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Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 1

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 23, 2009 .

Summary:
This resource contains the answers to the exercises from Part 1, Lesson 1.

Answers to Exercises, Part 1, Lesson 1

Topic Sentences Exercise

The bold sentence is one possible topic sentence for the example paragraph. Note: This is just one possible topic sentence—you may have thought of others that are also appropriate.

Thinking about the 1990s brings back a lot of memories for me about fashion and popular culture. During the 1990s, I really enjoyed watching Friends on television every Thursday night. I really wanted Rachel’s haircut—I think every girl wanted Rachel’s haircut back then! Rachel’s haircut went really well with the Guess Jeans that were so popular in the 1990s. I remember all the advertisements for Guess and Calvin Klein Jeans that were in each month’s Sassy magazine. I don’t think Sassy magazine exists anymore, but it was one of the most popular magazines for young women in the 1990s.

Relevance of Ideas Exercise

The bold sentences in the paragraph below are irrelevant and could be eliminated.

Exercise is really good for one’s physical and mental health. It is proven that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, which is very important to overall health. I used to run every day, but now I go to dance classes to get my aerobic exercise. Strength training is important for maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. Both muscle mass and bone density can decrease as we age, so improving them through strength training is important. My grandmother broke a hip last year because her bones were so fragile. All kinds of exercise have been shown to relieve depression, anxiety, and stress.

Order of Ideas Exercise

The paragraph below is reorganized to be more logical. Note: this is just one way to reorganize the paragraph—you may have thought of other ways that are also appropriate.

It is important to plan your trips carefully. When you go on a trip, you need to think about how much money to allot for things like transportation, food, and hotels. Hotels and transportation on trips can be expensive if you don’t book them with plenty of time in advance. Another thing to plan for is how much time you want to spend sightseeing and doing different sorts of activities. Even though you may want to do everything, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day! Planning your trip carefully will allow you to have a more relaxed trip.

Transitions Exercise

In the following paragraphs, the inserted transitions are underlined. Note: you may have thought of other possible transitions that would also be appropriate.

Exercise is really good for one’s physical and mental health. First, it is proven that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, which is very important to overall health. Second, strength training is important for maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. Both muscle mass and bone density can decrease as we age, so improving them through strength training is important. Finally, all kinds of exercise have been shown to relieve depression, anxiety, and stress.

It is important to plan your trips carefully. For example, when you go on a trip, you need to think about how much money to allot for things like transportation, food, and hotels. In particular, hotels and transportation on trips can be expensive if you don’t book them with plenty of time in advance. Another thing to plan for is how much time you want to spend sightseeing and doing different sorts of activities. Even though you may want to do everything, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day! In sum, planning your trip carefully will allow you to have a more relaxed trip.

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