14 Paragraph Practice: What Is Happiness?

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In your opinion … what is happiness? How do you define happiness?

  1. Write a paragraph. Define happiness. What does it mean to you? Try to use your own words and ideas. Try to think of different ways to explain this idea. (If you quote a dictionary, use “quotation marks” around the words that you copy and include the name of dictionary in italics.)
  2. Exchange your work with another student. Read what they wrote. Reply to them in another paragraph. Don’t say only things like “I agree” or “You’re right.” Try to add something meaningful to the discussion. Then return this to your partner.
  3. Finally, read what your classmate wrote in reply to your paragraph. Then write a few sentences to share your reaction. Give this to your teacher; they will offer feedback on your writing.


Here are some sentences with common errors. Follow the instructions to practice editing.


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