Project 3: Joining the Conversation Essay and Presentation

Overview

Project 3 consists of a 1000-1200 word academic essay that supports an arguable claim through background/context on the topic, evidence, counterarguments, and conclusion that offers the reader something for further thought. The essay is complemented by a presentation that retains the same purpose and claim as the essay, but presents the evidence-based argument in a digital medium. Project 3 is a Global Citizens Assignment that conforms to Learning Outcomes objectives D, E, and F.

Early Draft

The early draft should be a 700 word draft that argues in support of a particular thesis, uses at least three sources, and includes both an introduction and conclusion. Instructors will provide extensive feedback on this Early Draft.

Peer Review

Follow assignment guidelines as outlined by your instructor. Using MyReviewers, you will provide feedback via peer review. The peer review process allows you to respond to your peers’ drafts as fellow writers working toward the common goal of producing properly formatted, useful and insightful essays. Both you and your peers will be using each other’s comments and recommendations to improve your work. Thus, your individual commitment to peer review has a real impact on the success of the entire class.

Presentation 

You will create a 2-3 minute presentation that argues your claim using evidence and rhetorical strategies. You will present your claim to other students in your class.

Rhetoric in Action Day 

You and your class members will attend Rhetoric in Action Day, which features presentations by ENC 1102 students. After you attend, you will submit a reflection on what you have learned about responsible stewardship and action.

Final Draft 

The final draft of the essay should be 1,000-1,200-words and include a thesis, all major points, evidence to support these points (including in-text citations), counterclaims, and a Works Cited page. The final draft will reflect significant revisions based upon instructor and peer feedback.

Project Description/Assignment

Students should use research as support for their thesis and a way of acknowledging and incorporating counterclaims. Students should incorporate a minimum of six sources, at least four of which need to be peer-reviewed.

Part I: The Essay

You will generate an arguable claim and write a 1,000-1,200 word academic essay to support that claim, based on the following requirements:

    1. present your arguable claim in your thesis
    2. provide background on the topic
    3. use evidence to support your claim
    4. explain counterarguments and refute them to support your claim
    5. offer a conclusion that underscores why your argument matters within a larger context

This essay prepares you to compose the type of research-based academic writing that you will be asked to do throughout your academic career.

Part II: The Presentation

After writing your academic essay, you will translate your argument into a presentation that retains the same purpose/claim as the essay. This presentation should follow the following requirements:

  1. Make a verbal argument that follows the thesis and claims presented in your written essay;
  2. Include a 4-6 minute spoken presentation to an audience of your peers during your class time; and
  3. Use Google Slides as a supplement to your in-class presentation. Your Google Slides presentation should (1) compliment the spoken presentation and (2) follow proper design principles reviewed during class.
  4. Evidence and outside materials (images, etc.) used in the digital remediation must be cited appropriately (document evidence through parenthetical citations in the text as well as on a Works Cited slide).

Purpose

Prior to Project 2 you developed a research question to guide the research you conducted, then situated that research in the historical context of your topic. In Project 2, you will write an argumentative essay and translate that argument into a Google Slides presentation for an audience of your peers who are less knowledgeable about your topic

Moving from an assessment of the historical context from your Project 1 paper, the thesis for Project 2 should distinctly stake your claim in the argument. The thesis should respond to the research question by establishing an arguable claim. The thesis should include your understanding of counterarguments and develop evidence-based claims that support your argument on the topic.

Assessment 

This assignment will be evaluated using the Project 3 Rubric.

Terms You Should Know

  • Ethos: appeal to credibility or morality
  • Pathos: appeal to the emotions
  • Logos: appeal to logic
  • Kairos: appeal to timeliness
  • Medium: tool for communication
  • Remediation: an argument made in one medium translated into another medium
  • Audience: recipient of communication
  • Counterargument: an argument opposed to the idea developed by your thesis
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