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2) Essay Exam #2 Overview:

-Should be four (4) to six (6) pages long.

-Essay will use Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double-spacing, and will have page numbers on each page.

-Essay will be evaluated by the grading rubric attached to the assignment description on Canvas.

students are required to use APA intext citations as well as include a correctly formatted (to APA standards) reference lis

3) The Exam Questions:

-There are two (2) essay questions.

-Answer both questions, using approximately two (2) to three (3) pages for each question.

-Answer the questions in a way that weaves the questions together into one coherent essay. 

-Make sure your answers employ and reference the terms and ideas covered in our course readings and lectures.

-Give examples to support your ideas and be specific.

-Exams MUST use at least 2 external sources.

4) Question One

Our lectures have discussed the War on Terror rhetoric, experienced by American citizens post 9-11, including:   

  • Presidential speeches
  • Congressional rhetoric and legislation
  • public arguments for and against the war


Please answer: 

  • In the context of the lectures and rhetoric covered in class, consider your opinion of President Bush’s decision to go to war after 9-11.  
  • Answer:   
    • Was the President right, or wrong, to go to war after 9-11?  Why or why not?  
    • Has the president’s vision of life following 9-11 come true?  Why or why not?  

 

Brainstorm ideas to get you started:  

  • consider the rhetoric that has had the most impact on citizens post 9-11
  • consider the rhetorical messages and tactics used (ie – war in the name of justice and good, talk of peace versus vengeance on enemies)
  • consider the current situation in Afghanistan
  • consider the ideas related to communication and citizenship
  • be sure to thoroughly analyze any rhetoric (speech, law, essay, etc) referenced and give specific examples from course materials in your analysis 


Question Two

In contrast to the 9-11 rhetoric, we also examined Dr. Hartnett’s case study of Communication Activism in week 9.   


Please answer:

  • As citizens of a great democracy, consider your present day environment and circumstances in the context of our course content: 
    • post 9-11, post Iraq War, troop reductions in Afghanistan, democracy protests across the mid-east, and increased technology grassroots activism across the US, too. 
  • Answer:
    • What is the number one priority facing US citizens today?  Why?  
    • How can you advocate or be an activist for this issue?  
    • Which Communication Activist strategies would you use to successfully advocate or protest your position? 

 

Brainstorm ideas to get you started: 

  • review the week 9 online lecture for Communication Activist concepts
  • consider current grassroots activism across the US and the world
  • Be specific about your opinion and reference course materials in your examples and analysis

Tips

  • Yes, this is an opinion essay, but be sure to back up your opinions with example and citation support from course content and outside resources
  • For question 1, be sure to reference President Bush’s rhetoric and other concepts used in the readings and lecture
  • For question 2, be sure to reference Dr. Hartnett’s rhetoric and other concepts used in the readings and lecture
  • In order to answer all of the questions in one cohesive essay, consider writing a thesis that incorporates all of your answers (in brief)
  • Last, please remember that you must include quotes from at least two outside sources in your essay.

Sources:

 

 

 

 

More readings attached.

 

 

Essay Exam #1 (1)

Essay Exam #1 (1)
Criteria Ratings Pts
Prose – language style is clear, uses powerful verbs, has solid transitions between points
Fantastic Prose throughout

5 pts

Prose is good, now spice up the verbs and nouns and word choice for flow

3 pts

Edit for prose and low of ideas, and strengthen verbs and noun choices

0 pts

5 pts
Grammar and Mechanics for Sentence Structure: has strong agent-action sentence structure, minimizes relative pronouns, correct use of pronouns and articles, avoids run-on sentences
Excellent grammar and mechanics

4 pts

Only 1 to 5 grammar, mechanic, or sentence structure errors

3 pts

Approx. 6 to 10 grammar, mechanic, or sentence structure issues

1 pts

More than 10 issues

0 pts

4 pts
Grammar and Mechanics for spelling and typos: uses spell check and edits for proper word usage
no typos or errors found

3 pts

only found a couple typos or errors

2 pts

found a few typos or errors

0 pts

3 pts
Paragraph structure follows the 3 to 7 sentence standard
Solid paragraphs

6 pts

One lengthy or two-sentence paragraph

4 pts

two to three lengthy or two-sentence paragraphs

2 pts

multiple lengthy or two-sentence paragraphs

0 pts

6 pts
Citations, APA References List, includes bibliography in APA format with title of references and entries with author last name, first initials, (year). Title. Source and details in the entry
Excellent APA details

8 pts

Add APA details, not MLA, or missing full APA details

5 pts

No references included

0 pts

8 pts
Citations, APA intext parenthetical citations for quotes (author last name, year, p# or par#) in the cite.
Excellent APA format

8 pts

Missing full APA details in the cite, or incorrectly formatted

5 pts

No APA intext citations

0 pts

8 pts
Page content- meets requirement of 4 to 6 pages of content, and essay content addresses essay questions directly
Meets 4 to 6 page content requirement, answering both questions directly

25 pts

Meets 4 to 6 page content requirement, but does not explicitly answer all questions

20 pts

Approx. 3 1/2 pages answering both question directly

16 pts

Rating Description

15 pts

Approximately 3 pages answering both questions directly, or is over 6 page requirement

12 pts

Approx. 1 to 2 1/2 pages

6 pts

25 pts
Intellectual Content: makes detailed, specific, analytical claims tied to course readings, argument has clarification, detail and tightly focused analysis, provides specific course content and outside source examples to support chain of causality and historical change and progress, eliminates hasty generalizations, sloppy summaries and obvious commentary
Fantastic content, examples, and outside source support for your essay idea. Student includes at least 2 external quotes from material found outside of class content

18 pts

Add more examples and details to support your great ideas. Student includes at least 1 quote from external sources

12 pts

Add more reflection of course readings. Student includes no external quotes.

9 pts

Add some outside source support for your great ideas and assertions

6 pts

Paper needs more content focus on course readings, with example support for ideas too

0 pts

18 pts
Supports content with at least two course material quotes from the George W. Bush speeches to support question 1 and at least two quotes from the Hartnett reading to support question 2
Great reading quote support for both questions

12 pts

Only one quote from Bush or Hartnett or only one author cited

6 pts

No quote support from Bush or Hartnett

0 pts

12 pts
Argumentative Structure: essay includes a solid thesis statement in introduction, main points support thesis, solid transitions between essay questions, strong summary conclusion, and content constructs an assertion about the form, historical and political importance of course material
Excellent cohesive essay structure, solid thesis, strong transition between questions, organized introduction and conclusion

18 pts

Organized and cohesive essay structure, but needs strong thesis in introduction and conclusion

12 pts

Essay needs introduction with thesis and conclusion paragraph

8 pts

Essay needs strong transition idea between exam questions

7 pts

Paper needs essay format, with introduction, conclusion and transition between exam questions

5 pts

18 pts
Contextualization: the analysis is placed within a larger historical and/or intellectual context
Solid theme/context in both essay questions

18 pts

Solid theme in question 1 or question 2

12 pts

Essay needs creative context or theme in both questions

7 pts

18 pts
Submitted on Time
Full Marks

25 pts

Submitted late, but within one week

0 pts

25 pts
Total Points: 150
 

 

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