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

See the exercise L6.2 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

     [Because Danny didnít like to do his homework,] his teacher had to remind him it was important to do it.

1. Dannyís parents said he needed to do his homework right awayóDanny wanted to play video games instead.

[When Danny wanted to play video games instead,] his parents said he needed to do his homework right away. [Time] 
2. Danny was tired and didnít want to do his homework; but if Danny didnít do his homework, his grade would drop.
[Although Danny was tired and didnít want to do his homework,]  if he didnít do it, his grade would drop.  [C/E - concession]
3. Danny wished he never had homework, and Dannyís teacher kept piling it on.
[Whenever Danny wished he never had homework,] his teacher kept piling it on. [Time]
4. Either Danny would do his homework, or Danny would be relaxed and happy.
Danny, [who would have preferred to be relaxed and happy,] would have to do his homework.  [Identity]
5. If Danny didnít do his homework, he might fail in life: Danny thought he could find another way.
If he didnít do his homework, Danny, [who thought he could find another way,] might fail in life. [Identity]
6. Danny finally decided to not do his homework, but Danny really should have.
[Although Danny finally decided to not do his homework,] he really should have. [C/E - concession]
7. Danny felt bad about not doing his homework, but Danny felt good, too.
[While Danny felt good, too,] he really felt bad about not doing his homework. [Time] 

TOPIC SENTENCE  B

      [Even though Dannyís teacher told him it was important to do his homework,] he didnít like to do it.

1. Dannyís parents said he needed to do his homework right awayóDanny wanted to play video games instead.

[Whenever Dannyís parents said he needed to do his homework right away,] he wanted to play video games instead. [Time] 
2. Danny was tired and didnít want to do his homework; but if Danny didnít do his homework, his grade would drop.
Danny was tired and didnít want to do his homework, [even though if he didnít do it, his grade would drop]. [C/E - concession]
3. Danny wished he never had homework, and Dannyís teacher kept piling it on.
[When his teacher kept piling it on,] Danny wished he never had homework. [Time]
4. Either Danny would do his homework, or Danny would be relaxed and happy.
[Whenever Danny would not do his homework,] he would be relaxed and happy. [Time]
5. If Danny didnít do his homework, he might fail in life: Danny thought he could find another way.
[Although if he didnít do his homework, he might fail in life,] Danny thought he could find another way.  [C/E - concession]
6. Danny finally decided to not do his homework, but Danny really should have.
Danny, [who reallly should have done his homework,] finally decided not to. [Identity]
7. Danny felt bad about not doing his homework, but Danny felt good, too.
[While Danny felt bad about not doing his homework,] he felt good, too. [Time]