Argumentative and Persuasive essay
The essay must be 1100 words.
Please give me the topic you will use first.
Ex.( Abortions,Should Marijuana be legalized, Corporal Pushniment )
Name: _____________________________ Writing Assignment ___
ENGL 1101 — Composition Essay Rubric Criteria Achievement Level
Level 1 (16-20/20 pts)
Level 2 (11-15/20 pts)
Level 3 (6-10/20 pts)
Level 4 (1-5/20 pts)
Level 5 (0/20 pts)
Document meets all assignment
requirements including length, rhetorical mode, structure, topic,
scope, focus, and purpose, as well as others designated by the
Document is missing one of the assignment
Document is missing two of the assignment requirements.
Document is missing three or more of the assignment
Document does not meet assignment requirements.
Organization & Content
Document clearly, effectively, and
originally organizes ideas using a thesis, topic sentences,
concluding sentences, and transitions.
Document exhibits basic organization including a
thesis, topic sentences, concluding sentences, and
Document includes a thesis and topic sentences, but transitions
and/or concluding sentences could be added or refined.
Document includes a thesis, but other significant
elements of organization and overall structure could
be improved upon or are missing.
Document lacks organization and unity,
lacking two or more of the following elements:
thesis, topic sentences, concluding sentences,
Development & Support
Document thoroughly and thoughtfully develops the
assignment topic with a strong voice. The supporting paragraphs
have strong well-written details and examples that support main
idea. Support is thorough, but
properly integrated to maintain flow and voice.
Document develops the assigned topic, but could
be more thorough or use a stronger voice. Support
could be better integrated. The supporting paragraphs
have details or examples
that support the main idea, but more may be needed.
Document develops the assigned topic, but is not thorough OR voice
is not well developed. Existing support is appropriate, but more
support is needed, and support could be better integrated.
Document fails to develop the assigned topic OR fails
to develop a distinct voice. Supporting paragraphs do
not have enough details or examples to fully support
the main idea.
Document fails to address
the assigned topic OR document lacks support
OR support is not appropriate. The
are not clear, disorganized or do not
support the main idea.
MLA Setup & Documentation
Shows mastery of MLA format guidelines including correct
heading, header, font, size, spacing, indentation,
parenthetical citation, and works cited entries (as required).
Shows understanding or application of MLA format
guidelines, but may contain one or two errors
in MLA format or documentation.
Shows basic understanding or application of MLA format
guidelines, but may contain three or four errors in MLA format or
Shows rudimentary understanding of MLA
format guidelines due to five or more errors in MLA
format or documentation.
Doesn’t address MLA
format guidelines OR shows no understanding
or application of MLA format guidelines.
The message itself is clear with no major or minor error patterns
in editing and proofreading.
The message itself is clear despite one to five minor
error patterns in editing
The message itself is clear despite
one to two major error patterns in editing and proofreading OR the
message itself is not clear in places
due to more than five minor error patterns in editing & proofreading.
The message itself is not
clear in places due to three or more major or more
than five minor error
patterns in editing & proofreading.
The message itself is not clear or easily understood
and/or contains extensive
patterns of major and minor errors in editing &
How to Choose an Argumentative Essay Topic?
You may think that it is really easy to just pick an argumentative topic to write an essay on. However,
the topic should be chosen with care and consideration. You have to keep in mind that your
argumentative essay should be compelling. It should entice the reader to keep on reading. And it
should move your reader so much that they have no choice but to agree with your arguments and
When choosing a topic try to keep the following in mind:
1. Write what you know. This should be obvious, but you should have some background
knowledge in a topic at this point in your life. You must be able to think, analyze, and discuss
your topic without using the internet or out-side sources. In short, this means that you should
choose a topic that you are already well-informed about. From your own knowledge, you
should also be able to demonstrate that there are certain valid ideas on the topic via “your
own” points, explanations, and evidence. Even if you have to research, you will know where
to start in your research this way.
2. Make sure you topic is something specific. When you are arguing, do not take something
super broad, such as should we have school uniforms, or should abortion be illegal. If your
stance on the issue can be boiled down to a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ then likely, you will have too much
to talk about, or not enough! It is best to have a clear, specific statement that is arguing.
3. Make sure that there is something that can be defended in your position, If you cannot think
of defenses to the counterarguments an opponent of yours is certain to make, and then
maybe you should rethink your topic. On the other hand, if your opponent is a straw man or
any other way of thinking about the issue is obviously wrong, then you are not writing an
argument, you are writing an exposition.
4. Choose an argument those appeals to both logic and emotion. This allows your reader to
connect with what you are trying to say. People rarely actually argue rationally, so the only
way to really change anyone’s mind is to get them it invest emotionally into your argument,
what you are saying, and what you are trying to accomplish. Of course, you will need solidly
rational arguments in your essay, but you may have a problem if you try to pick a topic that
does not arouse any feeling.Persuasive Thesis Statement Instructions Use the information in the Persuasive Strategy folder as well as the information posted with Writing Essay 3 instructions to create a debatable Persuasive thesis statement. Be sure to include the Topic for the essay. Be sure to state the Purpose of the essay. See Argument Lecture Notes in the Persuasive Strategy folder to identify this section. Write one of the three purposes. Then type your tentative Persuasive thesis statement. Consider using the word or phrase (must, must not or should, should not). Example Persuasive Thesis Statement: Topic: On-campus Day Care Purpose- To invite or convince an audience to change a position or adopt a course of action Persuasive Thesis Statement -Our college should establish an on-campus day care since it has benefits for both students and faculty.
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