Section 6 (Tuesday): Introductions for the Descriptive Process Essay

What we did in class today  – Students analyzed the descriptive process essay rubric and then we worked on the introduction for our descriptive process essay. (It is to be submitted to Turnitin before class on Thursday.) Sarah A. shared her rough draft of the introduction with the class:

The frog is the only known creature that does not drink water (“Frogs,” n.d.). Rather than drinking water, a frog’s skin absorbs the water. Because of this unique method of hydration, a frog can never be far from a source of water. Consequently, most frogs are found in wet places. In fact, this is where the lifecycle of a frog takes place. The three stages of a frog’s lifecycle consist of the egg stage, the tadpole stage, and the adult stage.

The class observed that Sarah’s rough draft fulfilled the requirements for a descriptive process essay introduction.

  1. Beginning the essay with a little-known fact about frogs attracted the reader’s attention. Also, Sarah was careful to cite the source of her information, both in the body of the paper and on the reference page.
  2. Sarah’s background information was related to her hook and to her thesis sentence.
  3. The thesis sentence lets the reader know Sarah’s specific topic, rhetorical pattern, and main points.
  4. Sarah ensured that there was a logical flow of ideas from one sentence to the next by repeating keywords and phrases from a previous sentence in the sentences that followed it.


  1. Read pp. 72-94 in Great Essays 5.
  2. Download the ENGL 100 Essay Template and save it as your name – Process Essay, for example, Sarah – Process Essay. Be sure not to change the formatting as you type your introduction into the template. Make sure that your introduction fulfills the four requirements for a descriptive process essay introduction. Submit your introduction to Turnitin no later than 2:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.
  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 – 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 Thursday, Oct 13 – We write the body of our paper.

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