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Font / Heading Format

Degrees of success depend on including an MLA standard heading consisting of your name, my name, course title, and date in the upper left corner. Also, font and size should be 12pt Times New Roman. Lastly, your last name and page number should be auto-inserted in the header space at the top right hand corner. Also, DOUBLE SPACE your essay.

10.0 pts

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Descriptive / Persuasive Title

Degrees of success here depend on including a title which DESCRIBES as well as contains an OPINION on the topic you are writing about. DO NOT title your essay “Essay #2” or “Argument Essay” or an exact title matching one of the texts you’re working with.

10.0 pts

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Works Cited Accuracy

Degrees of success here depend on accurately citing the article you are quoting in your essay in MLA format. Consult the MLA format for an article from an anthology or an online article from the web.

10.0 pts

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In-Text Citation Accuracy

Degrees of success here depend on including signal phrases for direct quotations and accurate parenthetical citation which contain author last name [when necessary] and page or paragraph number.

15.0 pts

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Author / Title Accuracy

Degrees of success here depend on correctly using the author(s) full name at first, then last name only afterwards. Also, you should include the title of the article you are quoting from in quotation marks only.

10.0 pts

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Introduction Lead-In

Degrees of success here depend on beginning your introduction with a general description of the topic you are arguing about in 2-3 sentences. DO NOT immediately discuss your specific author and article at the start of the essay.

10.0 pts

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“They Say” Summary of Article

Degrees of success here depend on summarizing the article in the first paragraph in 2-3 sentences. Be VERY CAREFUL if you use quotations in the first paragraph to accomplish this as you do it sparingly.

10.0 pts

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“I Say” Contribution

Degrees of success here depend on building off your “They Say” by adding to the debate by your own original contribution to the debate brought up by the article you summarized in the first paragraph.

15.0 pts

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Strategic Thesis Language

Degrees of success here depend on consciously using transitional or prepositional phrases in the introduction paragraph as you move between your own “I Say” and the “They Say” of the article.

15.0 pts

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Amount of Textual Evidence

Degrees of success here depend on having the minimum number of required direct quotations from the article in the body paragraphs of your essay.

10.0 pts

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Strong Presence of Author

Degrees of success here depend on consciously using the author’s name throughout the essay to connect to your own response to his / her argument you are responding to. The more often you use the author’s last name to begin sentences, the better you’ll do.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Engagement with Textual Evidence

Degrees of success here depend on connecting with directly quoted language either through your own argumentation or personal experience.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Usage of Present Tense

Degrees of success here depend on using present tense signal verbs when making an argument or stating our opinion on the argument presented in the article.

10.0 pts

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Accurate First Person Usage

Degrees of success here depend on appropriate usage of first person pronouns (I , Me, My, etc..) for ETHOS usage ONLY.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Second Person Avoidance

Degrees of success here depend on avoidance of using second person pronouns (you and your) throughout the entire essay.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Grammatical Accuracy

Degrees of success here depend on using effective grammar which avoids fragments, run-ons, malapropisms, misused / absent apostrophes, etc..

15.0 pts

Total Points: 200.0

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