Description: For this first writing project we pick up where most of the Engli
Description: For this first writing project we pick up where most of the English 101 classes end, with the argumentative essay, but in this case we are focused exclusively in seeing you put to use what you have learned about the Toulmin Model. Previously, I have assigned questions to students, and I am continuing that tradition with the following inquiry question:
What, if any, mandates (mask, vaccine, etc.) should be made for combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.?
Now, within that question you can interpret the key words “mandatory” or “citizens” anyway you would like. For example, you might argue that a vaccine should be mandatory for first-responders but not everyone, or you may want to argue that social distancing needs to be a permanent fixture in U.S. society. You can also tailor the argument to focus on a single locality (city or county), state, or federal level, but let’s focus on the present moment rather than retroactively arguing for what should have happened at the beginning of the pandemic (though you can include that as part of the essay as a warrant, backing, etc.)
The essay must follow the Toulmin Model of argument, such that I must be able to identify clearly the six components within your paper: claim, grounds, warrants, backing, rebuttals, and qualifiers. See our notes for organizational method.
The essay must employ no fewer than five sources to assist you in making your claim, and these sources can be used to introduce evidence, support your warrants, or be employed as backing within the paper. Part of the evaluation process will focus also on how successfully you use these sources in the paper as evidence types beyond facts or statistics, but I will NOT require all five evidence types be present in the essay.
The essay will NOT be evaluated for APA citation beyond setting up a proper title page, but I will make corrections on your submitted document to start the discussion of what APA citation should do or look like. However, make absolutely certain that you cite every fact, statistic or idea used within the paper using a parenthetical citation with the author’s name and date of publication where available.
The essay has a recommended minimum length of 1500 words, or roughly six (6) pages. Keep in mind that an “A” paper could still come in just slightly below the 1500 words, and you can exceed the minimum length too, though I do not recommend doubling that amount. If you hit 3000 words, then you may want to look for paragraphs to cut from the essay. Word counts are mostly arbitrary rules that give students a general idea of what is acceptable for the assignment.
Rubric: Our rubric for this assignment will follow the English 101 rubric for evaluation, which is to say that beyond the above requirements I will be evaluating essays based on the quality of the 1. thesis, 2. support, 3. organization, 4. language (grammar), and 5. documentation. Documentation, here, will only cover the APA formatting of title page and headers, but you must also provide a References page.