Argument essay

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Directions: Choose one (1) from the following three options below and write a 3-4 full page essay.

OPTION #1

  • Responding to Mike Rose’s article “Blue Collar Brilliance,” write an essay that argues for a “cognitive biography” of a blue collar job you are familiar with. You may write about a job you currently or previously have been involved with or one which your friends or family have been engaged in.
  • In order to argue for a “cognitive biography,” you will need to apply direct sentences (three quotations) from Rose's article which describe the “on the job intelligence” needed in the job you are writing about.
  • In your conclusion, put into your own words what you think the meaning is of Rose’s idea that a separation between mind and body “cripple[s] our ability to talk across cultural divides.”

NOTE: If you write about food service or factory work, be sure to include new elements of “cognitive labor” to avoid repetition.

OPTION #2

  • Responding to Kenneth Goldsmith's "Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet,"  write an essay in which you examine the critiques of the "Internet" brought up in his article. 
  • In your body paragraphs, discuss how you, your friends / family, coworkers, spend time on the internet. How do they feel about it? Incorporating their views as evidence, respond by agreeing, disagreeing, or both, to Goldsmith's views in the article. 
  • Be sure to directly quote at least three times from Goldsmith to compare to your (or others') view of the issues raised in the article.   

OPTION #3

  • Responding to Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” write an essay in which you examine your relationship with the search engine(s) you use.
  • Compare either Carr’s anxieties or his praise concerning internet search engines and online reading with your experience using this technology.
  • Directly quote at least three times from Carr’s article in your analysis of internet usage and reading. How has your concentration been affected (if at all) from the usage of this type of reading and searching?

Here is a PowerPoint which demonstrates the requirements of the Introduction paragraph:

Here is a PowerPoint which discusses In-Text quotation procedures:

These two PowerPoints are explained here: Argument Essay Walk Through Videos

  

Rubric

Argument Essay
Argument Essay
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFont / Heading Format
Degrees of success depend on including an MLA standard heading consisting of your name, my name, course title, and date in the upper left corner. Also, font and size should be 12pt Times New Roman. Lastly, your last name and page number should be auto-inserted in the header space at the top right hand corner. Also, DOUBLE SPACE your essay.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDescriptive / Persuasive Title
Degrees of success here depend on including a title which DESCRIBES as well as contains an OPINION on the topic you are writing about. DO NOT title your essay "Essay #2" or "Argument Essay" or an exact title matching one of the texts you're working with.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWorks Cited Accuracy
Degrees of success here depend on accurately citing the article you are quoting in your essay in MLA format. Consult the MLA format for an article from an anthology or an online article from the web.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIn-Text Citation Accuracy
Degrees of success here depend on including signal phrases for direct quotations and accurate parenthetical citation which contain author last name [when necessary] and page or paragraph number.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor / Title Accuracy
Degrees of success here depend on correctly using the author(s) full name at first, then last name only afterwards. Also, you should include the title of the article you are quoting from in quotation marks only.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction Lead-In
Degrees of success here depend on beginning your introduction with a general description of the topic you are arguing about in 2-3 sentences. DO NOT immediately discuss your specific author and article at the start of the essay.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome"They Say" Summary of Article
Degrees of success here depend on summarizing the article in the first paragraph in 2-3 sentences. Be VERY CAREFUL if you use quotations in the first paragraph to accomplish this as you do it sparingly.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome"I Say" Contribution
Degrees of success here depend on building off your "They Say" by adding to the debate by your own original contribution to the debate brought up by the article you summarized in the first paragraph.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStrategic Thesis Language
Degrees of success here depend on consciously using transitional or prepositional phrases in the introduction paragraph as you move between your own "I Say" and the "They Say" of the article.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAmount of Textual Evidence
Degrees of success here depend on having the minimum number of required direct quotations from the article in the body paragraphs of your essay.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStrong Presence of Author
Degrees of success here depend on consciously using the author's name throughout the essay to connect to your own response to his / her argument you are responding to. The more often you use the author's last name to begin sentences, the better you'll do.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEngagement with Textual Evidence
Degrees of success here depend on connecting with directly quoted language either through your own argumentation or personal experience.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUsage of Present Tense
Degrees of success here depend on using present tense signal verbs when making an argument or stating our opinion on the argument presented in the article.
10.0 pts
Excellent
9.0 pts
Above Average
7.0 pts
Average
5.0 pts
Below Average
2.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAccurate First Person Usage
Degrees of success here depend on appropriate usage of first person pronouns (I , Me, My, etc..) for ETHOS usage ONLY.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSecond Person Avoidance
Degrees of success here depend on avoidance of using second person pronouns (you and your) throughout the entire essay.
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammatical Accuracy
Degrees of success here depend on using effective grammar which avoids fragments, run-ons, malapropisms, misused / absent apostrophes, etc..
15.0 pts
Excellent
13.0 pts
Above Average
10.0 pts
Average
7.0 pts
Below Average
3.0 pts
Poor
0.0 pts
Non-Existent
15.0 pts
Total Points: 200.0
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