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This Critical Thinking Essay will require you use critical thought to find a connection between the reading The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake by Brooks and the reading The Land Ethic by Leopold (available in Modules>Readings) and then write an essay that makes a clear argument stating and then supporting the connection you find. As with previous assignments, this will require you make a clear argument and support it using specific evidence, but this assignment asks you to do so at a more in-depth and complex level than previously – by synthesizing the two sources to make your own separate point. This is a writing assignment, and your rough and final drafts are worth a total of 50 points. Instructions and Recommendations:     •    Read both The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake and The Land Ethic carefully and take notes while reading each.     •    Use the critical thinking process demonstrated in Content work to identify points/ideas in both readings and explore multiple connections between those points/ideas. (This step will be a formal assignment later.)     •    Choose one of the connections you discover between the articles and type an essay which states and explains that connection and makes an argument for that connection’s validity and/or meaning.     •    Save your response with your last name and the word ‘Critical’ in the file name.     •    Submit your first rough draft (10 pts) by end of day 10/18 for credit and peer study. For this draft, properly formatted text filling at least two pages is required for credit.     •    Revise extensively using the knowledge and understanding you gained from your draft study work, and the concepts learned in this unit to make your essay much better. Be aware that the final draft of both your essay and your letter for this unit are due on the same day. I strongly advise you begin your revision work on your letter before the final week of the unit.     •    Submit your final draft (40 pts) by end of day 11/8. Rubric The document you submit should have (and will be graded on) all the following attributes:     •    whether it conforms to the Assignment Basics listed below     •    whether it orients  the reader with an opener that mentions the article’s titles and the authors’ names and which also clearly uses other items of context external to the articles     •    whether it  keep the reader oriented throughout     •    whether it demonstrates your understanding of both articles     •    whether it  makes a clear and in-depth claim about a connection between the two readings     •    whether it makes an argument for the validity and/or meaning of that connection     •    whether the claim made is a synthesis     •    whether it has an objective and somewhat formal tone     •    whether it has a clear ‘they say’ as mentioned in TSIS Ch 1: “state your position and the one you’re responding to together,” and then makes clear your “position relative to the views … summarized or quoted” – as mentioned in TSIS Ch 4.     •    Whether it frames all use of sources with introductory and explanatory material     •    whether it demonstrates a good balance of the evidence and interpretation     •    whether it transitions smoothly between sentences, between sections, and between ideas     •    whether it correctly uses MLA in-text citations for all sources     •    whether it has a correct MLA Works Cited page which includes all sources     •    whether it  ‘does justice’ to your argument with a thorough, in-depth discussion that goes beyond the obvious Due:     •    Submit your first rough draft (10 pts) by end of day 10/18 for credit and peer study.     •    Submit your final draft (40 pts) by end of day 11/8. Notes:     •    Another way to think about/approach this assignment that is often helpful is this: write an argumentative essay on a topic which requires both of these articles as the key sources in order to make its conclusion.     •    You may certainly write about more than one connection you see between the readings, but know that if you feel you need to, you’ve likely not taken the critical thinking process far enough and are not exploring the connection you’ve made in enough depth to make an insightful connection but are instead opting for the easy-out strategy of ‘another surface-level-connection I saw’ just to fill space.     •    A specific length is not required, but as a rule of thumb for yourself, be aware that in my experience, assignments that demonstrate the appropriate level of detail and critical thought to earn a high grade usually at minimum stretch well onto the fourth full page, if not much further. Assignment Basics: All writing assignments and homework should:     •    have correct spelling     •    have coherent grammar     •    have ideas organized into (at least) basic sentences and paragraphs     •    have correct MLA format as specified in the class handouts     •    use applicable formatting such as headers and numbering to make text easily legible and clearly organized for the reader     •    be your original work (unplagiarized)     •    be typed     •    follow all assignment instructions    purpose and Points: This Complaint Letter assignment is intended as further practice using the concept of genre as a lens through which to approach writing. Furthermore, it also further brings the concept of argument into your genre work. This is a writing assignment, and your rough and final drafts are worth a total of 50 points. Instructions:     •    Read several sample complaint letters (available in Modules>Samples on Canvas) as a genre examples to emulate     •    Type a complaint letter addressed to a specific, real person by name.     •    Save your response with your name and the word ‘letter’ in the file name     •    Submit your first rough draft (10 pts) by end of day 10/11 for credit and peer study.     •    Revise extensively using the knowledge and understanding you gained from the samples, your peer study work and feedback, and the concepts learned in this unit to make your letter much better. Be aware that the final draft of both your letter and your essay for this unit are due on the same day. I strongly advise you begin your revision work on your letter before the final week of the unit.     •    Submit your final draft (40 pts) by end of day 11/8. Rubric The document you submit should have (and will be graded on) all the following attributes: (Note: some of the ‘section’ requirements listed under ‘Parts’ do overlap. It’s not required that each point be a separate section.)     •    whether it conforms to the Assignment Basics listed below     •    Specific Parts: Your response should:     •    Contain a minimum of 500 words     •    Begin with the following, in order according to usual letter format: Date, Sender’s name/address, Recipient’s address, Salutation.     •    End with a closing note and name/signature     •    Contain section(s) using relevant specific information/background/history to establish a positive relationship between sender and recipient     •    Contain section(s) clearly stating the problem/complaint and explaining the problem/complaint in detail through the use of specific information (history, consequences, others’ similar experience, actions already taken, etc.)     •    Contain section(s) clearly explaining why action is necessary (ie: why the problem is a problem)     •    Contain section(s) proposing a reasonable solution, that is: requesting specific action(s) to remedy the situation/problem.     •    Contain section(s) presenting evidence in support of your argument for your proposed solution     •    Contain section(s) stating contact information, a method of contact, and a deadline for a response.     •    Contain section(s) requiring a response and clearly indicating a reasonable consequence in the case of a lack of response.       •    Purpose-level Aspects: Your response should:     •    Open and close on a positive note     •    Have a tone which is assertive and authoritative but also respectful and professional     •    Be consistent in tone     •    Have integrity/consistency/clarity; that is: be a unified whole, with a clear purpose, and not random or contradictory information that doesn’t ‘flow’     •    make an overall argument in favor of your stated remedy for the problem Due:     •    Submit your first rough draft (10 pts) by end of day 10/11 for credit and peer study.     •    Submit your final draft (40 pts) by end of day 11/8. Assignment Basics: All writing assignments and homework should:     •    have correct spelling     •    have coherent grammar     •    have ideas organized into (at least) basic sentences and paragraphs     •    have correct MLA format as specified in the class handout     •    be your original work (unplagiarized)     •    be typed     •    follow assignment instructions

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