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Who are you?This question is not meant to trick you, and it most certainly is not meant to be a joke. In class on Friday, March 8th, I discussed a number of strategies you can use to answer this question. You can choose to follow one of the strategies I recommended, or you can develop your own strategy for answering this question. It’s up to you. As you draft your response, please demonstrate that you have learned a thing or two by taking this sociology course. That is important. Your completed essays must be between 900-1200 words.The following documents are the course notes and essay’s rubric&tips.About me:My English name is Rua. I am an international student from China. I am a sophomore now. I’m a male. I have a girlfriend of over a year. We are all from the same province in China. My major has not been decided yet. I may major in Econ or ICS this summer. My parents both do business in China. My brother and I go to the same university. He has now graduated and returned to China to work. You can make up other things about me. But don’t go too far. Thank you!


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Class Note
Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all doing well. I have gotten a couple emails asking how to improve papers in the future so I thought I would address the
concerns here.
First off, sociological papers are a different genre from murder-mystery novels. As a reader and a grader, I am not in for a last minute jump
scare and reveal of your argument. Tell me at the outset what your thesis and argument is. Your thesis is your answer to your prompt- be as
specific and concise as possible in your answer. Beyond your thesis, your introduction should have a rough outline of the several smaller
arguments you will need to defend in order for your main argument, your thesis, to be strong. Below is an example of how I like to outline my
own papers, not that that is a requirement for all of you.
Thesis: Apples are better than oranges because they are sweeter and healthier.
Paragraph 1
Topic Sentence (Apples are sweet.)
Evidence: (According to study x, apples have x grams of sugar which is within the range of sugar that is considered “sweet.”)
Commentary: (Certain groups tend to enjoy sweeter fruit which might explain apples’ popularity.)
So what?: (Here is where you talk about why this argument matters).
Paragraph 2
Topic Sentence (Apples are healthier)
Evidence: (According to study y, apples are rich in a, b, and c which are great u,o, and r bodily functions.)
Commentary: While nutrition is a complicated science, it seems that apples may have medicinal properities.
So what?: (Here is where you talk about why this argument matters).
Conclusion: (Continue talking about the larger implications of your argument.)
This is a email from my professor. It includes how to make the paper great. You might need this.
Intro to Sociology
Grading Rubric
Critical thinking
40 pts
Did not
demonstrate any
critical thinking.
(incorporate at
least one source
from lecture,
articles, or
40 pts
Does not draw
any conclusions
and/or does not
incorporate source
Organization &
Clarity 20 pts
Does not have
organization and
is not readable.
Demonstrates weak
critical thinking with
few to no
Severely lacks
development in
conclusion and
demonstrates weak
understanding of
source material.
Severely lacks
Numerous errors in
frequently detract
from readability.
Demonstrates some
critical thinking
with weak
Draws an
conclusion and
demonstrates some
understanding of
source material.
organized with
errors sometimes
detracting from
readability and
Demonstrates good
critical thinking
with good
observations but
lacks supporting
details or balance.
Draws decent
conclusions from
observations and
demonstrates a
good understanding
of source material.
Well organized
with few errors in
and usually
conveys arguments
Demonstrates excellent
critical thinking with
excellent observation and
original thought.
Draws solid conclusions
from observations and
demonstrates strong
understanding of material.
Very well organized with
no errors in
grammar/spelling and
consistently conveys
arguments clearly.
*Unless otherwise specified, all assignments will be due on Fridays at 9am.
*Late Policy: Assignments turned in late will receive one letter grade reduction per day late. If you turn in the assignment at 9:01am on
Friday, then that is one day late. If you turn in the assignment at 9:01am on Saturday, then that is two days late. No credit will be issued
for the writing assignment if you turn it in after Sunday, 9am. In such a case, you will receive a zero.
Tips for scoring high
Critical thinking: Analysis or argumentation. 40 pts: Critical thinking is, according to Wikipedia, the “objective analysis of facts to form a
judgment”–your own judgment! Henry Ford said “thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” And
Neil deGrasse Tyson said “I don’t want people to say, ‘something is true because Tyson said it is true.’ That’s not critical thinking.”
TIP 1: Demonstrate that you have considered and reconsidered your judgment/argument about a topic, following your analysis of the
facts. Don’t write what you think we want to read. Write what YOU think and explain why you think that. This can be something
completely different from, or very similar to, the arguments in the readings.
TIP 2: Analysis of the facts should be clear and detailed, considering the word limit. Facts form the concrete basis on which your
argument rests.
TIP 3: Have a clear argument supported by the facts. It’s not enough to say “it is my personal opinion.” You have to present facts to show
that you arrived at your “personal opinion” through a critical thinking process.
Sociological Development: Incorporate the literature. 40 pts: Sociological development refers to your growth as a sociology student, and a
member of society, and to your understanding of society and it’s impact on the individual. You are required to incorporate at least one source
from lecture, articles, or discussion.
TIP 1: Read the readings in full. Make sure you know what the authors argue and why.
TIP 2: Question the authors’ argument and consider whether you agree or disagree. And why.
TIP 3: Draw your own conclusion and consider whether your conclusion follows given your argument and observations.
Organization & Clarity 20 pts: A well-organized essay will include an introductory paragraph, a concluding paragraph and two or three main
points supporting the thesis of the essay, for a total of four to five paragraphs.
TIP 1: Outline and consider word count. Given that you have 600-700 words, how many words do you want to reserve for main point
one? How many words for your introduction and conclusion? Can you make a strong main point in 200 words? Can you write a clear
conclusion in 50 words? And so on.
TIP 2: Make each main point its own paragraph with its own topic sentence. Make a single point in each paragraph.
TIP 3: Proof read, spell check.

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