Outline for Argumentative Essay

Assignment Instructions
Paper – Find an article about a current event in your discipline and write a supportive argumentative essay. The essay should be at least 1000 words in length and written in APA format. Include a cover page and Reference list.
Prepare an argumentative essay in which you take a position of a topic (current even related to your discipline). Begin by choosing a topic and establish your claim regarding this topic. Consider some good reasons or evidence that might support your claim. Also consider opposing views. What is your response to these opposing views?

Outline for Argumentative Essay:
Introduction Paragraph with Thesis Statement – the introduction should be fully developed containing background information on the topic. The thesis statement should appear at the end of the introductory paragraph.
Clear Transitions between all paragraphs – transitions hold the essay together. They inform the reader of what to expect in the next paragraph.
Body – fully developed set of paragraphs that provide evidence and support of the thesis. In the body the writer should include a warrant or reason that the evidence provided supports the thesis. Try to choose at least three VERY strong arguments that support your thesis (claim). Then back your argument up with relevant, timely, specific, and, accurate evidence. Use facts and statistics leave out your opinions, yet include opinions of experts on this topic. Avoid words like ‘I think”, and “I believe”. Do not over use emotion and demonstrate lack of bias.
Also in the body (1-2 paragraphs) it is important to consider other points of view or opposing views. The writer should views that are not in support of the thesis, yet refute that this point of view is out of date, irrelevant, or not well informed.
Conclusion- The conclusion should be tied back to the thesis statement. It is important not to introduce any new information in the conclusion. The conclusion is a synthesis of the information in the essay and a statement of why the topic is important.

Paper

Graduate Level Rubric:

 

APUS Assignment Graduate Level Rubric

500-600

 

EXEMPLARY

LEVEL

 

 

ACCOMPLISHED

LEVEL

 

 

DEVELOPING

LEVEL

 

 

BEGINNNIG

LEVEL

 

 

TOTAL POINTS

FOCUS AND THESIS Student exhibits a defined and clear understanding of the assignment.  Thesis is clearly defined and well constructed to help guide the reader throughout the assignment.  Student builds upon the thesis of the assignment with well-documented and exceptional supporting facts, figures, and/or statements.

10 points

Establishes a good comprehension of topic and in the building of the thesis.  Student demonstrates an effective presentation of thesis, with most support statements helping to support the key focus of assignment.

7 points

Student exhibits a basic understanding of the intended assignment, but the thesis is not fully supported throughout the assignment.  While thesis helps to guide the development of the assignment, the reader may have some difficulty in seeing linkages between thoughts.  While student has included a few supporting facts and statements, this has limited the quality of the assignment.

5 points

Exhibits a limited understanding of the assignment.  Reader is unable to follow the logic used for the thesis and development of key themes.  Introduction of thesis is not clearly evident, and reader must look deeper to discover the focus of the writer.  Student’s writing is weak in the inclusion of supporting facts or statements.

1 point

/10
CONTENT AND SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE Student demonstrates proficient command of the subject matter in the assignment.  Assignment shows an impressive level of depth of student’s ability to relate course content to practical examples and applications.  Student provides comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence.

25 points

Student exhibits above average usage of subject matter in assignment.  Student provides above average ability in relating course content in examples given.  Details and facts presented provide an adequate presentation of student’s current level of subject matter knowledge.

20 points

The assignment reveals that the student has a general, fundamental understanding of the course material.  Whereas, there are areas of some concerning in the linkages provided between facts and supporting statements.  Student generally explains concepts, but only meets the minimum requirements in this area.

15 points

Student tries to explain some concepts, but overlooks critical details.  Assignment appears vague or incomplete in various segments.  Student presents concepts in isolation, and does not perceive to have a logical sequencing of ideas.

10 points

/25
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS Student demonstrates a higher-level of critical thinking necessary for 500-600 level work.  Learner provides a strategic approach in presenting examples of problem solving or critical thinking, while drawing logical conclusions which are not immediately obvious.  Student provides well-supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment.  Student presents a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment.

25 points

Student exhibits a good command of critical thinking skills in the presentation of material and supporting statements.  Assignment demonstrates the student’s above average use of relating concepts by using a variety of factors.  Overall, student provides adequate conclusions, with 2 or fewer errors.

20 points

Student takes a common, conventional approach in guiding the reader through various linkages and connections presented in assignment.  However, student presents a limited perspective on key concepts throughout assignment.  Student appears to have problems applying information in a problem-solving manner.

15 points

Student demonstrates beginning understanding of key concepts, but overlooks critical details.  Learner is unable to apply information in a problem-solving fashion.  Student presents confusing statements and facts in assignment.  No evidence or little semblance of critical thinking skills.

10 points

/25
ORGANIZATION OF IDEAS AND FORMAT Student thoroughly understands and excels in explaining all major points.  An original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and findings is presented.  Overall format of assignment includes an appropriate introduction (or abstract), well- developed paragraphs, and conclusion.  Finished assignment demonstrates student’s ability to plan and organize research in a logical sequence.  Student uses at least of 5-7 references in assignment.

15 points

Student explains the majority of points and concepts in the assignment.  Learner demonstrates a good skill level in formatting and organizing material in assignment.  Student presents an above average level of preparedness, with a few formatting errors.  Assignment contains less than 5 resources.

10 points

Learner applies some points and concepts incorrectly.  Student uses a variety of formatting styles, with some inconsistencies throughout the paper.  Assignment does not have a continuous pattern of logical sequencing.  Student uses less than 3 sources or references.

7 points

Assignment reveals formatting errors and a lack of organization.  Student presents an incomplete attempt to provide linkages or explanation of key terms.  The lack of appropriate references or source materials demonstrates the student’s need for additional help or training in this area.  Student needs to review and revise the assignment.

1 point

/15
WRITING CONVENTIONS (GRAMMAR & MECHANICS) Student demonstrates an excellent command of grammar, as well as presents research in a clear and concise writing style.  Presents a thorough, extensive understanding of word usage.  Student excels in the selection and development of a well-planned research assignment.  Assignment is error-free and reflects student’s ability to prepare a high-quality academic assignment.

10 points

Student provides an effective display of good writing and grammar.  Assignment reflects student’s ability to select appropriate word usage and present an above average presentation of a given topic or issue.  Assignment appears to be well written with no more than 3-5 errors.  Student provides a final written product that covers the above-minimal requirements.

7 points

Assignment reflects basic writing and grammar, but more than 5 errors.  Key terms and concepts are somewhat vague and not completely explained by student.  Student uses a basic vocabulary in assignment.  Student’s writing ability is average, but demonstrates a basic understanding of the subject matter.

5 points

Topics, concepts, and ideas are not coherently discussed or expressed in assignments.  Student’s writing style is weak and needs improvement, along with numerous proofreading errors.  Assignment lacks clarity, consistency, and correctness.  Student needs to review and revise assignment.

1 point

/10
USE OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY/ AND APPLICATIONS Student provides a high-caliber, formatted assignment. Learner exhibits excellent use of computer technology in the development of assignment.  Quality and appropriateness of stated references demonstrate the student’s ability to use technology to conduct applicable research.  Given assignment includes appropriate word processing, spreadsheet and/or other computer applications as part of the final product.

5 points

Assignment presents an above-average use of formatting skills, with less than 3 errors.  Students has a good command of computer applications to format information and/or figures in an appropriate format.  Student uses at least two types of computer applications to produce a quality assignment.

4 points

Student demonstrates a basic knowledge of computer applications.  Appearance of final assignment demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format and present data.  Resources used in assignment are limited.  Student may need to obtain further help in the use of computer applications and Internet research.

3 points

Student needs to develop better formatting skills.  The student may need to take additional training or obtain help from the Educator Help Desk while preparing an assignment.  Research and resources presented in the assignment are limited.  Student needs to expand research scope.  The number of formatting errors is not acceptable.

1 point

/5
RESEARCH SKILL Student provides sophisticated synthesis of complex body of information in the preparation of assignment.  Research provided by student contributes significantly to the development of the overall thesis. Student incorporates at least of 7-10 quality references in assignment.  Student incorporates a variety of research resources and methodology in the preparation of assignment.

10 points

Student achieves an above average synthesis of research, but interpretation is narrow in scope and description within assignment.  Assignment contains less than 7 resources, and presents an average overview of key concepts.

7 points

Assignment provides a basic, but borderline perspective of student’s research abilities. Student has incorporated less than 4 sources, which does not attempt to cover key elements of assignment.

5 points

Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for assignment.  The lack of appropriate references or source materials demonstrates the student’s need for additional help or training in this area.  Student needs to review and revise the assignment. The paper is not of acceptable quality for graduate-level work.

1 point

/10
TOTAL POINTS         /100

 

 

 

Get a 15 % discount on an order above $ 100
Use the following coupon code :
BEST22
error: Content is protected !!