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  • 1. Athens/Sparta Paragraph
  • 2. Prompt:
    • Write a paragraph telling me which of the two city-states (Athens or Sparta) you would rather live in.
    • Include at least three fact-based reasons from your notes.
    Question word! Topic Sentence: States the main idea. Concluding Sentence: Re-states the main idea. Detail Sentences: Include all the information requested.
  • 3. Topic Sentence
    • I would rather live in _____ than in _____ for three reasons: _____, _____ and _____.
  • 4. Organization secret: BUCKETS !!!
  • 5. Organize your facts (bucketing): Bucket Fact Reason Bucket Fact Reason Bucket Fact Reason
  • 6. Concluding Sentence:
    • So, because of _____, _____ and _____, I would rather live in _____.
  • 7. Example Topic Sentence:
    • I would rather live in _____ than in _____ for three reasons: _____, _____ and _____.
  • 8. Example Topic Sentence:
    • I would rather live in Florida than in New York for three reasons: _____, _____ and _____.
  • 9. Organize your facts (bucketing): Bucket Fact Reason Bucket Fact Reason Bucket Fact Reason
  • 10. Start with the facts: Bucket It snows in NY. Reason Bucket Income tax in NY Reason Bucket FL has beaches Reason
  • 11. Why do the facts matter: Bucket It snows in NY. I don’t like to shovel snow. Bucket Income tax in NY I keep more $$ Bucket FL has beaches I like to go to the beach
  • 12. Label your buckets: Weather It snows in NY. I don’t like to shovel snow. Taxes Income tax in NY I keep more $$ Beaches FL has beaches I like to go to the beach
  • 13. Example Topic Sentence:
    • I would rather live in Florida than in New York for three reasons: _____, _____ and _____.
  • 14. Example Topic Sentence:
    • I would rather live in Florida than in New York for three reasons: weather , taxes and beaches .
  • 15. Back to the buckets for details: Weather It snows in NY. I don’t like to shovel snow. Taxes Income tax in NY I keep more $$ Beaches FL has beaches I like to go to the beach
  • 16. Example detail sentences:
    • My first reason is the weather. It snows in New York, and I don’t like to shovel snow. My second reason is taxes. New York has a state income tax, and Florida does not. I would prefer to keep more of my paycheck. Finally, my third reason is the beaches. Florida has more beaches than New York, and I like to go to the beach.
  • 17. Concluding Sentence:
    • So, because of _____, _____ and _____, I would rather live in _____.
  • 18. Concluding Sentence:
    • So, because of the weather , taxes and the beaches , I would rather live in Florida .