Ted Talks Analysis
Assignment Details ESSAY / • Description: Write and essay that analyzes the transcript for ONE of the following TED Talks: • “Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school” • “4 pillars of college success in science” • “How to escape education’s death valley” VIDEOS ATTACHED /GO TO UPLOAD FILES Remember, use the transcript (not the video) as your text. • Identify what the text’s main idea is; • then, evaluate at least three supporting points used by the author to substantiate his/her thesis • What evidence is used by the writer to reinforce those ideas and persuade the reader? • Use textual evidence for support (that is, quote, summarize, and/or paraphrase as needed). • No other text beyond the primary source itself should be used to write this essay (no research); • however, do use personal experiences and observations to further engage with the text o make text to world connections and text to self connections Essay should be at least 750 words in length. • Format: Please adhere to MLA formatting throughout. This includes using MLA format for heading/margins/etc. It also means you must employ MLA parenthetical references and/or signal phrases to cite all textual evidence used in-text, and these must be properly cross-referenced on a properly formatted Works Cited page. Please follow MLA 8th edition rules. • Resources: Make use of all course lessons, media, and links provided for Essay 1 to help you write the best essay possible. • Rubric Details • Uses a sophisticated title. The introduction paragraph provides an excellent overview of the chosen topic, along with any necessary background information, and there is a concise thesis that is appropriate for the assignment. Title formatting is correct. • Is organized logically and effectively. The paper uses an organizational pattern consistently in order to efficiently answer the research question. For example, a comparison & contrast paragraph is organized using an appropriate subject-by-subject patter; an argumentative essay organizes logically/in order of importance; etc. Each paragraph focuses on a single idea and makes use of a stated, concise topic sentence (or the topic is gracefully implied). Sophisticated transitions are used to show connections between paragraphs. These transitions are seamless and each paragraph builds on the preceding one. • Develops body paragraphs with interesting and original reasons. A large portion of each paragraph is devoted to the writer’s own opinion and evaluation. Each body paragraph presents a focused idea that answers how and/or why (or why not). • Evidence for the writer’s opinion has been provided by using effective and appropriate quotations, paraphrases, and/or summaries throughout. Source material has been used in less than 30% of the paper, and valid evaluations follow all the source material included. Textual evidence is incorporated seamlessly with use of the ICE method or similar • As a whole, the body paragraphs demonstrate a superior level of understanding of the text(s) in question. The essay engages the chosen topic in an original way. Ideas put forth are significant and focused, and the essay presents an original and sophisticated point of view. • Includes a conclusion that offers a sophisticated final evaluation of the essay’s main points and leaves the reader with a final impression. The conclusion does not repeat what the essay has already made plain. Instead, the conclusion makes a call for action, puts forth specific suggestions, guidelines, or alternatives, and/or outlines a future outlook. • Shows a complete understanding of MLA documentation. When outside sources as used, these are appropriate, relevant and current. Quotations are almost always properly integrated into the paper. Parenthetical references almost always refer back to original text correctly and are properly formatted & punctuated. Signal phrases have been used to add credibility to the essay. A corresponding Works Cited page is included that properly cites all sources used. The overall formatting of the document adheres to MLA style. Paper adheres to the source type and amount requirements. • Uses appropriate academic tone throughout. • Meets or exceeds the length requirements. • Has been carefully edited and proofread. It is likely to be flawless or near flawless. There are either no errors in grammar/mechanics or few errors exist, ones that are so minor that they do not distract the reader. • Meets all formatting guidelines.
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