Please Tell Me You’re Joking

I assigned a persuasive essay to my composition class that included some research.  I walked the students through each step.  I conferenced with each of them about their topics, but apparently a few of them decided to switch at the last minute.  Most of them are pretty good, but the last two have just about made my eyes bleed.

One student argued in his essay that there shouldn’t be war in Uganda, because it’s bad for their country.   Another student claimed the United States should have a military.  Yeah.  I know.  These kids are smart and capable, and I’ve seen good writing from them.  But apparently they haven’t been listening to a word I’ve said the last three weeks.

All I can say is, good thing the world is ending Saturday, because I would have had another batch of papers coming my way Monday, and I’m not sure I could have handled it.


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