Instructions: Please carefully read the following assignment details in its entirety. There are many components to this particular assignment, and each component is graded.
This essay should be between 900 and 1000 words, excluding the required annotated bibliography.
First, you will choose a topic of interest that has at least two opposing sides (please do not reuse your Toulmin essay topic). Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify the topic’s scope, so it can be easily discussed in 1000 word essay.
Note: Consider your audience as laymen in the field who have only general knowledge of your topic.
The following overused topics may not be used in your essay:
gays in the military,
mandatory drug testing,
women in the military,
diets (including the Paleo diet),
workout regimens (including CrossFit),
payment of college athletes,
dangers of smoking (including e-cigarettes and synthetic marijuana)
and the legalization of marijuana.
This essay must include a minimum of five sources. Three should be peer-reviewed sources, preferably from the APUS databases. From the library welcome page, click on Advanced Search at the bottom of the page and then check the “peer reviewed” sources box filter.
The following should clarify the term “peer-reviewed”: http://youtu.be/rOCQZ7QnoN0. You may use eBooks; however, as discussed in your textbook, books generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles. You may also use primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources should be obtained from experts within that field. If you cannot find strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic. If you have a question about the validity of a source, please contact a librarian: email@example.com
Make sure to include the following sections in your essay:
an introduction and claim,
and a conclusion.
Within the body of your essay, make sure to include the following in any order:
The background for your chosen topic,
the opposition – use an academic tone, and do not show bias,
the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents’ claims,
your claim — use an academic tone, and do not show bias,
discuss the warrants for your claim and the opposition in order to find the common ground,
and show the common ground between your opponents’ claim and your claim.
After you have written your essay, please make sure to revise the content of your essay. Lastly, be sure to edit your essay by checking grammar, format, and smaller technical details. Please make sure your essay is written in third person.
The Annotated Bibliography
An annotated Bibliography (AB) is due with your Rogerian essay. Using the MLA guide, list each source as it will appear on the Works Cited page of your essay. Summarize each source in two or three grammatically-correct sentences. These short summaries are the “annotations.”
The following is a sample of an “annotated bibliography.”
Annotated Bibliography (Centered)
Clark, Irene L. The Genre of Argument. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Print.
Clark’s textbook identifies the major steps to developing a well-researched and well-written argumentative essay. Professional essays are included in the text as models.
Ward, Russ. Logical Argument in the Research Paper. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.
Augmenting the steps to writing an argumentative research paper is information about proper documentation. The Rogerian System, an important aspect of a well-planned paper, should be studied carefully.
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ENGL102 Assignment Rubric Purpose and Audience (20 Points) Thesis and Support (20 Points) Organization (20 Points) EXEMPLARY LEVEL 18-20: The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject. It may encompass conflicting ideas and inspires the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas. 18-20: The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and subordinate ideas supported by reliable and relevant evidence based on original research. Main ideas are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence. 18-20: The writing flows smoothly and logically from a well-defined thesis. It contains an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and smooth transitions. The essay follows the organizational method noted in the assignment details. ACCOMPLISHED LEVEL DEVELOPING LEVEL BEGINNING LEVEL Points Earned 16-17: The writing clearly goes beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment. It attempts to engage the reader through originality and presentation of complex ideas. 14-15: The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers insight into the subject through basic logic and the presentation of ideas based on some evidence. /20 16-17: The writing has a clearly articulated thesis supported by appropriate evidence and sound logic. Minor gaps in logic and argument may appear. Main ideas can be distinguished from supporting evidence with some effort. 16-17: The writing is organized logically and flows well. An introduction and conclusion are evident, but transitions may be smoother. The essay follows the organizational method noted in the assignment details. 14-15: The writing has a clear thesis and related subordinate ideas supported by clear thinking and appropriate evidence. Logical arguments may be one-sided or incomplete. 13 or below: The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers little insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions in evidence. 13 or below: The writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or appropriate related subordinate ideas. Fuzzy logic may be evident and adequate supporting evidence is lacking. 13 or below: The writing is noticeably lacking in organization. There is no clear introduction nor conclusion and ideas are neither carefully nor fully developed. Supporting evidence is clearly lacking. The essay does not follow the organizational method noted in the assignment details. /20 14-15: The writing demonstrates rudimentary organization and logical structure, but ideas may be more fully developed and supported by more appropriate evidence. The essay does not clearly follow the organizational method noted in the assignment details. /20 Style (10 Points) Research (10 Points) 10: The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject. Language is precise. Sentences are varied but not noticeably so. Active voice is apparent. All quoted or paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style. Quotations are integrated smoothly into the discussion. 10: The essay utilizes strong and academic research (mainly peer-reviewed articles), and these sources strengthen the essay’s claim. The essay meets or exceeds the required number of sources, as stated in the assignment details. 8-9: The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully crafted prose style. Language chosen is appropriate to the subject, but may call attention to itself in minor ways. Most quoted and paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style. Quotations are integrated into the discussion 6-7: The writing is clear but could be expressed in a style more appropriate to the subject. It is jargon-free but may require a more complete explanation of some terms used. Sources are documented and cited but need to show greater consistency in use of MLA style. Quotations are dropped into the discussion 5 or below: The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing. The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject nor the assignment. Sources are overly quoted or paraphrased and not adequately documented nor cited in MLA style. Quotations appear out of place and/or are dropped into the discussion /10 8-9: The essay utilizes academic research (mainly peer-reviewed articles), and these sources strengthen the essay’s claim. The essay meets the required number of sources, as stated in the assignment details. 6-7: There is research within the essay, but most of the sources are not peer-reviewed. These sources do not serve to strengthen the essay’s claim. Instead, the research serves as filler. The essay does not meet the required number of sources, as stated in the assignment details. 5 or below: The research is lacking in the essay and/or is missing altogether. The essay does not meet the required number of sources as stated in the assignment details /10 Grammar and Mechanics (10 Points) Formatting (5 Points) Annotations (5 Points) 10: The writing is free of proofreading errors. The writing contains sentences that are always complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity. 8-9: The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in proofreading, but they do not impair the flow of the reading. The writing contains sentences that are complete or which imply unstated connections and/or conclusions. 5: Student provides a highcaliber, formatted assignment in proper MLA style. 4: Assignment presents an above-average use of formatting skills with few errors in MLA style. 5: The annotations give strong details about the research that was used in the essay. These annotations show that the student read the articles, are clear, and are at least two sentences each. 4: The annotations gives details about the research that was used in the essay, are clear, and are at least two sentences each. 6-7: The writing could benefit from additional proofreading, as some errors impede the flow of the reading. The writing contains some grammatical errors easily corrected. Additional proofreading would help eliminate errors. 2-3: Appearance of final assignment demonstrates the student’s limited ability to use MLA style formatting. 2-3: The annotations lack detail, contain grammatical errors, and are under two sentences each. 5 or below: The writing exhibits substantial errors in proofreading. The writing is confusing and ambiguous owing to substantial errors of grammar and syntax. There is no evidence of proofreading, editing, or rewriting. /10 0-1: Appearance of the final assignment is distracting. The number of MLA style formatting errors impedes easy reading. 0-1: The annotations are missing and/or are illegible. /5 Total: /5
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