What Does the Essay Look Like?
What follows is a testlike example of a Student Response
Sheet. We’ve inserted numbered boxes that comment on each part of
the Student Response Sheet. Match up these numbers to the explanations
on pages 14–15.
Biographical information, signature, and date go here.
score will be written here.
it says plan and write,
not just write.
that clarity and effective communication
are mentioned. Being specific and thorough gives you points.
blank space is all-important—we’ll teach you how to use it.
all the space you have; don’t rush your writing, as that will make
your handwriting harder to read. You may print if you like.
trained to ignore handwriting, but your essay must be legible.
mention of this space…hint, hint!
only way to get a zero is to write on another topic. So, don’t even
think of preparing an essay beforehand.
prompt: general instructions to think carefully followed by one
or two quotes or statements. Note that the theme is very broad.
the specific question you need to answer is stated here. You are
told for the third time to plan, and then write,
an essay. You’re also told to develop a point of view. This type
of persuasive writing is the main goal of the essay. Finally, note
that you are told to support your position, and that you may use
any reasons or examples (i.e., evidence) from your ENTIRE LIFE.
that all-important planning space.
OK, now you know what the essay looks like. We’ve
also given you a few hints about the Student Response Sheet, which
we’ll flesh out in the sections that follow.
(We’ll be using this essay prompt throughout the book,
so stay tuned.)