ENG 106 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignments




ENG 106 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignments


ENG 106 Grand Canyon Week 2 Peer Review Assignment for the Definition Argument

Peer Review Worksheet: Definition Argument

Part of your responsibility as a student in this course is to provide quality feedback to your peers that will help them to improve their writing skills. This worksheet will assist you in providing that feedback.

Name of the draft’s author:

Name of the peer reviewer:


After reading through the draft one time, write a summary (3-5 sentences) of the paper that includes your assessment of how well the essay meets the assignment requirements as specified in the syllabus and the rubric.

After a second, closer reading of the draft, answer each of the following questions. Positive answers will give you specific elements of the draft to praise; negative answers will indicate areas in need of improvement and revision. Please be sure to indicate at least three positive aspects of the draft and at least three areas for improvement in reply to the questions at the bottom of this worksheet.

Definition Argument Content and Ideas

How effectively does the thesis statement identify the main points that the writer would like to make in this definition argument?

How successfully does the argument focus on explaining and justifying a specific definition? If the writer uses resemblance arguments, how successfully were they used?

How persuasively is evidence used to justify ideas and enrich the essay?

How effectively does the essay incorporate supporting strategies such as the criteria-match pattern described in Chapter 11 of Writing Arguments?


ENG 106 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignment Definition Argument First Draft

(This assignment is adapted from Chapter 11 of Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings.)

Write a 1,500-1,750-word essay using five to seven academic resources in which you argue that a borderline or contested case fits (or does not fit) within a given category. To do so, first select a controversial case (which you might find in the news). Decide what category you think your case belongs in, with the understanding that others may disagree with you about the definition of your category, and/or whether your chosen case matches your category.

In the opening of your essay, introduce the borderline or contested case you will examine and pose your definition question. To support your argument, define the boundaries of your category (criteria) by using a commonly used definition or by developing your own extended definition.

In the second part of your argument (the match), show how your case meets or does not meet your definition criteria. Use resemblance arguments, perhaps by comparing your controversial case to other cases, to develop your argument.

Follow one of the organization plans for definition arguments in chapter 11 of the textbook.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

Submit this assignment to your instructor and you must also post this draft as an attachment in the Week 2 Peer Review forum by Day 3 of Week 2.

ENG 106 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignment Peer Review Forum: Definition

After submitting the first draft of your Definition Argument essay in Topic 2, post the first draft as a reply to this thread. You should label your paper and the subject line of your reply with your first name and last name (e.g., Karen Palmer’s Paper).

Review the draft of the person who posted his or her response directly below yours in the Peer Review forum. If your draft is the last posted, review the first draft posted.

Complete the “Peer Review Worksheet: Definition Argument.” Copy and paste the completed Peer Review to the peer review forum as a response to the initial post of your peer’s first draft. Do not post the worksheet as an attachment.

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