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This essay is your last, best chance to prove to me that you have the research, formatting, organizing, and writing (grammar & mechanics) skills necessary to be successful in English 1301.
So, for this assignment, I’ll be treating you like I would any student in freshman composition.
Is technology making students dumb. Should technology have limited use in the classroom? Take a position and defend it following the writing guidelines that you have been taught in class.
In recent times, there have been violent incidents on college campuses. These incidents have resulted in serious injuries or even death. Some professors want the right to possess firearms in class during school hours. Should professors have the right to possess firearms in class during school hours. Take a position and defend it following the writing guidelines that you have been taught in class.
Is foreign military involvement in the middle east a blessing or a curse for the citizens of those countries? Take a position and defend it following the writing guidelines that you have been taught in class.
Uses any hook technique from Ch. 1 EXCEPT asking a question.
(In other words, NO QUESTIONS IN YOUR INTRODUCTION)
Background info helps reader understand the topic and explains why it is relevant and important.
Thesis statement states your position on the topic and your supporting arguments.
5 sentences minimum
2 body paragraphs that each develop a solid supporting argument.
8 sentences each MINIMUM:
Topic Sentence + at least 7 detail sentences
Each body paragraph must have strong and specific support to support your point of view.
Not correctly citing an outside source = automatic 0 for plagiarism. Remember – IDEAS (paraphrases and summaries) you get from outside sources must be cited even if you don’t quote the WORDS exactly (p. 115; pages 184 and 185).
Counterargument and Refutation
A counterargument and refutation are provided in a THIRD body paragraph.
Six to eight sentences long; 6 sentences MINIMUM
Must contain ALL parts of Counterargument & Refutation (p.110)
Introduce and explain counterargument& identify people who believe it
Describe evidence for counterargument
Acknowledge and refute counterargument
Show how your evidence disproves counterargument
Minimum of 4 sentences
State reasons why your point of view is more valid than the opposing view.
Emphasizes the importance of the topic being argued
Ends with a strong comment, recommendation, or call to action.
Essay is written in third person
DO NOT use first person AT ALL (I/We/Us/Me/My/Our)
DO NOT use second person AT ALL (you/yours)
ALL outside sources MUST have an author listed.
Quotation(s), paraphrases and summaries are appropriately cited and punctuated.
Quotations are NOT from sources originally written in a language other than English.
An essay in which ANY information is flagged as copied on Turnitin that is not in quotation marks or where the author/website for that information is NOT listed as a source in a parenthetical citation will automatically receive a score of zero (0). This is plagiarism.
Follows MLA formatting guidelines
Essays that have even ONE formatting error will receive a deduction of 10 points automatically.
This is the fourth paper you’ve had to format – you should know how to do it correctly. If you are still having trouble with formatting, check YouTube for videos on MLA formatting, see a tutor, or refer back to the worksheet on formatting that I provided you with early in the semester.
Being able to write a paper that is free of grammar errors ON YOUR OWN is a HUGE part of being ready for 1301.
You are expected to proofread your own work for grammar errors.
Your essay should be free of (not contain ANY of) the following:
Verb tense errors (using present tense when should use past, etc.)
Verb form errors (using the wrong helping verbs, etc. for the verb tense)
Subject-verb agreement issues
Word form issues (using the adjective form of a word where you should use the noun form, etc.)
Word order issues (putting nouns, verbs, adj. clauses, noun clauses, prepositional phrases, etc.) in the wrong place in a sentence
Sentence structure issues (run-ons, fragments, comma splices, awkward (not-understandable) sentences
It-construction and noun clause errors
Complex noun phrase errors
Proof that you have thoroughly checked your own essay for these errors.
Make sure you check for unity and coherence
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