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ENG099.

2521 | “Where I’m From” Student______________________


Laguardia Community College, Spring I 2011 Instructor Beth Schwartzapfel

Paragraph development and transitions exercise


Read the following introductory paragraph and topic sentences. First, underline the thesis statement. Then, develop
the paragraphs: write 8-10 sentences in support of each topic sentence. As long as they’re appropriate for the
paragraph, you can draw from any of the “tools” that we reviewed in class: examples and illustration, narration,
description, process, comparison/contrast, analogy, cause and effect, classification and division, or definition
(Rules for Writers pp 44-50). Make sure that for each paragraph, at least one piece of evidence is drawn from
Rogers’s essay. Then, add transitional words, phrases, or sentences as appropriate to make the topic sentences flow
smoothly from the paragraphs you’ve written.

In her essay, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” journalist Heather Rogers recounts her visit to the
Geological Reclamation Operations and Waste Systems (GROWS) “mega-fill” in Pennsylvania.
This landfill, like others, is “hidden in plain sight,” Rogers says, “tucked away, on the edge of
town, in otherwise untraveled terrain” (586). We camouflage our landfills because Americans
don’t want to know the destruction caused by everything we throw away: the stench, the “toxic
stew” that may leach into our groundwater, the sheer size and scale of the mountains of our
garbage. Rogers ends with the question, “what if we didn’t have so much trash to get rid of?” I
myself often ask this question as I go about my day at Laguardia Community College. The
college community wastes many opportunities to minimize the trash we send to landfills; we
could conserve more and throw away less by making changes in our cafeterias and cafes, by
offering more opportunities save and recycle paper, and by transitioning to e-books instead of
paper textbooks.

________________________________________________Small changes in our


cafeterias and cafes could make a big difference in cutting down on the amount of garbage we
create.
ENG099.2521 | “Where I’m From” Student______________________
Laguardia Community College, Spring I 2011 Instructor Beth Schwartzapfel
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____________________ The college community prevent a lot of paper from going to the landfill
by offering more opportunities for paper recycling and reuse on campus.

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_________________If more students used e-books instead of paper textbooks, less waste would
end up in landfills.

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