Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria.
Thesis Statement: The foundation of an essay is its thesis statement, a specific interpretive argument about the text. Students should articulate a clear and specific argument that can be stated in a single, succinct sentence. Remember, the entire purpose of the essay is to persuade the reader of the validity of the critical, argumentative assertion made in the thesis statement.
Introduction: After the thesis statement, the introduction is perhaps the most important part of the essay. In this opening paragraph, students should introduce the topic to be discussed, offer the specific thesis they intend to prove, and indicate how they intend to go about proving it. The introduction thus gives the reader a clear sense of the whole essay—think of it as a “road map” of the essay—although it contains no specific evidence to back up its claims.
Body: The bulk of the essay will be taken up with a series of paragraphs that offer evidence from the primary source(s) to support the argument offered in the thesis. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence that clearly defines the aspect of the argument the paragraph will explore, and a number of sentences to present the proof. Remember, it is not sufficient merely to make an assertion about the text; this assertion must also be backed up with solid, specific evidence. Be conscious of making smooth transitions between paragraphs. Show the reader why the shift is being made, and draw the necessary connections to show that the paragraphs together are part of a larger, coherent argument, and not simply independent “mini essays.”
Conclusion: The essay should end with a brief conclusion that brings the essay together and leaves the reader satisfied that students have proven what they set out to prove in the thesis statement. The best conclusions both rearticulate the thesis statement (i.e., phrase the thesis in different words) and provide closure for the reader in the form of a memorable final statement.
Style: It is not sufficient merely to have intelligent insights about texts; those insights must be communicated to the reader clearly and concisely. Therefore, students will be assessed on technical matters such as spelling, diction, grammatical correctness, and sentence structure.
Tone: A formal essay must maintain a professional, mature tone from beginning to end. Address the arguments to the reader in a consistently courteous, confident, and formal manner. Avoid colloquialisms, slang expressions, abbreviations, jokes, puns, coarse language, and anything else that might lower the formal, professional tone of the essay.
Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Essay
Pages / words-4 / 1100
Number of sources-1