can choose from high rise living or detached houses.
Each of these choices has pros and cons. Living in a house has three major
advantages: access to a yard, larger interior spaces, and more personal
One of the reasons I would prefer to live in
a house is because of the yard. Houses with yards can have a garden. For
example, every spring we can enjoy the purple crocuses, the yellow
daffodils, and the red tulips in our garden. Another good thing about a
yard is it can be a playground for the children. There, they can have
swings to play on whenever they wish. Unlike high rises, houses have yards
that we can use for gardening or as play spaces for the children.
Another reason to prefer a house to a high
rise is for the larger interior space. If we would like to invite a large
number of guests for a party, a house can accommodate these people easily.
Furthermore, each person living at a house can have his or her own
bedroom. In addition, houses often can have a spare bedroom for guests as
well. The larger inside spaces of a house make me prefer it as a place to
The most important reason, however, is the
freedom we get by having our own house. If we want to have a dog or a cat,
for example, we can, but many high rises have rules that do not allow
pets. We can also decorate our house any way we want. If we like a pink
house, we can paint it that colour. One other freedom is to be noisy
whenever we want; in a high rise, rules often forbid noise after 9:00
p.m.. Having a house is freer than living in a high rise.
Freedom for ourselves, more space, and our
own yards are the chief reasons we prefer to live in a house instead of a
high rise. Whatever we want to do, it seems easier when we have a house:
enjoy our garden, accommodate our guests, have a noisy party. Before
deciding on where you live, remember to consider the advantages of a
Topic 2: Explain the chief reasons why the crime rate is high in our
The "Why" of Crime
Lately, the crime rate has been increasing.
Most of us know someone who has been a victim of a crime. Lots of people
suffer broken car windows, for example, when someone steals a few quarters
from the ashtray. Three of the chief reasons for the high crime rate in
our community are lack of punishment, use of drugs, and rate of poverty.
One of the chief reasons for crime in our
community is the lack of effective punishment for the criminals. When a
criminal breaks and enters a house and is caught not much happens to them.
First, he is charged with a crime, and then released into the community
until his court date. If he is found guilty at that time, usually he is
fined, not jailed. Even if he goes to jail, it is often for a short time.
This is not enough punishment to keep someone from repeating his crime.
Another chief reason for the crime is drugs.
In Vancouver, heroin is expensive to use and buy. This drug is very
addictive, so drug users must buy some every day. Most of these people are
not working and so have no money. The easiest way to get money is to steal
it from people who do. Many of the break and enters, for example, are done
by drug addicts who need to make some quick money. As long as there are
drug addicts in our community, there will be lots of crime.
Lastly, our communities have a problem with
poverty and this is connected to crime. Often, poor people have not enough
money to buy things for their families. Sometimes, poor people might
choose to sell drugs to make some extra money to buy food for their kids.
Other times, women may sell their bodies as prostitutes in order to get
enough money to live. Poor people in our community are sometimes forced to
do bad things in order to survive.
Ineffective punishment, frequent drug use,
and the prevalence of poverty are some of the reasons for the high crime
rate in our community. The conditions in our communities are a direct
cause of this problem. Unless we look at the roots of the crime, we will
continue to suffer it more and more.