Writing to Persuade

Objective: To research opposing viewpoints on an issue and develop your own position about the topic you chose; to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience; To produce a persuasive essay or position paper with sources cited.

Grading: This assignment is worth 100 points and is one of 4 papers, which count for 35% of your grade in this course. It will be graded using the rubric below. Due on Friday, December 5th at the beginning of class.

Instructions:

  1. Select a topic and a side. **Remember, controversial issues have valid arguments on each side and you will need to read both sides before choosing a topic and side.**
  2. Research the topic
  3. Generate your own opinion to the side of the topic
  4. If you need to print at school, please arrange to do so ahead of time
  5. Writing to Persuade PPT - here to help you!

For your essay, you must include the following:

  1. Introduction paragraph with thesis statement

  2. At least 3 body paragraphs that support the thesis. The strongest point/paragraph should go last

  3. At least one paragraph that discusses the "other side"

  4. Conclusion paragraph
    **Note: You have AT LEAST 6 paragraphs, 5-7 sentences each

  5. Appropriate citations should be included throughout the essay

  6. Include an MLA formatted works cited page

  7. MLA Format should be consistently used throughout the essay

 

Rubric: Persuasive Writing


Highly Effective (12.5 points)

Somewhat Effective (10 points)        

Usable, but with Some Trouble (6.25 points)     

Ineffective/Nothing provided (0 points)

The essay begins with a strong statement that gets attention and clearly communicates the point of view of the author.

The essay begins with a statement that gets attention and communicates the point of view of the author.

The essay begins with a statement that somewhat gets attention and/or communicates the point of view of the author.

The essay begins with an unclear statements and/or does not clearly communicate the point of the author and/or nothing is provided.

The writing clearly and accurately communicates the view of the author in at least 3 body paragraphs

The writing clearly and accurately communicates the view of the author in at least 2 body paragraphs

The writing clearly and accurately communicates the view of the author in at least 1 body paragraph

No body paragraphs provided

The writing clearly states the opposing viewpoint, shows understanding of another perspective, and uses respectful and positive language in at least one paragraph

The writing states the opposing viewpoint, and/or does not show understanding of another perspective, and/or does not use respectful and positive language in at least one paragraph

The writing states the opposing viewpoint, and/or does not show understanding of another perspective, and/or does not use respectful and positive language in at least one paragraph

No opposing viewpoint provided

The supportive arguments are clear and in simple language, based on facts and statistics.

The supportive arguments are somewhat clear, are in somewhat simple language, and are somewhat based on facts and statistics.

The supportive arguments are not clear and/or not in simple language, and/or are not based on facts and statistics.

Nothing provided

The essay includes a strong conclusion, which restates the point of the author

The essay includes a conclusion, and/or does not restate the point of the author

The essay includes a conclusion

Nothing provided

Appropriate citations are included throughout the essay Some citations are used Very few citations are used Nothing provided

Works cited page is included and formatted appropriately with no errors

Works cited page is included and formatted appropriately with 2 errors or less

Works cited page is included, but is not formatted appropriately

Nothing provided

MLA format consistently throughout the essay

MLA format missing 1-2 key elements

MLA format missing 2 or more key elements

MLA format inconsistent and/or not used

No grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors -4pts per error

 

 

 

Total Points Earned