ENG 130 Argumentative Research

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ENG 130: Literature and Comp


ENG 130: Argumentative Research Essay

Background: 

? You have completed research on August Wilson, his life, and his plays.

? You have completed reading/viewing Fences by August Wilson.

? You have read the resources on Conflict in this unit.

Prompt (what will you be writing about):

? Which conflict does Wilson use most to drive (bring forth, move forward) all the other 

elements of the story? 

Choose ONE that you feel is more apparent and easier to defend than the others.

o Troy vs Society

o Troy vs Himself

o Troy vs Family

o Troy vs Death

Helpful Notes:

? Thesis:

o Your thesis is the response to the prompt question plus the supporting areas 

that you will be using to defend your argument. Be sure to have a thesis that 

clearly states which conflict you feel is the most important and drives the other 

conflicts. 

o Your thesis could begin with, “In the play, Fences, August Wilson uses the 

conflict of __________ to drive the other conflicts and elements of the story as 

evidenced by….

? Sources and evidence:

o Be sure to use things that you have learned about Wilson’s life and his writings. 

For example, if you are analyzing Troy and his father’s conflict, you could bring 

in information that you researched about Wilson’s relationship with his own 

father. 

o Include direct quotations from the play. To cite a direct quote from a play, the 

format is:

? “quotation” (Wilson,1985, act #, scene #, line #). 

OR

? As Wilson (1985) writes, “quote” (act#, scene #, line#).

o Use at least three outside sources. Two of them could be from your previous 

research essay. Be sure to include all of these in your reference page.

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ENG 130: Literature and Comp ENG 130: Argumentative Research Essay Background:  You have completed research on August Wilson, his life, and his plays.  You have completed reading/viewing Fences by August Wilson.  You have read the resources on Conflict in this unit. Prompt (what will you be writing about):  Which conflict does Wilson use most to drive (bring forth, move forward) all the other elements of the story? Choose ONE that you feel is more apparent and easier to defend than the others. o Troy vs Society o Troy vs Himself o Troy vs Family o Troy vs Death Helpful Notes:  Thesis: o Your thesis is the response to the prompt question plus the supporting areas that you will be using to defend your argument. Be sure to have a thesis that clearly states which conflict you feel is the most important and drives the other conflicts. o Your thesis could begin with, “In the play, Fences, August Wilson uses the conflict of __________ to drive the other conflicts and elements of the story as evidenced by….  Sources and evidence: o Be sure to use things that you have learned about Wilson’s life and his writings. For example, if you are analyzing Troy and his father’s conflict, you could bring in information that you researched about Wilson’s relationship with his own father. o Include direct quotations from the play. To cite a direct quote from a play, the format is:  “quotation” (Wilson,1985, act #, scene #, line #). OR  As Wilson (1985) writes, “quote” (act#, scene #, line#). o Use at least three outside sources. Two of them could be from your previous research essay. Be sure to include all of these in your reference page. Requirements:  Length and format: 3-4 pages.  The title page and reference page are also required, but they should not be factored into the 3-4 page length of the essay.  It should also be double spaced, written in Times New Roman, in 12 point font and with 1 inch margins. Essay should conform to APA formatting and citation style.  Use the third-person, objective voice, avoiding personal pronouns such as “I,” “you,” “we,” etc.  Use APA format for in-text citations and references when using outside sources and textual evidence.  Skills to be assessed with this assignment: creating effective thesis statements, incorporating research, analyzing rhetoric.  Please be cautious about plagiarism. Make sure to use in-text citations for direct quotes, paraphrases, and new information. Argumentative Research Essay Rubric Does Not Meet Expectations 0-11 Introduction is not present. Below Expectations 12-13 Background details are a random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic. Needs Improvement 14-15 Introduction is attempted and explains the background, but may lack detail. Organization Many details are not in a logical or expected order. The paper does not use paragraphs. Topic and/or transition sentences are not used Writing has adequate discernible organization. Paragraphs are generally used effectively. Topic and Transition sentences are present in some of the sections Writing is organized and details are placed in a logical order. Paragraphs are mostly used effectively. Topic and Transition sentences are used effectively. Persuasiveness Fails to develop arguments. Develops most arguments. Satisfactorily develops arguments. Evidence and Support Does not include text support and/or text support is not cited. Some evidence is used from one research source and/or evidence is somewhat related to the thesis statement. Evidence may or may not always cited properly. Evidence is used from two outside sources and/or evidence is mostly tied to the thesis statement and used properly and is cited properly. Evidence is integrated from at least three outside sources and/or evidence is used effectively and cited properly. Integration of Knowledge The essay demonstrates that the author has not fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course. Writing may have little discernible organization, but some details are not in a logical or expected order. The paper uses paragraphs ineffectively. Topic and transition sentences are used inadequately. Some arguments are developed, but may be missing one or need further elaboration. Very little evidence is given and used in the essay properly. Research evidence is not incorporated. Evidence may not relate to the thesis statement. Evidence is cited but not with the proper formatting. The essay demonstrates gaps in knowledge of applied concepts learned in the course. The essay demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. The essay demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Some of the conclusions, however, are not The essay demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights. The writer provides Introduction Satisfactory 16-17 Introduction explains the background, including an overview of the essay’s main points. Meets Expectations 18-20 Introduction uses interesting anecdotes, questions, or other information to build interest. Many to all main points are logically related and developed. Writing is effective, purposeful, and well-organized. Paragraphs are used effectively. Topic and Transition sentences add to the understanding and flow of the essay. Expertly and fully develops arguments. supported in the body of the paper. APA Format Grammar and Mechanics APA format is not followed. Grammar and mechanics’ errors make the essay incomprehensible. Errors evident throughout all of the areas: 1 inch margins, correctly formatted title page, correctly formatted reference page, double spacing, Times New Roman,12 font. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics errors occur throughout document. Word choices are seldom academic. Sentence structure may be illogical or unclear. Errors evident in three to four of the areas of: 1 inch margins, correctly formatted title page, correctly formatted reference page, double spacing, Times New Roman, 12 font. Several errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling and mechanics present. Word choice reveals some understanding of academic language requirements. Many sentence structure issues exist. *A zero can be earned if the above criteria are not met. *Plagiarism will result in a zero. Errors evident in one to two of the areas of: 1 inch margins, correctly formatted title page, correctly formatted reference page, double spacing, Times New Roman, 12 font. Some spelling, grammar, punctuation and mechanical errors are evident. Academic language is upheld. The sentence structure is often logical and clear so that relationships among ideas are established. concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas. Free of errors in: 1 inch margins, correctly formatted title page, correctly formatted reference page, double spacing, Times New Roman, 12 font. Free of punctuation, spelling, grammar, and other mechanical errors. Consistent use of academic word choices. Sentence structure is mostly logical and clear. ...
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In the play, Fences, August Wilson uses the conflict of Troy versus his family to drive the
other conflicts and elements of the story as evidenced by writing a play known as Fences which
was used to differentiate between Blacks and Whites as well as Troy and his family. In real
sense, Blacks were being discriminated by the Whites for they were used in all unpleasing
manner to bring benefits to the whites (Hampton, 2002: Heard & Wilson, 2001). Fences are use
ways in which people isolate themselves from others by restricting individuals from going out or
coming in to a place they are confined in. Discussing about Troy and his family, there were
conflict in the system and August Wilson talks about it by indicating how Troy and his son had a
conflict and Rose instructed them to build a fence. Just like in the story, fences in real life are
meant to restrict unauthorized things or people to come in or move out of the surrounded
compound (Heard & Wilson, 2001). In addition, Troy and his family were not in good terms and
that is why th...

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