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MIMC: One Set of Sentences Yields Two Paragraphs
Contributed by Irene Meaker, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

1. Each sentence below contains two or three Main Clauses. 
2. One clause relates to Topic Sentence A; the other relates to Topic  Sentence B.  Mark which topic each clause relates to—A or B. 
3. Choose either Topic A or B.
4. Change each sentence so that the clause (or clauses) related to your chosen topic is the Main Clause(s). 
5. Make the other clause (or clauses) Subordinate.  Use a variety of subordinate conjunctions. [after, although, as, because, before, if, since, when, where, while, that, what, who, how,  why, which, until, whenever, wherever, whatever, whoever, whichever, whether, for, so]
6. If your choices are correct, this one set of sentences will yield two different paragraphs!


A. Dumbledore feels it is important for Harry to take Occlumency lessons, although Harry never really learns Occlumency.

B. While Dumbledore feels it is important, Harry never really learns Occlumency.


1. Harry had been having dreams about the Department of Mysteries, or Voldemort had been invading Harry’s mind and directing him to the Department of Mysteries.

2. Sirius, Harry’s godfather, doesn’t want Harry to take Occlumency lessons from Snape, but Sirius defers to Dumbledore’s order.

3. Harry didn’t trust Snape, but Snape never actually hurt Harry. 

4. Harry worried that Snape would attack him, but that was what the Occlumency lessons were all about: Harry needed to defend his mind from invasions by Voldemort.

5. Over time Harry can go longer and longer before Snape breaks into his mind, but Harry is unwilling to see that Snape is helping him.

6. Snape regularly invaded Harry’s memories; finally, he was able to enter Snape’s mind as well.

7. After a particularly bad episode, Harry quits going to Occlumency lessons; Hermione tries to get Harry to resume his lessons, but Ron believes, like Harry, that Snape may be a threat.