Consistency: Your Writing
Think of an event or discussion that made you change your mind about something. What was your old opinion? What is your new opinion? What were the factors that caused you to change your mind? Picture that turning point as clearly as you can. Who was involved? What happened? How did you feel? Collect notes in a chart answering these questions. For example:
|Before ||Turning point ||After|
|pets a nuisance||father died, mom alone||pets worth the bother|
|dirty, noisy||depressed, house dark||still don't want one myself|
|food and vet cost money||friend left cat with her for a month||happy to keep mom's dog when she's away
|need walks, kennels||mom started inviting us over||some people need pets|
| ||she cooked more, slept better||better than medicine, side effects not bad|
| ||hated to give cat back||valuable members of families|
| ||got a puppy|| |
| ||took walks every day|| |
| ||lost weight|| |
| ||amazed us with her old laugh|| |
| ||I started to like him , big eyes, silly tail||
If your teacher or study group would like you to develop this exercise into a longer paragraph, please revise it double-spaced on a fresh piece of paper, a word processor, or a class bulletin board.
- Arrange your ideas in a paragraph that describes how you changed your mind. Focus particularly on the turning point.
- Read your paragraph aloud, noticing verbs and pronouns. Underline each verb and [bracket] each pronoun.