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CHAPTER 3

EXAMPLE: Illustrating Ideas    125

Defining Examples    125

Thinking Critically by Using Examples    127

Reading and Writing Essays That Use Examples    128

Student Essay: Examples at Work    132

Some Final Thoughts on Examples    134

Example in Review    134

ANITA RAU BADAMI My Canada    136

What constitutes your Canada? In this essay from the Imperial Oil Review, Anita Rau Badami uses a multitude of examples to make her Canada come alive and to explain why it is now her home.

SHARON BUTALA The Myth: The Prairies Are Flat    145

Prairie writer Butala tackles a common misperception about her region of Canada.

CECIL FOSTER Why Blacks Get Mad    150

Using strongly affective examples drawn from his own and his family’s lives, Foster speaks forthrightly and personally of the insidious presence of racism in everyday life in Canada.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER Life Without Go-Go Boots    160

What fashion item was essential to you when growing up? Barbara Kingsolver discusses the role of fashion in her life.

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