- Read the article on swine flu (download it here: Swine_Flu_by_Rappoport
- Is it an academic essay? Does it have any features of academic writing? If so, which ones? (see below)
- Bring your answers to these questions to the next class.
- Next week, we will discuss the answers to these questions, and write two timed essays.
- Next week’s timed essays will be under test conditions: strict time limit, no dictionaries, no electronic or internet devices. Just pencil and paper and your awesome human brain!
- Review of key features of academic writing (see also the annotated handout “Majority Rule Equals Tyranny”; download it here: Majority Rule Equals Tyranny_annotated
- Introduce the topic (plus any necessary background information). If necessary, state your position about the topic.
- Define your terms. E.g.
- in an essay about the Electoral College, you will need to define what that is.
- in an essay about the division of labour, you will need to define what you mean by that.
- in an essay about homework or uniforms, you will need to define “homework” or “uniform”.
- By the way, a definition does not have to be the dictionary definition. In an exam situation, you cannot use a dictionary obviously. You must make it clear what your understanding of the term is, that is all.
- Use objective facts to support your essay.
- “objective” means other people can check if they are true or not.
- “facts” means names, dates, numbers, places.
- Conclusion – summarize your arguments and, if you are trying to persuade the reader, give a final appeal.
- Timed essay (30 minutes): “Discuss the arguments for and against legalizing marijuana.” Use the handout to help you (download it here: Arguments For and Against Legalizing Marijuana