The Wild Life: Writing Exercise

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Your task

Using your imagination, try to describe a typical summer morning in a teepee village. Your description should include an introductory paragraph, a body paragraph and a concluding paragraph.

Introductory Paragraph

Your introductory paragraph should be a summary of the main features of the First Nations culture.

Body Paragraph

Your body paragraph should involve a comparison and contrast of their culture and your culture. Remember, if you are comparing two things you look for similarities, if you are contrasting two things you look for differences. One useful construction is: “On the one hand... . On the other hand... .” If can be used in one sentence if the sentence is not too long and if you separate the two clauses with a semi-colon: “On the one hand... ; on the other hand...”

Here are some other words and phrases that introduce opposing ideas:
but; nevertheless; otherwise; on the other hand; conversely; on the contrary; despite; however; yet; still; unlike

These words and phrases can express similarities:
also; too; likewise; both; similarly; in the same way

Concluding Paragraph

Your concluding paragraph should be a description of how you feel about this lifestyle. Would you like to live in a culture which does not involve buildings, cars, schools, exams, jobs, and salaries? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this lifestyle?