Section 6 (Sunday): The descriptive process essay

What we did in class, today – I announced that all marks have been entered in SIS except for bonus credit marks. (They will be added, tomorrow.) Students have until class time on Tuesday to meet with me if there is a mistake. (Send me a screenshot of your schedule if your classes conflict with my conference hours.) After a short introduction to the descriptive process essay, students analyzed Essay 7 on pp. 77-79 in Great Essays 5. Then, students chose one of the videos below to watch and take notes on it. After dividing the process into stages or steps, they were to fill in the description-process-essay-outline-template for their descriptive process essay before class on Tuesday, Oct 11. They were cautioned to remember they are describing how something is made, works, or happens. They are NOT giving directions for making something.

How it works

Life cycles

How it’s made


  1. Read pp. 72-94 in Great Essays 5.
  2. Complete your outline of your descriptive process before class on Tuesday, Oct 11. Bring a copy of your outline to class. (This is for a mark.)
  3. Read Achieve3000 article “Is This Duck Too Smart?” and complete the Activity and Thought Question (a one-paragraph summary of the article) before 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. The Thought Question (a one-paragraph summary) and the Activity must be written in MyGUST. The assignment appears as a Turnitin assignment under the week of October 9-15. Read two other Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities for them before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

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 2 – The contest covers the time period from Saturday, Oct 8, through Friday, Oct 21. 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.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Oct 11 – We will write the introduction for our descriptive process essay and I will collect students’ descriptive process essay outlines.

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