Sections 12 & 13 (Monday): Cause and effect essays

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.

We discussed the concepts of cause and effect, we used the A Pink Striped Cat with Purple Eyes Cause and Effect Story Exercise to practice writing cause and effect sentences. Then, we reviewed p. 135 in Great Writing 5 and completed Activity 1 (p. 136 in Great Writing 5). Afterwards we discussed about selecting and restricting topics. Next, students restricted the topic of their choice found in guidelines for Essay 2 (cause and effect essay. Afterwards, students brainstormed the topic of their choice to determine if they would write a cause essay on the topic or an effect essay on the topic (Activity 2 on pp. 137-138 in Great Writing 5). Finally, they wrote an outline for their essay. They were to upload their outline to Turnitin before midnight tonight (Activity 16 worth 1 mark).


  1. Upload your outline for Essay 2 to Turnitin before midnight tonight, Nov. 14.
  2. Download the Essay Template and save it as your name – Essay 2, e.g. Rana – Essay 2. Do this before class on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
  3. 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.

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 Wednesday, Nov 16 – We will search for articles to support our body paragraphs and write the introduction for our cause or effect essays.

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