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Write a 5 paragraph essay answering ONE of the following essential questions from our Social Pressure unit:
– Why do people follow the crowd?
–  What are the effects of following the crowd?
Please review the ”How to Write an Analytical Essay” file as a refresher for how to effectively and successfully write an analytical essay.
You may use textual evidence from any of the readings from CommonLit to support your thesis. 
”Excerpt from ‘Self Reliance’”
“That Evening Sun”
“On the Various Kinds of Thinking”
”Thresholds of Violence”
”Bullying in Early Adolescence”
“Excerpt from ‘Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street’”
”A&P”
”Propaganda: Battling for the Mind”
“‘Help Him Up!’: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform”
“Shooting an Elephant”
Posted Mon Jan 4, 2021 at 10:47 am
Criteria    Grading Scale
Criteria    Grading Scale
Main Idea
Clear focus, thesis, or hypothesis.  Writer seems to understand task
20
Exemplary:
Commendable focus, thesis, or hypothesis that frames argument.
Advanced demonstration of comprehension of task.
15
Proficient:
Effective focus, thesis, or hypothesis that frames argument.
Significant demonstration of comprehension of task.
10
Satisfactory:
Suitable focus, thesis, or hypothesis that frames argument.
Acceptable demonstration of comprehension of task.
5
Unsatisfactory:
Limited focus, thesis, or hypothesis that frames argument.
Negligible demonstration of comprehension of task.
Content
Accurate supporting details/evidence.
Detail/evidence well-suited to audience
Detail/evidence relevant to main idea
Accurate conclusion(s)
Correct citations
20
Exemplary:
Extensive presence of accurate supporting details/evidence.
Detail is always well-suited to audience.
Evidence is consistently relevant to the main idea.
Accurate and logical conclusion that extensively synthesizes argument.
Parenthetical citations are included and formatted correctly.
15
Proficient:
Considerable presence of accurate supporting detail/evidence.
Detail is usually well-suited to audience.
Evidence is nearly always relevant to the main idea.
Mostly accurate and logical conclusion that effectively synthesizes argument.
Parenthetical citations are included and formatted mostly correctly.
10
Satisfactory:
Adequate presence of accurate supporting detail/evidence.
Detail is sometimes well-suited to audience.
Evidence is relevant to the main idea some of the time.
Generally accurate and logical conclusion that partially synthesizes argument.
Parenthetical citations are either included or formatted mostly correctly, but not both.
5
Unsatisfactory:
Minimal presence of accurate supporting detail/evidence.
Detail is rarely well-suited to audience.
Evidence is rarely relevant to the main idea.
Minimally accurate and logical conclusion.
Parenthetical citations are not included or are not formatted correctly.
Organization
Introduction
Body
Conclusion
Transitions
20
Exemplary:
introduction statement is present and commendable.
Body of supporting material is present and commendable.
Conclusion is present and commendable.
Smooth and enriching transitions.
15
Proficient:
Introductory statement is present and effective.
Body of supporting material is present and effective.
Conclusion is present and effective.
Smooth and effective transitions.
10
Satisfactory:
Introductory statement is present and acceptable.
Body of supporting material is present and acceptable.
Conclusion is present and acceptable.
Suitable transitions.
5
Unsatisfactory:
Introduction statement is limited.
Body of supporting detail is limited.
Conclusion is limited.
Rare utilization of transitions.
Language Use
Accurate vocabulary
Varied word choice
Sentence form and structure
Coherence
20
Exemplary:
Extensive use of accurate vocabulary.
Extraordinary word choice.
Extensive variation in sentence form and structure.
Product is consistently coherent and reads extraordinarily well.
15
Proficient:
Ample use of accurate vocabulary.
Effective word choice.
Substantial variation on in sentence form and structure.
Product is usually coherent and reads well.
10
Satisfactory:
Acceptable use of accurate vocabulary.
Adequate word choice.
Suitable variation in sentence form and structure.
Product is sometimes coherent and reads well some of the time.
5
Unsatisfactory:
Occasional use of accurate vocabulary.
Limited word choice.
Negligible variation in sentence form and structure.
Product is rarely coherent and does not read well.
Mechanics
Spelling
Capitalization and punctuation
Grammar
MLA Format
20
Exemplary:
Commendable control of standard writing conventions (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar, MLA format)
15
Proficient:
Effective control of standard writing conventions (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar, and MLA format)
10
Satisfactory:
Adequate control of standard writing conventions (spelling, capitalization on, punctuation, grammar, and MLA format)
5
Unsatisfactory:
Limited control of standard writing conventions (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and MLA format)
Total pts: 100

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