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Argumentative Essay INGL 3103 Instructor K.

Long Instructions Students, the time has come to write your first major essay for this course. I am confident that you will all do well because up until now, your work has been great. Please read this document in its entirety. Remember: If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at kimberly.long@upr.edu. I usually answer emails in a timely matter. Steps to Writing an Argumentative Essay: 1. You need to chose a topic and come up with a well defied claim for this topic. a. Ex. Topic- Prostitution Claim- Prostitution should be legalized 2. Come up with good reasons that support your claim. a. Ex. Prostitution can help the economy. Prostitution can lower the spread of STDs. 3. Respond to opposing claims. a. Ex. Some people say that prostitution is immoral, but immorality is already a part of our culture. 4. Come up with vivid examples that prove your point and paint a memorable picture in the readers mind by using language strategically. 5. Use your book for more information. (Argument, Outline and Argument Examples section) Tips and Warnings: 1. DO NOT PLAGIARISE 2. Make sure you integrate at least 2 scholarly articles. These articles do not come from WebPages, newspapers, or magazines. They come from databases. I sent you the power point that was used in the library orientation, please look it over. I am also available to help. Specific Rules: 1. The essay should be between 2-3 pages. Please do not go over 3 pages.

2. The paper must follow MLA format and include a works cited page. 3. Argumentative essays will be evaluated according to the use of rhetoric and language within the discussion and effective incorporation of textual evidence found from the scholarly journals and/or other library sources. Due Dates: Rough Draft: Due on October 11, 2011 (Peer Review). This day bring you rough draft, the outline, and at least ONE (1) article that you will use for your essay. If you come unprepared for class, you will be marked absent and lose points for the essay. Final Draft: Due on October 17, 2011. Make sure you get to class on time and ready to hand in: o The final draft (Essay itself) o The final outline o Brainstorming Technique o The first draft o Copies of Both articles that were used in the essay and any other sources that are used. o Rubric ( a MUST) If you do not turn in your essay on the due date, you will lose 5 points each day.

INGL 3103: Evaluation Sheet for Argumentative PapersInstructor K. Long


Originality and Creativity FIVE (5) Points Main Idea or Interpretation TEN (10) Points Content Twenty-Five (25) Points Excellent The title, topic, and introductory sentence demonstrate outstanding originality and creativity. (5 POINTS) The main idea or interpretation of the paper is specific, precise, clear, and well-planned. (10 - 8 POINTS) Ideas are clear and thoroughly explained. Provides a balanced amount of details and evidence. Demonstrates an arrayed use of English vocabulary. (25 - 20 POINTS) The paper follows an organized structure and connects ideas using effective rhetorical strategies. The introduction opens up the topic appropriately, and the conclusion provides complete closure. (20 - 15 POINTS) Good The title, topic, and introductory sentence demonstrate a salient degree of originality. (4 - 3 POINTS) The main idea or interpretation is somewhat clear, and it lacks specificity and preciseness. (7 - 5 POINTS) Ideas are clear but lack supporting evidence and details. Certain words are repeated constantly. Provides a somewhat balanced amount of textual evidence and details. (19 15 POINTS) The paper lacks an effective and organized structure. The introduction briefly opens up the topic. The conclusion leaves some questions or suggestions unanswered. Some ideas seem disconnected and lack rhetorical strategies. (14 10 POINTS) Demonstrates decent command of intermediate English vocabulary. Some errors distract the reader. (12 9 POINTS) Follows most of the rules given for this essay (word limit, instructions, selection of texts, etc.). (12 9 POINTS) Fair The title, topic, and introductory sentence are quite unoriginal and demonstrate lack of depth. (2 - 1 POINTS) The main idea or interpretation is unclear, and/or it is too general and imprecise. (4 2 POINTS) Ideas lack clarity and supporting details. Ideas are disconnected from the main idea or interpretation of the short story. Vocabulary is too basic and lackluster. Provides weak evidence. (14 10 POINTS) Essay jumps from one idea to the next without creating effective connections. The introduction does not present any idea or context for the paper. The conclusion does not provide sufficient close, and leaves many questions unanswered. Unorganized. (9 - 5 POINTS) Demonstrates basic knowledge of English vocabulary. The grammatical errors confuse the reader. (8 5 POINTS) Follows a couple of the rules given for this essay (word limit, instructions, selection of texts, etc.). (8 5 POINTS) Poor The title, topic, and introductory sentence demonstrate a total lack of originality. (0 POINTS) The paper lacks a main idea or central interpretation. There is no point being made or defended. (1 - 0 POINTS) Total lack of clarity. Lacks the basic elements of a literary analysis paper. Demonstrates a limited use of vocabulary and incorporation of ideas. Evidence is irrelevant. (9 0 POINTS) Ideas and evidence are random and incoherent. The paper demonstrates a complete lack of thoughtfulness and organization. Completely lacks the use of rhetorical strategies, and the reader constantly feels lost. (4 - 0 POINTS)

Development Twenty (20) Points

Grammar and Orthography Fifteen (15) Points General Essay Rules Fifteen (15) Points

Demonstrates artful command of intermediate English vocabulary. Few or no grammatical errors. (15 13 POINTS) Follows all of the rules given for this essay (word limit, instructions, selection of texts, outline, etc.). (15 13 POINTS)

The paper is unreadable due to the vast amount of grammatical errors present within the paper. (4 - 0 POINTS) Follows few of the rules given for this essay (word limit, instructions, selection of texts, etc.). Or no printed copies of the articles used were provided. (4 0 POINTS) Follows few of the standard MLA guidelines (quotes, page number, spacing, etc.) (0 POINTS) No previous draft was included with the final draft. (0 POINTS)

MLA Format Five (5) Points

Previous Draft Five (5) Points

Follows all of the standard MLA guidelines (quotes, Works Cited, spacing, etc.) (5 POINTS) A previous complete draft reviewed by a classmate was included with the final draft. (5 POINTS)

Follows most of the standard MLA guidelines (quotes, Works Cited, spacing, etc.) (4 3 POINTS) N/A

Follows some of the standard MLA guidelines (quotes, paging, spacing...) (2 1 POINTS) A previous draft that was too incomplete or not reviewed was included with the final draft. (3 POINTS)

Student: ______________________________ Total Amount of Points: __________

Section: __________ Final Grade: __________

Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Overriding Criterion (Originality and Authenticity): If it is determined that the academic paper was plagiarized, downloaded from a webpage, translated using an online computer program, written by another person, originally written as a requisite for a previous class, or created/obtained in any manner that violates the intellectual or academic integrity of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez Campus, the student will automatically receive a grade of F (0%) on this paper. Depending on the gravity of the situation, the student might face being reported to the appropriate academic authorities.