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Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each step in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with this project.

Step 1: Look at your assignment and find the general statement you need to illustrate. Write that general statement below:

Step 2: How will you illustrate this? What examples will you use? Will you focus on one example or many examples? What kinds of examples will you include?

(Would you like more help? Here is an example of ways to illustrate a topic.)

Think of as many examples as possible and write them very quickly in the box:

Step 3: Now, choose one example that you would like to develop further. The easiest way to develop is to include more details. You might also want to write a longer narrative or include dialogue or quotations. Write your developed example in the box below:

Step 4: If you have a second strong example, develop it in more detail also. Again, you might include more detailed information, tell a story, write a description or include quotations. Develop your second example in the box below:

Illustrating is often used hand in hand with other thinking and writing strategies. Illustration is often as a tool when persuading and/or arguing. In addition, when you illustrate, you will almost always need to use examples and/or comparisons.

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