American Literature: Prewriting and Essay Assignment (30 points)
DUE: Tuesday, February 20
Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?
In the space provided below, outline your response to this essay. The outline follows the format you’ve previously seen – in the introductory paragraph, list your three main points and thesis statement; for each body paragraph, list three supporting points for each of your three main points; in the conclusion, restate your three main points and thesis using other words (to avoid repetition).
In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. Your essay must be at least 1 ½ pages (maximum 2 ½ pages). I prefer it typed, but I’ll accept it hand-written. You must have an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement, three body paragraphs (each focusing on just one idea!), and a conclusion. Additionally, start with a creative title!