Social Science homework help. ETST 001, Introduction to the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Summer 2020.
Take-Home Final Paper Assignment
• Is America a “color blind” society in which all of its citizens can fully participate
with equal opportunity, or is it marred by individual, institutional, and systemic
Answer the above question by constructing a clear thesis. The thesis equals your main claim or
assertion, along with supporting claims that make the overall argument compelling. To
substantiate your argument and defend your position, you must engage with a wide range of the
required readings from weeks three through five [from/including James Tyner reading].
Compose a persuasive essay by supporting your argument with the evidence presented in
the class materials, balancing your analysis and your voice with a mix of interwoven key quotes
and paraphrasing. There is no minimum or maximum quota for how many required course
readings you must incorporate; however, the best essays engage with a wide range of respective
readings, placing the authors in dialogue. Similarly, address each component of the question.
There is no “correct” answer to the question, and you do not have to agree with the required
authors, but you must address their theoretical concepts and analytical assertions. You may
counter or dispute the authors’ claims to advance your argument, support your point of view, or
make an original point. Let your argument dictate which weeks you will selectively quote more.
You may also quote the lectures and videos from throughout the quarter, but do not use any
outside sources. If you refer to current events or personal experiences, do so in relation to the
readings and videos, within the context of the class.
*Use the grading rubric on the next page as a general guideline. For further clarifications and
suggestions, see posted on our iLearn course page under “Assignments”: “ETST 001 Final
Technical Requirements/Formatting Directions: You must utilize specific examples and quotes
from the readings to develop your arguments. Each reading quoted or paraphrased must be cited
either in parentheses at the end of a sentence or in an endnote at the end of the paper, such as:
(Kelley, “The Riddle of the Zoot,” p. 162)
1. Kelley, “The Riddle of the Zoot,” p. 162.
Audiovisual material and lecture citations should name the video or lecture title, either
parenthetically or by endnote; you can also directly reference the titles in your essay sentences.
Papers must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced with one-inch
margins on all sides of each page, and each page numbered. At the top of the first page type your
name, and an original paper title and subtitle. No Works Cited page is necessary. Including too
many distracting typographical, grammatical, organizational, and/or formatting errors will lower
your grade, as will failing to follow these instructions. No Plagiarism.
•Papers must be four pages in length.
•Papers are due by Saturday, July 25 by 10:30 a.m. via iLearn, “Assignments.”
ETST 001 Paper Grading Rubric
Paper sustains engagement with the topic, consistently responds to the assignment, completely answers the question.
Thesis is sound (i.e.; based on reasoning, accurate, thorough, substantial, forceful, strong, solidly constructed).
Thesis is logical, focused, and specific (avoids generalizations).
Argument (claim) is clearly explained.
Paper is thoughtfully organized and structured.
There is an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Introductory paragraph sets the context for the paper topic.
There are topic and transition sentences.
Paper organization represents a clear strategy for persuasion.
Paper does not digress from central point—all material is relevant to supporting thesis.
Arguments are lucid and consistently supported with evidence (text citations); Position is defended well.
The central idea is developed through wisely chosen, appropriate, concrete details, persuasive points, and insightful examples.
Quotes deepen the paper discussion, and are set-up/introduced and incorporated seamlessly.
The reader can follow the construction of argument (chronological or sequential order, thematic grouping, comparison/contrast).
Argumentation guides the reader and propels the narrative forward.
Paragraphs are organized, unified, and coherent—they each have a controlling idea to help further the thesis.
Paragraphs flow smoothly together with effective transitions, and the paper presents a cohesive perspective.
Each part of the essay builds upon the next to illuminate logical connections, implications, and relationships.
Concluding paragraph is satisfying and convincing—brings all of the paper content together and “clinches” the argument.
Tight, powerful conclusion ties together related strands developed in the body of the essay.
CONTENT/ MASTERY OF IDEAS
Demonstrates proficiency in understanding by applying key concepts and relevant class material.
Displays theoretical depth by unpacking complex ideas.
Demonstrates the link between evidence and argument (explains the significance of evidence to claims and/or thesis).
Paper contains more analysis than description and summary (shows rather than merely tells).
Paper demonstrates excellent secondary research skills: comparison, contrast, and synthesis.
Avoids conversational/colloquial tone, offensive language, and excessive or unnecessary jargon.
Avoids deterministic language- words such as always, never, the only.
Avoids passive voice (“to be” verbs), and tentative statements such as “We might find” and “It could be argued.”
Avoids vague, unclear, repetitive, wordy, or awkward phrasing.
Sentences evince variety of pattern and are rhetorically effective; Pacing is brisk.
Prose is fresh, vigorous, concise, and precise.
No grammatical, typographical, or spelling errors.
No run-on or incomplete sentences.
Paper uses consistent verb tense and proper diction/word choice.
Sources cited correctly, and paper contains sufficient amount of references.
Paper formatted correctly; includes title and subtitle.
Meets, but does not exceed page requirement.