Below is a sample illustrative paragraph, similar to the assignment that is due this Wednesday. Please be sure to provide your own unique take on friendship and include sufficient illustrative examples. Note that this sample makes and supports three points, yet a paragraph with a single well-supported point will do.
January 4, 2010
There are many types of friendship, but a true friendship that stands the test of time requires patience, sacrifice, and shared experiences. Friends must be patient with each other. Even though friends may be alike in many ways, they will be different in other ways. So if you are a fast eater, but your friend is a slow eater, you may have to wait for him or her to finish eating if you go out to a restaurant. You might also have to compromise on the air temperature or the music level if you and your friend go on a road trip. Friends must also sacrifice for each other. If you want to go to the Marilyn Manson concert, but your friend is having his or her birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s at the same time, you’re going to have to just suck it up and go to the party. If you make a lame excuse to get out of the birthday party, you’re really not a good friend. Besides, Marilyn Manson is pretty passé now. Lastly, friends rely on shared experiences to bond them together and give them things to talk about later in life. My friends and I still laugh about the time we decided to climb Mt. Washington at nine o’clock at night and luckily only made it one-quarter of the way up before camping. If we had gone any higher we might have frozen to death! Shared experiences like this, as well as patience and sacrifice, make friendships what they are.