Sample Student Papers
Students may find it helpful to look at some sample ASU student papers and their evaluations by a group of ASU composition instructors. As with all assignments, it is important for readers to understand something of the context in which these three essays were written. Students of a Composition I class were assigned to write an essay no shorter in length than 400 words that evaluate something by matching it to a set of criteria. After several minutes devoted to discovering and exploring their topics through brainstorming and freewriting, the students produced these essays on computers in the Writing Lab. The students were not allowed to use outside sources, and they had a little over an hour of writing time.
Please keep in mind that these essays are not intended as exemplary models for student writing; they are presented here to give students an example of how a group of ASU composition instructors evaluated three typical student essays. At the bottom of each essay a link will take readers to the instructors' evaluations of each essay.
A Dry County or a Wet One?
Are School Uniforms A Good Idea?
Should Prayer Be Brought Back Into The School Systems?