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:
- The lack of academic preparation of many young African-American athletes.
- The belief in these young athletes that their only hope for financial success is professional sports.
- The subordination of studies to sports.
- The grueling schedule of these athletes.
- The tolerant attitude (at UNC, at least) toward academic cheating.
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:
- "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.
- Specific details help greatly, but don't anyone's violate privacy.
- As you draft your paper, you should be aware of Ashland University's Academic Integrity Policy.
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:
- The English Department wants electronic copies of all your essays this semester, so please upload the final product to the drop box in Blackboard. Some students (especially those who use Google
Docs) have trouble figuring out how to do this, so ask if you are uncertain how to proceed!
- If you have any trouble getting the Blackboard upload to work, simply print a copy and bring it to class.
- Paragraph Coherence Exercise: Bring in a printed rough draft of your paper Monday, October 9, 2017
- Final copy: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
This essay is worth 75 points.