Name: |Date: | |Graded Assignment
Persuasive Essay First Draft
Write the first draft of your persuasive essay. Be sure to follow these requirements and recommendations when completing your draft:
• Open a new Microsoft Word document. Type your name, your teacher’s name, your school name, and the date at the top of your document. To help your teacher know who the essay came from, save the file as:
LAC1 COM 2.8 Persuasive Essay First Draft_FirstInitial_LastName.doc Example: LAC1 COM 2.8 Persuasive Essay First Draft_M_Smith.doc
Type your essay in the document you create.
• The recommended length requirement for this persuasive essay is 600—900 words, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. It is acceptable to write more than this; not developing your ideas enough to meet the length requirement may cause you to lose points.
• Check online for the due date of your first draft. Turn the first draft in by the due date to receive full credit on the assignment.
• Your first draft will be evaluated against a Checklist. The Checklist is based on the rubric that will be used to grade the final draft. Copies of the Checklist and the rubric are attached. Read over the Checklist and the rubric before you submit your draft to your teacher. The first draft assignment is worth 100 points, so be sure your draft includes everything in the Checklist. For example, one of the Checklist items states, “The essay is free of logical fallacies.” If your draft is free of logical fallacies, you will receive the designated number of points. If it is not free of logical fallacies, you will receive no credit for that item on the Checklist. There are 10 items on the Checklist. Before you hand in your first draft, be sure your draft includes all of the items so that you can receive full credit.
Before you begin writing, read over the feedback you received on your Planning assignment to help guide you. Have your Planning document beside you as you write.
The structure and organization of your paper should follow the Planning document you turned in. The purpose of your persuasive essay should be evident; it may even be explicitly stated. As you begin your persuasive essay, be sure that each paragraph in your essay has a topic sentence. This will guide you as you develop your essay.
As you choose the facts, information, and opinions to include in each paragraph, ask yourself whether each fact, piece of information, or opinion supports the topic of that paragraph. If something does not support the topic sentence, leave it out or include it in another paragraph in your essay.
Choose words and phrases that are appropriate to your audience and purpose, and make sure that your voice and tone are appropriate. Be yourself when you write this essay, but do not be too informal. Include language that shows rather than language that tells. Incorporate vivid descriptions where appropriate. Whenever possible, use transitions that connect ideas for the reader.
Your persuasive essay should end with a conclusion that restates your thesis statement and purpose. In the conclusion of your persuasive essay, you might also summarize the major points of your essay or give your readers something relevant to think about as they finish reading.
In your first draft, write without worrying whether every word, phrase, and mark of punctuation is perfect. The most important thing you can do is follow your Planning document and get all of your ideas on paper. Later you will have time to revise.
Now it’s time to get started!
Checklist for Evaluating the First Draft of a Persuasive Essay
Your first draft will be evaluated against this checklist. Each checked item is worth 10 points.
The purpose of the essay—to persuade—is evident.
The essay has a thesis statement.
Factual evidence obtained through research supports the thesis....
Citations: for sources are mostly missing. |the writing consistently difficult to |
| |correctly. Any fragments are clearly intentional. |occasional unintentional fragment might |Unintentional fragments, run-ons, and |understand. No research sources are cited.|
| |There are few, if any, errors in grammar, usage, |creep in, but there are few errors in |other errors sometimes interfere with | |
| |or mechanics. |grammar and mechanics, and they do not |understanding. | |
| | |interfere with understanding. | | |
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