i need to include 1-3 quotations from the provided article or one additional article from the databases. see attached
Paper 2: Evaluation Argument
Your second essay for English 101 will be a five paragraph essay that evaluates whether something is positive or negative based on certain criteria of your devising. This essay will incorporate ideas from ONE specific article about a topic you choose (articles and topics are provided) along with your own thoughts and experiences regarding the topic. Specific instances and examples from your experience will need to be included in the body paragraphs in order to fully develop this essay. This essay will test your ability to express your opinions clearly and rationally in essay format using the ideas and beliefs you have developed throughout your lifetime. You must argue only one side of the issue you select.
Chapter 13 in your textbook (The Norton Field Guide to Writing) discusses evaluation arguments and gives examples. Please take the time to read this chapter.
You must choose one of the following topics:
- Why is owning a pet advantageous to children?
- Why is attending a two year (community or technical) college beneficial?
- Is it better to homeschool children than to educate them in a traditional setting? Why or why not? (Tip: Use this one only if you have direct experience with homeschooling.)
- Have cell phones been more of a detriment or a benefit to society? Why?
*Your thesis statement should resemble the example below:
Three major benefits that children receive by owning a pet are __________, __________, and __________.
Use of a Supporting Article
In the Evaluation Essay module in D2L, you will find links to four articles, one on each topic. If you do not find the provided article to be adequate, you may do some additional research. However, you must research in the OCtech library databases, and you may use only one additional article. You MUST use at least one but no more than three direct quotations from the article(s) in your essay. (That’s three total, not three from each article!)
There is a link to the ENG 101 Library Guide in the Evaluation Essay section of Content. See the screenshot below. Clicking that link is the easiest way to get to relevant databases.
You must use MLA documentation to give credit to the source. The final draft MUST contain a works cited page and in-text citations. I have completed the works cited entries for the provided articles and have attached them to this document. All you need to do is copy and paste the citation for the article that you use onto your own works cited page. If you use another article, the databases usually provide the MLA 8th edition citation. If you cannot find it, ask me or the librarians.
We will discuss how to use outside materials in class but you should also read chapters 48 and 50 in your text.
- The introduction should
- Catch readers’ attention
- Provide necessary background information
- End with a clear thesis statement (see example above.)
- The body paragraphs should
- Contain clear topic sentences that state what the paragraph is about.
- Support the thesis
- Include specific support for the topic sentence
- Avoid including information that does not directly support the topic sentence/thesis
- The conclusion should
- Wrap up the essay and remind readers of the thesis without restating it directly
- Be more than a couple of sentences
- Avoid phrases like “in conclusion” or “to summarize.”
- Avoid adding new arguments
- End the paper on a strong note
- The final draft of the essay should
- Have a descriptive title
- Be double spaced
- Be at least 800 words long
- Be well organized and use transitions when appropriate
- Be well written with clear sentences that comply with Standard English
- Not contain the words “I believe,” “In my opinion,” “I think” or anything similar
- Contain no run-on, comma splice, fragment, pronoun, punctuation, or spelling errors
Different stages of the assignment are due by the beginning of class on the dates listed in My Assignments and on your syllabus. Assignments should be submitted to D2L unless noted below.
- Using the outline template in the D2L, create an outline for your paper.
- Rough Draft
- Submit to D2L.
- In-seat classes (not online!) must bring in 2 hard copies (paper printouts) of your draft for peer editing. Failure to bring in hard copies will result in the deduction of 5 points from the final draft!
- All students must submit their rough drafts to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. I suggest that you submit your draft to Brainfuse when you submit it to me. (Submission instructions are posted below.) When you turn in your final draft, you will need to attach the tutor’s comments to the end of the paper. Failure to do so will result in the deduction of 5 points from the final draft.
- Final Draft
- Submit to D2L. Hard copies are not necessary.
- Don’t forget your Brainfuse feedback!
“Homeschooling.” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2017. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/PC3021900082/OVIC?u=orgtec&xid=44cddb98. Accessed 12 Feb. 2018.
“Mobile Phones.” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/PC3010999326/OVIC?u=orgtec&xid=34ecd4f8. Accessed 12 Feb. 2018.
Netherwood, Cathy. “Animal Magic.” Australian Parents, Aug. 2002, p. 46. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=7224799&site=ehost-live. Accessed 2 Oct. 2018.
Reich, Robert. “A Four-Year College Degree Is Not Preparing People for Today’s Jobs.” How Valuable Is a College Degree?, edited by Noël Merino, Greenhaven Press, 2016. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010971205/OVIC?u=orgtec&xid=98504528. Accessed 12 Feb. 2018. Originally published as “Back to College, the Only Gateway to the Middle Class,” RobertReich.org, 1 Sept. 2014.
How to Submit a Paper to Brainfuse
- In your course in D2L, there will be a link posted under the drop box for your rough drafts. Click on it.
- You will be automatically directed to this website. Notice that you do not have to enter any usernames or passwords! To submit a paper, click on “Submit Paper” under “Writing Lab.”
- Then, choose the kind of writing assignment you will be submitting and click “Select.”
- A page of questions follows. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. I suggest that you respond to question number 4 by copying the instructions your instructor has given you for the pa
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- If you’d like to add any comments, do so in question #7. Then press “Submit” to upload the document.
- Note that you will need to log back into Brainfuse and go to the Message Center to retrieve the feedback from the tutor. It usually takes about 24 hours to get a response. To get to your Message Center, place your mouse over your name in the upper right corner of the window. A menu will pop up; select “My Message Center” from that menu.
- Use the tutor’s comments to improve your paper!