I ve decided to take a trip across the United States on a pogo stick.

Write a paragraph telling me why or why not I should pursue this endeavor. 

Review Chapter 38 Little, Brown; do exercises 38.1 and 38.4 on page 520 and 523

1. The quarter horse skipped, pranced, and absolutely sashayed onto the track. 2. Three subjects guaranteed to cause a fight are politics, religion, and money. 3. The car rolled down the hill, over the lawn, and into the swimming pool.

What do they have in common? 

All items in a series should be in parallel form  It makes the series both graceful and easy to follow.  Contrast: 
The duties of the job included baby-sitting, house-

cleaning, and the preparation of meals.  The duties of the job included baby-sitting, housecleaning, and preparing meals. 

Not Parallel: The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and to do some warm-up exercises before the game.  Parallel: The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and that they should do some warm-up exercises before the game.  or Parallel: The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, not eat too much, and do some warm-up exercises before the game. 

Not Parallel: The dictionary can be used for these purposes: to find word meanings, pronunciations, correct spellings, and looking up irregular verbs.  Parallel: The dictionary can be used for these purposes: to find word meanings, pronunciations, correct spellings, and irregular verbs. 

Children on board; parents on Valium  Save the trees - ax the loggers  "I'm in no hurry; I'm on my way to work.  "I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.  "I just got a new car for my wife today. Best trade I ever made.  "Back off! I'm not that kind of car.  "I may be slow but I'm ahead of you!  "I'm not deaf... I'm just ignoring you." 

The pairing of two ideas is an effective use of parallelism:  You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln  Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy  We are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Parallel Structures help a writer emphasize the most important ideas in a sentence.
I would like to promise her that she will grow up with a sense of her cousins and of rivers and of her great-grandmother s teacups, would like to pledge her a picnic on a river with fried chicken and her hair uncombed, would like to give her home for her birthday, but we live differently now and I can promise her nothing like that.
Joan Didion On Going Home 

Parallel Structures help a writer emphasize the most important ideas in a sentence.
I would like to promise her that she will grow up with a sense of her cousins and of rivers and of her great-grandmother s teacups, would like to pledge her a picnic on a river with fried chicken and her hair uncombed, would like to give her home for her birthday, but we live differently now and I can promise her nothing like that.
Joan Didion On Going Home 

Most police work is concerned with scared people who have been bitten by dogs, frantic people whose children have run away from home, old people who have no one to talk to, and impatient people whose first response to any situation is to call the cops. 

Most police work is concerned with scared people who have been bitten by dogs, frantic people whose children have run away from home, old people who have no one to talk to, and impatient people whose first response to any situation is to call the cops. 

E.B. White paragraph handout

The long and the short of it.

He went to the store. He bought some bread. He purchased some bologna. He talked to the clerk. He bought some gum. He checked out at the front. He drove his car home. What s wrong with this paragraph?

He went to the store. He bought some bread, some bologna and some gum. He saw the clerk and said, Hello. After picking and choosing his way down many a loaded aisle, he finally checked out in the front of the store. Better?

The fire of, I think, five machine-guns was pouring upon us, and there was a series of heavy crashes caused by the Fascists flinging bombs over their own parapet in the most idiotic manner. It was intensely dark. George Orwell Homage to Catalonia 

Write two paragraphs. 
One demonstrating parallel structure.  One demonstrating variable sentence length.

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