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Essay Tests

  1. Use scrap paper to plan your essay.
  2. Brainstorm about the topic. Jot down anything you can think of about the topic.
  3. Organize your brainstorming into paragraphs which contain an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  4. Add specific information to support your ideas.
  5. Write your essay in pen in your test booklet or on lined 8 1/2" by 11" paper.
  6. Double-space your writing if you have enough paper. 
  7. Allow time to proofread for grammar and spelling errors. Cross out your errors and write the corrections above them.  

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(1) I did not go to school with Jennifer. (support)

(2) Bobby caught shoplifting. (support)

(3) Sam cheated; he never learned algebra. (support)

(4) Dishonesty is not worth it. (introduction and conclusion)

Organizing and writing

Is Honesty the Best Policy?

by Angela de la Joya


          I   beleive   that honesty is the best policy for a number of very good 


reasons that come from my own personal experience   And   the experience of 


many of my  good friends.  I have   ---     witnessed an experience, when people 

have gotten away

get  away              with deceit or deception.  

                                                                      came                 didn't

          My first experience with dishonesty  comes  when I  not  attend  school

                                                            .  We pretended to walk

with my best friend in the fifth grade /  we pretend walk           to school in the

                              ,                     we went

morning as usual but instead    go      far away to a park with a playground, 


and walking paths.  We had a very good time, but when we  returned  later in the

                                                                                         had  phoned 

 we found  police waiting at our homes.  The school      phoned


our homes, and our parents were very worried about us.  We were not   allow    to


 go to any social events for a month afterwards.  


          In another incident, a student in my school was caught  shoplift                                                               


from a store in our neighborhood.  He now has a  crimnal   record.  The dishonest 

act was not

          the             dollars

worth  ---   twenty  dollar   the shirt cost.


           In my last example, my   brothers    best friend cheated on his algebra 



  Because he received a good grade, he was passed to the advanced algebra 

class.  He was unable to do the advanced work. 

He had   Had   to withdraw from the class in the fall semester.

                                                                                                    Life is            and

        In conclusion, it is never a good idea to be dishonest.   life ---    easier  better  


when people are honest with  them       and others.