EXPLANATION and DIRECTIONS
Below you will find a short essay demonstrating how to write with colors. It takes each of the smaller pieces of a composition and colors them so you can check whether you included them in your introduction, body and conclusion. My thesis statement, or the very most critical statement, should be the "grabber" and I have labelled it " red ". It should be the one you really want to stop and think about as the most important. I put a discussion topic sentence in each paragraph, labeled yellow . That should "caution" you to only talk about that subject in the paragraph. The color " yellow " should cause you take caution and think about the content for that whole paragraph. You can write many paragraphs about the same subject, especially when you have a lot of details to share. Note that I gave each subject, or body, of the paragraph that I wanted to discuss a different color. In my introduction, I stated what subjects I would discuss and gave them a color of orange , blue, purple , or green . Think of all those colors as adding life to the story. Can you see the different colors or topics? I covered four subjects. I then wrote at least one paragraph about each subject. Last, I wrote a conclusion which again mentioned each of the colored subjects in wrap-up words.
Cyber assignment : Can you tell me what four subjects each of my four colors represented? Write me an email by going to the "Contact Ms. Graham" button in the menu, and tell me the four subjects.
Red = The "stop grabber" thesis sentence.
Yellow = The carefully thoughtout topic sentence for each paragraph.
Orange = 1st body support paragraph.
Blue = 2nd body paragraph.
Purple = 3rd body paragraph.
Green = last body paragraph.
Some people's nametags brushed the floor because they were so long with the trail of ribbons. I thought it was some type of fancy official who had years of experience and was thus labeled with all kinds of awards. Nope, everyone could collect them too. Actually, you had to fill out a questionnaire which gave e-Bay a bank of demographic information. I presented my filled out survey to the folks behind the counter, and in frenzy, they gathered ribbons which represented answers that I had given on my survey. For example, "How many years have you been and e-Bay member?" "How many miles did you travel to get to the convention?" "How many years have you been a seller or a buyer?" I was thrilled when I got a dozen or so colorful ribbons with sayings printed on them. I didn't attend the rock concert with the U2s, or the family picnic at Great America, and I didn't go to classes all day. I was having too much fun collecting silly tokens of my experience.
I found that I could learn just as much great information by talking with vendors in the convention hall, and it didn't hurt to pick up all the promotional items. I was completely amazed at the world that existed in cyberspace. With more than a hundred vendors, it took me hours to make the rounds at all the booths. I made my own business cards at one place, won a T-shirt at another. I put tickets in all the raffles, and ended up winning books and CDs on how to do everything on the Internet. I picked up pens, pencils, flashlights, a smell wrench that converted to a pen, autographed books by the author, and twenty three different software demonstration programs.
While I was there, I even had a shirt embroidered with my business name.
For someone who is quite shy with strangers, I had such a great time at the e-Bay Alive 2005 convention. I was energized by the colors, friendly people, and knowable instructors willing to share their expertise in classes. I found myself being almost silly in collecting pins. My name tag had no more room for all the buttons and it hung down nobly with ribbons. It was a good thing that I drove my car, because I had loaded the back with all kinds of free "booty" from the show. It lasted only 3 days, but I felt refreshed and bubbled with the fun time I had amongst people I didn't even know. I left still unprepared to sell on e-Bay, but I've marked my calendar for next year's convention in Las Vegas. That should be a trip!"