Thursday, February 4, 2010


An essay is a structured form of writing that revolves around a certain topic. In most cases it has several paragraphs that either explain, question, or analyze a thesis or idea. An essay is taught to having three sections to its format. The three sections are are made up of paragraphs ordered as the introduction, body, and conclusion. An good writer makes an essay easy for the reader to transition from idea to idea. A bad writer will have an unorganized manner of writing where ideas tend to pop out of nowhere.
From a young age American children are taught to knowing the concept of the essay. Every year after fifth grade an English teacher will ask for atleast one essay that is graded. Most of my experience with writing essays have been bad ones. I just seem to not like my own writing. I usually will not get bad grades on things but I tend to procrastinate when writing an essay.
I have no idea what to essay is. I assume its writing an essay?
I recently found out that to essay is to "attempt or try". I never hear it used in that manner. So I shall essay harder to finish my essays on time.

my word! intro & ch1

Plagiarism is an issue that will never truly go away. This book tries to identify the background behind the college culture of plagiarism. Although plagiarism is not a new subject, it certainly has become a hot topic around our technology-based lifestyle. The book pushes the idea that students and teachers have the problem that information is so easy to copy nowadays.
I was shocked to read that Martin Luther King Jr. is accused of plagiarizing. That’s certainly not something I learned as a child. I find it hypocritical that professors and teachers aren’t held with the same severity as students when they are caught cheating.
Anyways I liked this book much more than I expected to. I enjoy how this book takes both perspectives of plagiarism into account. I agree on how the readers could benefit more from the material if a writer uses another’s work. It did drag on a bit but the facts that it presented were good. The China exams were interesting because it displays how people will just adapt when new challenges are presented. And the book only talked about the failed cheaters. I wonder about all the other people who managed to pass without getting caught