Module 8: Portfolio Project         

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Portfolio Project (350 Points)

 

Baseline Skill

Critical Thinking

 

Baseline Skill

Organizational Skills

 

Baseline Skill

Writing

 

Business-Enabling Skill

Oral & Written Communication

 

New Economy Skill

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Argument Essay

Your argument research essay will be driven by the questions you  explored in your discussion groups and your critical thinking  assignments based on one of the following themes:

  • Closing the gap between College and Career
  • Closing the gap between military service and civilian career
  • Science Writing and the Public (Secular Science)
  • Enterprising America and the World

If you deeply engage in the lecture content, group discussions, and  your critical thinking assignments, you will find that the work for your  final portfolio will be a compilation of your efforts throughout the  term. With your final portfolio paper, you will share your “answer” to  your inquiries throughout the term in an argument essay.

Use the template to complete the project:

  • Argumentative Paper Format and Outline Template (Template found in the Module folder.) 

Your essay must address the following:

  • Be persuasive in purpose, i.e. have an argument
  • Be directed at a specific audience
  • Have a thesis statement, which includes a claim and reasons
  • Support the thesis through evidence from research
  • Summarize and respond to counter arguments
  • Document sources both within the essay (parenthetical citations) and in an APA formatted References page

When you initially read these instructions in Week 1 of this course,  this may sound like a lot of work, but you will find that as you move  through the term you will engage in critical thinking, researching, and  writing about this issue in the weeks leading up to the completion of  your research paper.  The purpose of this course is to teach you aspects  of writing as process.  Remember that your task as you move through the  term is to take what you have learned and shape it into a specific  argument for a persuasive purpose.

  • Purpose: to persuade audience to accept a claim about a debatable issue
  • Audience: specific/narrow group who can make change regarding this issue, e.g. state or local government
  • Voice: Third-person (no “you” voice; limited “I” voice for personal stories/examples)
  • Length: 1,800+ words (not including References page)
  • Citations: APA parenthetical/in-text citations throughout and APA References page com Score: 5-20% range.
  • Sources: 8 or more research sources used and cited within the essay (and on the References page) 
    • 3+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles from the library databases
    • 2+ magazine/newspaper/government document/book/eBook sources (or peer-reviewed articles)
    • 2+ other credible sources, such as more general websites (may include any of the more credible source types above)
    • 1+ personal interview

A Successful Argument Essay*

  • Essay is persuasive, utilized rhetorical devices, demonstrating largely effective logical and persuasive skill.
  • Essay is directed at a specific/narrow audience.
  • Successful focus on topic and stance; thesis is a viable,  well-worded opinion (claim + reasons format) leading to focused  argument.
  • Thesis and body strongly aligned throughout: flows in an organized manner that matches the thesis “map.”
  • Utilizes topic sentences, transitions, etc. well and paragraph content is focused, purposeful, and smooth.
  • Support is extensive, varied, and sophisticated throughout the paper:
  • Informs audience about the background/context of the issue.
  • Offers strong support for thesis by developing the reasons listed in the thesis.
  • Cites and incorporates evidence from multiples sources for each reason.
  • Employs research from at least 8 credible sources, meeting requirement. Sources are current (published within last five years).
  • Synthesizes research with writer’s own ideas.
  • Source materials are smoothly integrated with successful interpretation/accreditation; avoids “dropped”/”dumped” quotations.
  • Successfully synthesizes opposing points-of-view, i.e. fairly acknowledges and responds to possible counterarguments.
  • Cites paraphrases, summaries, and quotations with APA parenthetical citations.
  • Point-of-view is appropriate and sustained with third-person voice.
  • Language usage, voice, style, and tone are appropriate and effective; insignificant padding, redundancy, and/or overstatement.
  • Errors in surface features largely non-existent; minor errors do not distract from reading.
  • Is double-spaced, alphabetized, and indented as prescribed by APA  conventions, uses level headers to separate sections of content for ease  of reading.
  • Meets the length requirement of 1,800 or more words.
  • Has a Turnitin.com originality score in the 5-20% range, meaning a  relatively small portion of the essay contains direct language from  others/outside source, minimally repurposes previous work. Should you  need to repurpose prior work from English 101, or another class, please  inform your instructor of your intentions to do so.
  • References page included in same document as the essay, as the final page.
  • Contains citations in proper and consistent APA format (6th edition).
  • Is double-spaced, alphabetized, and indented for second and following lines of each entry.
  • Is relatively free of errors in punctuation and mechanics.

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