M12 Instructions for Final Draft of Essay #3

You will upload/submit the FINAL DRAFT (4-5 double-spaced pages) on the next page

Read the instructions below: before submitting your final draft on the next page, your rough draft must be reviewed by two other students in the class. 

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It may be helpful to think of this essay as a “five-part”–rather than “five-paragraph”–essay. That is, you will first introduce the essay using one of the techniques we discussed (or will discuss) in class: careful, vivid description of a scene, object, person, event, or other item associated with your topic (CDSO); short sentences or sentence fragments for effect; mystery; hypothetical situation; thought-provoking quote or statement with explanation (epigraph); anecdote; reference to historical event; or other strategy designed to create interest. Your introduction should not be more than a paragraph. Next, include as the last sentence of this paragraph an arguable, clearly-worded, specific thesis that states your position and briefly forecasts the major areas you will cover in your essay (see class notes re: “complete” thesis statements).

Third, you will support your thesis using AT LEAST THREE ACADEMIC/ LIBRARY SOURCES, quoted or paraphrased, with your own analysis of each piece of research, and cited parenthetically in correct MLA format. Don’t forget your “Works Cited” page at the end of the essay. Each supporting paragraph should have a clear topic sentence that relates to your thesis, include research to support the topic sentence, and include your own analysis of the research.

Fourth, you will address at least two counterarguments to your claim, though you may  need to address more than two. Decide whether you will concede, partially concede, or refute the counterargument. Make sure to clearly introduce the counterargument as such with a carefully-chosen key phrase like “Opponents/ proponents suggest,” “Some people say,” “Opponents/proponents argue,” “Others may contend,” “Critics argue,” etcetera. Then outline the counterargument and explain your position on it. Make sure to explain why it does not significantly detract from your own argument, even if you concede that it is a valid claim.

And finally, conclude the essay using powerful rhetoric to leave the reader convinced! You may want to save one of your most thought-provoking, gripping, or persuasive quotes for your last paragraph. You might also want to refer back to your introduction. And you definitely will want to rephrase your thesis so that is worded differently than in your introduction.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of four full pages long for the final draft
  • Typed in 12-point standard font and double-spaced with one-inch margins
  • An irresistible introduction
  • A specific, arguable thesis with careful wording and 2-4 reasons from your research
  • Support for your thesis using examples from your research
  • Address at least two counterarguments
  • Correct use of MLA format (see handout/ MLA handbook), INCLUDING THE THREE “CARDINAL RULES” OF MLA FORMAT. (See class lecture notes.)
  • Edited and proofread (typos/ carelessness will reduce your grade)
  • Give your essay a tantalizing title that hints at your thesis.

Eng 100 Research Paper Rubric

Eng 100 Research Paper Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction—clearly uses an “irresistible” introduction like CDSO, Hypothetical Situation, Epigraph 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArguable, “complete” thesis 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody paragraphs—clearly and persuasively use academic research as support 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch—uses a minimum of three ACADEMIC sources, correctly cited using MLA format 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCounterarguments–at least two, formatted according to the essay prompt 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion–rephrases thesis differently, uses other rhetorical strategies mentioned in the prompt 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 10.0 pts
 This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEnglish 100 SLO 1 view longer description threshold: 3.0 pts 5.0 pts Exceeds Expectations 3.0 pts Meets Expectations 0.0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations — 
 This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEnglish 100 SLO 2 view longer description threshold: 3.0 pts 5.0 pts Exceeds Expectations 3.0 pts Meets Expectations 0.0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations — 
Total Points: 100.0

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