SUPPORTS for each idea must include a VARIETY (if possible) of the following:
A specific example (e.g., from your own life)
Anecdote — a story/example which brings out your reason
Statistic — this must come from a reliable source
An appeal to authority — a direct (or indirect) quote from someone “in the know” of this topic (an expert) ** Include person’s name and title
Logic — for example, if a source says, “smoking causes cancer” then if you smoke, you could get cancer too
Choosing a Topic
Begin research by Internet, book, encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper, interview or discussion with someone else. Use this experience as a means to decide which topic will be your best choice for finding three arguments with supporting research.
The possible topics I have chosen:
Choice 1: _____________________________________________________________________ My 3 arguments would be:
you take jot notes from, you must fill out a SOURCE CARD.***
Introduction Introductory Paragraph: Possible ideas (e.g., interesting quotes, statistics, etc.) that I could use in my introductory paragraph to grab the audience’s attention:
Conclusion Concluding Paragraph: Possible ideas that I could use in my concluding paragraph to give a sense of closure and to leave the reader with a strong sense of my position on the topic.
Does the speech include all 3 arguments and have they given enough explanations and supports (facts, statistics)?
Is the speech at least 3 minutes but not over 5 minutes?
Does the introduction grab the audience’s attention and does it include the thesis statement?
Does the conclusion give the thesis again, summarize, and end with a clear show of their position on the topic including a call to action?
Did they use transitions consistently?
Are there a variety of sentence lengths?
Check for run on sentences, comma faults, and sentence fragments.
Circle repeated words.
Check word choice to see that they have used enough vivid words where possible.
e.g.: These animal tests are bad. (Bland)
These cruel animal tests are horrifying. (Better)
Adding a variety of punctuation marks will increase voice. Check to see that there is a variety of punctuation marks.
Check all capitalization:
- the first word in every sentence.
- proper names, organizations, cities, provinces, countries, etc.
- the word “I”.
Check all spelling and circle any words that you think are misspelled.
There needs to be a punctuation mark at the end of each sentence.
Apostrophes need to be used correctly (to show a missing letter: don’t/do not OR to show ownership: the smoker’s problem).
There needs to be a variety of punctuation marks (ex. exclamation marks, quotes, question marks, etc.).
Please read through your son/daughters’ process piece prior to the due date. Any suggestions or positive feedback you can offer your child is greatly appreciated. Kindly sign below to confirm you have seen this important piece of evaluation.