Cover Letter Specifics:
· Minimum 200 words (successful cover letters are often longer)
· Address letter to your instructor
· Answer at least 3 of the 6 questions below (where applicable) provide brief, specific examples of the following in your cover letter:
o What is your primary motivation or purpose for writing your draft? Who is your intended audience? What revisions did you make in order to improve how you accomplish this purpose and/or appeal to this audience?
o What feedback did you receive from your peers? How did you use this feedback to revise your draft? How do these revisions improve your draft?
o What feedback did you receive from other sources, such as your instructor or tutors? How did you use this feedback to revise your draft? How do these revisions improve your draft?
o What have you decided to revise in your draft, apart from feedback you received? Why? How do these revisions improve your draft?
o What problems or challenges did you encounter while writing or revising your draft? How did you solve them?
o What valuable lessons about writing effectively have you learned as a result of composing this project?
Place the cover letter at the beginning of your final draft, before the first page of your actual composition; delete your purpose statement
Final Draft Specifics：
· An essay informing the audience about some aspect of an issue, problem, or controversy related to the CORE READINGS, using and synthesizing ideas, concepts, information, and viewpoints found in 5 or more sources to support the thesis
· Clearly developed thesis statement focused on informing an audience about an significant aspect of the issue, problem, or controversy
· Objective and accurate representation of the ideas and information examined
· Accurate and well-reasoned interpretation and synthesis of the information and ideas discovered about the controversy or issue
· Use of at least 5 relevant and credible sources; at least 4 must be found using Ivy Tech Virtual Library databases. (No Print Sources.)
· Use of evidence from sources (at least 10 quotations and/or paraphrases), clearly discernible from each other and from the writer’s voice and cited using correct in-text citations
· APA or MLA manuscript style, as specified by your instructor, with in-text citations and a References or Works Cited list including ALL sources used. (References or Works Cited list does not count in the minimum word-count requirement)
· Awareness of diverse audiences and use of respectful, inclusive language
· Observation of the conventions of Standard English
1250 words minimum for final draft (the minimum 200 words for the cover letter is not included in this count)
Effective cover letter, describing peer feedback, explaining how peer feedback was implemented, and explaining how these changes improved the draft
Clear guiding thesis focused on informing a specific audience about a relevant and important aspect of the issue, problem, or controversy derived from the core readings
Introduction reveals the issue examined and attempts to express its relevance to the audience. Conclusion effectively summarizes the content and conveys the significance of the central thesis to the audience.
Organization is supported with helpful and effective transitions and with coherent arrangement.
Effective Informational Strategies
Effective explanation of a specific and relevant aspect of an issue, problem, or controversy; accurately and objectively summarizing, interpreting, and connecting prevailing viewpoints; moving beyond simple listing/summarizing of sources; effectively synthesizing information from various perspectives without taking a side; using sufficient, well-chosen evidence; presenting and interpreting valuable information with the needs of a specific audience in mind; establishing the ethos of a credible guide.
Sources and citations
Use of at least 5 relevant and credible sources, at least 4 found using the Ivy Tech Virtual Library databases. No print sources. Use of at least 10 quotes or paraphrases from sources. Evidence is effectively and accurately represented and cited using correct APA or MLA in-text citations. Sources are discernible from each other and the writer’s voice is discernible from those of the sources.
Voice, tone, and stance are appropriate and effective for material, purpose, and audience. Style is clear, consistent, and cohesive, appealing appropriately to the intended audience. Language used demonstrates awareness of diverse audiences. Respectful language is used when discussing cultural differences.
Clear control of language conventions with few distracting typos or errors
Correct document format in APA or MLA style, as specified by the instructor, including correct References page (APA) or Works Cited page (MLA)
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