WS1, week 13, July 10th 2015


  1. Email me your essay topic (if you did not already tell me in class today), ASAP (ass soon as possible).
  2. Here is a list of last year’s essay titles: WS Essay topics 2014
  3. Write the outline for your essay.
    1. Introduction
    2. Paragraph 2
    3. Paragraph 3
    4. Paragraph 4
    5. Conclusion.
    6. Bibliography (write the textbook details according to the MLA style – see your MLA guidebook, page 9).

Today’s class

Essay rubric. Deadline is July 24th. Your essay should be between 1,000 – 2,000 words.

  1. Format
    1. double-spaced
    2. name, teacher’s name, class name and date on first page only, in top right or left corner
    3. title (no underline, no special font)
    4. indented paragraphs
    5. bibliography using MLA style
  2. Own words. Don’t plagiarize, and don’t use Google translate. Your English is better than computer’s.
    1. Use examples from the books and/or websites you have read.
    2. Always give the reference when citing other people’s words. (See your MLA guidebook for how to cite)
  3. Logical thinking.
    1. Can you write intelliggible English sentences and organize them logically?
  4. Original thinking. I will give you points if you show me your thinking.
    1. Give your opinion, don’t just copy what the textbook or other writers say. Give reasons for your opinions.
  5. Vocabulary, grammar and spelling.
    1. If I can understand what you say, these errors are not important.
    2. If I cannot understand what you say, you will lose points.

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