Essay LabHi Guys, A special new group on enotes is the essay lab group: This group will allow students to ask writing-related questions. There are some...

Essay Lab

Hi Guys,

A special new group on enotes is the essay lab group:

This group will allow students to ask writing-related questions. There are some ground rules, and it's still a work in progress, so we'll see how things go and probably add features etc. as the group matures.

We've attached it to all the writing "how to" articles in so we should start to see some students coming in soon.

If you want, you can also direct your students to the essay lab if they need help or feedback from the community. Let me know your thoughts once you've checked out the group!

Expert Answers
amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This will be helpful.  In Kentucky, all seniors must write and submit a minimum of four pieces to be judged by a panel/committee.  They must reach a proficient rating on the portfolio as a whole (meaning some pieces may be apprentice, but if others are proficient and/or distinguished, the overall score may reach proficient status). 

The categories for these pieces are literary (an original short story, poem, play, etc.), personal (memoir, personal essay), transactive (real-world applications such as book reviews, letters to the editor, etc.), and Analytical (basically these are transactive pieces with an analysis component...they must have adequate research and show critical thinking skills in comparing and analyzing).

It would be awesome if these categories could be considered as writing advice/tutoring arenas.  I know my students would benefit greatly from others' opinions beside mine.  :)

mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm glad this is available also because I can see how many students need help with essay questions.  As I have taught grades 7-12 and college seminars plus graded many state practice tests for a school district, this is perfect for me to answer the essay questions which arise from students.  I think such a service for students is really needed.  And--I would not buy essays as there is software which checks for similarities of previous work.  If you are caught, you can be expelled from the course in college or the college itself.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow!  I had no idea.  This will really come in handy.  I am often surprised that students enter high school not knowing how to write a basic 5 paragraph essay.  I had an English 3 student tell me just last week that different teachers have different expectations for essays.  By the time they are juniors, isn't 5 at least a minimum!  So this kind of thing is very helpful.

dmcgillem eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love this!  I have used enotes materials before, but until becoming an editor, I had no idea how extensive the resources for students were for students and teachers both!  I have now included a link to enote straight from my Moodle course page and our class blog.  Thank you for making this source available!

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