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ENGL 1101 Schnee - Spring 2013: Assignments

Essay Assignment 5

ESSAY ASSIGNMENT 5 (100 pts.)

 

The fifth essay is a position essay: it must take a stance on a topic (explain its author's position for or against something, such as a policy, value, definition, etc.). In essence, your opinion will be stated as fact. You must then support your opinion with outside evidence (i.e. research).

  • Name, CRN#, Assignment, due date, and instructor name in the upper right-hand corner
  • 12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced (fonts other than Times New Roman will now count against you)
  • Title (the lack of a title will now count against you)
  • 500 words minimum
  • Essays must be submitted in hard copy (printed) at the beginning of class.
  • You are required to have at least two (2) sources for your Works Cited page. At least one (1) source must be from GALILEO.
  • Due date is Monday, April 1st.

The goal of this essay is to argue or persuade a point of view on a topic of your choosing. The topic does not have to be controversial or even well-known, but thorough, intelligent discussion is expected.

  • Be careful of your chosen topic. Broad topics such as capital punishment, gun control, and abortion are allowed, but keep in mind this is an argumentative essay, and you will have to address every aspect of your topic.
  • Successful arguments are successful by keeping both the audience and the topic focused. If you find you have too much to say/cover, chances are, it is because the topic is too broad.
  • Don’t forget about the strategies for dealing with opposing opinions. If there are holes in your argument (such as logical fallacies and generalizations), then they will count against you (as they will be underdeveloped)!
  • Keep in mind your audience. What kind of appeal(s) will best serve your argument?
  • Be careful of generalized statements. This is an argumentative paper, backed up by fact. Incorrect information, unfounded assumptions, and generalizations will hurt your paper and damage your credibility as a writer.

Have a rough draft prepared and printed out for peer review on Wednesday, March 27th.

 

*NOTE: Grading will be stricter on this essay and all following essays. A “U” for any criteria on the rubric will result in a 0 (zero) for the respective category: Structure, Style, Development, or Mechanics. Time to step up the proofreading!

If you have any questions, either about the paper or in general, please feel free to e-mail me at bschnee@highlands.edu and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

Essay Assignment 6

ESSAY ASSIGNMENT 6 (250 pts. total)

The sixth essay is a persuasive paper, combining methods and purpose from the analysis and position essays. The essay must include a call to action as part of its purpose/ thesis. The paper must convince its reader to act in accordance with the paper's views.

  • Name, CRN#, Assignment, due date, and instructor name in the upper right-hand corner
  • 12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced (fonts other than Times New Roman will now count against you)
  • Title (the lack of a title will count against you)
  • 1000 words minimum (approx. 3 pages, not including the Works Cited page)
  • Essays must be submitted in hard copy (printed) at the beginning of class.
  • You are required to have at least three (3) sources for your works cited page. At least two (2) sources must be from Gaileo. Be sure your Works Cited page is correctly formatted and all in-text citations are correctly labeled/ punctuated!
  • Due date is Wednesday, April 24th.

The goal of this essay is not only to convince the reader to share your views, but also to persuade the reader to act on the argument/information presented. Consider media such as commercials: their goal is to convince the reader to buy a product or service, join/ support an organization, etc. The persuasive essay must do the same.

For this paper, merely "educating" the audience is not sufficient: once you have convinced the audience that your opinion is the correct one, what should the audience do to support the stance? The call to action must be something specific, observable, and measurable so that the effectiveness of the argument can (theoretically) be gauged. The more specific the action and audience, the more effective the argument will be!

The topic does not have to be controversial or even well-known, but thorough, intelligent discussion is expected. Consider the following questions when writing your paper:

  1. Are the topic and audience clearly defined?
  2. Is your approach appropriate for the writing context?
  3. Do you present enough evidence?
  4. Have you evaluated your sources for inaccuracy or bias?
  5. Have you avoided errors in logic?
  6. Are your research methods clearly explained?
  7. Do you clearly present the results of your analysis?
  8. Have you considered opposing views or alternative interpretations?

  By way of preparing you for longer research papers, this assignment will have preliminary assignments due before the final draft is submitted. These will be:

            The Outline (25 pts)-- Due April 10: a plan for organization (the "skeleton") of your piece, complete with a working thesis. The outline will be graded on the completeness/focus of the thesis, the development of the main supporting ideas,  and the amount of supporting detail.

            The Annotated Bibliography (25 pts)-- Due April 15: a list of sources, including a brief paragraph for each source providing a summary, a statement of the source’s credibility and an explanation of  how it will support your argument.

            The Rough Draft (50 pts)—Due April 17/ 22: the initial transition of your outline to draft. This will focus on explaining key ideas (in the body paragraphs. The rough draft should have a finalized, polished thesis and fully developed body paragraphs. The introduction and/or conclusion may be incomplete, but the bulk of the actual writing should be complete for this milestone, with only sentence- and word-level polishing to be done for the final draft.

            The Final Draft (150 pts)—Due April 24: the final, polished version of the essay. The final draft will have been checked for overall essay development, appropriate and effective use of outside sources, proper MLA citation, and fine-tuned for sentence construction, word choice, and mechanical concerns.

*NOTE: Grading will be stricter on this essay. A “U” for any criteria on the rubric will result in a 0 (zero) for the respective category: Structure, Style, Development, or Mechanics. Time to step up the proofreading!

If you have any questions, either about the paper or in general, please feel free to e-mail me at bschnee@highlands.edu and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

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