Indiana Tech’s mission statement (a mission statement is usually one sentence that summarizes an institution’s main purpose) is as follows:
“Indiana Tech provides learners a professional education; prepares them for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.”
Within this essay, you are going to craft an argument about what “a life of significance and worth” is. This is clearly an open and subjective idea, but what do you believe this life looks like?
So, in this argumentative essay, you should:
· Consider the defining aspects of this type of life:
· What makes a life significant? What makes a life have worth?
· Who defines a significant or worthy life?
· Think about the material presence of this type of life: What is present? What is not present? What does living this type of life actually look like?
· How does one achieve a life of significance and worth? Is this possible for anyone? Why?
· A strategy for organization is to think about 3-5 points (body paragraphs) to make that support your main idea about what a life of significance and worth is.
· Develop topic sentences for all body paragraphs that do at least these two things: 1) Provide the main point of that paragraph and 2) Relate back to the thesis (overall judgment of the article) clearly. Your topic sentences may also work to transition between main ideas (body paragraphs).
· Keep in mind that your essay must be coherent and cohesive; tie all the points you choose to make (topic sentences) together with a main claim (thesis).
· Make sure you have STRONG intro. and conclusion paragraphs.
· Consider what you have learned about argument through reading Chs. 1-6 in your text; how can you apply these ideas to your own essay?
· Remember that you are making an argument here: You need to take a clear stance, support it through your body paragraphs, and craft a strong conclusion that works to convince readers of your argument. After reading your essay, your audience should have a clear idea of how you define “a life of significance and worth” and why you define it that way.
· NOTE: No research should be conducted for this first essay.
Length: 2 full double-spaced pages minimum
100 pts. possible
|Does the essay meet the assignment criteria in terms of subject matter? Are the ideas presented appropriate for the assignment?|
|Does the essay meet the minimum page length?|
|Does the essay use proper sentence structure, commas, pronouns, etc.? Does it avoid grammatical errors: fragments, contractions, tense shifts, spelling mistakes, etc.?|
|Did the essay meet the assignment criteria in both format and appearance?
Correct MLA formatting? Proper citations?
|Does the essay have a clear, well-structured thesis? Does each body paragraph include one main idea that points the reader back to the thesis?|
|Does the essay avoid repetition? Does it employ tight, polished paragraphs containing one main idea in the correct format or are ideas just thrown together? Are there effective transitions? (Does it “flow” well?)|
|Does the essay contain a strong backbone/ structure? Does it use the intro. well? Does the essay contain a solid conclusion that wraps up the paper?|
|Does the paper provide adequate proof for the argument? (Quotations or paraphrase, research, expert opinions, statistics, examples, details, etc.?)|
|How advanced is the essay? Does it explore new ideas that challenge both the writer and reader or simply regurgitate class discussions? Does the essay contain strong, unique ideas that go beyond surface-level?|
|Does the argument make a logical connection between the thesis, topic sentences, and examples/proof? (i.e. Does it “connect-the-dots” between claims made in the thesis and examples for that claim?)|
|Total Pts.||/ 50|
· Save your documents with your “Last Name Assignment Title” (EX: Smith Essay 1).
· Assignments must use MLA document formatting and citations, including your full name, the course number, and the assignment title in the upper-left corner; page numbers; and a title. See the following MLA sample essay: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/documents/20180702110400_747-2.pdf
· Assignments must fulfill all requirements and be proofread to be graded.
· Rough and final drafts must have at least 2 pages of double-spaced essay text.
· Submission deadlines are by the end of the day on their due dates.
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