FORMAL ESSAY ASSIGNMENT-1
FOUR TEST GRADES
Choose one of the following topics for a formal essay:
Animal Testing Legalizing Marijuana
Teenagers and the Cell Phone Music Lyrics (Harmful or Not)
Mandatory Military Service Prescription Drugs
o Formal essay format only (see handouts in your notebook)
o 250 word minimum (-50 for fewer than 250 words)
o Introduction, Thesis, MAP, supporting paragraphs, conclusion (5 paragraph
o All essays must be typed (-50 for handwritten essays)
o At least 3 parenthetical references (one per support paragraph), Works Cited
listings, and note cards, downloads, or photocopies of the sources cited. NO
GRAMMAR PROFICIENCY CHECK (1 point each)
In your essay underline and label the following:
NOTE: -1 for format/grammatical/spelling errors.
NOTE: -20 for missing parenthetical references, missing Works Cited listings,
or missing note cards, downloads, or photocopies of the sources cited.
Due:____________________at the beginning of your scheduled period. If late for
school, essay must be dropped off after signing in at office.
+5 for early essays
½ credit for late essays (absence is not an excuse for a late essay: email or send in with
Mr. Carpenter will proofread typed first drafts up until 3 days before due date. Taking
advantage of this offer will greatly improve your chances of receiving a good-to-