Section 6 (Sunday): The midterm and Essay 2

What we did in class today  – We discussed the midterm reading exam scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and review the guidelines for Essay 2 (cause and effect essay).

Midterm Exam – Students will complete the reading section of the midterm exam on Monday, Nov. 7, and the writing section of the exam on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Each part of the exam will be 50 minutes. The reading section will require students to read two articles and answer questions about them. The writing section will be a five-paragraph descriptive process essay. Students will have two writing prompts from which to choose. Here are some tips on how to do well on both parts of the midterm exam:

Reading midterm (Tuesday, Nov. 8)

  • Be on time.
  • Bring two no. 2 pencils and an eraser.
  • Read the questions before reading the articles. Then, skim and scan for the answers in the articles.
  • After skimming and scanning for answers, read the articles to check if your answers are correct.
  • If you are unsure about an answer, go with your first choice. Eighty percent of the time, you will be correct.
  • Record your answers on the hard copy of the reading exam. Then, at least ten (10) minutes before the end of the exam, record your answers on the Scantron sheet. Only answers on the Scantron sheet will be marked.

Writing midterm (Thursday, Nov. 10)

  • Be on time.
  • Download the essay template before class.
  • Bring your laptop, power cord, and flash memory.
  • You are to choose ONE of the two writing prompts and write an argument essay in response to it. Before you make your choice, be sure that you read the prompts carefully so that you understand what they are asking you to argue.
  • In the template, write a thesis sentence for your introductory paragraph. The process of  ___ consists of three steps.
  • Start a new paragraph and write The initial step is ___.
  • Start a third paragraph and write The second step is ___.
  • Start a fourth paragraph and write The final step is ___.
  • Start a fifth paragraph and write In conclusion, ___, ___, and ___ are the steps in the process of ___.
  • Now that you have the blue print for five paragraphs, go back and develop each one of them. Leave your introductory and conclusion paragraphs until last.
  • Once you’ve developed the body paragraphs, go back and finish the introduction and conclusion.
  • Now that you have your rough draft, make sure you have included transitions and words from the language of process.
  • If your paper is not long enough, add examples.
  • Finally, proofread what you have written and edit for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.


  1. Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities before midnight on Friday, Nov. 11.
  2. Read pp. 132-148 in Great Writing 5 before Sunday, Nov. 13.

Bonus Credit

  • Reading contest 4 – The contest covers the time period from Saturday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov 18. This is for 0.5% extra credit. To receive credit, you muenglish-disclosure-plasmast score 75 or above on Activities for 10 Achieve3000 articles. Only first attempt scores will count.
  • Attend Musical Poetry on Wednesday, November 23, at 12:30-1:50 in W6-500. Write a summary of the event. This is for 0.5% extra credit.
  • Attend Dr. Mai Al Nakib’s talk Anonymity in an Age of Disclosure: Musings on Privacy and Publicity on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:30 in W1-010. Write a summary of the event. This is for 0.5% extra credit.
  • Participate in a poetry writing workshop, December 7, at 12:30 in W1-010. This is for 0.5% extra credit.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Nov 8 – Students will take the midterm reading exam.

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