As you work toward your first draft, please continue to review and revise your introduction. Pay particular attention to your thesis. Carefully review the thesis handout to assure that your thesis conforms to all requirements. Remember, your thesis must posit an arguable assertion.
When preparing your introduction, please keep in mind the following general requirements for an effective introduction:
–Do not write in first person. Like your essay, the introduction should be written in third person;
–Your thesis should be posited as the final sentence of your introduction;
–Your introduction should be brief and concise (no more than 4-5 sentences);
–You should avoid using quotes in your introduction.
–An effective introduction establishes your essays topic and posits a thesis.
–Avoid rhetorical questions.
This week you are required to submit a draft of your paper. A “draft” does not imply sloppy, half-baked work–not at all. A draft is the most complete and impeccable presentation you can execute at this point in time. Drafts should be 5-7 pages, use at least 3 of your 5 academic resources, and be impeccably cited and formatted. End references are required, and APA (except for the cover page–not required) should be followed.
Guidelines for the Draft (150 points): Your draft should be a largely finished product, impeccably formatted, and nearly complete. It should have all the APA citation and referencing fully in place. In length, it should be five-to-seven pages.
Guidelines for the Final Paper (200 points): The essay must be nine to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including the title or reference pages). The margins should be no more than one inch (right and left). The essay should be composed in 12-point Times New Roman font. Include a minimum of five scholarly sources. Other sources may also be used, but at least five sources must be academic and scholarly. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, websites ending with the .gov, .org, or .edu, newspapers or other media sources do not constitute scholarship. All of the sources must be documented and cited using APA format.
Rubric for 303 Draft/Final Paper Proposal 150 200 Earned Comments
Introduction/Thesis: There is a clear and focused introduction. The thesis is clear, original, and sophisticated. The ideas embedded in the thesis are appropriate to the length of the assignment (for the proposal 2-3; draft 1, 5-7; final, 9-10). Page count excludes title and reference pages). The content provides quality (not padded, dull writing, repetitive or margin/enlarged font-cheating). Effort and sensitivity to the study is evident. 20 35 45
Paragraphs: Paragraphs are composed around topics, which naturally and organically emerge from a complex, focused, and sophisticated thesis. Each paragraph explores one topic and one topic only. Topics directly relate TO the thesis and are not theses in and of themselves. The paragraph completely and fully develops and explains the topic and provides details, examples, illustrations, and quotations from research as well as from the primary texts. Topics and paragraphs rise above commonplace thinking and summary. Quoted material is used powerfully to support analytical points (and not as padding). There is a graceful transition to the next paragraph. The ideas explored are significant, substantive, and instructive. Ideas/topics support the overarching thesis so that the paper is a unified whole, and not a concatenation of appended mini-essays. 20 35 45
Grammar/Mechanics/Style: Grammar refers to the correct usage of Standard American English. Mechanics refers to idiomatic conventions (capitalization of proper nouns, spelling, and punctuation). Style refers to persuasiveness, sophistication, wit, and transcendant quality. Sentences should be varied in length and complexity without loss of clarity or precision of meaning. Style makes a paper a pleasure to read. 15 30 40
Format: APA format has been observed. Headers, margins (1” all around), alignment, double-spacing, Times New Roman font and 12 pt. font size are correct. Pagination is in the upper right of the page. Citations are scrupulously observed in-text and have a matching full reference on a reference page with hanging indents (also formatted correctly—double spaced in TNR 12 point font) Both in-text and full references are complete according to the APA style sheet. 10 25 35
Writing for the Humanities: Composing for the humanities is “technical” in its own way. Students are to read broadly in philosophy, art, literature, political science, and history; and are to show that they can bridge conceptually across humanistic inquiry, innovate meanings that are not apparent at the surface of texts, locate controversies and conflicts that are worthy of researched exploration, and show depth and focus of contemplative thought and character in conducting work of this kind. Progress throughout these assignments is also valued. 10 25 35
Total 75 150 200
Course Project Final Paper Rubric Total Points Possible Total Points Earned
Ideas/Content: Ideas are strong and relevant to a humanities paper. The thesis includes a clear statement of purpose and sensitively explores its subject matter. It is supported with effective, specific, and relevant details selected with a humanities audience in mind. The body of the paper is nine-to-ten pages of text (not including the title page and references). 50
Organization: The paper offers a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The writing is structured to enhance meaning. Transitions are used to move from point to point. Transitions provide logical sequence appropriate for the purpose. Each paragraph ends with an original statement that connects to the thesis. The paper is coherent, sensible, and flows satisfactorily. 50
Word Choice: The language is rich, effective, natural, precise, and vivid. Words used to convey images are appropriate to the audience and purpose. Vocabulary is varied, specific, and accurate. It is appropriate for college-level writing. The paper avoids passive voice, using active verbs and care is shown to both diction (word choice) and syntax (word order). 10
Sentence Fluency: Sentence structures vary and contain no major flaws such as run-on sentences, fragments, and verb errors. Sentences add interest and flow to text. There is strong control over simple and complex sentence structures. The writing exhibits “voice” and purpose. 15
Mechanics: The paper reflects correctness of expression and has been edited for spelling, style, grammar, and punctuation. 25
APA Formatting: The paper is double-spaced and is in a 12-point Times New Roman font. The references are presented as double-spaced with a “hanging” indent. The APA title page is not required or desired for the purposes of this course. Let’s be green. 20
References: There is a minimum of five academic sources. The references page includes full citations, and in-text citations are included when material is used from a source. Sources do not exceed 30% of the content and are cited correctly (in text and in a full reference page). 30