Baseline Writing Assessment
(you have 50 minutes to complete the following)
Choose any one of the Mercury Reader essays below to provide the subject for your examination essay, and read that essay carefully.
"If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What is?" James Baldwin (page 84)
"Today' s Kids Are, Like, Killing the English Language. Yeah, Right." Kirk Johnson (page 90)
"Spanglish" Janice Castro and Dan Cook (page 119)
Write a Summary of the reading passage you chose (maximum of 100 words, entitled " Summary" ).
Write an Essay that opposes, defends, or modifies the argument contained in the reading passage you chose (maximum of 600 words, entitled " ssay" ).
Write a Plan for a second draft of your essay (maximum of 300 words, entitled "2nd Draft Plan" ).
Save Your Work in the BWA folder. Name this file with the letters BWA, your initials, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. (Thus, my BWA file would be named: BWALAO4255.) Save another copy to your Student folder. Name this version simply "BWA"