Think of this essay as a mini-research paper. First, define the term “global warming.” Once you have an adequate definition of the term, provide concrete examples of some of the major perceived causes of global warming. Conversely, if you believe global warming is a myth, argue why certain perceived causes have been misconstrued or misinterpreted. Your argumentative position must be made clear in your introductory paragraph; there should be no question of whether you do or do not believe global warming to be a scientific reality. For reputable articles concerning global warming, please visit http://www.time.com/time (Time Magazine Online). Your essay must be four to five pages in MLA format. This essay is worth 200 points total.
Your essay will be graded according to the following criteria:
1) Peer Review (20 points):
a. Bring three printed copies of your rough draft to class on 23 October to participate in the peer review session.
2) Thesis and Content (50 points):
b. The essay has a thesis—a single, central point that is interesting, original, striking, and substantial. The central idea is developed in the essay through well-chosen, appropriate, concrete details that show originality and freshness. Author shows rather than merely tells. Author addresses all questions with proper detail and adequate definitions.
3) Organization (50 points):
c. The essay is organized and well structured (there is an introduction, a body, and a conclusion). The essay exhibits a clear strategy for persuasion and pattern of development (chronological order or spatial order). The organization works with the thesis so that the thesis and the organization contribute to serving the purpose of the essay. Essay does not digress from central point. Transitions help the paper to flow smoothly. Introductory paragraph(s) is/are interesting and appropriate. Concluding paragraph is satisfying.
4) Paragraphs (50 points):