Draft 2.1: Researched Argument. 4/11/2011. For Today:. Announcements Thesis Statement Check Organization Draft 2.1 , Group Critique Rough Draft Work Shop. Argumentative Thesis Statements:. Pull out your working thesis statement. Does it meet all 3 criteria?
To practice locating and evaluating sources and then integrating those sources into a researched argument.
To complete this assignment, write an argument using the strategies and structures described in your textbook and the handbook. The argument should have an identifiable thesis, lines of argument, logical support, ethical and emotional appeals (if applicable), and consideration of alternative views. You should use 6 sources from the TTU library or library databases as specified by your instructor for this assignment. Your essay should be 1500 words in length, not including the list of works cited. Please use MLA format (see Ch. 16 of your handbook) for in-text citations and your list of works cited.
C1—Issue Identification and Focus
Has the student focused his or her argument on a narrow topic? Is the essay argumentative rather than informative?
C2—Context and Assumptions
Has the student considered the contexts of the articles which he or she quotes? Has the student discussed any assumptions which he or she makes about the topic as well as the assumptions which the articles make?
C3—Sources and Evidence
Has the student presented sources effectively to support his or her points? Are the sources scholarly? Has the student cited these sources correctly? Is the Works Cited list formatted correctly? Has the student cited all of the sources listed in the Works Cited?
Does the student consider the counterargument fairly and carefully? Do the articles which the student cites in the counterargument support the counterargument and not the argument? Sometimes, students will borrow a summary of the counterargument from a source that they have been using to support their own lines of argument.
Has the student clearly stated an arguable thesis statement? Do the lines of argument provide adequate support for this thesis statement, and is it clear how they support it?
Does the student summarize the main points the student has made? Does the conclusion restate the thesis statement? How effective is the conclusion rhetorically?
Is the essay clearly organized and easy to follow? Can you tell which paragraphs are lines of argument? Is it clear how every paragraph helps to develop the thesis statement? How effective is the student’s writing at the sentence level?