In-Class Essay 2
Scheduled for Monday, March 11
Reading material: "If I Could Found a College" by Jennifer Bowe
[pages 101-104 in the Bedford Guide].
The writing task: Discuss two aspects of Bowe's Sundial College that
appeal to you, two aspects you are skeptical about, and two aspects you'd
add to improve it. Whatever aspects you select for discussion, be sure
to provide your reasons. That is, explain WHY.
Format considerations: Remember to have a distinct introduction
(with thesis), body (probably three paragraphs), and conclusion
(restatement of thesis). The piece will probably be composed of five
1. Intro 2. Appealing aspects 3. Aspects you're skeptical about
4. Aspects you'd add 5. Conclusion
What else should you know? The test will be closed book. That is,
no notes or use of the text will be allowed. Like the first in-class
essay, those who want to write the essay using pen and paper may do so
and those wishing to use the computers may do that.
What can I do to prepare for this? Read the Bowe piece several
times and note down aspects of the fictional college that you like, that
you have doubts about, and that you'd add. Using your notes, write an
outline using the essay planning handout I'll give to you. Using the
outline, write the entire essay several times on several occasions. In
addition, look over your first in-class essay to see where you did well
and where you need work. See Dayle if you need help or have questions.