REL 2300 Walters
Short Writing Assignment #1
Please answer the following question with in a one-page essay. What is your opinion of the influence of religion in American society?
Your response must include these elements:
Topic Sentence: Give a direct and precise answer to the question. State clearly your
position on the question so there is no doubt in the readers’ mind where you stand.
Definition: Explain how you are using the main terms included in the topic sentence.
Context: Explain where the example to be used comes from and the circumstances
surrounding its relevance.
Example(s) Cite a specific example.
Interpretation: In the case of a quotation taken from the text, interpret it fully. In the case of a painting describe it completely.
Relationship: Explain the relationship between the example and the position you have
taken on the subject.
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Meaning and Development: ideas, examples, reasons and
evidence, point of view
No viable point of view; little or no evidence; weak critical
thinking; providing insufficient reasons or other
Appropriate Develops a point of view; demonstrating some critical thinking; may have some inadequate examples,
reasons and other evidence of support
Effective Develops a point of view and
demonstrates competent critical thinking; enough
supporting detail to accomplish the purpose of the
Ideas are fresh, mature and extensively developed;
insightfully develops a point of view and demonstrates
outstanding critical thinking
Conventions: grammar. punctuation, spelling, paragraphing, format
Distracting Errors interfere with writer’s
ability to consistently communicate purpose;
pervasive mechanical errors obscure meaning;
Errors interfere with writer’s ability to communicate
purpose; contains an accumulation of errors; some
weakness in format
Controlled Occasional errors do not interfere with writer’s
ability to communicate purpose; generally appropriate format
Polished Control of conventions contribute to
the writer’s ability to communicate purpose;
free of most mechanical errors; appropriate format