Rubric for "Communicating as a Professional" Essay: This is what the content grade is based upon.
(Since some of you asked: Length is at least 2 FULL pages to three full pages.)
man talking into can
Sining into a tin can

"Are you the man who pays people to sing into a tin can?"


Introductory paragraphs (links to Purdue University OWL). See also W-4e in Little Seagull Handbook

·         Set the hook

·         Narrow the focus/provide needed background info, including a paraphrase of the thesis statement of the WaPo article "Why Can't College Graduates Write Coherent Prose?" correctly attribute or cited

·         Clearly state the thesis

o   A thesis statement is NOT an announcement of intention

o   States the subject matter

o   Is unified

o   Clearly indicates the writer’s opinion

o   Contain the “key words” if possible

Body paragraph 1

Body paragraph 2

Body paragraph 3

Concluding paragraph (links to the Guide to Grammar and Writing). See also W-4e in Little Seagull Handbook

·         Must include one direct quote--the one you think is MOST relevant to your thesis statement--from the WaPo article "Why Can't College Graduates Write Coherent Prose?" Correctly cite the source.

·         Can paraphrase your main points

·         Can comment again on the subject matter

·         Can call for action on the part of the reader

Now, use this page: Revision and Editing Checklist from the Guide to Grammar and Writing

Works cited section

Make it ready for grading:


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