Finally, Ehrenreich artfully uses appeal to pathos to draw a distinction between how gratitude is practiced and how it should be practiced.Ehrenreich is ultimately arguing that we should not do away with gratitude but rather we should practice “a more vigorous and inclusive sort of gratitude than what is being urged on us now.” She then lists the menial labor done to ensure one has food on the table and emphasizes that those who enact the labor are actual people with “aching backs and tenuous finances.” These descriptive details of these jobs and the workers serve to generate compassion and perhaps even guilt in the reader—who, as an NY Times reader, is likely a member of a privileged class—for not considering a more inclusive practice of gratitude.If you receive a score of 8, that is a perfect score. This means that you have to read a passage, read the prompts, plan each essay, and write three perfect essays, all in under an hour.This is no easy task, and it is certainly going to take some practice.
Students must read a passage, form three cohesive arguments and prompts, and write clearly, all in 50 minutes.
About comparing essays: Writing an 8-point essay can be really, really hard to do, even for capable writers.
As Elizabeth referred to in this post, 50 minutes is not a lot of time to read and analyze a text and then write a beautifully articulate essay about it.
For even more essay fun (because it’s super fun, right?? About essay scoring: The new SAT essay has a different scoring rubric than the old essay, which we go over here.
For more of a complete understanding of what each point means for each area of scoring (reading, analysis, and writing), you can check that out on The College Board’s website.