APPENDIX 2: SAMPLE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT - FUN 101


From: The Internet as an Educational Tool in ESOL Writing Instruction, by Karla Frizler (kfriz@mindspring.com)

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 1995 16:27:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Frizzy University Network
To: FUN 101 Class
Subject: Re: Assignment #4 (Essay #1)

ASSIGNMENT #4: ESSAY #1 - STEREOTYPES

Over the past week, you have read article with varying points of view on the causes, value and results of cultural stereotypes. In her essay, "Education is the Road to Racial Harmony," Amy Mak claims that the key to overcoming prejudice is education. William B. Helmreich, in his article, "Stereotypes Can Be True," says that learning about the origins of stereotypes will pave the way for intercultural understanding.

Imagine you have been hired by the United Nations to combat stereotypes and restore racial harmony throughout the world. Of course, since this is a fantasy, you have an unlimited budget, many staff members, and transportation of your choice (a jet, perhaps?) at your disposal.

In a cohesive and well-developed essay, describe how you would accomplish this task. Be sure to include the following:

I encourage you to refer back to your free writes over the past week, as well as your answers to the discussion questions. All of your previous writing will help you develop your ideas for this essay. If you have trouble coming up with an idea, please contact me for an appointment and we can discuss it.

This essay should be the equivalent of 3-5 pages (double-spaced) if it were printed on paper. We will be working on different strategies for revising and proofreading your first draft next week. For the first draft, content is more important than grammar. For the final draft, you will be expected to proofread for grammar, focusing on subject-verb agreement ("I am," not "I is") and verb tense ("I saved the world yesterday," not "I save the world yesterday").

FIRST DRAFT DUE: Friday, June 9 - 12:00 (California time)

FINAL DRAFT DUE: Friday, June 16 - 12:00 (California time)

Continue on to Appendix 3 (Course Outline) or return to Table of Contents.

Copyright © 12/06/95 by Karla Frizler (kfriz@mindspring.com). Reprinting of this chapter in its complete, unmodified form for strictly non-profit purposes is both authorized and encouraged provided that this copyright is included.

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