I am looking for a fully mature college level essay – solid topical paragraph that re-states the question and outlines your key points or opinions; a paragraph or paragraphs for each of those key points providing facts and details to prove your statement or opinion and that you fully understand the concept under discussion; a solid closing paragraph that sums up your argument or keys points. Although I do not specify a word count, you will find that it will be difficult to answer these questions in less than 500 – 750 words or 3 – 5 pages. You may not use an encyclopedia as a resource for any essay; using an encyclopedia article is far beneath the standard expected for a college level research project. Using an encyclopedia is – 15 points on the essay; using a Wikipedia article results in a 0 grade for the work.
Pay particular attention to the rules for citing your sources. As a general rule you should cite all quotes, facts and figures and concepts that are not your own original work. Facts that are of ‘common knowledge’ such as basic dates and facts. “The Allied forces invaded France in June of 1944’ is a pretty common fact. Troops dispositions, objectives, the landing sites, the naval bombardment plan, the airborne objectives are not and require a citation. When in doubt, cite the source.
MLA is the Barton standard writing format and you may use either footnotes or end notes as you wish but there are some eCollege specifics you need to keep in mind. If you attach a word document in the course shell the footnotes arrive intact; if you copy and paste a document into a dialog box, the footnote numbers and the footnotes themselves will be stripped away why the HTML coding. When you use a dialog box, it is best to place the notation number in ( ) as part of the text and the sources as a listing at the end of the work.
You do not need to recite the full bibliographical data for the textbook – that information is in the syllabus; ‘Text p 234’ is acceptable. If you are citing a map, table, or picture from the text cite it as ‘Text Map 2-1, p 123’
There is no time limit for the exercise. You must post the essay into the drop box for that particular essay. A better technique is to copy the potential essays questions from the essay intro screen and use it as a guide while you are completing the readings and on line lectures and links, open the exam in order to determine your exact question, fully research the topic, complete the essay in a WP program, and then paste in. The response box will spell check, but not perform other WP functions such as grammar check, font changes, underline, etc. If you paste in you will still have to ‘clean-up’ your work. The instructional platform treats a paragraph as a cell and will often double space or bring in HTML coding errors, especially if you have copied in something from another website. Remember to cite any quoted sources. Each essay has a grading rubric that lists the solution; for the first essay I have included a sample essay.
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The essays are graded against the following rubric.
Criteria Maximum Points Partial Points Zero points
Grammar & Syntax 4 Points – if posting is error free. 1 or 3 Points – if essay contains one to four errors. Zero points – if essay contains 5 or more errors.
Contains a solid topical paragraph that restates the question and outlines 3-4 key points of your argument 6 Points – if posting meets the criterion. 1 to 5 Points – one point for each of the items listed under criterion. Zero points if all items are omitted.
Each key point is supported by a stand-alone paragraph with a topical sentence and proof for your points and concepts. 6 Points – if posting meets the criterion. 1 to 5 Points – one point for each of the items listed under criterion. Zero points if all items are omitted.
Essay contains a summery paragraph that summarizes and concludes your argument.
4 Points – if posting is error free. 1 or 3 Points – if essay contains one to four errors. Zero points – if essay contains 5 or more errors.
Essay contains direct quotes and is annotated with source. -10 points for the entire essay if sources are not properly documented -15 points for the entire essay if sources are not documented or if an encyclopedia article is used as a source Zero points for the entire essay if sources are not documented or if essay is “pasted” or copied from another source or if a Wikipedia article is used as a source..