Your final and most important writing assignment in this class requires you to:
This paper should be five to seven pages long, double-spaced, in 12 pt. Times New Roman, with one-inch margins. You will have a minimum of five reliable sources, documented according to MLA conventions, both in the text and on the Works Cited page. Note: The Works Cited page does not count toward the required page count.
First, establish a topic and specific debatable issue of your interest and research it carefully. Possible topics might include immigration, health care, class in America, education policy, or any other matter of interest approved for class. Then, you should describe fairly and reasonably at least three positions on that issue and their justification. The introduction should identify the topic, its relevant context, the various perspectives available, and your thesis: a small and unexpected claim worth making. The next few paragraphs should describe more than two conflicting but reasonable positions on the topic, and you need to incorporate evidence in the form of quotes and statistics to substantiate your descriptions. The rest of the paper should demonstrate your position with respect to those you have described, offering careful evidence to support your claims. For your conclusion, you have earned the right to make more general claims, suggest what the broader implications of your analysis and position might be.
You will submit the pieces of your Critical Response Paper according to the following schedule:
The Critical Response Paper is worth 30% of your final grade. Your effort, accuracy, and timely submission of its components, from the topic proposal to the final revised draft, are considered in awarding your grade. Your paper will be assessed according to the following criteria:
PROCESS: You have submitted the topic proposal, annotated bibliography, introduction, complete first draft, and a polished final revision.
QUALITY OF THOUGHT and CLARITY OF PURPOSE: The essay effectively describes multiple perspectives on a topic and demonstrates its own position.
ORGANIZATION: The essay is organized effectively and includes smooth transitions between sections and paragraphs. Paragraphs are clearly focused on one idea relevant to the essay’s thesis; the ideas within the paragraph are clearly related and smoothly linked, and the main point of the paragraph is supported by examples and details.
USE OF LANGUAGE: Clarity of expression: the writing has been carefully proofread and adheres to standard conventions of grammar and punctuation; the essay presents an appropriate tone and precise diction.
RESEARCH: The essay effectively and appropriately cites relevant sources using quotes that are accurately introduced, cited, and analyzed. The in-text citations and the list of works are in MLA style.