Cause and Effect (Toulmin) Argument Instructions and Checklist
In Module/Week 7, you will write a 1,200–1,500-word cause and effect argument essay from the thesis/outline that you submitted in Module/Week 7. Your assignment is to develop a cause and effect essay following the Toulmin Model of argument. The research sources for this essay have not been provided for you in our course. All sources that you use must be credible academic sources. You must include at least 4 quotations, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase (6 total) into your essay from at least 3 credible sources to support your thesis statement and provide opposing arguments. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (Current APA, MLA, or Turabian). You may include biblical support, but it does not count in the required citations.
Cause and Effect Essay Prompt
Topics (Choose 1): Technology in the Workplace or Covid-19 and the American economy
Write a cause and effect argument in which you address one of the questions below.
“What is the impact of technology in the American workplace?”
“What is the impact of Covid-19 on the American economy?”
• Chapter 3 in last week’s textbook readings includes information about the Toulmin model of argument.
• Chapter 15 in last week’s textbook readings includes sample student outlines and student essays for a cause and effect (Toulmin) essay written in each of the documentation styles (APA, MLA, and Turabian).
• Review the Proofreading Checklist (below) to understand the content that you must include in your essay assignment this week.
• Review the Essay 3 Grading Rubric in the course before submitting your essay assignment.
Read through your paper and check the appropriate boxes on the chart below. If any area of your paper needs revision, make sure you correct it before submitting your essay.
Reading & Study Application
1. Introduction: Establishes a context for the argument by explaining the need to examine causes or to consider effects; states the essay’s thesis/claim (Make sure you address one of the prompt questions.)
2. Background: Gives an overview of the situation
3. Evidence/Grounds: discusses less important causes or effects
4. Evidence/Grounds: discusses major causes or effects
5. Evidence/Grounds: Integrates at least 4 quotes, 1 summary, and 1 paraphrase from at least 3 outside sources
6. Analysis/Backing: Explanation of how the evidence supports the thesis statement/topic sentences
7. Qualifier: demonstrates limits to the argument or shows that it is not always true in all situations.
8. Counter Claims/ Opposing Arguments: Considers other possible causes or effects
9. Rebuttal/Refutation: Addresses counterclaims and how they may be addressed within the scope of your argument.
10. Conclusion: Reinforces the argument’s main point; includes a strong concluding statement
11. Contains pathos (emotional) appeals, ethos (values/belief) appeals, and/or logos (factual) appeals as appropriate
12. Title reflects issue and proposal information
13. Uses only third person pronouns (all first and second person pronouns have been removed)
14. If using current APA format, contains properly formatted, title, abstract, and References page.
If using MLA format, contains a properly formatted Works Cited page
If using Turabian format, contains a properly formatted title page and Bibliography page
15. Double spaced; 12-point Times New Roman font
16. Uses signal phrases and appropriate transitions
15. References/Works Cited/ Bibliography page includes all sources cited within the body of the essay
17. Checked spelling, grammar/mechanics
Submitting the Assignment
When you are satisfied with the quality of your essay, submit in the course via the SafeAssign link for grading. Do not forget to write your degree program and whether you are using current MLA, APA, or Turabian in the “Submission Title” field when submitting your essay.
IMPORTANT: Fully cite all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases used within your essay, or those excerpts will be regarded as plagiarism and will result in a “0” on your essay and possible course failure.
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