An outline of the first draft of Writing Project 4: Argument, identifying and logically arranging key elements of the Argument essay, including:
- A working title
- A working thesis statement taking a stand on the problem, issue, or controversy researched in Writing Project 3, Annotated Bibliography
- An introductory rationale and a concluding rationale
- Supporting claims backing up or providing reasons in support of the thesis, written in complete sentences.
- One or more pieces of evidence for each supporting claim, written as paraphrases, quotations, and/or summaries and correctly cited in-text following MLA or APA style (as directed by your instructor)
- Brief explanations, descriptions, and/or discussions elaborating how each piece of evidence relates to a supporting claim
- At least one counterargument refuting an opposing view or argument, with correct in-text citation of information or evidence from sources, following MLA or APA style (as directed by your instructor)
Working Outline Rubric
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Working TitleTitle reflects or suggests position and approach in some way (is more than the simple announcement of a broad topic such as “Assisted Suicide” or “Argument Paper”).
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Thesis Statement A clear working thesis or main claim written in a complete sentence (not a question). The thesis is a debatable and supportable statement, taking a position on the problem, issue, or controversy researched in Writing Project 3.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Introductory & Concluding RationaleAbout a paragraph in length each; introductory rationale analyzes the rhetorical context of the issue, problem, or controversy and points out one or two reasons why the audience should care about this argument. Concluding rationale analyzes desired impact on selected audience.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Outlining & OrganizingOutline is clear and logical and all parts are labeled. Supporting claims are logically and coherently arranged.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Evidence Evidence is provided for each supporting claim, drawn from sources; includes discussion of how/why each source is credible and how it supports the associated claim.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Counterargument Identification of at least one important opposing view or argument, fairly represented from source material, as well as a refutation of that opposing view, including reasoning and evidence for the refutation.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Citations Evidence for claims and counterargument correctly cited in-text, following MLA or APA style (as directed by your instructor).
Total Points: 30.0