Sections 12 & 13 (Wednesday): Cause OR Effect Essay Introduction

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.

Following up on the selection and restriction of topics on Monday, students reviewed  how to write the introduction for a cause or effect essay, today. Afterwards, they wrote the introduction to their essay in the Essay Template and saved the essay as their name – Essay 2, e.g. Rana – Essay 2. They uploaded their essay to Turnitin before the end of class (Activity 18 worth 1 mark, and students had to be present to receive credit).


  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. Before class on Monday, read “How Weather Has Changed World History” (pp. 139-141 in Great Writing 5) and complete the Post-Reading exercise (pp. 141-142 in Great Writing 5) and Activity 5 (pp. 143 in Great Writing 5).

Final Exam Sections 12 and 13 will sit for the final reading exam on Monday, Dec. 19, during their regular class time. Section 12 students will take the writing final exam on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m. in W3-201B. Section 13 students will write the final writing exam on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in W3-201B. 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 must 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 Monday, Nov 21 – We will write the body paragraphs for our cause or effect essays.

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