250 points possible
The assignment: Research a topic relating in some way, however marginally, to an issue raised in the book, Find Me Unafraid. Write a thesis-driven paper of about 5 pages using your research
Matters of substance**: 50 points**
The topic is conceived with sufficient breadth that the writer is able to say something, to expand on it.
The topic is conceived with sufficient focus that the writer is able to contain the topic within the parameters of the essay.
The topic has adequately the issues written by a carefully written thesis statement or controlling idea.
The topic has been adequately researched to deal with the spectrum of issues covered by the topic.
The content of the essay is substantial and includes an adequately developed counter-argument.
The word count is about 1250 words.
Matters of form**: 75 points**
The essay shows evidence of organization: there’s an outline behind the essay.
The essay indicates its organizational structure with key transitional words or phrases: for instance, “first,” “second,” “then,” “on the other hand.”
The essay is composed of clearly focused paragraphs in which a topic sentence is supported by other sentences in the paragraph.
The essay is composed of strong, accurate sentences that conform to standard English grammar.
Conclusion**: 25 points**
The essay comes to a convincing, persuasive, even compelling conclusion.
Introduction**: 25 points**
The introduction includes
the reason for the essay
persuades the reader that he or she should be interested in the essay
describes the argument
the thesis statement at some point (perhaps at the end of the introduction).
Research format**: 50 points**
The essay is formatted according to MLA guidelines.
Cited material is clear: the citation begins with a signal phrase and concludes with the source, properly noted.
Some material is paraphrased: the writer has taken care to note, usually with a signal phrase, when he or she is paraphrasing a source, even when not borrowing language directly.
There is clear closure to cited or paraphrased material.
Cited material of more than 3 lines is properly blocked off.
There is a list of Works Cited, properly formatted.
Appearance**: 25 points**
Font Size: 12 point
Font: Times New Roman
Page numbers are at the top of the second through the last page.
Author’s name and the date the project are due are on the first page: upper left hand corner.
The project is double-spaced.