This is the assignment sheet for the Diagnostic Essay. Make sure you read the instructions carefully, as there is a lot to process. This essay is designed to be short, to be based on your own experience and ideas, and to be a good way for your professor to start to get to know you.
The Diagnostic Essay is practice for all of us. For you, it's a chance to remind yourself what writing an essay is like. For your professor, it's a chance to give you some feedback on your writing. You do get a grade on this assignment.
Start to formulate your college voice
Get into the groove of writing
Let your professor get to know you as a writer
In a short essay of 400-500 words, answer the following question:
Train A is leaving Baltimore headed to DC at 12:00pm. Train B is leaving DC headed to Philadelphia with a stop in Baltimore at 12:30pm.
This is English, not Math. Make the trains interesting.
Write an essay in which you tell me why I should care about these trains.
You are aiming for a multi-paragraph work here with an introduction paragraph, body paragraph(s), and a conclusion.
The final essay must be a minimum of 400-500 words.
The final essay should be double-spaced and in a 12-point font.
Any source material must be attributed and cited properly in MLA format, including in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
Plagiarism on this or any assignment in English 101 will result in a failure of the assignment for the first offense and failure of the course if it is your second offense.