Argument Paper (80 pts., Paper should be 6-7 pages long, including cover sheet and reference page)
The argument paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis. A thesis is an argument concerning an issue. It clearly states the author’s perception. Your paper should present your beliefs or conclusions related to the topic. It should include references from the text or one outside reading assigned by your instructor or both. The paper may also include material from other sources (please see rubric for guidance on this).
A Crash Course on Argument Papers
- Select an issue or dilemma of interest.
- Review the pertinent literature.
- Decide on your perception; take a stance.
- Articulate your perception in a thesis statement.
- Summarize the issues; demonstrate an understanding of the controversy.
- Defend/argue in favor of your perception using all resources available.
- Finish with a strong summary statement that reinforces your thesis.
- Proofread your work; use grammar/spellcheck functions.
- Revise; submit final draft.
Argument Paper Grading Rubric
|Grade Range 0-80||Measurement Criteria|
|80||Paper demonstrates all components of critical thinking and analysis consistently. Thesis is explicit and clearly and succinctly stated. Thesis is supported by at least five key points. Paper contains more than seven reference citations, appropriate tables, charts, and graphs. Paper is well-organized, easy to read, and free of grammatical and syntax errors. Paper has title page, page numbers, table of contents, and subheadings within text. Paper is publication-worthy.|
|70||Paper demonstrates at least five components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper meets minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is explicit and somewhat clearly and succinctly stated. Paper contains at least three reference citations. Paper is organized, easy to read, and free of grammatical and syntax errors.|
|60||Paper demonstrates three components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper meets minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is evident in the arguments provided. Paper contains one reference citation. Paper is organized, is somewhat easy to read, and contains no more than one or two grammatical and syntax errors.|
Paper illustrates fewer than three components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper may not meet minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is unclear. Paper may not contain a reference citation. Paper is somewhat disorganized and contains grammatical and syntax errors.
|Below 50||Paper is devoid of critical thinking and analysis components, and does not meet minimum page requirements.|
Argument papers that demonstrate critical thinking and analysis include components such as
1. identification of assumptions
2. assessment of available data or evidence
3. presentation of perspectives
4. drawing of conclusions
5. discussion of potential or actual implications
6. listing of consequences
7. presentation of relevant solutions
Please see the attached file for an example of how the paper should be.