Prompt: Write a 500-750 word essay reflecting on three issues students must deal with in school based on the articles you’ve read and summarized.
Discussion of the prompt: Using the articles for support, argue which factors affect students the most. Your essay will have an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Each body paragraph should examine one main point from the articles. Use the outline below as a guide.
- Open with an attention getter: quote, fact, question, etc.
- Give an overview of the issues facing teens in school today (more than one sentence)
- Funnel to a thesis statement: the final sentence in your introduction that states what your three main points are going to be.
- Open with a topic sentence: a sentence which previews the single point of this paragraph.
- Give an overview of the point—this is where your descriptive & informative summaries come in. You can simply use your summaries at the beginning of your body paragraphs.
- Complete the paragraph with your opinion; why do you think this is a major issue? Do you see this issue affecting yourself or peers? Why is this factor one of your top three? This is where you get to agree / disagree / state your opinion / argue with the articles.
- Transition into the next point.
- Summarize what your main points are (remember, “I’m stupid” and I need you to remind me what I’ve just read). DO NOT REPEAT YOUR INTRODUCTION WORD FOR WORD.
- Include an exigency: this is a final statement that tells me what I’ve learned from reading your essay (consider this the “Jerry Springer Final Thought”).
- Does your essay include all of the major components listed above?
- Did you rewrite / revise / add to your original summaries or did you just recopy them word for word even if you received a weak grade?
- Did you include your original summaries and articles with your final?
- Did you double-space, type / write in ink, follow MLA format?
- Due for Lit/Lang 2 students on Thursday 09/26/2013 (We will be typing in lab all week. You’re responsible for completing even if you are absent for Homecoming events).