English 100 Essay #3

Speculating on Causes and Effects

Begin by reading "Why a College Football Player Would Plagiarize from a Little Kid" by Christopher Young (available through Blackboard).

Your Writing Task:

In the real world, the cause/effect relationship is often complex. It is rarely as simple as "the tire went flat because I hammered a nail into it." Young's discussion of Highsmith's plagiarism lists several causes, which all contributed:

Athletes are not the only ones who are tempted to cheat, so in this essay you will examine another set of causes and effects. For this third essay, select and explain another reason or closely related set of reasons that might cause a student to cheat.

Hints for Success:

  1. "Wanted better grades" is probably not a sufficient reason in itself. We can assume that everyone who cheats does so because they want a better grade. In fact, all college students, honest or dishonest, would like better grades.
  2. Specific details help greatly, but don't anyone's violate privacy.
  3. As you draft your paper, you should be aware of Ashland University's Academic Integrity Policy.

Mechanical details:

Length: The equivalent of a three-page paper. A three-page paper should be between 880 and 1060 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.

Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)

Submitting the paper:

Due Dates

  1. Paragraph Coherence Exercise: Bring in a printed rough draft of your paper Monday, October 9, 2017
  2. Final copy: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This essay is worth 75 points.