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#1 (permalink) Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:31 am   Grade my SAT essay please 

“Knowledge is power. In agriculture, medicine and industry, for example, knowledge has liberated us from hunger, disease, ad tedious labour. Today, however, our knowledge has become so powerful that it is beyond our control. We know how to do many things, but we do not know where, when, or even whether this know-how should be used.”

Assignment: Can knowledge be a burden rather than a benefit?

We often hear the saying ‘knowledge is power’. We improve our quality of lives through the application of knowledge. It is true that sometimes knowledge comes with burden – we may not know how to apply it appropriately or make choices resulted from our use of knowledge. However, the resulted benefits from the use of knowledge can outweigh the associated burden or drawbacks as long as we can make good use of our knowledge to improve our lives.

One example is the advancement of technology. Since the industrial revolution, many new technologies have been developed such as vehicles, generation of electricity, Internet, and so on. We enjoy higher quality of lives as a result of those new advancements: we can travel to different places, communicate with friends from the other side of the Earth, engage in activities that were once impossible to do like sky diving and cure diseases that were fetal decades ago.

These advancements, which are the culmination of humans’ knowledge carry their own drawbacks. We need to consider Global Warming and energy crisis in order to develop sustainably; we need to use antibodies carefully so as to prevent the outburst of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These burdens which trouble people a lot do not exist in the past when we were not so knowledgeable. But compared to centuries ago when these technologies were just people’s dreams, we enjoy more diversified lifestyles. The extra burdens on people are considered to be worthy provided that we plan beforehand to deal with the potential drawbacks of technologies.

We can also consider a hypothetical situation in The Giver. In the world described in the book, people live peacefully with all the decisions already made for them. They do not have to worry about their future lives, but they have no knowledge of many experiences like being happy or sad, being healthy or sick, peace or war. They have no burden, but they cannot enjoy the ups and downs in their lives. Even the protagonist Jonas finds live to be more meaningful when people have the knowledge and experience. This illustrates the emptiness of live if we have no knowledge.

Every coin has two sides. Knowledge may pose burdens of people, but it also brings them many benefits. It is people’s choice to apply knowledge for their own good and enjoy better lives.

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SAT Essay Prep

Earning a high score on the SAT is the goal of all who take the test. Using content from NOW programs along with our supplemental practice activities, students can broaden their knowledge base and practice the organizational and writing skills necessary to score well on this portion of the exam. 

This lesson should be done multiple times in the weeks before the exam date to develop a comfort level with both developing and conveying ideas.

In addition to completing the activities in this lesson, we encourage students to access the NOW Persuasive Writing: Taking a Stand activity to practice persuasive writing skills.

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Learning Activity:

1.  When it comes to taking the SAT, many students are apprehensive about completing the essay section because of the broad range of topic possibilities and the time constraints of the test.  Explain to students that they will be learning about specific strategies they can use to practice these skills while interacting with programming that will also broaden their general knowledge base. 

2.  Distribute the SAT Essay Prep Guidelines handout to students. It will provide them with background information about the SAT Essay and strategies for completing the essay successfully.     

3.  Introduce students to the NOW home page at  and look briefly at the current content found in the “This Week’s Show”, “Weekly Poll”, “Recent Reports”, and “NOW on the News” features.  Point out to students that a number of these topics encourage readers to form opinions about specific current events topics.  Next, direct students to the “Topic Search” feature at and explain that this part of the site offers students the ability to access programming about a wide range of topics and use what they have learned to form opinions that could be used for practice essays.
  • Distribute the SAT Essay Practice Activities handout. Utilize the specific NOW content referenced on the handout to complete the activities.  See the annotated teacher’s version of the handout for direction on taking students through the practice activities.
  • Once students have completed their work in small groups, conduct a short class discussion about the practice activities.  Ask students to discuss items that were particularly challenging and provide students the opportunity to share their strategies for success with classmates
Performance Task:

6.  Direct students back to the NOW website at and encourage them to use an article/program from the home page or from the “Topic Search” feature as the basis for an in-class SAT Essay practice activity.  You may alternatively pre-select programs for them. Students should do the following:
  • Read the transcript/view the video they have chosen.
  • In pairs, take ten minutes to explain to the partner what was learned from the program and the point of the program.
  • With the partner’s help, develop a thesis statement for the program chosen – a one line statement that illustrates the program’s point (i.e. “Americans should invest more in biofuels”)
NOTE:  Once students have selected a topic and read what is available at NOW they can also access additional points of view using resources such as those available at the Public Agenda website.  Their list of related searchable topics can be found at

7.  Provide students with 25 minutes of class time to construct an essay that advocates for the singular point of view inspired by the thesis statement. Allow students to keep a copy of the earlier practice activities and essay prep guidelines on their desktop to remind them of the steps necessary to complete the essay successfully.

8.  When time expires, collect essays and score them using the SAT Essay Scoring Guide.

9.  Encourage students to perform this activity multiple times before the exam. Also, encourage them to watch multiple programs the day before the exam to create an accessible knowledge base they can use for the purposes of illustrative examples. NOW programs are of an ideal size for this use, and NOW themes represent a wide range of relatable topics. The more programs seen, the more likely one or more of them will be recalled for citation in the essay.

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