Stockton Rhetoric Class #13 (THE LAST CLASSES): Final Assignments for April 17 – 29th 2019



Tonight’s class will be in D27

CLASS AGENDA for April 17: 

  1. Questions about “perfect” first page
  2. FE#5 Evidence paragraphs
  3. Review of remaining assignments/Family Meeting time set-up
  4. Easy to follow checklist for end of semester

YOUR BLOG: A final link to your COMPLETED BLOG should be sent to me via email ( BEFORE the semester deadline.

Subject line MUST read: BLOG FINAL

Blog Post #8: whatever you wrote will count as extra credit

Blog Post #10:

What do we do to insure credibility in such a biased media environment?

Trump Border Article #1

Trump Border Article #2

Trump Border Article #3

Trump Border Article #4

Trump Border Article #5

Link to the Doc

Choose TWO of the articles on President Trump linked above. From the articles, determine if the publication is leaning LEFT (liberal, progressive), RIGHT (conservative, nationalistic) or CENTER. Use at least one citation from each article to support your claim.

Blog Post #11: A Letter to Me: One page of reflection on the course, your year at college and the world that waits for you. Consider the following: what did you learn in this class? Highlights and low-lights of the course? What about the year here at Stockton in general? What did you learn about yourself? What’s your hope for the next 5 months? The next 5 years? And beyond?

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Final Essay: Formal Essay  #6: PROPOSING PROBLEM / SOLUTION
(much of the language of this prompt is an amalgamation of my own ideas and those borrowed from other institutions, including Florida International University, Johnson County Community College).
Length of paper: approx. 5 pages, excluding work cited.

Your objective for this assignment is to research, analyze, create a thesis, and synthesize a solution for a common social problem. To do this, let’s begin by challenging the common ways of looking at problems themselves.  The process of research, as discussed in this course, is to generate, then narrow, questions. Great research creates questions. Great argumentation papers do more to generate further questions than to answer them. Let’s ponder this together, first.

The goal of the “Proposing a Solution” Essay is to make an argument that calls an audience to action. By focusing your argument on one specific public problem, you will be responding to the frequently asked question: But what can we do?

Your task in researching this paper is three-fold:
1. You must demonstrate that a significant problem exists
2. You must propose a solution to the problem
3. You must justify this particular solution, showing how the benefits outweigh alternatives, or, at the very least, how your proposed solution is better than no action at all.


Consider this as your essay’s development in three parts:

1) a description of the problem (with researched background).

2) a proposal for a solution.

3) a justification for that solution.

Your introduction should get your audience’s attention (possibly by appealing to pathos through anecdote or example), provide background on the conversation you are joining, and clearly state the claim you intend to support (thesis).

The body of your argument should appeal to logos by presenting reasons and evidence in support of your position, as well as appeal to ethos by responding to opposing views (rebutting the counterargument). You may also appeal to pathos within your body by appealing to the values and beliefs of your audience.
ALL must be cited in APA format.

I will look for the following in your essay:

•Does the writer make a convincing argument as to why her audience should or ought to take action?

•Is the proposed action (or “claim”) clearly identified and explained?

•Is this claim logically supported by reasons and evidence?

•Have opposing views been considered or addressed?

•Does the paper provide adequate background on the problem the author is attempting to remedy?

• All information taken from sources needs to be cited (not just quotations)
• There are lots of great places to get your ideas flowing.  Here. Here’s my favorite one from, SHOCKER, The New York Times. 

• Use APA for the entire paper. Find resources for doing this in Hacker. Or here.  Or here.

• Use quotations only where necessary. Better to summarize information and discuss how it becomes evidence when married to your point.

• Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and show unity.

• Each evidence paragraph will contain at least one citation identifying where you got your information.

• This is your chance to SHINE on the fact that our multiple revisions have not been a total waste.

Monday, April 22: NO CLASS (but I would use this time to get stuff done, do preliminary research for the paper and get all other edits done)
Wednesday, April 24: Family Meetings for Final Papers
The conference is mandatory, but I will be providing a VOLUNTARY, online “check-in.” You can sign-up any time beginning at 2:30pm on Friday, April 26th. Sign up here.
Final Paper & Blogs Due to Costal, Monday, April 29th by 11:59pm 
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Come to conference class with the following prepared:

Conference Assignment: Please have the following information ready for submission during our conferences. All components must be typed and professionally presented:

1. Working Outline

2. Working Thesis

3. Annotated Bibliography

1. The working outline is a very important first step that serves as a guide for your entire paper. Follow any form you feel most comfortable with (See Hacker for a variety of outlining methods if confused). The outline should give me an idea of how you plan your paper…point by point at least…example by example if you wish. There should be a bullet-ed component for each paragraph. Keep in mind that this is the mode by which you will also present your research. Remember that good development “systematically fulfills the reader’s expectation.”
oh-you-have-finals-coming-up2. Student will present a working thesis. The expectation is that this will allow us to work together in making sure the paper is on the right track. Thesis should evince the components of thesis writing discussed in class today.The thesis for this paper should be both complex and clear.

Make sure to move through a logical progression with your ideas.
3. Annotated Bibliography should provide insight on the sources you plan to use. Where does information exist? What types of sources have been prevalent? Why would you use (or not use) the sources you’ve collected. You’ve done this already. Should be cut and dry.

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THE TOP 20 COUNTDOWN!!! The Final Checklist: 
Answer the following with the preface: Does your final paper:

1. …have approx seven pages total, but more importantly FIVE pages of EVIDENCE (body) (Not including formatting pages)? If not, how can you add length without adding fluff?

2. …have proper formatting (12-point, double-spaced, one-inch margins, Hacker approved APA-style? including abstract and CORRECTLY formatted WORKS CITED)

3. …have an interesting, original, and relevant title?

4. …have an effective, divisive attention-grabbing introduction?

5. …provide necessary background for reader to understand YOUR THESIS (NOT the entire topic. Think 5Ws) (BG MUST be relevant to your thesis!)

6…establish the controversy surrounding the issue? Does it accomplish this through the use of personal anecdote? Is the introduction/background adequate in length (no more than 1/4 of entire page)?

5. …have a specific and explicit/implicit thesis statement that evinces the main issue and the writer’s position? Is it argumentative? Does it contain a subordinate clause to drive complexity?

6. …have logical development? Does each paragraph flow into the next, using the thesis as a road map to “fulfill the reader’s anticipation?”

7. …have sufficient supporting evidence? Does the paper employ strong ethos such as facts, statistics, examples, and expert opinions? Is this support connected to the thesis in a meaningful way? In other words, is it relevant, accurate, and representative?

8. …have credible sources? Are several of the sources also academic, scholarly and peer-reviewed? Is it free of questionable web sources such as

9. …have NO generalizations, overstatements or other forms of logical fallacies?

10. …have a fair representations of source integration like direct quotations and summaries? Are DQs appropriate in scope and length (not too long, not irrelevant)? ARE DQs formatted correctly?

11. …have in-text citations after every quotation, paraphrase, or summary? Are there citations after each body paragraph (or included in each?) Are the in-text citations in proper APA format?

12. …also have attributions? Especially in areas where the credibility needs to be justified because it is not immediately apparent, or the credibility is strong and needs to be relayed narratively.

13. …have appropriate language use for an academic setting? Has he or she eliminated any abbreviations, slang or other informal language?

14. …have appropriate and consistent person? If he or she uses “you,” is he or she addressing the reader? Is he/she ADDICTED to “you?” Is only necessary 1st person used? No “I think,” “I believe,” and “I feel”?

15. …have obvious typos? Spelling errors, punctuation or other sloppy mechanics?

16. …have obvious grammatical or sentence construction errors like fragments, comma splices or run-ons?

17. …have a proper APA title, page, abstract, works cited & running header?

18. …have an effective conclusion in which the writer emphasizes the importance of the issue and by urging the reader to do something? Is the conclusion merely a summary of the writer’s main points? Is it adequate in length?

19. …evince the features of a true argumentative-persuasive essay, or has he or she merely written an informative work?

20. …have both sides of the issue represented in pursuit of the thesis?

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