Observe this, submitted as homework for this week’s online class:
hi mrs chili.
im gonna write my speech about older drivers driving over an age like 75 they should renew there licence every year to make sure that they can still drive. They turn that age that they cant drive anymore. its like they forgot how to drive. the way im gonna produce my speech is i’m gonna go up there and not worry about anyone also tell them the way it is and to let everyone on my side. i think this will be a good speech to talk about and very important.
They can’t accuse me of not meeting them more than half way, though. I sent this as a reply to this student:
I think this is a fine topic, but this does not satisfy the requirements for this assignment. I asked for you to:
choose your topic for your persuasive speech and write me a short essay – no less than one page, no more than three – detailing what you’re going to talk about and how you’re going to present your argument. This essay must be comprehensive – include a purpose statement, a credibility statement and support for your claims or arguments. You must – MUST – have at least three research sources for your speech, and these must be included in your essay (make sure you use MLA format for your citations).
I will mark you as “present” for this week’s online class, but this assignment will receive a zero. Please feel free to revise this to meet the requirements for the assignment; I’ll accept it in writing tomorrow if you need the extra time.
What inspired my writing this entry, though, isn’t this student’s response; it’s the fact that she’s not the only one who’s submitted something of this quality to me in answer to this week’s assignment. So far, I’ve had four students send me a paragraph in response to the exercise, and a fifth student wrote me one sentence. I’ve made the same offer – to mark them as present and accept a more comprehensive attempt at the essay tomorrow – to all of them so far.
Who’s taking odds on whether or not they come through tomorrow?