Week 4 Assignment: Con-Position Paper

  • Due Sunday by 11:59pm
  • Points 125
  • Submitting a file upload

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: pp. 69-81
  • Lesson
  • Week 3 Assignment
  • Link (Word doc): Con-Paper Template
  • Minimum of 3 academic articles (from the Week 3 Assignment)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Instructions
For this assignment, complete the following:

  • Review the Toulmin-model outline (Week 2 Lesson) and your completed Week 3 Assignment (Con-Position Proposal). Assess any feedback provided by the professor and/or your peers.
  • Compose a position paper representing the con side of your new topic. (See the Con-Paper Template). The paper should include approximately 6 developed paragraphs:
    • Introduction (with thesis statement)
    • Context paragraph
    • 3 body paragraphs (focusing on 3 cons)
    • Conclusion
  • Apply a formal tone appropriate for academic audiences, maintaining an objective 3rd person point of view – no 1st person (I, me, my, we, our, us, mine) or 2nd person (you, your). Avoid contractions, clichés, and slang terminology.
  • Use the provided template to assist in formatting the title page and document.
  • Incorporate at least 3 scholarly sources into the paper. Cite all sources in APA format, both parenthetically and on a reference page.
  • Before submission, proofread and edit carefully for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Not every error will be flagged automatically in word-processing programs, and some that are flagged as errors are actually correct.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 2-3 pages (not including the title or reference pages)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 3 academic articles)

Grading
This activity will be graded using the Con-Position Paper Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 3, 6
Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
Rubric
Position Paper Grading Rubric – 125 pts (2)

Position Paper Grading Rubric – 125 pts (2)
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Length
5.0 pts
Meets length requirement
0.0 pts
Does not meet length requirement
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Point Analysis
30.0 pts
The central idea is developed and expanded with depth of critical thought.
25.5 pts
The central idea is discernible and developed.
22.5 pts
The central idea needs more development with points tying back to the thesis.
18.0 pts
The central idea is not developed, and the analysis lacks critical thought.
0.0 pts
No effort
30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Support
30.0 pts
The writing supports claims with several detailed and persuasive examples.
25.5 pts
The writing supports claims with examples, but additional analysis or examples could strengthen the argument.
22.5 pts
The writing supports claims with examples, but the examples are not well-developed or examined. Additional examples and analysis are needed to make the argument more persuasive.
18.0 pts
The central idea is not well-supported by claims and/or examples.
0.0 pts
No effort
30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization
25.0 pts
Paper is clear and cohesive. Introduction and conclusion support the overall flow of the paper.
21.25 pts
Paper is basically clear and well-organized with a minimum of non-related material present.
18.75 pts
Paper has some issues with clarity, flow, and cohesion. Paper lacks organization.
15.0 pts
Paper lacks organization and has difficulty staying on track. Central themes are difficult to identify.
0.0 pts
No effort
25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Writing: Mechanics & Usage
10.0 pts
The writing is free of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that would detract from a clear reading of the paper.
8.5 pts
The writing contains a few major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but the errors do not detract from a clear reading of the text.
7.5 pts
The writing contains some major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that need to be addressed for a clearer reading of the paper.
6.0 pts
The writing contains several major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that impede a clear reading of the paper.
0.0 pts
No effort
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Clarity & Flow
10.0 pts
The writing contains strong word choice that clarifies ideas and masterful sentence variety aids with the flow of ideas.
8.5 pts
The writing contains varied word choice and sentence structures that clarify ideas and aid with the flow of ideas.
7.5 pts
The writing contains word choice and sentence structures that can be revised for better clarification of ideas and flow of ideas.
6.0 pts
The writing contains wording and sentence structures that are awkward and/or unclear, impeding the clarity and flow of ideas.
0.0 pts
No effort
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Voice
5.0 pts
The writing maintains third-person point of view/objective voice throughout the entire text.
4.25 pts
The writing maintains third-person point of view/objective voice throughout much of the text.
3.75 pts
The writing has some deviation from third-person point of view/objective voice that needs to be revised so as not to sound biased or patronizing.
3.0 pts
The writing deviates significantly from third-person point of view/objective voice that needs to be revised so as not to sound biased or patronizing.
0.0 pts
No effort
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome APA Format
10.0 pts
All sources are properly integrated and cited in the text and references page demonstrating a mastery of integrating resources and APA format.
8.5 pts
Most sources are integrated and cited in the text and references page. Some minor errors may exist in integration and/or citation, but it does not interfere with understanding the source of the information.
7.5 pts
Most sources are integrated and cited in the text and references page. Some errors may exist in integration and/or citation that need to be addressed to clarify the source of information.
6.0 pts
Sources are not properly integrated/cited in the text/references page. Formatting contains several errors that suggest a lack of understanding of the integration of resources and APA format.
0.0 pts
No effort
10.0 pts
Total Points: 125.0