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English Composition, Lesson 11. Selection of Details; Theme 4

To complete this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Study the lesson for mastery.
  2. Complete the lesson Theme.
  3. Complete the lesson Exam.


You are at present concerned with telling events that actually happen; but this does not mean that you need to include everything that occurs.  If you wish to tell a friend about some interesting or exciting incident at a picnic, he will not care to hear everything that took place during the day. He may listen politely to a statement of what train you took and what you had in your lunch basket, but he will be little interested in such details. In order to maintain interest, the point of your story must not be too long delayed. Brevity is desirable, and details that bear little relation to the main point, and that do not prepare the listener to understand and appreciate this point, are better omitted.

Theme IV

Write about something that you have done. Use any of the following subjects, or one suggested by them:

  1. My first hunt.
  2. Why I was tardy.
  3. My first fishing trip.
  4. My narrow escape.
  5. A runaway.
  6. What I did last Saturday.

Read the theme aloud to yourself. Does it read smoothly? Have you said what you meant to say? Have you expressed it clearly? Consider the introduction ; the point ; the conclusion. Reject unnecessary details.)


  • Lesson 11 Exam