By Clare Thomspon of Northern Essex Community College
This assignment allows students to collectively respond to a student sample of an essay assignment they will also write. The student sample is an example of an essay that meets most of the assignment guidelines. The students who will soon write the essay will review the student sample essay using the assignment directions and guided Hypothesis assignment.
The purpose of reading these two sample water footprint essays by NECC students is so that you can read and learn how these two student writers responded to the same essay assignment you will complete in the coming weeks of our class. Reading and analyzing sample essays like these will help you better understand the essay assignment for yourself, and reading the sample essays will allow you to analyze how each of the student sample essays has met (or not met) the goals of the essay assignment.
Essay prompt: #
Using the Hypothesis tool found at the bottom of Module Four in the Water Footprint Unit of our Blackboard class, read and annotate each sample essay. As you carefully read each student’s sample essay, be sure your annotations address the following prompts:
- Carefully read the essay’s introduction. How does this writer hook you into his essay topic? How does the writer build up to the thesis sentence that ends the introduction? Is this introduction successful? Explain your answer.
- Carefully review the assignment directions and requirements as you read the sample essay. Annotate 2 areas of the student essay that you feel are doing an especially good job at meeting the assignment requirements.
- As you read, locate a good example of the writer integrating and citing a paraphrase as evidence in the essay. Explain why this is a good example of integrating and citing a paraphrase.
- As you read, locate a good example of the writer integrating and citing a direct quote as evidence in the essay. Explain why this is a good example of integrating and citing a direct quote.
- As you read, identify the most engaging moment in the student essay. Explain why this moment is the most engaging moment in the student’s essay.
- As you read, identify a moment in the essay that may not be as clear to you as a reader. What makes this moment unclear? How might the writer address this concern through revision?
This assignment will be graded as a Pass/Redo assignment. If your annotations address all six of the prompts above, then you will earn a Pass (full points) for the assignment. If your responses do not address all six of the prompts above, you will be asked to Redo the assignment so that you work toward earning a Pass (full points) for this assignment.