Essay 3: Introduction and claim paragraphs

What we did in class, today – Students submitted their working outlines, which are based on their choice of one of the topics in Fall 2015 Essay 3 Topics and Guidelines. Next, we reviewed how to write an introduction for  an argument essay (Development – introduction and pp. 172-173 in Great Writing: From Great Essays to Research [GW]). Students, then, wrote the rough draft of their introduction. Next, we reviewed how to write a claim (argument) paragraph. Following a discussion on reading techniques, students completed Final Exam In-class Reading Practice 1 (available in MyGUST). Students had to be present to receive credit for completing the practice.

Essay 2 – Essay 2 has been marked. Please listen to my comments in Turnitin and check that I’ve entered the correct mark in SIS. (Let me know within two days if I have made an error.) Students who have not submitted Essay 2 have until Wednesday, Dec. 2, to bring me their essay saved on a flash memory. Ten marks will be deducted for late submission unless you have an excused absence for Thursday, Nov. 26, that you have already submitted to Student Affairs.

Final Exam Date, Time & Location

  • Sections 6 & 12 – 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in W3-201 on Saturday, Dec 26
  • Section 11 – 11:00-1:00 in N3-202 on Saturday, Dec. 26

If there is a conflict with another exam, you must inform me as soon as possible.


  • Finish writing your introduction and two claim paragraphs for Essay 3 before class on Monday, Nov. 30.
  • Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the activities for the two articles before 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

What we will do in class on Monday, Nov. 30 – Students will write the counterargument/refutation and conclusion paragraphs for Essay 3. We will also practice for the final exam writing section.

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