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MIMC: One Set of Sentences Yields Two Paragraphs
The Joys of Homework
Contributed by Daniel M. Cushing, 8th Grade, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE 

DIRECTIONS: 
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!

TOPIC SENTENCES:

A. Because Danny didn’t like to do his homework, his teacher had to remind him it was important to do it.

B. Even though Danny’s teacher told him it was important to do his homework, he didn’t like to do it.

SUPPORTING SENTENCES:

1. Danny’s parents said he needed to do his homework right away—Danny wanted to play video games instead.

2. Danny was tired and didn’t want to do his homework; but if Danny didn’t do his homework, his grade would drop.

3. Danny wished he never had homework, and Danny’s teacher kept piling it on.

4. Either Danny would do his homework, or Danny would be relaxed and happy.

5. If Danny didn’t do his homework, he might fail in life: Danny thought he could find another way.

6. Danny finally decided to not do his homework, but Danny really should have.

7. Danny felt bad about not doing his homework, but Danny felt good, too.