Assignment:

Please write an Exemplification Essay.

  • double-spaced, 12-point font
  • 5 pages in length
  • plus a Works Cited page. (So a total of at least 6 Pages with the Work Cited page)
  • following MLA guidelines
  • including at least three or more citations
    • one citation should reference the novel “I, Robot”.
    • one citation should reference class handouts: (ATTACHED are TWO references to choose from, choose one) Please DO NOT forget this step.
    • one or more should come from your own research
  • Most Importantly, the essay must responds to (explains) ONE of the following topics:
  1. How robots currently function as human companions OR may function as human companions in the future
OR
2. How robots are changing OR may change the definition of what is human

Please be aware that all of these are very, very broad topics. You will need to narrow the focus of your essay quite a bit in order to write such a short essay. These are just topics. You need to refine them in order to come up with a workable thesis. Also, you will need to site evidence to support your thesis and arrive at a reasonable conclusion.

Absolutely NO Plagiarism

Exemplification Essay Rubric:

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis

5.0 pts

Clear, specific, original, significant, insightful.

4.0 pts

Clear and purposeful.

3.0 pts

May be overly general.

2.0 pts

Unclear or vague, poorly linked to content of essay.

1.0 pts

Lacks a thesis; does not address assigned topic.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization

5.0 pts

Logical, creative organization; fluid transitions.

4.0 pts

Logical organization.

3.0 pts

Some evidence of organization; clear beginning, middle, and end.

2.0 pts

Poorly structured or disordered.

1.0 pts

Lacks paragraph breaks, transitions.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment

5.0 pts

Paragraphs thoroughly developed; rich variety of convincing reasons, explanations, examples, illustrations; concrete, powerful details.

4.0 pts

Paragraphs fully developed with supporting reasons, explanations, examples, illustrations; relevant, specific details.

3.0 pts

Gives supporting reasons and examples.

2.0 pts

May not meet length requirement. Underdeveloped; lack of support; factual or logical errors; irrelevancies, redundancies, oversimplifications.

1.0 pts

Severely underdeveloped; serious and consistent logical errors; absence of or severe errors of fact.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInformation Literacy

5.0 pts

Sources are of the highest quality and are sufficient in number; thorough and creative use of varied source material.

4.0 pts

Sources are of good quality and number; appropriately varied and thorough source material.

3.0 pts

Sources are of acceptable quality and number; may not be the most relevant or current sources.

2.0 pts

Insufficient number of sources or insufficient amount of source material used. Sources lack credibility or currency. Some plagiarism (missing quotation marks, insufficient para-phrases, unattributed summaries).

1.0 pts

Unacceptable number and/or quality of sources. Inadequate amount of source material used in essay. Much source material or entire essay is plagiarized. A plagiarized essay will receive an overall grade of 0.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCommentary

5.0 pts

Quotations, summary, and paraphrases are deftly analyzed or interpreted. Source material is thoroughly, creatively integrated into student?s argument.

4.0 pts

Quotations, summary, and paraphrases are analyzed or interpreted. Source material is integrated into student?s own argument.

3.0 pts

Quotations, summary, and paraphrases are commented upon simplistically.

2.0 pts

Source material does not adequately support student?s argument; source material is not sufficiently reflected upon or interpreted.

1.0 pts

Source material is irrelevant or contradicts student?s argument; source material is not reflected upon or interpreted.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStandard Written English

5.0 pts

Mastery of edited Standard English.

4.0 pts

Observes conventions of Standard Written English.

3.0 pts

Contains some errors.

2.0 pts

Unclear, incoherent, confusing. Frequent distracting errors.

1.0 pts

Numerous distracting mechanical errors.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA: Quotations

5.0 pts

Quotations correctly introduced, punctuated, and formatted (e.g., blocked, when necessary).

4.0 pts

Quotations are correctly introduced, punctuated, and formatted in most instances.

3.0 pts

Some errors (dropped quotations, failure to block long quotes, errors in punctuation).

2.0 pts

Frequent, significant errors in quotation formatting.

1.0 pts

Severe deficiencies in quotation formatting.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA: Citations

5.0 pts

Parenthetical citations done correctly. Works Cited page follows most recent MLA guidelines; very minor, if any, formatting errors.

4.0 pts

Parenthetical citations and Works Cited page are mostly correct. Minor formatting errors do not deter from comprehensibility of citations.

3.0 pts

Some content and formatting errors in parenthetical references and Works Cited page. Parenthetical references may not coordinate well with Works Cited entries.

2.0 pts

Parenthetical citations are frequently absent or inaccurate. Many errors or omissions in content and formatting of Works Cited entries.

1.0 pts

Severe deficiencies in parenthetical citations, and Works Cited entries; lack of parenthetical citations; missing Works Cited list.

5.0 pts

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