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Writing Activity 3 - Exemplification
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Culture Shock

As the model is informal, you may use correct, but natural language, including the first and second person. Paragraph – 80 to 100 words.

Read the article, "Culture Shock - You're bound to feel it at some point!" at

This article is from the site "Canucks Abroad", which, as the title suggests, is directed to Canadians who are living outside of Canada. With the world seeming smaller because of globalisation, people from all over the world are migrating - for work, learning, or pleasure - with remarkable regularity. Yet, while travel is exciting, it can also be difficult to cope in a new country, especially for extended periods of time. This article shows an example of the Internet being used to connect people of various backgrounds with others like them, specifically Canadian compatriots, and thereby help each other through difficult times.

As the name suggests, the topic of the article is 'culture shock', a significant issue for people staying in another culture for extended periods. What does 'culture shock' mean? The author never actually defines culture shock, yet the effects of the phenomenon are made clear through extensive exemplification, or the appropriate use of examples. Review the article, paying specific attention to the examples used to illustrate the author's points.

Write an exemplification paragraph illustrating your own experience with culture shock, travel, or change. Or, write one directed to someone coming to your Canadian place of residence from outside of the country, advising that person what to expect upon arrival. Use a strong topic sentence to indicate the purpose of your paragraph. Then support your idea with three clear subtopics. Give details and many specific examples so that your audience will clearly 'see' your message.

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