The purpose for this writing assignment is to inform your audience about a topic in pop culture. An informative essay, sometimes called expository essay, educates the audience on a certain topic. The assignment calls for using different rhetorical strategies to create one text. The research essay targets and improves composition skills and critical thinking skills.
Project essay you must choose one topic, but you don’t have to choose it from that list. You can write about anything as long as its pop culture related. You need to use four sources; I do not have specific requirements for how often you must use them in the essay. For example, you may choose to only mention one of the sources one time and that would be okay. You do not have to use the Wake Tech Reader as a source. I am looking to see if you use credible sources in general. Hope this helps.
Three-dimensional printing for printing industry
Crossfitness / Zumba—dance-oriented aerobics
Smartphones, technological trend
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat
Reality TV (a particular type of show like dating reality or family reality)
Video game ratings
Violent sports (MMA, etc.)
Social media trends (do not write a general paper about social media; there needs to be a specific focus like Instagram influence on teenagers or comments section bullying on Youtube)
Dystopian young adult literature
Smart home technology
DIY (Do-it-yourself) Youtube instructional guides
Self-help book industry
Alternative health practices
Singing shows (American Idol, The Voice, etc.)
Navigational tools like GPS, googlemaps
Cable’s decline, rise of subscription movie platforms like Netflix, Hulu, etc.
Supernatural TV shows and movies
Black Lives Matter origin
Dreamers (DACA) topic
Popular sports (if you choose football or basketball, you’ll have to discuss why these sports are popular now since these items have been a part of pop culture for some time now. What makes 2019 different? New marketing? New industry?)
You are not required to use any of these topics, but hopefully, listing these past topics has given you some food for thought.
Create an academic essay of at least 4 full pages, no more than 5 pages of text.
3rd person (he, she, they, someone, everyone, people, the general public, etc.) point of view voice should be used in the essay. There should not be first person “I” or second person “you” voice.
Apply MLA formatting to the essay: 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double-spaced, 1” margins, last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner, and a left centered heading including your name, class, instructor’s name, and date. Also include a title.
Apply basic composition skills: topic sentences, thesis statement, logical and effective organization, effective integration of sources, transitions, and incorporating appropriate content.
Understand and apply standard written English. Use appropriate vocabulary and avoid mechanical and grammatical errors.
Integrate and use 4 credible sources (no more, or no less). Sources (books, articles, essays, websites) can come from Wake Tech’s NC Live database or the general internet as long as they are credible. You will find directions to the NC Live database under the weekly folder. You may also use sources from The Wake Tech Reader textbook. *Failure to use credible sources and using too many sources (sources every line) will lead to major deductions.
Create a works cited page (does not count towards the overall word count of the actual essay).
Assignment: Choose a topic that is a part of contemporary pop culture. Pop culture is short for popular culture; therefore, anything that appeals to the masses, resulting in trends or increased popularity, could be considered a part of pop culture.
Your research should not be more than seven years old.
Sources: Use your sources to reinforce your position. Do not start paragraphs with quotations, and do not end paragraphs with quotations. You should always assume control by using the evidence to support your claims, not writing claims to support your evidence. Your words should always outweigh the quotations. Also, make sure to use attribution to effectively integrate sources. Do not let a quotation act as its own sentence. You must incorporate your research throughout the entire essay.
Thesis is compelling, exceptionally clear, multi-layered, and well-composed.
Thesis is compelling and clear but not enough so to be considered exceptional.
Thesis is present and does the job.
It may be misplaced, too broad, or too narrow to adequately cover the topic and/or convey a significant purpose.
Thesis is missing, misplaced, inappropriate, underdeveloped, and/orunclear.
Review LB chapter 3a and class notes.
Organization and Structure
Topic sentences reflect the thesis explicitly. They are exceptionally composed, assertive, and appropriatelytransitional.
Body paragraphs are fully-developed, structured logically, and ordered effectively, as appropriate for the assignment.
Paragraph (and/or section) ending syntheses are exceptionally composed. They connect clearly to topic sentences and reveal significance.
Topic sentences reflect the thesis explicitly. They are assertive, clear, and appropriately transitional.
Body paragraphs are well-developed, structured logically, and ordered effectively, but not enough so to be considered exceptional.
Paragraph (and/or section) ending synthesesare clear and appropriately connected to topic sentences.
Topic sentences are mostly clear but ordinary. Perhaps transitions, clarity, distinction, or some key component was left out or confused.
Body paragraphs include minor areas where development, structuring, or organization is in need of attention.
Paragraph (and/or section) ending syntheses are mostly clear but ordinary. Some key component specific to the assignment may have been left out or confused.
Topic sentences are often unclear, missing, underdeveloped, orinappropriate for the assignment.
Body paragraphs are often underdeveloped, unclear, illogically ordered, orinappropriately structured for the assignment.
Paragraph (and/or section) ending syntheses are often unclear, underdeveloped, missing, or inappropriate for the assignment.
Supporting Informationis significant, unified, well-qualified, clear in presentation, specific in detail, and entirely appropriate.
Supporting sentencesare coherent, varied, vivid, and eloquent. They use sophisticated vocabulary, and their transitions are well-placed, forging clear relationships between ideas.
Introduction and conclusion are well-developed, clearly composed, and compelling.
Supporting information is unified, qualified, specific, clear, and appropriate for the assignment but not enough so to be considered exceptional.
Supporting sentences are coherent and varied, making use of clear and appropriate vocabulary. Their transitions are well-placed.
Introduction and conclusion are clearly written and may be compelling but not enough so to be considered exceptional.
Supporting information is mostly clear and unified; some details may be generalized, colloquial, lacking evidence, and/orincomplete.
Supporting sentencesare often ordinary. There may be areas of redundancy, wordiness, choppy structuring, orlimited transitioning.
Introduction and conclusion serve the purpose, but they are not necessarily compelling. They might benefit from further development
Supporting information is often unclear, disjointed, incomplete, confusing, orgeneralized.
Supporting sentences tend to ramble or lack collegiate-level conventions with regard to organization, development, structure, or transitioning.
Introduction and conclusion lack collegiate-level conventions with regard content and/ordevelopment.
Works Cited page is perfect.
Source integration is sophisticated, error free. Sources are introduced, attributed, & synthesized effectively. In-text citation is without fault.
Works Cited page is nearly perfect.
Integration/citation of source content is virtually error free, including appropriate attribution and synthesis.
MLA documentation and/or integration of source content may not meet all standards; but, the student demonstrates a strong familiarity and the essay requires minimal edits.
Many errors in documentation.
Attribution and/or syntheses of source content are often missing.
Please refer to LB chapter 56 for MLA guidelines.
Grammar, mechanics, and Spelling
Writer makes no major errors in grammar, mechanics, or spelling. There may be few minor errors.
Writer makes 1-2 major errors in grammar, mechanics, or spelling. There may be few minor errors.
Writer makes 3-4 major errors in grammar, mechanics, or spelling, some of which distract the reader from the content. There are minor errors that also hinder content.
Writer makes 4+ major errors in grammar, mechanics, or spelling, many of which distract the reader from the content. There are numerous minor errors throughout the essay.
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