Essay and Academic Life

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Ex. 3 Analyzing short writing assignments.
* Underline the key words. What do the following short assignments require? * How would you complete them?
Example In what (ways) do porpoises (differ from) dolphins? ways: enumeration; differ from: contrast
I would enumerate the differences between dolphins and porpoises 1. Explain how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
2. Discuss three major reasons that people who leave the security of their home cultures to move to another culture to study are heroes. Provide examples, details, and personal experience. 3. Enumerate the causes and effects of women's liberation. 4. Trace the development of satellites.

5. Enumerate the major features of effective academic writing. Discuss them in detail.

Ex. 7 Analyzing longer writing assignments.
On a separate sheet of paper, analyze each of the following assignments. Which part is the lead-in?
Which part is the assignment task?
What does the assignment require?

1. Self-respect is the respect people have for themselves. People’s success in life may depend on how much self-respect (self-esteem, self-regard) they have. How will having (or not having) self-respect help (or hinder) students in their academic pursuits? Discuss two or three ways self-respect (or the lack of it) can affect students' success. Provide specific support. 2. Studying in a university is challenging. Some students excel, some do an adequate job, but others fail. Why do some students do well? Discuss two or three major characteristics (qualities) of good students. Provide specific details, examples, and your own personal experience or that of someone you know. 3. Languages are living as long as they are spoken. Thus, they gradually change over time. Despite the fact that the English spoken today reflects current popular usage, contemporary grammar books still prescribe formal, standard rules which do not seem to apply to current...
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