About this Assignment Throughout this course, you’ve learned how to prepare and

About this Assignment

Throughout this course, you’ve learned how to prepare and plan an argumentative essay, research and use credible sources to support your point of view, and construct an essay that communicates a meaningful, coherent argument with compelling evidence. In a 1,000-1,200-word essay, research and write an argumentative essay in response to one of the following prompts.

Your essay should have an introduction, at least two supporting paragraphs with topic sentences, and a conclusion.

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the APA format. You will need to conduct basic research outside of the resources on Study.com, finding at least three sources that pertain to your topic. Please use reputable sites (e.g., .gov or .edu sites) for credible sources, and avoid sites that are not generally accepted academic resources (e.g., Wikipedia). Be sure to include a References page in APA style that credits the sources you used in your essay. Please include any Study.com lessons you used as sources (including the lesson title and instructor’s name). Do not include an abstract. Including a cover page is optional. If you’re unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:

What is APA Format? Definition & Style

How To Format APA Citations

Argumentative Essay Prompts

Using social media has become a way of life. We can now easily connect with old friends, keep in touch with people across the world, and even form relationships with people we may never meet face-to-face. Is the increasing use of social media leading to more enhanced, meaningful connections than ever before, or is it detrimental to people’s relationships with one another? Can real relationships begin on social media? Consider these questions as you write an essay on your position regarding whether the use of social media is beneficial or harmful for creating and maintaining relationships.

The generation born between 1984-2004 are known as ‘Millennials.’ This group, which has grown to over eighty million people in just the United States, is the subject of much controversy. While some view the Millennial generation as innovative and hardworking, others describe them as lazy and self-involved. Which side of this debate are you on and why? Are Millennials’ contributions and perceptions of work, relationships, and society changing the world for better or for worse? Consider these questions as you write an essay on your position regarding whether or not the Millennial generation is the next great generation.

Grading Rubric

Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:

Category

Unacceptable (0-2)

Needs Improvement (3-6)

Good (7-8)

Excellent (9-10)

Total Possible Points

Thesis

Thesis is irrelevant or missing 

Thesis is present, but unclear or underdeveloped

Thesis is clearly and succinctly stated

Thesis is clear, thorough, and compelling

10

Evidence for Arguments

Evidence to support thesis is nonexistent or unrelated to overall purpose

Evidence is difficult to identify, lacks depth, or isn’t clearly connected

Evidence is thorough and clearly supports the purpose and position of the essay

Thorough evidence clearly enhances the quality of the argument and the purpose of the essay

20

Structure and Organization

Disorganized and illogical structure hinders understanding

Somewhat disorganized, but structure does not detract from understanding of main points

Information is presented in a logical order but transitions are lacking

Organization is logical; transitions between points are smooth and enhance clarity and delivery of main ideas

10

Mechanics

Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understanding

Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar

Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar

No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar

10

Before You Submit

It is recommended that you submit the three essays individually, so that feedback from each essay can be incorporated into the next essay. Before submission, we suggest running a spellcheck, doing a manual proofread, and read the essay out loud. It may also be a good idea to use an online plagiarism checker such as PlagScan or DupliChecker to make sure that your essay is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded

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