“You have fifty minutes remaining.”
“WHAT?” “FIFTEEN?” came the cries of my classmates whose backs were to the clock on the wall.
“I think she meant fifteen…?” I ventured, praying that my classmates and I did not lapse into an unexpected hour-long coma.
“Five-zero,” Ms. Wang corrected. Cue the collective sighs of relief from the room. Yeah, I though to myself, how could a period of time that felt like half an hour actually be over an hour?
What felt like fifteen minutes later, forty minutes had passed and I had ten minutes to write half a body paragraph and a conclusion.
The biggest struggle I had with this timed writing diagnostic, besides being forced to use un-erasable pen and having to witness every single excruciating phrasing and spelling mistake I made, was choosing the right diction to describe the effects of the literary technique I had chosen to write about. Numerous were the minutes wasted agonizing over how to say “Thunberg uses comparisons and contrasts to guilt-trip rich tycoons” in an interesting, coherent, and appropriate manner. I had few issues identifying literary techniques being employed in the speech, at least I feel so- I have no way of knowing what details I may have missed. Regardless, I certainly identified enough techniques to fill three paragraphs, but the main issue was the “reasoning” section of my CER. Another part of my analysis I had trouble with was coming up with transitions that couldn’t be swapped out for 1, 2 and 3. I think this is due to the fact that the three techniques I chose to analyze had little relation to each other, making it hard to connect them together in a single sentence.
I do not know what specific parts of the essay I can improve on, and eagerly await feedback. I will practice whatever needs to be improved, but something I already know I can do better is planning. I will draw a table or something of the sort to organize my evidence for the different body paragraphs before writing so that I can structure my introduction and the rest of the essay better. While this will eat up time, I hope it will save time by allowing me to avoid having to think so hard about transitions.