Macomb Community College Global Climate Change Paper

Background Reminder: Writing Process Stages

Throughout the class, we’ve emphasized that a writer has to keep audience in mind when choosing information and arranging it in a paper. This week you get a chance to get feedback from your peers, so you’ll have a better sense of how another reader might view the ideas.

Directions for Discussion Question Response

2) Choose a draft

a. State what you think the main point (thesis statement) of this essay is.

b. State how convincing or unconvincing the evidence for the thesis is. Be specific here. For instance, you might indicate why some evidence is convincing while other information seems weak, giving the specific reason.

c. Indicate where you feel the writer needs to add more information because the point being made is unclear or not very convincing yet.

d. What is the most important thing the writer can do to make this paper better?

After writing the rough draft i need to get full essay requirements are below : i will also attach an examples

NOTE: Your Rough Draft should be a minimum of 1,200 words (not including the Works Cited page). Be sure to read “Revising Your Rough Draft” in Week 7 prior to revising for your final draft.

The Rough Draft needs to be submitted by Sunday, 8/1, at 11:59pm. You should expect brief feedback from me by Wednesday, 8/4, at 11:59pm, BUT THIS ASSIGNMENT CANNOT BE SUBMITTED LATE!

For the Researched Argument Essay, you are going to construct an audience-based argument that presents a claim about your topic and integrates the research you have done this semester to support your claim.

Think carefully about your readers. Consider these five questions:

  1. What do you want readers to do or think?
  2. Why should they do or think that?
  3. How do they know that what you say is true?
  4. What should readers know about counterarguments?
  5. What larger principles or context grounds your argument?

Also, think about the stakeholders involved in your topic. Who is most impacted? Most invested? Who can be the agents of change? Who is in the most powerful position to effect change? Note: stakeholders and agents of change are not always the same group of people.

Writing an audience-based argument means thinking about your goals. What do you want the audience to do, think, or feel? What action do you think they need to take (if applicable)? In some cases, your audience may be large entities, such as corporations or governments, so you should set proportionate goals for your audience.

Whatever your goal for your audience, you must choose and evaluate evidence accordingly. What evidence does the audience need? To what would they respond best? What most aligns with their own goals and agendas? Here, a careful consideration of ethos, pathos, and logos is critical. How are you going to appeal to your reader in a way that persuades them to proceed according to your recommendations?

In other words, your thesis, evidence, purpose, and writing style should all correspond to your intended audience. You do not need to identify or address the audience explicitly, but you do need to write as if you were addressing that intended audience.

What should it include?

1) INTRODUCTION: Use an attention-grabbing introduction that gives an overview of the topic and speaks to the specific sentiments or concerns of the audience you have chosen whilst also indicating your position

2) THESIS: Develop a clearly formulated, arguable thesis, including reasoning to support your position. In other words, your thesis should concisely give readers the reasons why your claim should be believed or why they should think/feel/act differently.

3) TOPIC SENTENCES: Each paragraph should begin with a clear and effective topic sentence that foregrounds for the reader what is discussed in the subsequent paragraph.

4) EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS: The paper must include ordered, developed, cohesive, and coherent paragraphs that develop the argument by offering evidence and explanation in support of your position. Every sentence should contribute to the argument of its paragraph and the paper as a whole. Make sure, too, that the logical relationship between sentences is always clear and that body paragraphs identify supporting reasons, ideas, or examples for the claim.

5) COUNTERARGUMENTS: The essay must present and then respond to one or more counterarguments to your claim.

6) CONCLUSION: End with a conclusion that emphasizes the importance of taking the action or making the change recommended by the claim.

7) ACADEMIC STYLE: The essay should follow coherent organization between and within paragraphs, maintain appropriate style and tone suited to the purpose and audience of the argument, adhere to proper, ethical, and correct documentation for ALL sources (sources that have been carefully evaluated, of course), and observe correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization throughout.

Requirements for the Rough Draft

  • Minimum of 5 sources, including 3 scholarly sources.
  • Minimum 1,200 words
  • Correct MLA formatting
  • Correct MLA in-text citations
  • Correct MLA Works Cited

Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction & Thesis

10 pts

Above Expectations

Well-developed introductory paragraph contains detailed background information and/or a clear, compelling explanation or definition of the problem, and an insightful, debatable thesis statement.

7.5 pts

Meets Expectations

The introductory paragraph contains some background information, a general explanation or definition of the problem, and a debatable thesis statement.

5 pts

Below Expectations

Introduction contains little to no background information, and thesis and/or problem is vague or unclear. Details are a seemingly random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment of Ideas

10 to >7.5 pts

Above Expectations

Development is fresh, with abundant details and examples that arouse audience interest and provide relevant, concrete, specific and compelling evidence in support of the main argument.

7.5 to >5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Development is adequate, but may lack depth, with details and examples that arouse audience interest and provide relevant, concrete, specific evidence in support of the main argument.

5 to >0 pts

Below Expectations

Development is insufficient, providing scarce or inappropriate details, evidence, and examples that may include logical fallacies or unsupported claims.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization

10 to >7.5 pts

Above Expectations

Organization is coherent, unified and effective in support of the paper’s purpose/ plan and consistently demonstrates effective and appropriate rhetorical transitions between ideas and paragraphs.

7.5 to >5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Organization is coherent, unified and mostly effective in support of the paper’s purpose and usually demonstrates effective and appropriate rhetorical transitions between ideas and paragraphs.

5 to >0 pts

Below Expectations

Organization is confused and fragmented, failing to support the essay’s purpose, and demonstrates a lack of structure or coherence that negatively affects readability.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics & Style

10 to >7.5 pts

Above Expectations

Style is confident, readable and rhetorically effective in tone, incorporating varied sentence structure, precise word choices, and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.

7.5 to >5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Style is mostly readable and rhetorically effective in tone, incorporating some varied sentence structure, effective word choices, and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.

5 to >0 pts

Below Expectations

Style is incoherent or inappropriate in tone, including a lack of sentence variety, ineffective or inappropriate word choices, and serious errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA Formatting & Citations

10 to >7.5 pts

Above Expectations

MLA formatting is correct, meets all assignment requirements, and works expertly to support the essay’s purpose. All sources are credible, and citations are correct and perfectly formatted, with the exception of 0-5 minor errors.

7.5 to >5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

MLA formatting is generally correct, meets most assignment requirements, and works well to support the essay’s purpose. Most sources are credible, and citations are correct and perfectly formatted, with the exception of 5-8 minor errors, and 1-2 major errors.

5 to >0 pts

Below Expectations

MLA formatting is faulty, does not meet critical assignment requirements, and fails to support the essay’s purpose. Few sources are credible, and citations are incorrectly formatted, with more than 8 minor errors and 3 major errors.

10 pts

Total Points: 50

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