Distinguished Performance

in this assignment, you will show that you are achieving important learning outcomes:

  1. Interpret information through close and critical reading.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of the writing process.
  3. Employ effective academic tone, style, mechanics, and citation method.
  4. Integrate relevant source material effectively and ethically.
  5. Support a position appropriate to the rhetorical situation.

You will submit a formal, alphanumeric, full-sentence outline formatted in proper APA style. The outline must organize your argument into an introduction, conclusion, and at least five body sections (approximately 750 words or more). The introduction section must include a working thesis statement, which is an arguable response to your research question. Each body section should contain a topic sentence and subordinate claims and evidence from at least five credible and scholarly sources. Paraphrases, summaries, and quotes must be cited accurately and used with integrity. This assignment requires a title page and a reference list.

Then in one final recap (200 words)

  • remind the class of your research question and share your working thesis statement (See Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.),
  • identify your personal opinions, experiences, assumptions, and associations with the subject of your argumentative essay,
  • explain how you intend to overcome your biases so you can write an objective research-based argument, and
  • share how you plan to integrate research into your rough draft this week.
APA Reminders:

The reference citation for this YouTube video:

TEDx Talks. (2018, January 10). Mind Bugs | Mahzarin R. Banaji | TEDxBari [Video file]. Retrieved from

To create a paraphrase or summary citation:

Screen name and year of publication

  • (TEDx Talks, 2018)

To create a quote citation:

Screen name, year of publication, and timestamp (MM:SS)

  • (TEDx Talks, 2018, 03:25)

The citations for this article:

Meads, J. (2015). What lies beneath the surface. American Theatre32(8). 48-50. Retrieved from https://www.americantheatre.org

  • Meads (2015) claimed that…
  • Meads (2015) stated that “this is the quote” (p. 49).
Grading Criteria Week 3 Discussion: Distinguished Performance
Content Provides in-depth reflection on implicit associations and bias, including unique insight and perspective. States opinions, assumptions, and experiences that may create bias in the rough draft and creates a plan to limit their influence. Helps others to achieve the same goal.
Critical Thinking Applies the reading to issues in writing and argument development. Approaches others with fair-mindedness and respect. Is willing to consider other viewpoints. Asks classmates clarifying questions and points out other perspectives. Takes time to “think out loud” and explain ideas in detail.
Communication Text is well written and proofread. Audio and video are clear and understandable. Images are appropriate and well formatted. The message is clear and error-free.