Something About Something

September 12, 2014
The official goal of the last few tasks taken from Writing Extensions Level B was for Robert to learn to write “topic” sentence that would open a paragraph. But Robert’s learning is much more complicated than just learning one thing at a time. Moreover, there are times when more advanced ideas are used to teach something very basic, and thus the hardest to teach, like “SOMETHING”. Yesterday and today, in the process of formulating the main idea of the paragraph, Robert had to come up with more general words. At first it was easy. He could use ANIMALS instead of CATS and DOGS. It was simple to find a category for both objects. Then, it got a little less clear. What word could address two different objects such as BOX and BIKE to complete the sentence, “Each woman carried…..”?
SOMETHING of course.
Important word, but taken for granted by those who use it and overuse it in everyday communications. It stands for any object without really naming it. Like a mathematical variable which can be substituted by any number. Robert probably had difficulties with vagueness of the word, its lack of precise meaning. Using this word, I believe, for the first time in Robert’s life, was much more important achievement than writing a general, first sentence in a paragraph.

I hope that while completing his paragraph, Robert also understood how useful that word is, as it not only can name every object Robert knows, but also those things, which names Robert doesn’t know… yet.

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