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Writing Assignment Details Make use of any material in our text, and use our class text as your MAIN source for supports. You do not need to use any other sources, and DO NOT use the internet for any sources or research for this paper (as it tends to lead people astray). Instead, use your own insights and do your best to make valuable connections with the class material. The Book is “Does the Center Hold?” (Fourth Edition) by Donald Palmer.For the quotes, the chapter that talks about Socrates and his saying “the unexamined world is not worth living” is chapter 1; but you can use any other quotes from the book too. Essay Prompt Question: Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” – what is the significance of this statement?
TIPS: To respond, explore the difference between an examined life and an unexamined life; develop your exploration using specific examples from the text, your life, film or the media; why does Socrates think an examined life has more value? Do you agree?; choose one of the topics we’ve covered in our text to explain how it may relate (or not relate) with such examination; are most people living an examined life? Are you living an examined life? Writing Assignment Rubric: Clear and appropriate thesis statement: Thesis is easy to identify(usually at the end of the introductionparagraph); insightful; novel; sophisticated; compelling; clearly written; stated with confidence(no “I think”or “I believe”); makes a clear claim(argues for a specific conclusion); is detailed.Adetailedthesis statement includesmain claim/thesisof your essay AND the main 2 or 3 points that you will make to support that claim. For example: “People should wear scarves when it’s cold outside(main claim).In this essay, I will explain why by discussing A, B, & C. (main supporting points)” A detailedthesis his makes your main claim/argument clear to the reader up front.It should be at the end of your introductionparagraph. Your second paragraph should begin by discussing main supporting point A.Avoidusing a weakthesis, for example:“People wear scarves when it’s cold.” Defending this thesis does not require much of an argument. It’s either true or false. A philosophy or ethics essay, on the other hand,should striveto make an interesting/compelling claim and then support it with goodanalysis, supportingcontent,and strong justification. Clear structure & development of essay & each section: Focus on this while reviewing your second and/or final draft. Each body paragraph clearly supports the thesis, and this connection is made clear with lead-in & wrap-up sentences to every main section; general flow of essay is clear; transitions between paragraphs are clear; claims in each section develop logically from point to point; the essay’s conclusion restates or summarizes the detailed thesis and offers a compelling final reflection. After the introduction, start each main paragraph/section with a “lead-in” sentence. It should introduce the main point that will be made (and tie that point to the thesis if possible). Ex. “Understanding the health benefits of wearing a scarf will help clarify why people should wear scarves when it’s cold outside.” The paragraph/section should then explore the health benefits of wearing a scarf. End each main paragraph/section with a “wrap-up” sentence. It should explain WHY you just told the reader everything you shared in that section and HOW it supports the thesis. Ex. “After reviewing the health benefits of wearing a scarf, it is clear that people should choose to wear them when it’s cold outside.” To generate a good wrap-up, read through your paragraph and imagine the person you’re reading to says, “How does all of that support your main thesis?” Your answer is the wrap-up. Effective balance of content (quotes & facts) and analysis (explanation & justification): Include at least 2-3 quotes or other direct references to content per body section. The significance (the WHY-is-this-here?) of each quote or fact is made clear to the reader via analysis. Demonstrates critical thinking: strong justification is offered for all/most claims. Aim for a balance of 50% content and 50% analysis. An essay that consists of fact after fact, or quote after quote is too heavy on content, and needs analysis. An essay that offers many ideas and conclusions without support from the text is too heavy on analysis and lacking on content. Strive for a balance of content and analysis like you find in your textbook. Maintains appropriate academic TONE: Aim to maintain a tone like that found in our textbook. Do NOT write “I think/believe Socrates was a critical thinker.” Write, “Socrates was a critical thinker, and I will prove it by discussing X.” Though you may include phrases like “I think/believe; in my opinion” etc. when writing your first draft, you should aim to remove those phrases from the final draft. Read every sentence with those phrases and then ask yourself “Would this sentence still work without that phrase?” If the answer is “yes,” remove it. For example: “I think that 2+2=4.” Vs. “2+2=4.” Maintaining an effective balance of content and analysis (above) will also help achieve appropriate tone. Your essay’s tone scale: Academic essay tone--------------------------------------------------------Journal tone. Grammar, spelling and basic technical details (including citation) do not detract from quality: Excellent sentence structure & grammar; very few spelling errors/typos; sources cited properly throughout. Basic Technical Details: - Compelling title; page #s; works cited page; proper citation; clean formatting; stapled Box quotes: Quotes longer than 2 lines are set apart from regular paragraphs (as they are in most textbooks) 1500-word minimum (use word count feature)
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