After reviewing the feedback (attached) on the rough draft (attached), make changes as needed, keeping in mind the final draft of the essay should also meet the following guidelines:
- is between 900 and 1200 words in length;
- includes direct quotations and paraphrased passages from four or more scholarly texts representing more than one side of the issue;
- qualifies each of the authors (authors representing each side of the debate should have compatible credibility);
- withholds personal opinion until the conclusion of the essay;
- is written clearly, concisely, and accurately;
- is written primarily in third-person;
- includes a References page;
- has been closely edited so that it contains few or no mechanical errors.
Researched Argument Checklist: Use this to evaluate the rough draft against the assignment requirements:
- Does this essay present a clear argument on a topic?
- Does this essay treat two sides of the argument equally and fairly?
- Does the essay cite, at minimum, four scholarly sources?
- Are the authors for the articles qualified? Who are they? Use signal phrases/attributive tags to introduce the authors.
- What is the purpose of this essay? What does it do to meet that purpose? How effective is the argument?
- Does this essay avoid second person language and limit first person language?
- Are there elements of pathos, ethos, and logos in this essay? Do these appeals work together to propose a solution?
- Does the essay avoid logical fallacy in the reasoning behind the solution?
- Does the essay use APA in-text citation and is there an APA format references page?