What issue or problem would you like to write about?, english assignment help

art One: Topic Search

For the first part of this assignment, consider the following three questions:

  1. What issue or problem would you like to write about?
  2. Choose a side. What is your view on the issue? What is the opposing view?
  3. What specific change might fix this issue?

Then, freewrite for 10-15 minutes about the topic you have chosen. Share all of the reasons you can think of for why your problem needs to be fixed. Do not worry about grammar, spelling, or format. Do not edit. Write what comes to mind. Do not research yet. If you are stumped and cannot write what you know for 10-15 minutes, go back to #1 and start with a new topic.

Part Two: The Outline

Draft an informal outline for your upcoming persuasive paper. Do not include quotations or paraphrased material. Your outline should be built from your current knowledge of the topic. You can refine this later when you conduct your research.

Basic Outline for a Five Paragraph Essay

  • Introductory Paragraph (five to seven sentences that include a hook, background information, and a thesis)
  • Body Paragraphs
    • First Topic Sentence
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
    • Second Topic Sentence
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
    • Third Topic Sentence
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
      • Supporting Point
  • Closing paragraph (five to seven sentences that include a restatement of the thesis, summary of the main ideas, and a closing thought)

If you are having trouble with your outline, the following link leads to a video that should help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXWMPbfKtUI

Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria.

  Evidence of freewriting; answering questions  10

  Focused topic chosen    10

  Basic Outline with Minimum of 5 paragraphs  10

  Contains an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion  10

/40

Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts.

Contains persuasive thesis statement  10

  Contains supportive sentences in body  10

/20

Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts.

  Demonstrates knowledge of the topic    10

  Supportive sentences directly relate to topic    10

   Introduction promotes interest in topic    5

  Conclusion summarizes with closing thought    5

/30

Use of proper mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling. Attempts APA style guidelines.

  Outline in sentence form    4

  Grammar and mechanics applied  3

  APA format attempted    3

/10

Total

/100

 
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