Instructions
For this assignment, complete the following:

Review the Toulmin-model outline (Week 2 Lesson) and your completed Week 1 Assignment (Pro-Position Proposal). Assess any feedback provided by the professor and/or your peers.

Compose a position paper representing the pro side of your topic. (See the Pro-Paper Template). The paper should include approximately 6 developed paragraphs: 

Introduction (with thesis statement)

Context paragraph

3 body paragraphs (focusing on 3 pros)

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 headers.

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 title page or references page)

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 Pro-Position Paper Grading Rubric. 

Week 2 Assignment: Pro-Position Paper

Submit Assignment

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

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3; pp. 100-107
  • Lesson
  • Week 1 Assignment
  • Link (Word doc): Pro-Paper TemplatePreview the document
  • Minimum of 3 academic articles (from the Week 1 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 1 Assignment (Pro-Position Proposal). Assess any feedback provided by the professor and/or your peers.
  • Compose a position paper representing the pro side of your topic. (See the Pro-Paper Template). The paper should include approximately 6 developed paragraphs:
    • Introduction (with thesis statement)
    • Context paragraph
    • 3 body paragraphs (focusing on 3 pros)
    • 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 headers.
  • 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 title page or references page)
  • 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 Pro-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 (1)

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

Previous 

Week 2 Assignment: Pro-Position Paper

Submit Assignment

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

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3; pp. 100-107
  • Lesson
  • Week 1 Assignment
  • Link (Word doc): Pro-Paper TemplatePreview the document
  • Minimum of 3 academic articles (from the Week 1 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 1 Assignment (Pro-Position Proposal). Assess any feedback provided by the professor and/or your peers.
  • Compose a position paper representing the pro side of your topic. (See the Pro-Paper Template). The paper should include approximately 6 developed paragraphs:
    • Introduction (with thesis statement)
    • Context paragraph
    • 3 body paragraphs (focusing on 3 pros)
    • 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 headers.
  • 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 title page or references page)
  • 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 Pro-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 (1)

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

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