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Sample G 8: The Local Diving Board
One summer afternoon my friends and I were going to the swimming pool.
On the way there, my friends talked about diving off the local diving board. I
had never done it because I was scared.
When we got to the pool, we swam in the pool for a little while.
Later, we got out to take a little break. I had a feeling they would ask if I
wanted to dive off the diving board. And they did. I said I would stay and watch
them, but they told me it was a lot of fun and I should try it. Since I didn't want
them to think I was a fraidy cat, I decided to give it a try. It didn't look too high.
I got in line and waited my turn.
When it was finally my turn, I nervously climbed up the steps to the board. "It
seems a lot higher up there than it did down there!" I thought to myself. I was
getting more and more nervous. I slowly walked to the end of the board. My knees
were knocking and I had goose bumps on my arms. I slowly counted to three "1 ...
2 ... 3." I put my hands together and dove. As I came up out of the water, I had a
proud smile on my face. I did it for the rest of the day and had lots of fun.
I am very glad and proud I tried something
Use the table to make a graph of the number of words in each of the first thirteen main clauses. Use one column for each main clause. If a sentence has one main clause, or if the main clause is the first in a sentence, for each word in the clause color one block in its column blue. If a main clause is the second (or later) in a compound sentence, color the blocks light blue.