Writing Exercise 2

The point of this exercise is twofold: 1) to ensure that everyone understands the conventions for formatting writing assignments in proper "English-class fashion," and 2) to give me a brief sample of your writing in a low-pressure context where the writing itself isn't actually graded.

This assignment must be typed and turned in printed out on paper.

Really don't sweat over the composing part of this assignment. Do, however, refer carefully to all "SS" items on the Simple Stuff page as you complete the assignment below.  Your grade will be determined not on the quality of your writing or its content, but only on your adherence to the guidelines for formatting and presentation outlined on the Simple Stuff page.

To repeat: your grade on this assignment is based only on how carefully you follow the "SS" items on the Simple Stuff page.

Page 1.  Compose a paragraph of approximately 150 words that could serve as the introduction in an essay arguing the question of why Sammy quits his job in the short story "A&P." This paragraph should follow the pattern of introductions in persuasive format, meaning that it sets up in neutral fashion a short and direct literal question that ends the paragraph. Definitely review the section on introductions on the persuasive format page.

Page 2.  Make a separate "works cited page," with the purely imaginary article below listed as a "work cited."  The works cited page should have the title, Works Cited, centered at the top of the page, and the bibliographic entry should appear as follows (double-spaced, of course, as indicated in "SSD"):

Burdowski, T. R.  "The Atlanta Braves: Heroes or Merely Ballplayers?"  The Greatest Game's Greatest Team, edited by Frances C. Rogers and Francisco Cabrera, tenth edition, Not-Too-Likely Books, 2012, pp. 799-858.

Microsoft Word Tip: to make a page break after the paragraph (to start a new page for the works cited page), press the control and enter keys simultaneously at the end of the paragraph.

You may copy and paste the works cited entry from this page into your document, but do make sure the formatting (the font, especially) is consistent with the text of your paragraph: see SSF.