The four papers linked to below are student research papers. Download, print and read them. Using the Department of English Goals and Objectives for writing, assess each paper and be prepared to discuss your assessment. It might help for you to know that the assignment asked students to develop an argument on a specific topic. The argument was to be about 1,500 to 2,000 words and documented in proper MLA format.
Rubric and Outcomes
WRITING OUTCOMES: In the composition sequence of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, students will demonstrate the following skills in written communication:
- Clarity of Purpose: Students will demonstrate the ability to establish a clear purpose (thesis or announced intent) and an appropriate awareness of audience (reader).
- Quality of Thought: Students will demonstrate a level of rational thought that recognizes and examines complexity of ideas and is supported by credible and logical evidence.
- Organization of Content: Students will demonstrate unity and coherence, and demonstrate effective arrangement of content, all in the appropriate support of purpose.
- Synthesis and Integration of Sources: Students will demonstrate effective synthesis of multiple sources so that various claims, findings, and arguments are clearly and concisely presented.
- Attribution and Documentation of Sources: Students will demonstrate accurate citations in text and in works cited / references so that readers can clearly identify and track purposeful use of source materials.
- Language and Style: Students will demonstrate the ability to make stylistic choices in vocabulary, diction, and syntax.
- Grammar and Mechanics: Students will demonstrate competence in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling
Successful responses to this Blog Prompt will identify specific strengths and weaknesses in each sample paper using the writing outcomes as defined above and the even more specific description found in your syllabus.
“Impediment of Sustainability by South Carolina Government”
“The Plastic Soup We Call Ocean”
“Food and You Researched Argument”