eng101 modern english

You are to type a 900-word essay, following MLA format, analyzing the cause and effect relationship between poverty and education. Follow the instructions on this handout very closely.

Watch the full documentary Time for School (see link below)


Focus on causes and effects. In developing your essay, you must use examples from the documentary.

  1. Your essay must have a thesis sentence that indicates what you will prove in the body of the essay. This sentence should indicate the topic (event or situation).

Do NOT start your introductory paragraph with the thesis statement. The thesis sentence should come at the end of the introductory paragraph.

2. The body of your essay must present logical, directly related, detailed examples or evidence of the causes and effects.

  • Be sure to use transitions to help link ideas and to move from one idea to another.
  • Consider leaving the best or most important example for last.
  1. The conclusion of your essay must emphasize your purpose and leave the essay with a sense of completion.
  1. Proofread for and correct any mechanical or grammatical errors.


March 23, 2020 – Save your draft as a PDF, upload the completed, final draft to Canvas, and turn-in the completed, typed draft and journal.


This is NOT a summary essay. Do NOT merely summary the video.

Do NOT use any sources other than the video. I want to see your thoughts in this essay.

Works Cited

Time for School. Directed by Nina Chaudry, LoudMouth Productions, L.L.C., 2016. PBS, https://www.pbs.org/video/time-school-time-school-2003-2016/.

When you are quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing anything in the documentary, you will need to cite it with (Time for School) after the information taken from the source.

Works cited entries on the works cited page use hanging indent. This command can be found under paragraphing.

Any direct quotes from the video must be in quotation marks.


  • Any paper not turned in to Canvas will receive a zero.
  • Any paper that refers to a source and does not correctly document that source with parenthetical citations and a works cited page will receive a zero for plagiarism.
  • Any paper that does not follow MLA 8 guidelines for format and citations will receive a zero.
  • Avoid passive voice (to be verbs) as much as possible. Write in active voice.
  • Do not use second person (any form of you) unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use contractions unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use slang or clichés unless you are quoting.
  • Do not use the title of a source as your own title.
  • Do not underline, italicize, or put quotations marks around your own title.
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