Aliens or extraterrestrial life: Comparative Rhetorical Analysis

In order to receive full points for this assignment, you will need to make sure you have followed the directions for the Essay #1 Guidelines in 3.4 of this module. Your document must be MLA-formatted and include a word count as a 5th line in the heading. You must include, at minimum, a brief introduction paragraph with your thesis highlighted yellow.

  • Be sure that your introduction paragraph starts generally by introducing the topic, briefly summarizes the two articles you’ve chosen to compare,and ends with an argumentative statement about which author’s argument was more effective and why.
  • Then, you must include an outline of what your body paragraphs will be about, or you may include your body paragraphs if you have completed them.

Please understand that the grading rubric for this assignment is not the same for the rough draft or final draft for this essay. Regardless of what score you get on this homework assignment, you will receive feedback on how to improve for the rough draft, so be sure to check back in the submission comments once you have received your score.

Rubric

Outline for Essay #1

Outline for Essay #1

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA FormattingDocument is properly formatted.

1.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

1.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroductionThe introduction paragraph begins generally and ends specifically, introduces both articles/authors, and avoids any personal opinions about the topic of aliens.

1.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

1.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesisAn argumentative thesis which clearly indicates which author was more rhetorically effective is included as the last sentence of the introduction, and this sentence is highlighted in yellow.

2.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

2.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody Paragraph TopicsA total of 3-6 body paragraph topics, topic sentences, or entire body paragraphs are included.

1.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

1.0 pts

Total Points: 5.0

 
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