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11.2 Final -s: Your Writing

Think of someone you know well. How can you tell when that person is sad, tired, pleased, angry, touched, proud, and so on? Pick one emotion and picture how the person shows that emotion through actions and gestures. Does he wave his hands in the air? Does she talk very slowly? Does she move hers eyes in a certain way? Does he rush from one place to another? Jot down the clues that you notice when the person is feeling the emotion you've picked.

  1. Arrange your ideas into a paragraph. Start it with this sentence: "I can always tell when ____________ is feeling__________ because . . . "

  2. Read your paragraph aloud, listening for the words that end in -s. Highlight these words by underlining them.

If your teacher or study group would like you to develop this exercise into a longer descriptive paragraph, please revise it double-spaced on a fresh piece of paper, a word processor, or a class bulletin board.

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