Evaluating an Argument

Evaluating an Argument
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I assign the “Evaluating an Argument” assignment after the rhetorical analysis assignment and concurrently with the Research Proposal. This assignment allows students to investigate a scholarly source in more depth beyond a typical annotated bibliography, by also asking them to include, contextualize, and critique evidence and/or quotations found in the source. While the prompt asks students to find a peer-reviewed article connected to my English 101 music and media theme, teachers at the 11th grade, 12th grade, and introductory college level can easily adapt this assignment to various curricular needs and to evaluate a wide variety of sources.

In the assignment prompt below, I reference a “4 Step Quotation Method” handout, source material I received from a colleague, which I use to help students properly quote and cite sources in their research paper. The rubric also outlines the components of that handout that I use to grade students’ incorporation of quotes so that you can see what skills I measure. You are welcome to use any resource on hand to measure students’ proper handling of sources and citations to grade this assignment.

My entire English 101 course is out of 1,000 points total (easy math for me and my students to track) and the Research Proposal is worth 100 points or 10% of the overall course grade. The rubric at the end of the prompt allows my students to see the value of each component of the assignment and makes the proposal easier to grade. You can adapt the rubric to match whatever point distribution you prefer and you are also welcome to add components to the rubric as you desire.

If you are interested in maintaining my order of assignment sequence, then check out the other assignment prompts on my page:

Part 1 of 6 – Identifying Current Issues in Music and Media

Part 3 of 6 – Research Proposal

Part 4 of 6 – Finding Common Ground (Part 1 of Research Project)

Part 5 of 6 – Acknowledging the Opposition (Part 2 of Research Project)

Part 6 of 6 – Presenting a Holistic Argument (Part 3 of Research Project)

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