Our textbooks come with writing prompts that cover all the writing aspects of the Common Core. Every other week during first semester, you will be directed to complete one of these prompts and submit it. The writings are computer scored. (I checked it out thoroughly. The computer scoring is fair and accurate.) To do this, you must be logged in under your user name so that I can see your feedback and give you credit. The writing assignments will be due on Thursdays by midnight. See below for a list of due dates and topics.
A word of caution: If you don't make a legitimate attempt to write a complete essay, the computerized scoring will not score your response. You will get an "unscorable". If this happens, you will have to do it again. Do it right the first time. Keep in mind: Your essay should have multiple paragraphs and address the prompt specifically. You will also submit your essays to turnitin.com. If you copy all or part of your essay, you will get a zero on the fifty point assignment.
Upping your score: When you submit an essay, you will see your score almost immediately. If you are displeased with that score, you may revise and re-submit (called an R and R in the publishing world). I will take your essay with the highest score that is submitted before the deadline.
Grading Scale: 6 = 50 points 5 = 47 points 4 = 44 points 3 = 41 points 2 = 38 points 1 = 35 points U = You must rewrite to get at least a one.
Period Eight Class ID: 6730248 Password: research
Directions: When you first log on to your account you will see "Holt Online Essay Scoring". Click on it. Now you have choices as to what type of essay writing. Look below for specific instructions as to which category and which prompt.
Due September 5: Expository/Informative Number 8 You are serving on a committee that will design a new high school for your community. Choose one feature for the new high school that you will suggest to the design committee. Write a report to the committee, explaining what this feature is and why it is beneficial.
Due September 19: Persuasive Number 3 In some countries every young person must serve two years of military service. Should we have a similar policy in the United States? Write an essay stating your position on this issue and supporting it with convincing reasons. Be sure to explain your reasons in detail.
Due October 3: How-To Number 1 Your friend wants to get a part-time job after school or on weekends. Write a composition in which you tell your friend all the steps he or she should take in order to get a part-time job.
Due October 17: Descriptive Number 1 Think about your favorite season, and then write an essay describing that season. Include sensory details so that a reader can imagine what it is like to experience the season, and make sure it is clear from your description why this season is your favorite.
Due October 31: Biographical Narrative Number 1 Write a narrative about a person or character who overcomes an obstacle or a difficult situation. The character must be a person from history or from literature, movies, or television.
Due November 14: Writing about Literature Number 4 Often in literature, character relationships change and evolve. From the literary works you have read, choose one in which a character’s feelings toward another character change. Write an essay in which you explain how the character’s feelings changed, why the feelings changed, and how this change affects the work as a whole. Include specific examples from the work of literature you have chosen to support your points. Also include the title of the work and, if you remember, the work’s author.
Due December 5: Narrative Number 3 Think about an event in your life that taught you an important lesson. Write a narrative in which you tell what happened and how you learned a lesson. Be sure to include specific details so that a reader can follow your story.
Due December 19: Cause and Effect Number 1 It is a long prompt. Go read it.