ASSIGNMENT: WRITE ON THREE OF CORBETT'S ESSAYS
PHIL 1010 50: Summer 2001
THE ASSIGNMENT; PREPARATION HINTS; GRADING CRITERIA
- First read the following three essays of Bob Corbett and read with care.
- Write four individual papers. They are:
- A single page summary of Corbett's paper "Basic Introduction To Critical Thinking"
- A single pape summary of Corbett's paper "Identifying The Thesis"
- A single pape summary of Corbett's paper "Identifying The Argument For The Thesis"
- A single page summary pointing out items which DIFFER among the three papers,
or of items in one paper but not in either of the other two.
- The paper is double-spaced and with tiny margins of only 1 inch on ALL FOUR SIDES.
Your own name and any title material is on a cover paper. Each page of the four central
papers is 100% content.
- THINGS I WILL ESPECIALLY LOOK FOR IN THE PAPERS
- Is the paper on-time? Late papers will not be accepted and please note:
THE PAPER MUST BE TURNED IN BY THE HOUR THE CLASS BEGINS. I WILL ACCEPT NO
PAPERS BY E-MAIL. I MUST HAVE A HARD COPY IN HAND WHEN THE CLASS BEGINS ON THE DATE IT IS DUE.
- Is the summary clear and a summary of the entire paper?
- Are the key issues selected and minor issues not mentioned as space allows?
- Is the paper original and seeming the student's own work?
- Is the paper in standard English and written with some style and grace?
- THE GRADES THEMSELVES:
- A grade of A will mean: The summary is accurate to the paper
and the central issues are emphasized. Editing is done with care in such a way that the
important issues are central and lesser issues less central. The paper is double-spaced within the exact
margins demanded and is exactly one page, no more, no less. The paper is written in standard English and is presented with some degree of style
and grace of language.
- A grade of B will mean: All parts of the process asked for in
the above were present, but the paper just didn't match up to the superior quality
expected of the A. Perhaps the paper didn't follow the specific guidelines of form;
or there were lapses in standard English; or the content was just a bit off from what
was promised; or the paper just lacked the grace and style expected of a superior paper.
- A grade of C will mean: All parts of the paper process were done
and on-time. However, the final products were just not in the category of above-average.
The paper represented a solid piece of work which should be expected of
any undergraduate, but nothing above that. It was good, solid, unexceptional work.
- A grade of D will mean: Some deviations from the
criteria expressed above were present in some area of the paper. Perhaps lapses in
seriousness of content, or presentation; perhaps failures to adequately express the
paper in standard English; perhaps lapses in following the form required.
- A grade of F may mean anyone of three things:
- The paper did not meet the time requirements given. Late work is simply unacceptable for any reason at all.
- Significant failures to meet the assignment at the level of reasonable university expectations of thought, attention to detail, significant lapses in the content's accuracy. (Specifics will be pointed out).
- The paper form (rather than the content) was seriously flawed. This could mean the time peramaters or such things as clarity of expression,
or use of the English language. All of these would be expected to
be used in a reasonable fashion for university level work. However, a grade of
F on these grounds would require some quite serious deviation from the expectations