Section 6 (Thursday): Thought Question 1

What we did in class, today – For Thought Question 1, students logged into Achieve3000 and went to the reading on “Strong as Steel.” They were instructed to click on the Thought Question tab at the tob of the page. They were instructed to ignore the Achieve3000 directions. Instead, they were to write a one-paragraph summary of the article “Strong as Steel.” Their one-paragraph summary was to be organized as follows:

  1. Topic sentence that includes the main idea of the article as well as the name of the article and date of publication. For example, the author of “Strong as Steel” writes that xxxx (2012).
  2. After the topic sentence, main point sentences. These sentences should include only main ideas but should avoid adding details.
  3. A summary sentence

Students had to save their rough draft in Achieve3000 before 4:00 p.m., today.

While students wrote Thought Question 1, I checked students’ Exercise 16 homework. (This was for a mark.)


1. Students who leave the classroom during class time will be marked absent.

2. Mobiles must be kept in pockets or book bags. Students who have their mobiles out or appear to be looking at their mobiles will be marked absent.

Bonus Credit 

  • For each 30-minute tutoring session in the English Department’s Writing Lab (N2-103) located on the first floor of the GUST Library, you will receive 0.5% extra credit per tutoring session if you stay the entire 30 minutes and if you work sincerely. You may receive tutoring with your writing assignments and Achieve3000 thought questions. To receive help with your writing assignments, you must bring a soft (electronic) copy of your rough draft on a flash memory as well as a hard (photocopy) copy of the rough draft. The maximum extra credit you can earn is 5%. Your participation must be documented on the Bonus Credit Form.
  • Reading contest 1 – The contest covers the time period from Sunday, Sept 25, through Friday, Oct 7. This is for 0.5% extra credit. To receive credit, you must score 75 or above on Activities for 10 Achieve3000 articles. Only first attempt scores will count.


  • Revise your Thought Question (one-paragraph summary of “Strong as Steel”) in Achieve3000 before midnight on Thursday, Oct. 6.
  • Learn the vocabulary in Unit 1 before Tuesday, Oct 4.
  • Read and complete the Activities for Achieve3000 articles “Point and Read” and “Tiny Animals, Big Problem” before midnight on Friday, Sept 30. If your first-attempt scores are less than 75, you can read extra Achieve3000 articles before the deadline, and I will record the highest top three first attempts.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Oct 4 – We will do a vocabulary activity as well as a write a timed rough draft of an essay on an assigned topic.

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