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Notes for
Itís a Dogís Life!
Contributed by Andrew Sitzmann, 8th Grade, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE
MIMC: One Set of Sentences Yields Two Paragraphs

See the exercise Logic

     If you have not already read them, please see the notes on MIMC exercises in the introduction to this month. The following, of course, present only one of many possibilities for responding to this exercise.



TOPIC SENTENCE A 
[Even though dogs are fun to have around,] they are a lot of work.
1. Itís absolutely wonderful to get a new puppy, but puppies have sharp teeth, and they like to bite.
[Although itís absolutely wonderful to get a new puppy,] they have sharp teeth, and they like to bite.  [C/E - concession]
2. After time, they donít make messes on the carpet, but before that, you have to train them not to.
[So that they donít make messes on the carpet,] you have to train them not to. [C/E - purpose]
3. Itís fun to show off your dogís tricks, but many dogs will only do tricks when theyíre in the mood.
[Although itís fun to show off your dogís tricks,] many dogs will only do tricks when theyíre in the mood. [C/E - concession]
4. Itís always nice to get outside and walk your dog, but it will usually go to the bathroom in your neighborís yard, and you have to pick it up.
[Although itís always nice to get outside and walk your dog, it will usually go to the bathroom in your neighborís yard, and you have to pick it up. [C/E - concession]
5. Itís hard to teach an older dog new things, but itís great to get an older dog thatís already trained.
Itís hard to teach an older dog new things, [so itís great to get an older dog thatís already trained]. [C/E - result]
6. Itís nice to have a guard dog; some dogs are nasty to the intruders and even the owners taking care of them. 
[While itís nice to have a guard dog;] some dogs are nasty to the intruders and even the owners taking care of them.  [C/E - concession]
7. Dogsí lives arenít as long as ours, and itís hard to get over losing a dog, but dogs are great friends.
[Since dogsí lives arenít as long as ours,] itís hard to get over losing a dog [who was a great friend].  [C/E - cause][identity]

TOPIC SENTENCE B 

       [While dogs are a lot of work,] theyíre also fun to have around.

1. Itís absolutely wonderful to get a new puppy, but puppies have sharp teeth, and they like to bite.

Itís absolutely wonderful to get a new puppy, [some of whom have sharp teeth and like to bite.] [Identity]
2. After time, they donít make messes on the carpet, but before that, you have to train them not to.
[After you train them not to,] they donít make messes on the carpet. [Time]
3. Itís fun to show off your dogís tricks, but many dogs will only do tricks when theyíre in the mood.
Itís fun to show off your dogís tricks, [although many dogs will only do tricks when theyíre in the mood]. [C/E - concession]
4. Itís always nice to get outside and walk your dog, but it will usually go to the bathroom in your neighborís yard, and you have to pick it up.
Itís always nice to get outside and walk your dog, [even though it will usually go to the bathroom in your neighborís yard, and you have to pick it up.] [C/E - concession]
5. Itís hard to teach an older dog new things, but itís great to get an older dog thatís already trained.
[Because itís hard to teach an older dog new things,] itís great to get an older dog thatís already trained. [C/E - cause]
6. Itís nice to have a guard dog; some dogs are nasty to the intruders and even the owners taking care of them. 
 Itís nice to have a guard dog [that is nasty to intruders]  [even if it is also nasty to the owner taking care of it.]  [Identity][C/E - concession]
7. Dogsí lives arenít as long as ours, and itís hard to get over losing a dog, but dogs are great friends.
[Although dogsí lives arenít as long as ours, and itís hard to get over losing a dog,] dogs are great friends. [C/E - concession]