Your essay must include an introduction with a thesis, body paragraphs with topic sentences, and a conclusion.
•Essays must demonstrate coherence through the use of transitions and proper organization.
•Your paper must be formatted in correct MLA style.
•The paper must be two full pages (about 600 words).
•Organize your essay.
•The paper must be formatted in correct MLA style.
•Please upload a copy of your final essay to Turn-It-In on ANGEL; failure to do so will result in a 0 for your final paper.
Option 1: Discuss a current social controversy: for example, racial tensions in a community, such as Ferguson or Baltimore.
Option 2: Discuss a current political issue: for example, the Religious Freedom Act.
Option 3: Discuss a current health issue: for example, GMO foods, generic medicine, E-Cigarettes.
Choose a topic (below), and write an illustration/example essay. Your essay must have these components: (1) an introduction, (2) body, (3) conclusion, (4) thesis statement, (5) good development, (6) topic sentences, and (7) transition words. Your paper must be double-spaced, two full pages (about 600 words), and written in 12 point font. Do not use outside sources. Your paper must be formatted in MLA style. Upload a copy of your final essay to Turn-It-In on ANGEL.
Please read chapter 6 in Nexus to help you understand how to write the illustration/example essay. All college essays are formatted using MLA style (headers, page numbers, etc.). Read the MLA chapter of your grammar book pp. 700-713.
Introduction (at least 5-7 sentences)
Your introduction must have a thesis.
Body Paragraphs (at least 5-7 sentences)
Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that supports the thesis statement.
Transitional expressions are used effectively throughout the essay for flow, coherence, and cohesiveness (meanwhile, furthermore, therefore, finally, first, second, in conclusion, etc.).
All body paragraphs should have well-developed examples that support and prove the topic sentence which supports the thesis.
All body paragraphs should have well-developed examples. Write precise, thorough examples to prove your thesis.
Conclusion (at least 5-7 sentences)
Your conclusion should restate the main idea of your essay in an interesting way.
Provide closure to the essay
Grammar and Mechanics
No glaring grammar mistakes (fragments, agreement issues, verb tense shifts, run-ons, comma splices, wordiness, awkward sentence structures, no comma errors or punctuation errors, misspelled, no grammar and mechanics related errors)
Mature vocabulary, diction, and syntax are evident.
Sentence structure shows control and some variety
Audience and Tone
Academic papers require the use of formal language.
Avoid slang, informal/inappropriate usages, and biases
Use the third person point of view (he, she, one, a person, etc.), not the first person point of view (I), or the second person point of view (you).
Grade Distribution and Submission Requirements
The illustration/example essay is 15% of your overall grade.
Brainstorming (5pts), Outline with Thesis(15pts) Total (20pts.)
• Generation of ideas in brainstorming
• The outline shows a thesis, topic sentences and specific details
• The introduction requires a good hook and some background that leads to a thesis.
Rough Draft (20pts.)
• Each paragraph begins with a topic sentence that relates to the thesis
• The topic sentences are supported with specific details
• There is use of transitions
• The conclusion summarizes the main points of the essay in a creative manner.
Peer review (10 pts.)
• All questions need to be answered in a complete and thorough manner to receive credit.
Final essay (100pts.)
• A thorough document that reflects all the requirements above and has been revised and edited.
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