Unformatted text preview: Diagnostic Essay on Proposition 13 Purpose:
0 To give you an idea ofthe type ofcollege-level expository reading and writing you will be asked
to do 0 To give me an idea of where everyone’s academic writing is at
0 To help us understand the Budget Crisis that we are all suffering through Prompt:
Please read the articles and then handwrite an expository essay answering this question about one aspect of the current budget crisis: Is Proposition 13 helping or hurting Californians?
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Optional: http://www.mercuLvnewscom/califomia-budget/ci 12901818 Optional: mpM/chS.com/video/[email protected] You are to spend 60 - 90 minutes reading over the articles, organizing your ideas, writing an expository essay, and revising your work. You should demonstrate your knowledge of the
structure of an essay as well as your ability to support your stance. Your expository essay will be “graded” based on similar criterion to that used to grade your other essays this semester. However, it is purely for diagnostic purposes and will NOT be calculated in
with your essay grades. 0 Do NOT use outside sources, other readings, a dictionary, a thesaurus, spell—check, a computer (unless
you clear it with me first), or friends. 0 Do NOT spend more than 90 minutes on the entire process. 0 Do NOT use white out. Simply cross out whatever you no longer want.
0 Do read the articles carefully. 0 Do handwrite your essay. 9 Do draw on any knowledge you have about the topic. 9 D0 turn in any notes or drafts along with the ﬁnal essay draft. DUE DATE: Thursday, 8/27/09 I encourage you to schedule a conference to discuss this essay and your other diagnostic work (tests/assessments) to help you understand the information they provide and to set goals for the
semester/year. Patty Baldwin, SFSU, lRW, Fall 2009 ...
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