eng 1101 english i

EXAMPLE ESSAY – 650 words – 10% of the course

  • In a 650-word essay, write an essay that you support with the use of examples. You are NOT to do any research for this essay.
  • Choose one of these topics and explain, using examples
  • An unproductive student behavior;
  • A productive student behavior;
  • An important message rap music carries; or
  • People using devices at inappropriate times.

Use academic language. This means making sure all of the verbs are in the same tense; eliminating contractions, second person, clichés, and slang speech (except when quoting); and proofreading slowly and repeatedly to ensure that all sentences are complete and error-free.

Use the steps as outlined below as a guide when writing your essay:

  • Audience: Write for a general audience. Assume the audience knows nothing about the topic: describe and explain everything about the examples and link the conclusion about each example back to the thesis every time. Do not assume the reader understands a given concept or point until it has been explained.
  • Introduction: Write the introduction in such a way that attracts the reader. Give enough information about the subject that defines the topic and shows that you are interested in the topic. End the introduction with the thesis statement.
  • Body: Each body paragraph will support and illustrate the thesis statement through detailed examples and explanations that show how the examples are linked to the thesis.
  • Examples: The examples must be truly relevant to the thesis. Examples serve as the primary explanation. They must be well-chosen so the reader can actually see and understand the thesis through the examples. Examples serve a vital function; they help prove the point. Examples that are not relevant or well-chosen are distracting and cause the reader to become confused and to lose interest. Readers will appreciate the examples because the examples show the reader what to think.
  • Number of examples: Use a sufficient number of examples to make the thesis clear. Include examples/illustrations that display multiple perspectives so the reader will see and understand the complexity and importance of the thesis. Sometimes several short examples will be the best way to support the thesis, such as four or more fairly detailed examples – each in its own paragraph – mixed with a long, very well-described and explained extended example in its own paragraph. If in doubt, always add more details.
  • Organization: The examples/illustrations must be organized so readers can easily follow the thread of the thesis through them – in other words, move logically from one example to the next, introducing, explaining, discussing, and linking back to the thesis as the essay moves forward. Save the best example/illustration for last. If the essay is not well-organized, readers will become confused and lost. Work hard to make the different sections of the discussion logical, connected, clear, illustrative, and engaging.
  • Conclusion: The conclusion should be an allusion of the pattern used in the introductory paragraph. It should echo the thesis statement and summarize the points in the body paragraphs. This paragraph should leave the reader with a sense of completion; do not hint at or mention any points not discussed in the body of the essay.
  • Editing and Revising: Eliminate all basic writing errors. Three basic writing errors equal a grade no higher than a D. Five basic writing errors equal a grade no higher than an F.


PEER EDIT: February 26. If you do not have a printed hard copy of the essay at the beginning of class time, you are absent because you cannot participate in the class activity.

Uploaded Digital Copy (PDF): PRIOR TO MONDAY, March 2, CLASS TIME.

The paper will not be accepted if it is not uploaded into Canvas in pdf format.

Hard copy with Journal: MONDAY, March 2. I suggest you, also, turn in a copy of the receipt that proves you uploaded the essay.

Zero points if the essay is not turned in on time with the journal.

Zero points if the essay does not follow MLA format.

Zero points if the essay is not uploaded to Canvas.

Zero points if you do research for this essay.