Journal module 2

Journal module 2


Journal module 2

Refer to the case study, The Purchased Paper in the file below. In your Journal, explain your rankings of the characters. Consider: Who did you assign to #1 (most responsible?) #6 (least responsible?) Are there parts of this story you can relate to? What choices might you have made? Just need a 1 paragraph answer. You can read the case study below or read it here:


One dark and stormy Thursday in December, first

semester student



his roommate,



You might as well start looking for a new roommate. My coll

ege days are

coming to an end.”

Edgar‘s bad luck had started late that afternoon with a voicemail from


, manager

of the office supply store

where Edgar worked part time.

I just found out,

the message said,


the regional manager wants an inventory of the entire store comple

ted by Monday morning. To get

this done, I need everyone at the store from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and

Sunday. No

excuses. Be t


What a disaster!

Edgar thought. He had planned to spend the whole weekend working on the

final paper for

his composition class. It was due Monday morning, and he couldn‘t imagine writing a

passing paper while working 12

hour shifts all weekend. Worse, without at least a C in English, he‘d

lose his financial aid, and then he‘d have to drop out of college. The

money he made working part

time barely covered his food, rent, car payments and insurance, and there was no way he could pay

tuition on top of that.


, Edgar‘s single mom, was planning to buy a new car

her first


and she made it perfectly clea

r she wasn‘t g

oing to help with his tuition.

I‘ve taken care of

you and your brother for 24 years, and now it‘s


time to enjoy life!

Panicked, Edgar called


to tell her he wouldn‘t be able to turn in his

composition on time. He explained

his situation to he

r and begged for an extension. “I‘m sorry,

Edgar,” Professor Pine replied. “

I warned everyone weeks ago that I have to turn in final grades on

Tuesday. If I don‘t get your paper on Monday morning, you‘ll get a zero. I guess you‘ve g

ot a


important choice to make!”

“That‘s no choice,” Edgar told Billy. “

If I fail the class, I‘ll lose my financial aid, and if I

don‘t show up for work, I‘ll get fired. Eith

er way,

I‘m through in college.”

“C‘mon, man!”



No one writes thei

r own papers anymore. There are thousands of papers for sale on the


ernet. I‘ll even find you one.”

But all weekend at work, Edgar kept telling himself that he was


going to turn in a

purchased paper. He‘d write the paper himself, even if he had to s

tay awake the whole weekend. But

after work on Friday and Saturday nights, he was too tired to concentrate so he went to bed vowing

to write the paper Sunday night no matter what. When Edgar returned from work exhausted on

Sunday nig

ht, Billy met him at th

e door. “

Great news! I found you an English paper on the


and it‘s a guaranteed ‘A.’

I printed it out with your name on it, and I had a campus security guard put

it in Professor Pine‘s mailbox. Your semester is officially over, my friend, and now y

ou‘re coming

with me to Clancy‘s to celeb

rate. The first round is on me.”

He grabbed Edgar by the arm


dragged him out the door. “All right, all right,” Edgar said. “


‘m too tired to argue.”

It took Professor Pine about five minutes of searching the Internet to find the essay that Edgar

had submitted. She liked Edgar and knew he was under a lot of pressure. Actually Edgar had some

good writing skills, and if she didn‘t count this plagiarized p

aper, he‘d easily get a C in English, keep

his financial aid, and stay in college.

Everyone needs a break once in a while

, she thought. But when

she told her colleague


that she was going to overlook Edgar‘s


rized paper, he exploded.

Oh, no you‘re not! You have to fail this guy and make an example

of him! Otherwise, you‘ll get a reputation as a sucker and a pushover. Worse, once that happens

you‘ll lose the respect of your colleagues. Don‘t even think about p

assing him!”


by Professor Cordova‘s reprimand, Professor Pine wrote a zero on Edgar‘s paper and

entered an F for his final grade.

Listed below are the characters in this story. Rank them in order of their responsibility for Edgar’s

failing grade in English

. Give a different score to each character. Be prepared to explain your


Most responsible

1 2 3 4 5 6

Least responsible

_ Edgar Allen, English student _ Billy, Edgar’s roommate

__ Mr. Long, Edgar’s boss

__ Mrs. Allen, Edgar’s mother

_ Prof. Pine, Edgar’s teacher _ Prof. Cordova, Prof. Pine’s


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