(Total Value: 10%)
- Page count: 2 full
pages minimum to 3 full pages maximum, plus an additional page, which is
the works cited page. If your paper falls short of the minimum required
page count the grade will certainly suffer.
- Make certain that the essay has a thesis.
- Use the formatting guidelines established during
- Use MLA Style Guidelines.
- Remember to title your essay in the form of a
two-part title. The two parts should be separated by a colon, and neither
part should read “problem/solution essay.”
- Remember that your assignment is to write an
argumentative essay that frames the assigned problem, and then what must
be done to solve the problem.
problem/solution essay topic:
- Your topic/problem is that America
needs new non-polluting alternatives to the internal combustion engine, or
at least alternate fuels that are non-polluting, all of which are issues
that should be framed in your introductory paragraph.
- The final sentence of your introductory
paragraph, of course, will be your thesis statement, which should state
the best solution that will solve the problem. It is your choice whether
to propose one or two solutions.
- The remainder of your essay will persuasively
argue to prove that your solution makes sense.
sources, and further requirements:
- I will provide some
sources, and you will locate one additional source on the web.
- You will engage the
- If class time and
technological issues permit, we will also watch two videos: Who Killed the Electric Car, and an
episode of the Discovery Science Channel’s Futurecar, entitled “Alternatives to gasoline.”
Your Works Cited
- Your works cited page
will certainly have at least three citations, and perhaps as many as five,
for you will cite the two websites listed above, and the outside source on
the web that you locate on your own.
- Additionally, if we
watch the two videos during class you will have five sources.
- I will provide instructions
during class to help you compose the citations.
- During class
there will be much direct instruction from me, so you must attend class to
be successful in this assignment. I will also assist you during peer
revisions and I am available for questions via E-mail and before and after
How to turn in this essay: a paper copy is due during class on the due date.
Additionally, an electronic copy is due, prior
to the beginning of class, on the due date, and it must be turned in to TurnItIn.com
Word doc file. Use the TurnItIn.com “file upload” method on the submit screen.
You will be instructed during class about how to create a TurnItIn.com account,
and how to turn in your work. Your essays will be considered late until both
the paper copy and the electronic copies are turned in. All other rules for
late work, as delineated in section six of the course syllabus, also apply.
Moreover, your electronic turn-in must be an exact
duplicate of the paper copy. In other words, no further corrections or
revisions will be accepted. Also, if the electronic and paper copies do not
match up it will have a negative impact on the assignment’s grade.