Sections 12 & 13 (Wednesday): Conclusion and practice for final writing exam

What we did in class today  – I announced that bonus points for attending Musical Poetry today will be added once students submit their one-paragraph summary of the event. They should submit a hard copy of their summary by Monday, Nov. 28.

Students first added a conclusion to their cause or effect essay and then submitted their essay to Turnitin.

  1. Topic sentence: Start with a transition to indicate this is the conclusion – As can be seen, In brief, In closing, In conclusion, To summarize, It is clear that . . .
  2. Add a paraphrase of the thesis sentence:  As can be seen,  playing violent video games leads to changes in behavior, isolation, and brain damage.
  3. Summarize the main points: These games have changed the behavior for children, wanting to experience the thrill of violence, become violent themselves. Secondly, playing too much of these games can cause the path of isolation. Players isolate themselves in a virtual world where they can take control over the story and other Non-Player Characters (NPC). As these young minors play savage computer games, their brain cells are harmed. 
  4. End with a sentence that echoes back to introduction and does not introduce a new topic: In short, players Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games experience a new world, a new life and a new way to connect their feelings. 

Afterwards, they practiced for the final writing exam by writing an argument essay in MyGUST.

Homework – Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities before midnight on Friday, Nov. 25.

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 5 – The contest covers the time period from Saturday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Dec 2. 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 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 28 – We will revise our cause or effect essays. Then, we will practice for the final reading exam.

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