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ASSIGNMENT: PERSUASIVE ESSAY WITH RESEARCH
Worth: 20% Due Date: Nov. 22
In this assignment you will be able to
Formulate your own logical argument with reasoning and examples
Locate appropriate academic material in either print or electronic format.
Integrate other people’s ideas into your own work.
Demonstrate mastery of academic essay structure and format.
Guidelines for Essay
The essay should have a clear and debatable thesis as well as a counterargument addressed somewhere in the first 1/3 of the essay. As you are thinking about each of these topics, be sure you understand both sides of the argument in each. The best way to accomplish this is to make two lists. In one list, write down all your reasons for your position on the subject, and in the second list, write down all the counter-arguments that you can think of. Try to think of counter-arguments for each of your reasons.
The finalized persuasive essay with research must be between 1000 and 1300 words long.
You must integrate at least three acceptable and appropriate scholarly research sources into your essay. The fourth source can be a website hosted by either a government or by an academic institution. You may include more if you choose to. The quality of your sources will be taken into account when your grade for the essay is assigned.
Note that material that is directly quoted from another source is not considered part of your word count; material that is paraphrased, on the other hand, is included in your word count.
The quoted secondary material should constitute no more than 20% of the entire essay. Although research essays may differ in other courses, your research essay in this course is required to be primarily your own thoughts; that is, you use sources to contextualize the subject and support YOUR claims and reasoning.
Each source listed on your reference page must appear somewhere in the body of the essay itself and be correctly identified with an in-text citation in APA format. All material summarized, paraphrased, or quoted must be documented to avoid the charge of plagiarism.
Use formal English throughout and a persuasive, yet objective tone. That is, don’t confuse arguing about your subject with getting emotional about it.
Your instructor reserves the right to assign a zero (0) to a research essay submitted for marking and grading that does not have the mandatory required sources, and has no properly integrated research, indicated through in-text citations, and/or without a reference page, as the assignment requires.
A substantial portion of your grade will be dedicated to how carefully you follow APA format throughout the essay.
Attend one of the library research sessions, and attach proof of attendance at the end of the paper. I will deduct 5% if the proof of attendance is not attached. The research sessions schedule is posted on our blackboard course.
After reading Alex Boyd’s “In Defense of Graffiti,” (Check this link for a copy of the article:
http://boydwords.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/essay-in-defence-of-graffiti/http://boydwords.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/essay-in-defence-of-graffiti/) write a persuasive essay in which you argue whether graffiti is a crime OR a work of art. For this essay, you might consider using a personal interview (primary source) to support your case. That is, you could interview a business owner, police officer, and/or graffiti artist about their opinions of graffiti. Remember, you still need THREE-FOUR secondary sources as well. Because people tend to have strong and highly emotional/subjective opinions about graffiti, or have had personal experiences with the effects of graffiti, remember to maintain a persuasive yet objective tone throughout the essay.
Write a persuasive essay in which you argue for or against racial profiling. In your essay, you may consider the causes and effects of this controversial issue on individuals.
Argue whether video games should be used to teach academic skills. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of integrating video games into traditional classrooms.
Do you agree with the claim that public surveillance is dangerous? That it threatens personal freedoms? Or do you think that public surveillance is beneficial? Alternatively, you might want to consider whether only certain types of information, such as our genetic code, should be protected. For this topic, you might consider researching ideas from the scientific and medical fields, ethics, as well as popular beliefs as covered by newspaper and/or magazine articles.
Write a persuasive causal analysis essay in which you explain the causes and effects of cyber-bullying and what can be done to curtail this phenomenon.
Many Politicians are calling for a ban on human cloning. Research the issue online at a website such as bioethics.gov,
http://www.ornl.govwww.ornl.gov and the MacEwan library databases using key words such as “human cloning,” “ethics,” and “cloning debates.” How has the cloning debate changed since the creation of Dolly was announced? Is a moratorium on human cloning likely to be lifted within the next few years? Write an essay in which you advocate either for, or against, a ban on human cloning.
Find writers who support the idea of teaching abstinence in schools, and others who believe that sex education, including information on contraceptive methods, is better for students. Take one side or the other and defend your position, using the most compelling supporting points you have found.
Who should shoulder the cost of education? Is it a public responsibility, or is it up to the individual student who benefits? What is the financial situation of Canadian university students graduating today? What is their debt load and how does this affect their quality of life? Begin your research with a recent Statistics Canada report on the subject at www.statcan.ca/. Write a well-reasoned persuasive essay defending your position.
Your thesis should state your position and the main arguments to be covered in the essay.
Include a maximum of two short quotations (or one long quotation) on every page.
Include a minimum of two quotations for the whole essay.
Give your essay a creative title. Do not make it into a question.
Persuasive Essay Evaluation Guide
A+, A, A-
B+, B, B-
C+, C, C-
Content shows originality, insights, thinking, depth, complexity
Details and examples are sharp, appropriate, effective, relevant
Counter (opposing) arguments are acknowledged and integrated appropriately in the essay.
Writer’s voice is lively, authentic, interesting;
Tone and approach are appropriate to topic/subject matter and audience
Purpose and approach are clearly to define something topic/approach to topic is original, fresh, of intrinsic/potential interest to readers
Writing is honest & sincere
Writer engages fully with topic
Central idea comes through clearly
Thesis statement is clear and includes the main points of the argument.
Thesis matches with what is written in the body of the essay.
Points/paragraphs follow each other logically and are clearly related to central idea
Paper is cohesive, moving from one point to another clearly and smoothly
Paragraphs themselves are focused, unified, each having a clear purpose and clear topic sentence
The introduction smoothly leads the reader to your thesis statement with enough information to spark an interest in the topic.
The conclusion sums up the main points and thesis effectively.
Clear and correct sentence structure (such matters as comma splices, fragments, run-ons, mixed constructions, co-ordinate/parallel problems, dangling modifiers. . .);
Appropriate and effective sentence length, variety, and complexity
Language and usage:
Word choice is precise, concise, vivid, appropriate;
Expressions are idiomatic and appropriate
The essay shows attentive adherence to the MLA or APA formatting.
Quotations are integrated smoothly and accurately.
In-text citations and reference entries are accurate.
Spelling, punctuation, and grammar: correct
Letter Percent Description
A+ 93 – 100 Markedly Superior: Writing is
outstanding in every way
A 87 – 92
A- 80 – 86 Excellent: Superior performance shows comprehensive understanding of subject materials; writing is error free in structure and grammar
B+ 77 – 79 Very Good: Clearly above average
performance; writing has several errors in
structure and/or grammar
B 74 – 76
B- 70 – 73 Good: Average performance reflecting
good knowledge of subject materials; the writing has significant errors in structure and/or grammar
C+ 67 – 69 Satisfactory: basic understanding of
C 64 – 66 subject materials; writing errors in structure and/or grammar are persistent and significant
C- 60 – 63
D+ 57 – 59 Minimal Pass: marginal
performance reflected in non-adherence to
required subject materials; frequent errors
D 50 – 56 in structure and/or grammar
F Below 50 Fail: Unsatisfactory performance on
subject materials; frequent writing errors hinder meaning ______________________________________________________e other and defend your position, using the most compelling supporting points you have found.
Quotations are integrated smoothly