How to Format Discussion Essays
- The thesis must be underlined and make an argument that can be refuted (meaning, don’t point out obvious things; a reasonable person ought to be able to disagree with the argument given the same evidence).
- Thesis must be specific and say what you claim, how it works, and why it’s important.
- It may be up to 2 sentences long, but not more.
- Claims and Evidence: to prove your argument you must make claims that are then supported by evidence from the readings, viewings, or podcasts.
- We need direct quotes from the articles (with page #s when available)
- You may paraphrase closely from a video or podcast but give us a time-stamp (ex: 7:06-7:45)
|table explaining requirements for each of the grade ranges as far as number of claims and type of evidence used|
|Specs Grade||# of Claims & Evidence|
|A||3 claims supported by 3 pieces of evidence (with pg#s when available, or time-stamps)|
|B||2 claims supported by 2 pieces of evidence (with pg#s when available, or time-stamps)|
|C||1 claim supported by 1 piece of evidence (with pg# when available, or time-stamp)|
|F||no distinct claims, no direct quote or paraphrase,|