CampfireGathering around the campfire as a family or with your friends in the summer at camp or during the crisp fall days can be fun. Whether you’re singing or roasting marshmallows for s’mores, it’s a unique experience.

Gathering around the TV to watch a movie or show with your family or friends can feel very different from circling the campfire. The blue glow from the TV may not warm you up, but its content may be more entertaining.

Now it’s your turn: Make two lists. One will be all about the similarities between the two experiences and one will be of differences. Then write two paragraphs. One paragraph will be on the similarities, the other on the differences. But wait!

Before you write, decide which list is more important to you. If you think the similarities are more important, then begin with the differences. If you think the differences are more important, begin with the similarities. In other words, your last paragraph will be the one that is most important to you.

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