Write an essay describing the most significant problem in the world today and what can be done to solve it.The essay must include a description of the problem itself and how the problem affects mankind. The essay mustalso explain the problem’s causes and explore possible solutions to the problem. The essay must cite at least sevensources (one source must be a primary source and at least two sources must be from print material). The essay mustalso include a Works Cited page using MLA notation.
Focused Learning TargetEvidence
I can describe the problem with insight and clarity. Indicate where your description begins and ends in the left margin of your essay. Underline portions of the description that are particularly insightful.I can describe who is most significantly
by a problemwith insight and clarity.I can describe the problems
with insight and clarity.I can describe potential
to the problem with insight andclarity.I can include information from a
in my essay.In the right margin, indicate where primary source information isincluded.I can include information from
two print sources
in my essay. In the right margin, indicate where print source information is included.I can
correctly cite sources
within my essay in accordance withMLA guidelines.Draw a line from reference to the author to page citation.I can correctly identify my sources with a
Works Cited page
inaccordance with MLA guidelines.List any errors in the top left of the Works Cited page.
Title: Works Cited appears at top center of page.
Sources: Sources are in alphabetical order.
line of the citations indented.
Spacing: Works Cited is double spaced.I can
carefully choose words
and sentence structures that insurethe reader understands my insights and explanationsBox five examples of word choices that you feel were particularlyskillful in terms of expressing a subtle shade of meaning.I can use
standard English conventions
so the reader understands my insights and explanations.Have another student read your essay and circle spelling, punctuationand grammar errors. Write their name at the end of the essay.I can
organize my writing
so the reader can understand mydescription of a problem and its potential solutions and useskillful transitions to that same end.In the top margin of your essay, map out how you structured your response using the following symbols, if other symbols areneeded be sure to define them:O=OverviewP=Description of the problem.A=Description of who is affected by the problem.C=Description of what causes the problem.S=Description of potential solutions to the problemI can include information from a
diverse array of resources
inmy essay.At the end of a fact presented in your paper, give a short name for thetype of source. Use each source only once. Count the number of different sources and write that number to the left of your name inthe heading of the essay.