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CAUSE AND EFFECT PROMPT (15% of semester grade)

You are to type a 900-word essay, following MLA format, analyzing the causes and effects education has on poverty. Follow the instructions on this handout very closely.

Watch the documentary Time for School (see link below)

http://www.pbs.org/show/time-school/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

or

www.pbs.org/wnet/time-for-school/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Focus on causes and effects. In developing your essay, you must use examples from the documentary.

You may also use https://www.childfund.org/about-us/education/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as a secondary source.

1. Your essay must have a thesis sentence that indicates what you will prove in the body of the essay. This sentence should indicate the topic (event or situation).

Do NOT start your introductory paragraph with the thesis statement. The thesis sentence should come at the end of the introductory paragraph.

2. The body of your essay must present logical, directly related, detailed examples or evidence of the causes and effects.

  • Be sure to use transitions to help link ideas and to move from one idea to another.
  • Consider leaving the best or most important example for last.

3. The conclusion of your essay must emphasize your purpose and leave the essay with a sense of completion.

4. Proofread for and correct any mechanical or grammatical errors.

The next page contains a sample works cited page and gives correct documentation entries for the two websites. You must have a works cited page with the Time for School entry. Only if you use the ChildFund site are you to create an entry or to cite ChildFund.

No other sources are allowed.

Works Cited

ChildFund International. 2018, https://www.childfund.org/about-us-education/

Time for School. Directed by Nina Chaudry, LoudMouth Productions, L.L.C., 2016. PBS, http://www.pbs.org/show/time-school/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

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IN YOUR PAPER:

When you are quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing anything in the documentary, you must cite it as (Time for School) after the information taken from the source.

When you are quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing anything from the ChildFund source, you will need to cite as (ChildFund) after the information taken from the source.

GENERAL REMINDERS

  • Any paper that does not use the Time for School source will receive a zero.
  • Any paper that refers to a source and does not correctly document that source with parenthetical citations and a works cited page will receive a zero for plagiarism.
  • Any paper that does not follow MLA 8 guidelines for format and citations will receive a zero.
  • Papers with three, major sentence level errors will receive a D
  • Papers with five, major sentence level errors will receive an F.
  • Avoid passive voice (to be verbs) as much as possible. Write in active voice.
  • Use present tense when referring to either source.
  • Do not use second person (any form of you) unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use contractions unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use slang or clichés unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use the title of a source as your own title.
  • Do not underline, italicize, or put quotations marks around your own title.
  • PROOFREAD
  • MEET DEADLINES
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