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For the Module One Paper, you will write an explanatory paper. An explanatory paper is as simple as it sounds; it is an essay that explains specific ideas relating to a given topic. In their respective texts, the authors of
present their main ideas about metaphors and technology. You are tasked with explaining those main ideas in this paper.
Specifically, in your paper, you must
A) clearly state and explain each author’s main idea
B) discuss the extent to which these two authors are “in conversation”
In order to effectively fulfill criteria A) and B) of your paper, it is recommended that you
i) establish adequate context for your reader by providing a brief summary of each of the texts
ii) support your claims regarding each author’s main idea by using evidence from each of the texts
iii) analyze the significance of each author’s ideas in order to draw a conclusion about the author’s impact on the topic
iv) provide evidence for your claim regarding the extent to which the authors are “in conversation” by discussing both the similarities and the differences between how and why these two authors present their main ideas to their respective audiences
You may choose the structure for your paper that you find most advantageous in fulfilling criteria A) and B); however, the recommended structure for this paper is
Paragraph 1: introduction – briefly introduce both texts, identify main idea of each text, and establish thesis statement regarding the extent to which the authors are “in conversation”
Paragraph 2: summarize Code Complete, Ch 2
Paragraph 3: summarize “The Internet is Not a Super Highway”
Paragraph 4: clearly state and explain the main idea of these two readings to your reader; analyze the significance of each author’s ideas in order to draw a conclusion about the author’s impact on the topic
Paragraph 5: discuss the extent to which these two authors are “in conversation” with each other by discussing the similarities between how and why these two authors present their main idea to their respective audiences
Paragraph 6: discuss the extent to which these two authors are “in conversation” with each other by discussing the differences between how and why these two authors present their main idea to their respective audiences
Paragraph 7: conclusion – give the reader something to think about in relation to your paper as a whole
Your paper must meet criteria A) and B) listed above and must be between 750 – 1250 words or it will receive a 0. You receive 3 points toward your Module One Paper grade just for meeting the minimum paper requirements. Your paper will be evaluated using three of the rubric categories below. The “Explanation,” “Plain English Style,” and “Grammatical Accuracy” rubric categories are each worth a possible total of 4 points, where “Expert” is 4 points, “Skilled Craftsperson” is 3 points, “Craftsperson” is 2 points, “Apprentice” is 1 point, and “Incomplete” is 0 points. (The Synthesis category does not count towards your paper grade. You can ignore that category, as it is only used for Writing Program reporting purposes.) The points earned for each of the 3 rubric categories listed above will be added together to give a total of 12 possible rubric points. Your total rubric points earned (out of 12) will be added to the 3 points earned for meeting the minimum paper requirements, which will then be entered into the gradebook as your grade on the Module One Paper out of 15 points. Below are the possible grade point totals.