March 19

EAP Reflection

Without revealing the contents of any of the prompts, what do you think of the EAP writing exam experience? What did you think of the level of difficulty? What about the timed aspect of the test? Did you respond well to it or do you wish you had approached it differently? Did you remember something after taking the exam that you wish you had remembered while taking it? Take your time and try to be thoughtful with your response.

March 13

EAP Prompt Due Friday for Periods 1 and 5, Saturday for Period 2

Respond to the following released EAP prompt. You will take a similar writing test this week.

“Some leaders in Washington D.C. want to change the educational policy meant to ensure ‘gender equity’ in education and encourage the expansion of single-sex education, either in separate schools or in classes. This is sure to bring howls of protest from groups dedicated to integrating the sexes, whether or not integrating them makes sense or, in fact, is even fair. But many educators contend that boys and girls both do better when taught separately. Teachers can focus on academics and let kids develop social skills outside of the classroom. Consider that private schools, which are often single-sex institutions, send a higher percentage of their students to college than do public schools. Therefore, making single-sex classrooms an option will go a long way toward improving education and perhaps close the gap that is growing as more women than men go to college.”
-S. Affo
Explain Affo’s argument and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with her analysis and conclusion. Support your position, providing reasons and examples from your own experience, observations or reading.

March 11

Rhetorical Introductory and First Body Paragraph

I noticed some of period two did not label the strategies posted in the class introductions. Everyone, write your rhetorical introduction and first body paragraph for “At Seventeen.”

Place in parenthesis, before you write each element, exactly what category it falls in. For example, (subject) for subject. Or (strategy) for all of the specific language devices you decide to include.

Do the same for your body paragraph; you can use the standard labels: (CD) (CM), etc.
Proofread and revise before you submit please. This counts for half an essay grade!