Cause / effect essay (cont.)

What we did in class, today – Before students began revising their essays, Ms. Rawan reviewed strong thesis sentences (p. 144) and transitions and connectors (pp. 145-146) withe students. Then, they did Activity 9 (pp. 146-148). Afterwards, they revised their five-paragraph cause / effect essays. Ms. Rawan reminded them to organize their essays as follows:

  • Introduction: Hook, background information (if effect essay, background is cause; if cause essay, background is effect), and thesis sentence
  • Three body paragraphs: Transition + topic sentence, major supports + minor supports, concluding sentence
  • Conclusion: Transition + paraphrase of thesis sentence, summary of main points, concluding sentence that echoes back to the hook.

Students submitted their rough drafts saved to flash memories to Ms. Rawan before the end of class.

Mid-term exam

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Monday, Nov. 9 – Students will sit for the reading section of the mid-term. Be sure to bring two no. 2 pencils and an eraser.

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