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sources must be from houston chronicas
last page is only for sources links
Causal Analysis Essay (10% of final grade)
Peer Review Date:
Final Draft Due:
Learning Outcomes Emphasized: take useful notes on a variety of texts; come up with a clear thesis; an engaging introduction; multiple, focused supporting paragraphs; a logical and effective organization of ideas; and a conclusion that opens up the argument to wider application; develop well-qualified claims with reasons and with evidence that are appropriate to an academic audience; respond to arguments of others with rebuttals and strategic concessions; practice invention, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading essays
Assignment: Write a multi-paragraph essay in which you explore the causal relationships surrounding an issue inspired by our course readings in This Ain’t Yesterday’s Literacy and developed during our class discussions (see list below). You should support your analysis with your personal experiences, your well-reasoned opinion on the subject, ideas from your peers, and/or textual evidence (information, summaries, quotes directly from our readings).
Research: You will need 2 sources for this essay. All sources must come from This Ain’t Yesterday’s Literacy, Opposing Viewpoints and/or The Houston Chronicle (found in the UHD library’s data base).
Issues: [add list of class-generated issues here]
Structures for writing a causal analysis:
1. Cause A leads to Effects B, C, and D
2. Effect D stems from Causes A, B, and C
3. Cause A leads to Cause B leads to Cause C leads to Effect D
Sample Issues applied to Causal Analysis Structure: [add examples here]
Use of Visuals:
I invite you to consider adding visuals to your essay, like a chart, graph, or picture (a picture can be one you took). If you do, you need to incorporate it into your essay by referring to it. In other words, it is not there for decoration, it has to serve a rhetorical purpose, and you have to make that purpose known to the reader. Be sure to document your visual as a source.
Occasion and Audience: The official newspaper of the University of Houston-Downtown is called, Dateline (https://www.uhd.edu/student-life/dateline/Pages/default.aspx). They are doing a special edition regarding your issue and are inviting students to submit essays. Readers of The Dateline are made up of UHD students, faculty, and staff.
Constraints: The essay should no less than 4 pages, with a maximum of 6 pages—not including visuals or the works cited page. Your document will be double-spaced, standard 12-point font, 1.25-inch margins on all sides and will follow the MLA format for a paper without the title page. You will include a works cited page as the last page of your essay.
Peer Review & Writing Assistance:
If you are unable to attend the mandatory individual/group conference, you must have a conference with a tutor at the Writing & Reading Center. At my discretion, your paper may not be accepted unless you either attend the individual/group conference or have a writing center conference.
To make an appointment for a conference at the Writing & Reading Center: www.uhd.edu/wrc All conferences are either face-to-face, synchronous online, or asynchronous via a drop box. See tutoring schedule below. Asynchronous appointments via the drop box may take a few days to receive your feedback. If you are going to use this option, plan to submit your draft no later than Nov. 4, so you can get feedback you can use.
A (95) = Expertly written, well organized, compelling thesis, brilliant development of argument, wonderful examples.
B (85) = Very good writing, good organization, interesting thesis, very good development of argument, very good examples
C (75) = Average writing, average organization, average thesis, average development of argument, average examples
D (65) = Much work is needed on all aspects of your writing
F (55) = Does not conform to freshman-level college expectations
Overall, the paper:
ÿ Focuses on cause and effect
ÿ Addresses the intended audience
ÿ Is written with an academic tone
ÿ Introduces overall topic which will be discussed in body of paper
ÿ Explains how this information will help the reader better understand the issue
ÿ Provides basic information the reader will need to know
ÿ Includes a thesis statement.
Organization of Body Paragraphs:
ÿ Choose one of the three formats pictured to organize your essay:
Cause A leads to Effect C
Effect D leads to Cause B
Cause A leads to Cause B leads to Cause C leads to Effect D
Each Body Paragraph:
ÿ Presents one Cause or Effect
ÿ Explains the Cause or Effect’s importance to the reader
ÿ Explains the details of the Cause or Effect
ÿ Offers proof/evidence via summary, paraphrase, or quote
ÿ CITES that proof with the author’s last name and page number
ÿ Discusses that proof/evidence
ÿ Transitions into the next topic
ÿ Show how the next paragraph fits in with the current paragraph
ÿ Puts the paragraph in the context of the overall argument
ÿ Avoids quick and basic phrases (ex. “first”)
ÿ Presents a full picture of the overall argument— with all pieces in place
ÿ Shows that the writer in informed and motivated
ÿ Re-emphasizes that this argument is important to understanding the issue.