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Question descriptionI need 5 pages Compare and Contrast about:
Capitalism vs Communism
The paper should have Strong thesis Statement and follow MLA format
Please read Grading Rubric for the assignment and the MLA checklist in the attached file


Grading Rubric:  Composition I & II

Introduction Points
Lead-in: fully and interestingly establishes the context and boundaries of the topic while enticing the reader and setting the tone. Thesis: states its argument clearly and addresses the prompt.  
Excellent
A
 
10
 
Lead-in: establishes the context and boundaries of the topic as it attempts–with only partial success–to entice the reader and set the tone. Thesis: states its argument clearly and clearly addresses the prompt.  
Good
B
 
9
 
Lead-in: establishes the context and boundaries of the topic but is formulaic OR repetitious. Thesis: states its argument clearly and clearly addresses the prompt.  
Adequate
C
 
8
 
Lead-in: does not clearly establish the context and boundaries of the topic. Thesis: states its argument clearly and clearly addresses the prompt.  
Poor
D
 
7
 
Lead-in: missing OR simply copies the prompt OR does not clearly lead to thesis. Thesis: missing OR does not clearly state the argument OR does not clearly address the prompt.  
F
 
6-0
 
Body Paragraphs   P1 P2 P3
Unity/coherence: paragraph develops one reason which clearly contributes to an understanding of the thesis.  Ideas are easy to follow and transitions are used effectively.  Development: paragraph is fully developed and uses exact and appropriate language. The content is remarkable for the knowledgeable way it addresses the topic.  No major errors in logic.  
 
Excellent
A
 
 
 
 
 
45-41
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unity/coherence: paragraph develops one reason which clearly contributes to an understanding of the thesis. However, one or two sentences may not clearly contribute to the paragraph’s main idea. Transitional words or phrases are used. Development: paragraph is fully developed with detailed support. While supporting ideas develop the paragraph’s main idea, there are places where the writer needs to add more details or be more precise to make the connections obvious. If the paragraph is lengthy, it may have a MINOR repetition problem. Some minor errors in logic may exist.  
 
 
Good
B
 
 
 
 
 
40-36
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unity/coherence: paragraph develops one reason which clearly contributes to an understanding of the thesis. However, there is an abrupt quality either because of brevity or lack of coherence among supporting ideas. Development: paragraph provides only a summary development of the topic.   Support is presented in a skeletal structure and relies on obvious statements. OR It presents many supporting ideas, some of which do not clearly relate to the topic.  
Adequate
C
 
 
 
 
 
 
35-31
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unity/coherence: paragraph may begin with a topic sentence, but it does not clearly relate to the thesis. OR It contains only one or two sentences that do not adequately develop the paragraph.  
Poor
D
 
 
30-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paragraph does not develop one topic. It may be slightly related to the thesis but ideas are illogically presented. OR There is too little to evaluate.  
F
 
26-1
 
 
 
 
 
 
Language Skills
Successfully uses and punctuates a variety of sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Few if any errors exist, and errors do not interfere with readability. Writer demonstrates consistent command of higher level language skills.  
 
A
 
 
40-36
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some variety of sentence structure exists. Minor errors exist in structure. Writer demonstrates good command of higher level language skills.  
 
B
 
 
35-32
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some variety of sentence structure exists. May contain a few major grammatical and mechanical errors, but errors only create minor if any difficulty in readability.  
C
 
 
31-8
 
 
 
 
 
 
Writer shows poor basic skills. Frequent errors in basic grammar and mechanics.  
D
 
27-24
     
Writer shows very poor basic skills. Excessive errors in basic grammar and mechanics. F 23-1      
Conclusion Points
An original, graceful ending that reinforces the essay’s position. A 5  
Restates the thesis and/or main points and offers the reader some analysis or commentary that reinforces the essay’s position.  
B
 
4
 
A mechanical ending; it merely restates the thesis and/or main points.  
C
3  
Too brief to be successful. OR Raises ideas that contradict the thesis. OR is abrupt.  
D
 
2
 
Shows no sense of a conclusion’s purpose. OR is missing. F 1  
Extra Penalties Total Points Points Received
Formatting (We use MLA format in this class.  See the MLA Paper Format handout.) -1/ -5  
Document does not have one-inch margins. -5  
No page numbers in the document header in the upper right corners of the pages. -1  
No last name before page numbers. -1  
No space between last name and page numbers. -1  
First line of the header is not your name. -1  
Second line of the header is not my name preceded by my title (Ms. Singleton) -1  
Third line of header is not ENG 106 or ENG 105, one space, and section number
 (03, 06 or 18).
-1  
Fourth line of header is not the date in numerals, the month spelled out, and the year in numerals. -1  
Header has more or less than four lines. -1  
Extra spaces between header and title; title and first line; one paragraph and another; or elsewhere. -1 Per  
Not double-spaced paragraphs and/or header. -5  
Title is bold, italic, underlined, wrong size, other font, all capitals, in quotation marks, or generic. -2  
Font is not 12-point Times New Roman. -5  
Improper Paper Length (Papers should be 3 – 5 pages long.)
Research Paper (7-8 pages long)
   
2.25 Pages -10  
2 Pages -15  
1.75 Pages -20  
1.25 Pages -30  
1 Page -50  
5.5 Pages -5  
5.75 Pages -10  
6 Pages -15  
Style    
Paper is informal, using contractions; using the pronoun “you”; and colloquialisms. -1 Per  
Paper does not have proper MLA citation -1 Per  


MLA Essay Checklist
The Basics

  • text is double-spaced including quotations
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 pt. font size
  • no bold writing
  • 1 inch margins on all four sides
  • Your title should be descriptive of your argument. It must be in Title Case, not in all capital letters. (The first word and all the ‘main’ words in a title should have initial capitals, and all the ‘joining’ words should be left in lower case, e.g.: To Be, or Not to Be, That is the Question)
  • Book Titles or Major Works should be underlined or italicized, not both. “Short Stories”, “Poems”, “Articles” should be put in quotations marks.
  • header numbering all pages consecutively (except cover page) in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. Includes last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (2, 3, 4, etc.)
  • only one space after periods or other punctuation marks
  • the upper left-hand corner of the first page lists: your last name and the page number
  • strong thesis statement and three main points included in the intro
  • present tense is used to convey the ongoing life of any literature of film e.g.:

*Hamlet stabs Polonius (vs. stabbed); Shakespeare portrays Henry V as a subtle Machiavellian (vs. Shakespeare portrayed).

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  • proper indentation (first line of each paragraph moved to right five spaces/tabbed once. Indenting is not an afterthought. If you need an arrow to indicate it is indented then it is NOT!)
  • proper paragraphing (at least 8 sentences per paragraph AND at least 5 paragraphs in the essay)
  • use transition words to allow your essay to “flow”
  • no personal pronouns (“you don’t know how important voting is until…”)
  • no narrative language (“I will write”, “in my essay”, “I believe”, “in conclusion”)
  • then and than used correctly
  • their, they’re, there used correctly
  • whether and weather used correctly
  • “back in the day” or “now a days” is not used
  • sentences express complete thoughts (be careful with “But” or “Because”)
  • abbreviations are not used (etc., esp., … )
  • proper punctuation
  • no “texting” language: gonna, wanna, sorta, etc.
  • contractions are NOT used (can’t, won’t, isn’t, doesn’t)
  • proper spelling (numbers less than 20 are spelled out)
  • the author is addressed by full name or last name only, NOT FIRST NAME

 
 
 
 
In Text Citations (Note: bolding is only for indication of the items highlighted-it is not to be done in your paper!)

  • All framed direct and indirect borrowings (quotes and paraphrases) are followed by the page number in parentheses after the quotation marks and before ending punctuation e.g.:

*Woodrow Wilson declared, “It is not learning but the spirit of services that will give a college a place in the public annals of the nation” (453).
* “The faulty study resulted in crop mismanagement,” Dr. Broomfield comments (27). 

  • the author’s last name and the page number of the source separated by a single space are in parentheses to identify the source of each passage or idea used e.g.:

* Antony’s “modifications of Brutus’s formulaic oratory are the first hint that [Anthony] knows his business (Macrone 45).

  • quotations longer than four typed lines are indented ten spaces (tabbed twice) and are introduced with a colon (:) for punctuation. The punctuation comes before the citation’s parenthesis.
  • when two or more sources are cited within a single sentence, the parenthetical notes appear right after the statements they support.
  • when you need to document a work without an author, simply list the title, shortened if necessary, and the page number, using quotes or italics as is appropriate.
  • avoid in-text citations of websites by identifying the site in your paper itself
  • always explain how each quotation supports your argument!

 
The Works Cited Page

  • the title “Works Cited” is centered at the top of the page
  • include only sources mentioned in the paper
  • items on the Works Cited page are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the author. If no author is given, list it according to the title, excluding articles.
  • the first line of each entry is flush with the left-hand margin. Subsequent lines of the entry are indented five spaces/tabbed once
  • the list is entirely Double-spaced- Do not quadruple-space between entries
  • there is a period at the end of each entry
  • each type of text is cited according to MLA guidelines (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/)

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