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Taking Risks

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Grade 9 | Informative

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Prompt: Read the following quotation.


Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.                                                              

— David Packard, Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard                                                           


Taking a risk means acting without knowing whether the outcome will be good. Think carefully about this statement.  Write an essay explaining why it is sometimes necessary to take a chance. Be sure to —

  • clearly state your thesis.
  • organize and develop your ideas effectively.
  • choose your words carefully.






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