Section 6 (Sunday): Introduction to cause and effect essay

What we did in class today  – Those students who had to write their midterm essay on paper were reminded that they must come to my office during conference hours and type their essay, save it to a flash memory, and submit their flash memory to me. This must be done before Thursday, Nov. 17. Otherwise, they will receive a 0. After reviewing p. 135 in Great Writing 5 and guidelines for Essay 2 (cause and effect essay, students used their time to find articles to support their thesis. They are to bring hard copies of these articles to class on Tuesday.


  1. Read Achieve3000 article “Earliest Peoples: Saving the Paintings” and complete the Activity and write a one-paragraph summary of the article as the Thought Question before midnight on Friday, Nov. 18. Read two other Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities before midnight on Friday, Nov. 18.
  2. Download the Essay Template and save it as your name – Essay 2, e.g. Rana – Essay 2. 
  3. Bring hard copies of the articles that support your thesis to class on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Final Exam – Section 6 students will take the writing final exam on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in N2-102. The time limit is 60 minutes.

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.
  • 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.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Nov 15 – We will begin writing our cause and effect essays. Consequently, you must have chosen your topic by class time (guidelines for Essay 2 (cause and effect essay).

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