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Prompt: In a 3 page essay, write a persuasive argument. Ensure that you draw you reader in through an emotional appeal (pathos, may include a counterargument). Clearly state your Persuasive Thesis Statement, then build your argument through facts and logic (logos). Include at least 3 points to support your argument, with either 1 external source (external sources can include reliable websites) or 1 interview (interviewees do not have to be experts, but must be relevant to your argument). After restating your thesis, revisit some main points and end with a satisfying conclusion. A great paper will keep the reader engaged with the argument, will weigh both sides fairly, and will be written in an authoritative, clear, and original style (ethos).
Point breakdown: 30 points (3x’s number below)
A 10 has all the qualities of a 9, but has an exemplary argument written in a mature, captivating style. It has no errors. A 9 argues a point in a persuasive, authoritative way, employing multiple means of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos). The thesis statement is clear and easy to identify. The essay offers a balanced perspective on an issue and acknowledges counterarguments. The argument is organized and makes sense and includes facts (at least 3, including an external source or an interview) and commentary to support the thesis. It is written in a clear, original style, has little to no errors in punctuation or formatting (MLA), and is 3 pages in length. A 8 is not as developed as a 9, lacking some maturity in argument or style. A 7 argues a point using some means of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos). It has a thesis statement, but the essay is not well-organized. It acknowledges counterarguments, but is not balanced in its approach. It contains some facts and commentary. It is written in a clear style, but includes punctuation or formatting (MLA) errors, or is not the correct length. A 6 is not as developed as a 7, showing deficiency in organization or focus. A 5 displays an effort to make an argument, but does not achieve a coherent focus. It has glaring grammatical errors that interfere with the flow of the paper. It does not meet the standards for formatting (MLA) and length.
08 07 06 05
< 04 A 0-4 displays a clear lack of effort or thought.
The outline is due on: _________ (10 points) The rough draft is due on: ________ (15 points) This final draft is due on: ________ (30 points)