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This is part one of a series of four attempts to answer this essay prompt.So, try it yourself and evaluate your essay based on our examples.
Did you know that the new SAT (debuting in March of 2016) has a new essay format?
You now have 50 minutes to write, and the format has been totally revamped.
In the New York Times article “The Selfish Side of Gratitude,” Barbara Ehrenreich asserts that although expressing gratitude is important, particularly toward those that deserve our thanks, in practice, gratitude has evolved into a rather selfish act.
Ehrenreich reasons through concrete, real-world examples as well as appeal to pathos to convincingly reveal that the common practice of gratitude has definately become about the self as opposed to about others.
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.
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Ehrenreich forces the reader to question The John Templeton Foundation for preferring to fund projects that “improve…attitudes” as opposed to more philanthropic aims, which is the purpose of most foundations.
As delivering this example required a bit of investigative journalism on Ehrenreich’s part, Ehrenreich also impresses the reader with her well-researched knowledge about the practice of gratitude, which lends more credence to Ehrenreich and her views.