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Directions: Take 10-15 minutes to prewrite / plan your essay. Next, compose an essay ranging in length from 2 (or more) pages. Create a title and write an explicit thesis. Place your thesis at the end of your introduction. Proofread your essay carefully before turning it.
Choose ONE of the following claims to respond to.
Writer’s Claim: As anyone knows who has seen a house turned inside out at a yard sale, furnishing a home entails the acquisition of more objects than there are in a spring housewares catalog. With all the time, money and space we devote to the acquisition, arrangement, and maintenance of these household possessions, it is curious that we know so little about our relationships to our possessions. Our possessions give us a sense of security and stability. They make us feel in control. Besides control, we use things to compete.
Essay Question: To what extent, if any, do you agree with this writer’s claims about our relationships to our possessions? Be sure to develop your paper with logical reasons, explanations, and examples.
Writer’s Claim: The School Board of Fairfax County, Virginia, had a problem: complaints from high school students and principals that class rankings were unfair. On a grade scale of 0 to 4, a majority of students had averages of 3.0 (B) or better, yet many students were naturally ranked in the lower half of the class. The solution: eliminate rankings, which were artificial and therefore unfair. Low ranks were hurting students in college admissions. Thus, kids shy away from demanding courses or demanding teachers because taking such courses or teachers will affect their class rank and G.P.A.
Essay Question: Write an essay in which you explain the benefits and / or drawbacks you see in using class rankings and grades in our educational settings. Be sure to support your ideas with specific reasons and examples.