Genre: persuasive writing; causal argument
Objective: For this paper, you will choose an issue that you feel has particular causes. In order to narrow your focus, think about current issues or problems and then brainstorm possible causes. The main objective of this essay is to take your reader along the same line of reasoning that you went through to get to your final point. Take special care to make your points clear and your connections logical. For this essay, you will need at least three academic sources, follow MLA format exactly.
Criteria: A successful essay will contain the following:
A clear thesis that explains the causal relationship
Do you have at least three (3) points?
An introduction that explains the issue
Is it clear where and why your qualifiers fit?
Do you hook your reader in the first few sentences?
A logical connection between and among the points you make and the sources you use
Can the reader “follow” your argument without having to re-read parts?
Do your points follow each other logically?
Obvious citations from at least three (3) academic sources
Did you include a “Works Cited” page?
Is it properly formatted?
Does it include ONLY those texts that are actually cited in the paper?
Did you cite from reliable academic sources?
Is each properly formatted?
Is it obvious to your reader where each piece of information comes from?
A credible ethos
Do you make sure your reader will realize you’ve “done your research”?
Is your tone (your stance toward the reader and the subject matter) appropriate?
An obvious awareness of the audience’s potential counter-arguments
Do you take care of the warrants and other possible conditions of rebuttal?
Are you respectful of the audience’s opinions (deal with “opposing counsel”)?
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