For this exam, you’ll choose one of the assigned topics and
write an outline or graphic organizer to plan and develop
your information before you begin to draft your essay.
The information you use to prepare your graphic organizer
should be based on your own knowledge and experience of
your subject. If you do research or incorporate information
that’s not considered common knowledge into your prewriting,
you must cite it according to MLA format. Refer to Chapters
Successful College Writing
or Chapters 39–40 in
Little, Brown Essential Handbook
Identify the steps in the writing process
Use prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing to write
formal, college-level essays
Distinguish among different patterns of development
Apply an appropriate pattern of development to a specific
purpose and audience
Write effective thesis statements
Develop paragraphs using topic sentences, adequate
detail, supporting evidence, and transitions
Apply the conventions of standard written American
English to produce correct, well-written essay
You will choose one of the following topic areas. Review the
graphic organizer on page 416 in your textbook. The graphic
organizer that you create doesn’t
need to have boxed outlines
or arrows, but it should show your organization.
Choose one of the following topics, and divide it into classes.
Sports—general, types of fans, or influence on culture
Genres of movies, television shows, or video games
Social media or networking sites and applications
Places you’ve lived, visited, or vacationed
As an example, following is a graphic organizer for the topic
“Types of Food
Examination, Lesson 6
Topic announcement: Restaurants
Background: Dieting is more difficult when eating out.
Thesis statement: Watching one’s diet is far more difficult when dining
out, especially when eating out more than eating at home.
Burger King and McDonald’s; Burgers and fries,
basic kind of chain everyone is familiar with; too
Taco Bell: Mexican and other cultural restaurants;
Drive-thru Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts: Coffee and donuts,
Good things: Convenience, speed, consistency,
usually friendly, clean, and open most of the
time. Bad issues: Salt, fat, sometimes not clean,
sometimes staffed by teens or others that don’t
Outback: Popular steak and potato chain
Olive Garden: Italian; Chinese: good food,
Good things: Once again, chains are familiar,
consistent, and have standards to meet. Bad
issues: Often processed, microwaved food.
Silver diners or bowling alley: Family style and
greasy spoons, but when you want to spend time
Homestyle/fancy with friends, this is where you go.
Five-star dining: Has a reputation for special
Local hangouts are inexpensive but often serve large portions and fried
food. Expensive places may serve smaller portions but may add high-
Every type of eating establishment has pitfalls for a dieter. There are
trade-offs for convenience, price, companionship, and enjoyment of special
Essays must be typed, double-spaced, using a standard 12-point font and left justification. Use
1-inch margins at the top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins for the left and right sides of the
document. Each page must have a properly formatted header containing your name, student
number, exam number, page number, mailing address, and email address (see page 6 for an
example). Name each document using your student number first, then the six-digit lesson num-
ber, and finally your last name (for example, 23456789_050177 Doe). Save each as “File Type:
Rich Text Format,” regardless of your word-processing program
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