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GWRTC 103: Spring 2011
Katie Robbins

The Informed Analysis Paper will research a topic in popular culture and then use the information found to generate a paper in which the student makes an argument concerning the chosen topic. Although the paper is working towards a clear, persuasive argument, it needs to incorporate strong logic and be thoroughly researched with a bibliography of no less than 6 instructor-approved sources.  Length: 4-6 double-spaced pages.

Main Criteria = Well-Researched, Makes a Persuasive Argument, Logical, Well-Analyzed
5 = Essays uses both primary and secondary sources; clear thesis; engaging analysis; strong logic and no blatant logical fallacies; reader convinced of the argument and is able to answer the "so what" of the paper
4 = Is close to being a five, but just not as strong or polished
3 = essay relies on secondary sources and fails to use primary; broad thesis which is missing either what the paper is analyzing or what the paper is proving; weak logic with several logical fallacies; argument not entirely persuasive or struggles with "so what" 
2 = Close to being a three, but not quite.  Paper is too research heavy and so becomes more a research paper than an informed analysis paper. 
1 = essay lacks research, tends to generalize and beg the question, fails to find a clear argument and is settles for being more of a research paper than an analysis paper.

 

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