Butter

Summary/Response Essay #2

Fall 2020                                                                                 75 points possible

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Format: MLA Format: 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, be sure to check that you have spacing before and after lines set at zero, header with your last name and page number, MLA heading that begins on line 1 of the actual paper.  See the sample paper that is on Blackboard for help or go to https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html

Style:  For our purposes, use only third-person not first-person.  Go to Purdue OWL for more discussion on this topic:  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_students/tips_for_writing_in_north_american_colleges/objectivity.html

Overview:  Choose one of the essays about butter that you have read that you can find under Week Three.Do not use any other resources.  Read the selection carefully several times using what you have learned about reading college-level writing.

Purpose: to summarize and respond to the effectiveness of the selection you have chosen.  Notice that this is not your view on the topic itself, but rather on how well the author has conveyed his/her argument.

 

The final draft should include all the following:

 

A summary of the author’s argument (approximately 3 well-developed paragraphs): 

  • In the first paragraph, identify the author by full name and provide the title of the article in quotation marks. Identify the specific perspective the author conveys. Also, in the first paragraph, use everything you learned from They Say, I Say Chapter 2: “The Art of Summarizing,” about writing an academic summary of a written text.
  • In the next two paragraphsidentify the features of the argument including, but not limited to thesis, points and counterpoints of the argument, evidence, rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos), the intended audience, and the writer’s purpose. This is the same as the first essay you wrote.
  • The summary of the argument should NOT include any direct quotes. Rather, use paraphrase and summary to explain the author’s points.  Be sure to includein-text (parenthetical)citations where appropriate with the author’s last name and page number (Last 4) to indicate where you have used his/her idea.

 

An evaluation of the author’s argument (approximately 3 well-developed paragraphs:  Here is where you show your thought on the effectiveness of the article’s thesis and argument.  Use these questions to get started:

  • Is the argument effective? Why or why not?
  • What elements make this an effective or ineffective argument? Be as specific as you can; remember that you can disagree with the author and the argument can still be successful.
  • How can the argument be stronger?
  • Where and how are there weaknesses in the argument? What could the author have done differently?
  • Include one direct quotation from the article with a proper in-text (parenthetical) citation. Direct the reader to the quotation using a signal phrase, put the quotation in quotation marks, and identify the place in which you found it with an in-text citation.  Finally, explain the quote’s significance to your overall point.

 

Works Cited page

 

Include the proper MLA citation for the article. Pay especial attention to placement of commas, periods and other punctuation marks. Be sure you have the article title in quotation marks. Be sure each entry is reversely indented or uses hanging indents and that the entries are listed in alphabetical order.  The title is capitalized and is centered on the page.

 

The following is the rubric that will be used to grade your essay.  Be sure to read it carefully.

MLA format 

2 Points

The essay has not followed MLA format including: 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, correct spacing before and after paragraphs, header with your last name and page number, and MLA heading.

7 Points

The essay has mostly followed MLA format including: 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, correct spacing before and after paragraphs, header with your last name and page number, and MLA heading

10 Points

The essay has followed MLA format including: 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, correct spacing before and after paragraphs, header with your last name and page number, and MLA heading

 

Works Cited page

0 Points

The Works Cite page is missing or does not follow MLA format including: its’ on a separate page, title (Works Cited) that is centered and capitalized, entries are in alphabetical order and use a hanging indent.

7 Points

The Works Cite page mostly follows MLA format including: its’ on a separate page, title (Works Cited) that is centered and capitalized, entries are in alphabetical order and use a hanging indent.

10 Points

The Works Cite page follows MLA format including: its’ on a separate page, title (Works Cited) that is centered and capitalized, entries are in alphabetical order and use a hanging indent.

 

Grammar 

2 Points

The grammatical /mechanical errors prevent the writer’s ideas from being understood. It does not demonstrate college-level writing.

7 Points

The essay has three or more grammar/mechanical errors. It somewhat demonstrates college-level writing.

10 Points

The essay has two or less grammar/mechanical errors. It demonstrates college-level writing.

 

Content 

25 Points

The essay lacks parts of the assignment. It does not demonstrate college-level ability to summarize and understand the main points of the chosen reading as well as a thoughtful and critical response to the effectiveness of the author’s argument.

35 Points

The essay includes most of the content indicated on the assignment. It makes an attempt to summarize and understand the main points of the chosen reading as well as a thoughtful and critical response to the effectiveness of the author’s argument.

45 Points

The essay includes all of the content indicated on the assignment. It demonstrates an ability to summarize and understand the main points of the chosen reading as well as a thoughtful and critical response to the effectiveness of the author’s argument.

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