Include a 400-600 word cover letter block formatted like a business letter (excluding addresses) (Links to an external site.) that discusses your writing process, including how peer and instructor feedback played into revision decisions and giving specific examples of what you changed throughout the process.
Early in the essay, you should offer your thesis statement, and the remainder of the paper should offer support for this position/persuade readers to support the position.
Your argument should be supported by clear and credible research.
Should cite at least five sources.
Include a Works Cited page.
Your Works Cited page and in-text citations should follow MLA Format.
Your paper should address a significant counter-argument. Two additional criteria apply:
You should cite, fairly summarize, and respond to a real counter-argument. Don’t imagine what an opposing audience might argue—instead, find a real person who makes a real and sophisticated argument, and address it.
This doesn’t need to come at the end of your paper (before the conclusion). Though this can be effective, it is often more effective to address a counter-argument early: here’s what wrong with the common approach, now let me outline a more promising approach…
It should focus on the readers’ needs—what do they already know? How can you make complex ideas and information clear or accessible to readers?
It should be clearly organized.
Submission
Your submission, including the cover letter and references, should be at least 2400 words. The cover letter should be single-spaced but everything else should be double-spaced, following MLA guidelines. Submit the assignment as a single pdf, doc, or docx file.
Evaluation
Please see attached grading rubric on the rough draft for additional details. Generally, they are outlined below.
Reflective Cover Letter: provides an engaging and detailed description of the student’s research and writing process, including how peer and instructor feedback played into revision decisions and giving specific examples of what the student changed throughout the process.
Description of Rhetorical Conversation: summarizes and analyzes the rhetorical conversation surrounding this research issue, using rhetorical vocabulary and concepts learned from this class.
Thesis Statement & Support: early in the essay, the student offers their thesis statement, and the remainder of the argument offers persuasive support for this position/persuades readers to support the position.
Source Integration: adequate textual evidence is present in the project and all quotations are effectively blended, with varied and well-constructed signal phrases. Furthermore, textual evidence is adequately contextualized for the audience and the student thinks and argues with rather than about the authors’ keywords, concepts, approaches, or theories.
Counter-argument: cite, fairly summarize, and respond to a real counter-argument (i.e., an actual argument written by someone else).
Organization: the organization is appropriate to the genre, audience, and–most importantly–the writer’s purpose (e.g., problem-solving, causal analysis, proposal, etc)
Credible Research: argument is supported by credible research including at least eight high-quality sources (minimum of 6 reviewed scholarly journal articles).
Citation Style: MLA citation style is used consistently with only a handful of errors. In-text citations and a Works Cited page are included. All sources listed on the Works Cited page are cited within the project.
Editing and Correctness: meets formatting requirements; minimizes distracting errors in grammar, syntax, word choice, and punctuation.

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