What Makes a Good Friend?
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Webster's dictionary defines a friend as, "One who is personally well known by oneself and for whom one has warm regard or affection." Friends usually play an important part in our lives. They influence the decisions we make and provide us with comfort and support in times of need. Some people like to have lots of friends and others prefer one or two very close ones. Do people in California look for the same qualities in friendship, as people in New York, Canada, and Australia? Let's find out!
Assignment: In cooperative writing groups, brainstorm the qualities that you think a good friend should have.
Write about the qualities you think are most important in a friendship. Your audience will be students from other states and other countries, so give examples to back up your statements. Conclude your essay by describing a time that you and your friend(s) really had a great time! Read your essays to your group or class. Finally, revise and edit your work.
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