Essay 2 Instructions and Checklist
In preparation for Essay 2 and by completing your textbook readings, you will be equipped to respond by objectively compiling information from a variety of sources to compose an essay demonstrating that you understand and practice reading, writing, and rhetoric within the context of a biblical worldview; apply methods of sound reasoning; produce well-structured essays; integrate sources accurately and effectively; write with clarity; recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, and sentence structure; and apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision (Syllabus MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G and Module/Week 5 LOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
In Module/Week 5, you must write a 1,100–1,200-word ethical argument essay. Please note the word count does not include citations.
Ethical Essay Prompt
Write an ethical argument in which you consider the topic, “How far should scientists go to modify humans through genetic engineering?” Use the websites included in the Reading & Study folder, your own academic research, and the Bible to include at least 4 quotations, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase (6 total) from at least 3 of these sources. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (current APA).
After reading pages 599–607 in your Practical Argument textbook and the 5 websites in the Module/Week 4 Reading & Study folder, you will be prepared to plan your own ethical argument about the topic, “How far should scientists go to modify humans through genetic engineering?”
When planning your outline, review the reading assignment with special attention to page 590—What is Ethical Argument?, page 591—Stating and Ethical Principle, and page 599—Structuring an Ethical Argument.
Next,do some preliminary research about your topic including the websites in the Module/Week 4 Reading & Study folder. You are encouraged to use the Bible as a resource for your ethical argument development.
As you compose your essay, be sure to:
- Include all of the parts identified in “Structuring a Ethical Argument” found on page 599 in your Practical Argumenttextbook.
- Integrate at least 4 quotations, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrases (6 total) into your essay from at least 3 outside sources.
- Follow the appropriate formatting style for your degree program (current APA).
- Use signal phrases and proper in-text citations; make sure you include a references (current APA),
- Use the Essay 2 Grading Rubric and the proofreading checklist (provided below) to draft and revise your essay.
- Type your degree program and which style of writing you are using (current APA) in the title of the saved document and in the “Submission Title” field on the submission link in Blackboard.
IMPORTANT: Fully cite all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases used within your essay, or those excerpts will be regarded as plagiarism and will result in a “0” on your essay and possible course failure.
Read through your paper and check the appropriate boxes on the chart below. If any area of your paper needs revision, make sure you correct it before submitting your essay. One of the best ways to proofread your writing is to read it backward to forward, sentence-by-sentence. This helps you to see words and ideas that you may have missed. Another very successful tool for proofreading is to read your work out loud to someone else. Individuals often think that handing their paper to someone and asking him or her to read it is the same thing, but it is not. Instead, ask someone to listen while you read your own words. You will immediately hear what you missed or will want to improve in your writing.
|Reading & Study Application||Successful||Needs Revision|
|1. Introduction: Establishes the ethical principle and states the essay’s thesis (make sure you address the prompt).|
|2. Background: Gives an overview of the situation.|
|3. Ethical analysis: Explains the ethical principle and analyzes the particular situation on the basis of this principle.|
|4. Evidence: Presents points that support the thesis (Integrates at least 4 quotes, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase from at least 3 outside sources).|
|5. Refutation of opposing arguments: Addresses arguments against the thesis.|
|6. Conclusion: Restates the ethical principle as well as the thesis (not in the exact words); includes a strong concluding statement.|
|7. Contains pathos (emotional) appeals, ethos (values/belief) appeals, and/or logos (factual) appeals as appropriate.|
|8. Title reflects issue and proposal information.|
|9. Uses only third person pronouns (all first and second person pronouns have been removed).|
|10. Current APA format, contains properly formatted, title, abstract, and References page.|
|12. Font is 12-point Times New Roman.|
|13. References page includes all sources cited within the body of the essay.|
|14. Checked spelling, grammar/mechanics.|