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Essay #4

Eng 102
Synthesis Essay

Directions: Create an argument about how one of the novel chapters discussed in class relates to a greater issue.
Find five articles about this topic to support or refute your position. Read the article(s) and write a synthesis essay
arguing your position. Only one source can be from the internet. A minimum of three sources must be from
scholarly journals accessed through licensed databases.
The last sentence of the introduction must be a thesis statement that clearly states the argued position and is specific.
The introduction must also provide necessary topical background information and engage the audience.
The essay must be clearly organized according to the thesis. Each paragraph must state a claim followed by evidence
and an assumption. Each claim in the essay must be supported with documented, reliable sources. Each form of
support must lead to an assumption that supports the writers position.
The essays conclusion clearly summarizes the preceding arguments and restates the thesis. The author avoids a
concession and valiantly argues position.
Grammar and mechanics will also be graded for accuracy. Particular attention will be given to topics already
covered in class.
Evidence of each stage of the writing process must be submitted: prewrite (1 sentence summaries, thesis); planning
(outline); drafting; revising (peer review form); and publishing (final copy). The target length is 4-5 pages. This
length does not include the references or title page.
APA format for in-text citations is followed. Plagiarism is avoided. At least one quote uses parentheticals with an
attributive tag. At least one quote uses parentheticals without an attributive tag.
The essays references page indicates five sources. Each source is properly cited according to APA format. There is
only one internet source. There are at least three sources from scholarly journals accessed through licensed databases
A 30 pts.
All characteristics
apparent

B 26 pts.
1 characteristic is
weak or missing

C 23 pts.
2 characteristics are
weak or missing

D 20 pts.
3 characteristics are
weak or missing

F 17 pts.
4 characteristics are
weak or missing

Organization

All characteristics
apparent

1 characteristic is
weak or missing

2 characteristics are
weak or missing

3 characteristics are
weak or missing

4 characteristics are
weak or missing

Conclusion

All characteristics
apparent

1 characteristic is
weak or missing

2 characteristics are
weak or missing

3 characteristics are
weak or missing

4 characteristics are
weak or missing

Grammar &
Mechanics

less than 2 errors in


grammar or
mechanics

3-4 errors in
grammar and
mechanics

5-6 errors in
grammar and
mechanics

7-8 errors in
grammar and
mechanics

9 or more errors in
grammar and
mechanics

Writing process;
target length

All parts are


submitted. Target
length is achieved.

1 component is
missing from writing
process or target
length.

2 components are
missing from writing
process or target
length.

3 components are
missing from writing
process or target
length.

4 or more
components are
missing from writing
process or target
length.

In-text Citations

A 25 pts.
less than 2 errors

B 22 pts.
3-4 errors

C 19 pts.
5-6 errors

D 17 pts.
7-8 errors

F 14 pts.
9 or more errors

References Page

less than 2 errors

3-4 errors

5-6 errors

7-8 errors

9 or more errors

Introduction

EARNED:

200 Points Total