Informative Essay

Informative Essay
In this essay, I am asking you to INFORM the reader about a topic you think they should know about. This is different from a narrative, because you aren’t telling a story. Instead, you are writing a formal essay using research and evidence that provides information on a topic of your choice.
Requirements:

  • Your essay should have a clear thesis about the topic you’re exploring. It may help to have a 3-pronged thesis, as below:
    • Example: Having a child changes a person’s perspective. Children make parents more compassionate, empathetic, and hopeful.
  • Your body paragraphs should be driven by clear topic sentences (claims) that are related to your thesis.
    • TS1: Having a child creates compassion in the parent, as parents are forced to see the world through the eyes of an innocent child.
    • TS2: Children teach parents about empathy
    • TS3: Children make parents more hopeful and more likely to desire and create positive changes in society and the world.
  • The essay must be grammatically clear and written in a formal, academic voice so that mistakes don’t distract the reader from the content
    • Use Grammarly, peer edit, and check with me
    • POV: 1st and 3rd are acceptable, but only where appropriate (for example, you may tell a personal anecdote using 1st person, but the entire essay shouldn’t stay limited to your story. See “In Praise of a Snail’s Pace”).
  • Your essay should be between 2-4 pages
  • Your essay should include evidence (paraphrased, summarized, or quoted facts, examples, or details) from at least 2 sources (different websites/articles/texts) and have a Works Cited page at the end.

Essay Rubric: 100 points

Essay Rubric: 100 points
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFocus and Organization
40 pts
Exceeds Expectations
The response fully addresses all parts of the assignment prompt. The main idea is stated in a compelling way. The response is effectively organized to address the assignment prompt.
30 pts
Meets Expectations
The response addresses all parts of the assignment prompt. The main idea is clearly stated. The response is well-organized to address the assignment prompt.
25 pts
Approaches Expectations
The response may not address all parts of the assignment prompt. The main idea is stated, but may be unclear. The response is organized, but may not be effectively organized.
20 pts
Does Not Yet Meet Expectations
The response does not address all parts of the assignment prompt. The main idea is unclear, and the organization is not sufficient as a response to the assignment prompt.
40 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvidence and Elaboration
40 pts
Exceeds Expectations
The response includes specific reasons, details, facts, and quotations (if necessary) from selections and outside resources (if needed) to support main idea. The tone of the response is academic. The language is precise and appropriate for the audience and purpose.
35 pts
Meets Expectations
The response includes some specific reasons, details, facts, and quotations (if necessary) from selections and outside resources (if necessary) to support the main idea. The tone of the research is mostly academic. The language is generally precise and appropriate for the audience and purpose.
30 pts
Approaches Expectations
The response includes a few reasons, details, facts, and quotations (if necessary) from selections and outside resources (if necessary) to support the thesis. The tone of the assignment is occasionally academic. The language is somewhat precise and appropriate for the audience and purpose.
20 pts
Does Not Yet Meet Expectations
Reliable and relevant evidence is not included. The tone of the essay is not academic. The language used is imprecise and not appropriate for the audience and purpose.
40 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conventions and Usage
20 pts
Exceeds Expectations
The response uses standard English conventions of usage and mechanics. The essay contains no spelling errors.
15 pts
Meets Expectations
The response demonstrates general accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics. The essay contains few spelling errors.
10 pts
Approaches Expectations
The response demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics. The essay contains some spelling errors.
10 pts
Does Not Yet Meet Expectations
The response contains mistakes in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics. The essay contains many spelling errors.
20 pts
Total Points: 100

 

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