quiz (english writing )

Before you begin writing your timed essay, make sure to look at the study guide: STUDY GUIDE FOR ESSAY 1 draft fall 2014.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window. While the questions won’t be exactly the same in the essay, if you “study” a couple of the questions ahead of time, you’ll be better prepared to focus in on writing your essay. The topics themselves are within the essay question in the quiz.

ESSAY 1 (timed): Please write around 750 words in response to one of the following questions. If possible, take a little time before you start to think of the main point you want to make (i.e., the claim you are going to argue in support of) and to make a quick outline of your organization.
What I’ll be looking for in grading the essay
Here’s a checklist of things I’ll be looking at most in grading:

A focused Thesis Statement (“claim”): A clear, focused, significant thesis statement (underlined) at the end of the introductory first paragraph (the lead-up to the thesis will set the context for it).
Sensible Paragraphing/Organization: Follow-up body paragraphs that show that your claim (thesis) is valid, credible. Usually, we follow the rule of one main topic or function per body paragraph. Occasionally, though, a “topic” may get too long, so we figure out a logical way to divide it up.
The effective use of at least one correctly documented quotation from an essay we’ve read in New World Reader. Try to introduce the quotation so that it fits in logically with your argument. You may use more than one quotation from the book; you may (additionally) cite examples from the book, citing them as well.
Good Use of Illustration, i.e., Concrete Examples, to help support and illustrate your thesis. (I strongly prefer that you not try to search for these online while writing the essay; see if you can come up with ones—from your life, from a news article you read recently, from history that you remember—in this essay that asks you to practice “thinking on your feet.”
Relatively clean sentence-level grammar: The sentence is the main grammatical unit in English, so we’ll begin by trying to avoid sentence-level grammatical errors (fragments and run-ons). Spelling, punctuation, and usage issues also matter, but we’ll first emphasize cleaning up these “larger” errors.
Clear and on-topic line of thought
Showing where you found things (give page numbers for quotations or even for summaries or pieces of information that you found in our readings; if it’s something you remember from a history class, say something like “in history class the other day, another student said…” so your reader—moi—will know the source; if it’s from your own experience say that, too.)

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