Instructions: Identify the different types of sentences by their color in each of the three sections of the essay below. Use this model to construct your own essay. Write your essay in basic black.
Interest Technique—Quotation (blue)
Background Information (red)
Thesis Statement with Body Paragraph Order (pink)
Topic Sentence (black)
Supporting Sentences (orange)
Concluding Sentence (black)
Restatement of the Thesis Statement (pink)
Cats Are Friends, Too!
"A dog is man's best friend." That common saying may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose companionship people enjoy. For many people, a cat is their best friend. Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent house pets because they are good companions, civilized members of the household, and easy to own. People enjoy the companionship of cats. First, many cats are affectionate. They will snuggle up and ask to be petted, or scratched under the chin. Who can resist a purring cat? Also, if they're not feeling affectionate, cats are generally quite playful. For example, they love to chase balls and feathers, or just about anything dangling from a string. They especially enjoy playing when their owners are participating in the game. Finally, contrary to popular opinion, cats can be trained. Using rewards and punishments, just like with a dog, a cat can be trained to avoid unwanted behavior or perform tricks. Cats will even fetch! People all over the world enjoy the company of cats. Cats are civilized members of the household. To begin, unlike dogs, cats do not bark or make other loud noises. Most cats don't even meow very often. They generally lead a quiet existence. Cats also don't often have "accidents." Mother cats train their kittens to use the litter box, and most cats will use it...