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Paper Title: Letter of Complaint
Listen up! This is your mouth speaking! I was invented for talking, so you had better pay attention!
First of all, man, what are you thinking? Here’s a lesson in life: when food comes right off the stove, it’s hot. Do you understand second-degree burns?
Also, even if it’s not hot, please don’t shovel it all down in a half second! Trust me, buddy, it’s not going anywhere. I don’t need to work that hard.
Third, do you really need to eat your own cooking? I mean, that’s why McDonalds was invented, right? At least their food has flavor! (And no, I don’t consider “burnt” a real flavor!)
Lastly, when you do eat your own “cooking,” please don’t bite the tongue. It’s in enough pain from having to deal with your concoction, anyway!
Your turn! Get into groups of four, and together remove all traces of voice from the copy of this excerpt. Use your notes!
Jaguars are the largest of South America's big cats and the third largest cats in the world. At one time jaguars roamed all the way to the U.S.-Mexico border, but jaguars are now only occasionally sighted in Texas and Arizona. Most jaguars are found in the Amazon River basin.
Jaguars are secretive and are not known to kill humans. These beautiful and powerful beasts were important in ancient Native American cultures and were used as royal symbols. People believed they could protect them against evil. The name jaguar comes from the Native American word yaguar, which means "he who kills with one leap.”
Unlike most cats, jaguars like water and are quite good swimmers. Jaguars eat fish, turtles, and caimans—small, alligator-like animals—but also eat larger animals such as deer, cows, and tapirs. They sometimes climb trees to jump on unsuspecting prey, killing them with one powerful bite through the neck or head.