Cause / effect essay and practice for mid-term

What we did in class, today – After choosing one of the Humanities, Sciences, or Business topics on p. 155 in Great Writing: From Great Essays to Research, students used “speed writing” to write the rough draft of either a cause essay or an effect essay. The following scale was used for marking the rough draft:

  • 500+ words – 5 marks
  • 400-499 words – 4 marks
  • 300-399 words – 3 marks
  • 200-299 words – 2 marks
  • 100-199 words – 1 mark

Next, we began revising our essays by reviewing “Strong Thesis Statements for Cause-Effect Essays” on p. 144 and revising our own thesis sentences. Students are to continue revising their rough drafts and are to use only information already known to them. We will continue revising the rough drafts in class, so print a copy of the language of cause and effect and bring it to class with you on Wednesday. Students will submit their rough drafts to Turnitin during class for an activity mark. The final draft will be due on Monday, Nov. 11, so students are encouraged to make tutoring appointments with Ms. Reem or Ms. Rawan before then.

Mid-term exam

  • Continue revising your cause / effect rough draft.
  • The reading section of the mid-term exam will be on Monday, Nov. 9. There will be approximately 20 questions multiple choice questions. The time limit for the reading section is 50 minutes. Be sure to bring two no. 2 lead pencils and an eraser.
  • The writing section of the mid-term exam will be on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Students will have 50 minutes during which they will write, revise and edit a five-paragraph essay. They will choose one of the writing prompts to respond to. The rhetorical patterns will be either process, cause, effect, or cause/effect. Students must type their essays in the Essay template (available in MyGUST). Anyone accessing the Internet – for any reason – will receive a ‘0.’ Be sure to bring your laptop, power cord, and flash memory. Students will submit their essays on their flash memories.


  1. Choose any three Achieve3000 articles, read them, and complete the activities before 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. At that time, you should have completed 18 Activities.
  2. If you have not read 18 Achieve300 articles and completed 18 Activities, you have until 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to make up the missing Activities.
  3. If you have not written the Thought Question for “How Much for a Glass of Water,” “Too Many Climbers,” or “Don’t Pass the Salt,” complete them. I will deduct 10 marks for late work. You have until 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to make up any missing Thought Questions.
  4. If you have not submitted your process essay, bring your flash memory to me during my office hours – no later than 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 – so that I can upload it to Turnitin and mark it. Ten (10) marks will be deducted for late work.

What we will do in class on Wednesday, Nov. 4 – We will finish revising and editing our cause / effect essay and submit it to Turnitin before 11:55 p.m. We will continue to practice our reading skills.

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