Friends, Good Friends
Unit: Introduction to the Writing Process
Activity 2: "Friends, Good Friends, and Such Good Friends"
1. Pre-Reading: Skimming and scanning. What are the seven categories of friends that the author mentions?
2. Pre-Reading: Read the first 3 paragraphs. Which paragraphs contain the introduction? What kind of information is included in the introduction? ? What is the main idea (thesis) of this article?
3. Pre-Reading: Look at the end of the article. Where do you think the conclusion starts? Hint: the first sentence of the conclusion summarizes the main idea.
4. Reading: Read the article.
5. Outlining: Make an outline of the article:
I. Main Idea:
FRIENDS, GOOD FRIENDS--and Such Good Friends
by Judith Viorst
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Judith Viorst is an author of light verse, children's books, and magazine articles. In this essay, originally written for Redbook, Viorst explains what friendship is by describing different types of friends.
HELP WITH WORDS
Ingmar Bergman (paragraph 2): a contemporary Swedish filmmaker, known for his artistic productions
Albert Camus (paragraph 2): a twentieth-centry French writer and philosopher
ardor (paragraph 2): passion
nonchalant (paragraph 8): without warmth or