Word Count: 1000
Core Learning Objectives:
- Develop complex topics with a rhetorical purpose.
- Deploy grammar and mechanics of standard written English.
- Use complex syntax and varied sentence structure.
- Incorporate correctly cited materials.
- Defend a reasonable position
For this and the following essay, you will be exploring the same topic. Following the examples in your textbook and class discussion, prepare a causal analysis essay of a current local, national, or global problem. Your essay must include at least three documented sources from the library’s databases and be formatted in MLA documentation style. Use the sample essays in your text to help with format or use any of the resources in the content modules. Time will be given in class to review your essay with your instructor and with your classmates.
Essay assignments must be stapled, formatted in Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font, and contain the following elements in this order:
- Essay in MLA format
- Editing/Revision Guide completed by peer reviewer(General Resource Folder online course)
- Instructor Rubric (below)
- Skills Mastery Sheet (located in the General Resources Folder; you will use the same one for every essay)
Grading Rubric for Causal Essay
- CONTENT (50 points)
- The subject is focused, significant, interesting, and manageable. It is appropriate demonstrate an effective originality and/or a challenging level of academic/intellectual difficulty.
- The paper contains sufficient, specific supporting evidence for assertions, in the form of examples, details, and discussion. The supporting evidence demonstrates originality, thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and/or significant and appropriate research. All source material is correctly formatted within the essay and on the Works Cited page. Lapses in reasoning are avoided. When appropriate, opposing viewpoints are acknowledged and effectively addressed. Paragraphs are logical and fully developed.
- Supporting evidence from sources is accurately paraphrased, summarized, and/or quoted.
- There is an effective ratio between evidence and discussion.
- SKILL FOCUS (50 points)
- Thesis statement is clear, specific, and focused.
- Essay contains no fragments, run-on sentences, or comma splices.
- Essay has been carefully proofread.
- Commas are used correctly.
- Pronouns are used correctly.
- Transitions within and between paragraphs are smooth and logical.
- Word choice is clear and concrete.
- Parallel structure is used effectively.