Project 3A: Due Wednesday, April 3, by 3:00 pm
4 to 8 paragraphs
You will write a persuasive essay taking a stand on a claim related to one of the Case Studies created by your fellow students. You will use a typical classical argument structure to write this assignment. The classical argument has 5 main parts: 1. An introduction containing a thesis statement taking a stand that you want to persuade the reader to accept. 2. “Narration,” or background material explaining the necessary contextual/historical information to understand the issue. 3. The body of the argument, consisting of the reasons to support the claim and including evidence that supports these reasons. 4. A discussion of your opponent’s point of view, conceding some points and rebutting the others. 5. A conclusion that sums up and amplifies the significance of the argument you have made. Grading Criteria:
Introduction grabs attention and expresses main idea of essay.
Thesis/main point is central/clearly stated and addresses question in a thoughtful way. _____
Background information is provided and helps the reader understand the issue. _____
Supporting points offer reasons to back up the thesis/main point. _____
Details, facts, examples are used to back up supporting points. _____
Opposing arguments are discussed and rebutted effectively. _____
Conclusion summarizes and explains significance of the essay. _____
Each body paragraph has a topic sentence or sentences that focuses the paragraph.
Transitions are used to direct the reader from paragraph to paragraph and explain relationships among ideas.
There are few sentence structure errors.
Clarity of word choices is demonstrated.
Other grammar errors are infrequent.
Mechanics/typos/etc. are infrequent.
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