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This week, you learned about the Comparison and/or Contrast rhetorical mode of writing. Remember that comparing involves looking at similarities, while contrasting involves looking at differences. For this writing assignment, you will write a comparison and/or contrast essay about Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and Brene Brown’s “Cultivating a Resilient Spirit.”
Choose one of the prompts below for your essay:
How does Brown’s definition of “resilience” compare/contrast to Emerson’s description of “self-reliance?”
Both Emerson and Brown discuss how to manage society’s expectations. Compare/contrast their advice.
Note: Both essays can be found in the Week 2 folder in McGraw Hill Connect.
Tips from your textbook for a successful comparison and/or contrast essay:
Spend time Prewriting (gathering information, developing a thesis, deciding on a method of development). See pages 85-86 and 89.
Revise using The Four Bases Checklist. See page 90.
Write a 300-500 word essay response to the prompt above 
Address all parts of the prompt
Structure your essay in APA format
Cite any sources in APA format and write in your own words to avoid plagiarism and to adhere to the Academic Honor Code.
Revise and edit for clarity and grammatical correctness
Review rubric for grading criteria
Submit your essay as a Word doc or PDF
Writing Assignment Rubric
Writing Assignment Rubric
Criteria    Ratings    Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCONTENT
25 to >20.0 pts
The essay fully addresses all elements of the writing prompt and provides detailed support and/or quality examples. The essay meets the minimum word count.
20 to >15.0 pts
The essay addresses all elements of the writing prompt but may be vague or incomplete. Some details or examples may not support the prompt very well. The essay meets the word count.
15 to >0 pts
Some elements of the prompt are not addressed, or the essay is not related to the prompt. Details and examples may be missing. The essay does not meet the word count.
25 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeORGANIZATION
15 to >13.0 pts
The essay has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction sparks interest in the topic and presents a thesis. The body of the essay supports the thesis with relevant details in a logical order. The organization is made clear by transition words and phrases. The conclusion contains a summary that demonstrates an understanding of the topic.
13 to >10.0 pts
The essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion, but they may be unclear, incomplete, or off-topic. The organization may be confusing due to a lack of transition words and phrases.
10 to >0 pts
The essay is missing either the introduction, body, or conclusion, and/or there is no discernable structure or organization.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGRAMMAR AND STYLE
5 pts
There are no grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Academic style is maintained through effective word choice, sentence structure, and tone.
3 pts
There are a few grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Academic style is inconsistent because of word choice, sentence structure, and tone.
0 pts
There are several grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors that interfere with readability. Academic style is lacking due to ineffective word choice, incorrect sentence structure, or inappropriate tone.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA FORMAT
5 pts
The essay consistently follows current APA format and is free from errors in formatting, citations, and references.
3 pts
The essay consistently follows current APA format with only isolated and inconsistent mistakes.
0 pts
The essay does not follow current APA format and/or sources are cited and referenced incorrectly.
5 pts
Total Points: 50


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