and class lectures, you will be completing two Analytical Essays (3-5 full pages each). To garner the highest possible score on each of these Analytical Essays, you must draft a clear thesis statement in the introduction to each of your Analytical Essays, and you must substantiate that thesis by referencing and analyzing specific information and ideas that are covered in the class readings, lectures, and/or media presentations. In other words, it will not be enough to simply type, “I think that….” You will have to denote specific details from the lessons and explicitly cite the book pages, speeches, documentaries, and/or other sources you will be using to argue why your thesis is correct. You will need to cite your sources in compliance with the Kate Turabian/Chicago Manual style of citation. (See pages 11-12 of the syllabus.)
For the Second Analytical Essay, you must cite at least 4 sources. For the First Analytical Essay, all 4 sources had to be in-class sources. For this Second Analytical Essay, at least 2 of the sources must be in-class sources. Any additional sources can be in-class or outside sources. However, you must properly cite every source you use.
For this second of two Analytical Essays, draft a 3-5 full paged response to the following prompt:
How similar and different are the issues faced by and tactics used by proponents of the Black Power Movement of the late-1960s from those faced by and used by proponents of the modern-day #BlackLivesMatter movement? And, what do the similarities and differences in public responses to those movements during their respective eras reveal about racial progress in America?
Essay Response Rubric for each of the Analytical Discussion Board Essay Assignments
A+ to A- Essay
B to B- Essay
C to C- Essay
D to F Essay
Introductory Paragraph and Thesis Statement
The introductory paragraph provides a context for the essay, garners the reader’s attention, and contains a clearly stated and well-developed thesis statement. Moreover, the thesis identifies the question and evaluates the relevance of the issue addressed in the essay prompt.
The introductory paragraph contains a thesis statement. However, it provides only a little context for the essay. And/Or, the Introduction does little to explicitly garner the reader’s attention.
The introductory paragraph has a thesis statement that may be under-developed. Such a thesis might not completely address the entire essay prompt. And/Or, the Introduction does not provide much context for the essay.
The introductory paragraph merely paraphrases the essay prompt, and/or does not have a thesis.
Supporting Details and Analysis—Tells WHY the Thesis Is Correct and WHY Readers Should Agree
The essay clearly demonstrates a grasp of the subject matter in that it substantially utilizes and analyzes at least 3 relevant and specific supports to effectively defend the thesis. Moreover, the essay contains no to only a minor error in fact and/or function, and it meets the page requirement for the assignment (4-5 pages for General, 5-6 pages for Honors).
The essay utilizes at least 3 relevant and specific supports in defending the thesis. However, the analysis of those supports could be broader and/or deeper. And, it meets the page requirement for the assignment.
The essay offers at least 2 relevant and specific supports. The essay contains factual information, but lacks much analysis. And/Or, it is under the page requirement for the assignment. Or, it only meets the page requirement because it feature less than relevant fluff.
The essay contains over-generalizations and/or little to no analysis. The essay demonstrates little depth and/or limited clarity about chronological history. It may also be under the page requirement for the assignment, literally or substantively.
Organization and Citations
The essay contains a clearly defined and organized introduction, body paragraph(s), and conclusion. Each body paragraph has effective transitions and begins with a topic sentence. The essay properly cites 4 or more sources, at least 2 of those sources must be in-class sources. Moreover, the essay is engagingly written.
The essay is fairly well organized and properly cites 4 or more distinct sources, at least 2 of which are in-class sources. However, the essay could be more engaging.
The essay may lack effective transitions between paragraphs or is less than well-organized. The essay properly cites 4 or fewer sources, and fewer than 2 are in-class sources. The essay may do little to engage the reader.
The essay is not well organized. It may not properly cite at least 4 sources.
Voice, Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization
The essay is written in the third person (unless otherwise directed). It follows proper rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization, and/or there is no more than 1 typo. Moreover, the essay is submitted on-time and in the proper electronic format (as well as a hard copy if directed to do so).
The essay is written in the third person (unless otherwise directed), contains only minor errors in grammar, punctuation, and/or capitalization. There are 2 minor typos. Moreover, it is on time and in the proper electronic format. (as well as a hard copy if directed to do so).
The essay might be written in the first person (when not explicitly directed to do so). It may contain 3 or more errors in grammar, punctuation, and/or capitalization. It is submitted on-time and in the proper electronic format (as well as a hard copy if directed to do so).
The essay might be written in the first person, (when not explicitly directed to do so). It consistently breaks rules of grammar, punctuation, and/or capitalization. There are 4 or more typos. Or, it is late or not properly submitted.