How do you ethically inform a general audience about the controversy that you have been researching? Unit 3 asks you to build a portfolio of articles about science for different publication contexts. In each case, you should be writing about your chosen controversy, providing information about the studies that you have focused on, and taking a position related to your controversy. That position may be research-based (“current research is inadequate”), it may be knowledge based (“thanks to research, we know that…”), or it may be policy-based (“based on current research, our best course of action is to…”).
In this assignment, you will write a 900-1200 word op-ed for a respected news venue like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, etc. First, you are asked to complete a style worksheet for your chosen news venue. Then, write an article about your controversy following the style of the venue.
Your essay will be evaluated on the following criteria (10 points each)
- Style: To what degree does your style appropriately match the forum you are publishing in?
- Persuasiveness: To what degree is your argument persuasive? Are the appeals effective? Is the structure coherent? Do you provide convincing evidence (when appropriate)? For this assignment, you are expected to effectively combine ‘scientific appeals’ with emotional appeals. You should also strategically and effectively refute at least one credible counter-argument.
- Structure: Is your structure clear and meaningful?
- Writing: Do you write in an appropriate style, using consistent grammar, spelling, and punctuation?
For a C or above, your essay must:
- Be 900-1200 words
- Take a coherent and clearly stated position, and use rhetorical strategies to argue it.
- Document all sources accurately (in-text and on a References page) according to APA style guides
- Be written effectively and coherently, with very few punctuation or grammatical errors
Your paper must meet the following parameters, evaluated as shown below:
- Name (upper left corner): 2 points
- Date (upper left corner): 2 points
- Rhetoric 309k (upper left corner): 2 points
- Running Head (short title, all caps, in header): 2 points
- Title: top center: 2 points
- Page numbers: 2 points
- Times New Roman or Garamond fonts, 1.5 spacing: 2 points
- Note: essays written in more than one font will receive a 7-point penalty.
Proper APA Citation:
- Citations on Reference Page: 3 points
- Reference page separated using a “page break”: 1 point
- Formatting errors: -1 point for each error
- Content errors: -3 points for each error
Style Worksheet: failure to provide a Style Worksheet will result in a 10 point penalty.