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You will write an essay of 700-900 words (min) in lengthwhichidentifies an issue for debate,establishes your position on the issue,supports your position with sound arguments and evidence, andrebuts opposing arguments made by others. You should refer to The Norton Field Guide, Chapter 33, 46 & 47, for discussions on Argumentationand using sources, Chapter 10 for examples, and Chapter 49-50 on documenting sources.

You develop a thesis statementthat identifies the issue and states your attitude, opinion, and position on the issue. Your essay must include an appropriate introduction, a good conclusion, and body paragraphs that fully develop the thesis in a series of well-organized sub-topics that support your position. Emphasis should be placed on establishing a clear purpose, a debatable thesis, and strong supporting evidence.

You must have 3 reliable secondary sources from a book, magazine, journal, or website as supporting evidence. You cite each of the 3 sources at least once in the body of your essay with an in-text citation, and you write a MLA format Works Cited containing the 3 sources at the end of your essay.

Your audience includes persons who are debating the social and political issues or who are undecided about these issues. Your language should address the subject in such a way as to establish the importance of the issue to your audience and a reasonable tone. Topics for Essay #3 Argument are the following: Is Manny Balestrero considered innocent until proven guilty? Does Manny receive fair treatment in his arrest? Do the police officers keep Manny informed of his rights? Does Manny receive a fair trial? Your paper should appeal to reason, emotion, and/or moral values wherever possible.

You will write three drafts of this essay and revise, edit, and proofread the drafts in accordance with the writing process. All three drafts shall be submitted together.

Evaluation Criteria:

The successful paper focuses on a clearly stated thesis statement; a well written introduction defining the subject and purpose of the essay; body paragraphs with clearly defined topics supporting the thesis; and a concluding paragraph with appropriate concluding remarks about the thesis.The body paragraphs must clearly establish support for your thesis by providing several kinds of evidence. Sentences in each paragraph must be well developed with specific details supporting the topic.

The successful paper has a minimum of mechanical errors in grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation. These errors should be minor and not cause confusion or detract from the thesis and development of the essay.

First Draft Due: __ Mon, 04/03

Second Draft Due: __ Wed, 04/05

Final Draft Due: __ Mon, 04/10 —1st & 2nd drafts in class, final draft on e-campus at 11:59pm!!!

English Research Rubric

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