How to Format Discussion Essays

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How to Format Discussion Essays

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Essay

  1. 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).
    1. Thesis must be specific and say what you claim, how it works, and why it’s important.
    2. It may be up to 2 sentences long, but not more.
  2. Claims and Evidence: to prove your argument you must make claims that are then supported by evidence from the readings, viewings, or podcasts.
    1. We need direct quotes from the articles (with page #s when available)
    2. 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,

 

 

 

 

 

SU19 A100 Discussion Rubric

SU19 A100 Discussion Rubric
Criteria Ratings
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUnderlined thesis/argument
For an A range grade

The underlined thesis answers the question clearly with respect to the assigned materials by explaining the significance of the analysis of these sources

For a B range grade

The underlined thesis answers the question only at a surface level, by summarizing the content of assigned material without adding anything new or explaining significance.

For a C range grade

The underlined thesis answers the question in general terms about his/her own beliefs or opinion;

For an F

Does not answer the question directly.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMakes Distinct Claims to support thesis/argument
For an A range grade

Makes 3 distinct claims that further the argument and demonstrate the ability to synthesize the assigned texts into a complex understanding.

For a B range grade

Makes 2 clear claims that engage with assigned texts but at a surface level.

For a C range grade

Makes 1 identifiable claim but does not refer to specifics about the assigned materials.

For an F range grade

Essay is either off-topic or there are no distinct claims made. Only statements of belief or opinion with no connection to any of the assigned content.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTextual Evidence in Support of Claims
For an A range grade

Provides 3 in-depth specific examples and explains how they prove his/her claims. DIRECT QUOTES only from written materials (cite page #s when available). May use close paraphrase for video or podcast with time-stamps)

For a B range grade

Provides 2 brief and specific examples as evidence. DIRECT QUOTES only from written materials (cite page #s when available). May use close paraphrase for video or podcast with time-stamps)

For a C range grade

Cites 1 example as evidence. DIRECT QUOTES only from written materials (cite page #s when available). May use close paraphrase for video or podcast with time-stamps)

For an F range grade

Gives no concrete examples

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePeer comments
For an A range grade

Substantive comments on 2 peers’ posts that include 3Cs + Q: Compliment, Comment, Connect, Question. Only get full points if essay is 400-420 words. Shorter essays with 2 peer comments will not receive extra points

For a B range grade

Substantive comments on 1 peer’s post that include 3Cs + Q: Compliment, Comment, Connect, Question. Essay must be B length to earn this. A longer essay with only 1 peer post will only earn up to a B range grade. Shorter essays will not earn a B even if there’s one peer post.

For a C range grade

For a C grade No comments required if essay is 250-270 words. An essay that is A or B range length but has no peer comments may only earn up to a C range grade

For an F grade

Essays shorter than the length of a C range essay and also include no comments will earn this.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWord limits
For an A range

390-410 words. We are strict about word limits

For a B range grade

290-310 words

For a C range grade

240-260 words

For an F

Fewer than 240 words

 

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