Extended, Research-Based Argument Essay

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Extended, Research-Based Argument Essay
Rough Draft Due: Tuesday, April 3rd
Value: 25 points [Must attend conferencing to get points]
Final Draft Due: Thursday, April 26th
Value: 300 points
The rough draft of the extended, research-based argument essay is due on Tuesday, April
3rd and is worth 25 points as long as you also attend conferencing.
The final draft of the paper, due on Thursday, April 26th, must be 7-10 full pages in
length, not counting your title, abstract, and References pages. I will subtract points for
anything less than this page requirement, starting with a minimum 20% deduction.
INSTRUCTIONS
For your third essay, you will analyze, critique, and argue one claim based on
your approved topic (make sure you have turned in a proposal and received topic
approval before beginning your essay). This essay may be a continuation of your
previous topic, but may not simply be an extended version of that paper. Do not “recycle”
your previous essay or quoted material (though some of your sources may be the same).
Be careful to keep your audience in mind. You will undoubtedly be very familiar
with the topic and the research, but make sure to describe and analyze the material
enough in the text to allow the reader to understand your argument. Don’t be overly
simplistic – an extended, research-based argument requires an in-depth and academic
look at the topic – but make sure you don’t limit your audience.
Most of the essay will be careful and close analysis of the issue. If your paper
does not address “why” there is validity to your claim, it is not meeting the criteria of the
assignment.
Make sure to maintain a scholarly tone throughout the essay. Do not base your
argumentative essay on emotional appeals (they can exist, but sparingly), your own
emotions, or religious views. These strategies, though useful in some areas of writing, are
not sufficient for an academic essay of this type.
You are trying to make a strong argument. Write your paper as if the reader will
try to push back at your ideas. Be thoughtful, logical, and convincing. Address the
opposing side, and show how your claim takes it into consideration.
This essay must incorporate 7-8 sources. Utilize a careful balance of quoted
material and paraphrase/summary. Always cite information you use/discuss from your
sources. Make sure to be very familiar with your sources – from both sides of your
argument – so that you can come of as an informed writer.
Adherence to APA style is a must. Be careful to format your essay correctly and
to cite accurately (in-text and reference page).
POINT VALUES, AND GRADING RUBRIC
The following rubric reflects the criteria I will use to evaluate your final draft. The
bulleted descriptions will serve as my comments.
An “A” Essay: 135-150
• Attracts reader interest with a creative title and effective introductory paragraph
• Includes a clear, arguable, interesting thesis statement at the end of the intro
paragraph
• Presents all information clearly and concisely and in an organized manner and
adheres to the structure for an argument of proposal as provided in the prompt
(introduction and definition of the problem, presentation of proposal, and so on)
• Incorporates pertinent and detailed information from credible sources to form a
research-based argument, provides needed evidence in the form of short quotations,
provides concrete, specific examples, and provides adequate commentary
• Does not quote excessively from sources
• Uses clear and precise topic sentences for all paragraphs
• Maintains focus and avoids being sidetracked by tangents
• Demonstrates excellent sentence and vocabulary variety
• Avoids distracting grammar/spelling/etc. problems
• Uses APA format correctly
• Includes APA-style in-text citations where appropriate with little or no errors
• Includes a References page containing very few to no errors
• Include an effective Abstract
A “B” Essay: 120-134
• Attracts interest in the selected argument with the title and introductory paragraph but
not as effectively as an “A” essay
• States an arguable, potentially interesting thesis statement, but not as effectively as an
“A” essay
• Presents most information in an organized manner and mostly adheres to the structure
for an argument of proposal as provided in the prompt (introduction and definition of
the problem, presentation of proposal, and so on)
• Incorporates some pertinent and detailed information from credible sources to form a
research-based argument, provides some needed evidence in the form of short
quotations, provides concrete, specific examples, and provides adequate commentary
• Does not quote excessively from sources
• Maintains focus through most of the paper
• Demonstrates adequate sentence and vocabulary variety
• Uses topic sentences for all the paragraphs
• Includes a few errors in grammar/spelling/etc.
• Uses APA format with a low rate of error
• Includes APA-style in-text citations where appropriate, though with some errors
• Includes a References page with a low rate of error.
• Includes an Absract
A “C” Essay: 105-119
• Introductory paragraph is potentially unengaging and fails to launch argument
• States a simplistic, unclear or irrelevant thesis
• Presents information in an unclear manner and/or has significant organizational
problems and/or mostly fails to adhere to the structure for an argument of proposal as
provided in the prompt (introduction and definition of the problem, presentation of
proposal, and so on)
• Does not incorporate pertinent and detailed information from credible sources and
relies on unsupported statements and generalities
• May quote excessively from sources
• Strays from the topic more than a “B” essay does
• Demonstrates some repetitive sentence structure and vocabulary use
• Uses general or vague topic sentences for some or all of the paragraphs
• Contains distracting errors in grammar/spelling/etc.
• Uses APA format with a high rate of error
• Includes APA-style in-text citations occasionally and with errors
• Includes a References page with a high rate of error
• Includes an Abstract
A “NC” Essay: 0-104
• Fails to attract reader interest in the introductory paragraph and may not include a title
• Thesis statement is simplistic, unclear, or nonexistent
• Significant problems with clarity, concision, and organization, making the
information presented difficult for the reader to understand
• Does not incorporate information from credible sources or does so minimally and/or
irrelevantly
• May quote excessively from sources
• Substantially digresses from the specific topic
• Demonstrates repetitive sentence structure and vocabulary use (more so than a “C”
essay)
• Uses general or vague topic sentences for the majority of the paragraphs
• Contains substantial distracting grammar/spelling/etc. problems that muddle the
information presented
• Uses APA format with a high rate of error
• APA-style in-text citations are included with high rate of error or are nonexistent
• Does not include a References page or includes a References page with a high rate of
error
• Does not include an Abstract
Rubric adapted from materials by Dr. Linda Strom, 2016

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