POG 100 Research Paper First Draft (Grader and Peer Review) Name: I. Introduction Comments Hook Does the essay begin with a hook/brief introduction that situates the topic more broadly? Is the thesis statement easy to identify? E.g. “This essay argues…” Is it clear? Is it logical? Is it original? Roadmap Does the roadmap state how the paper will prove the thesis statement in several parts? E.g. “This paper is organized into X sections. In the first part it argues A. In the second part, it details B. In the final section it discusses C.” – Does the body of the essay follow the roadmap? Literature Review Has the author met the threshold for the readings? Does the literature review capture what others have written on this topic? II. Argument · Does the paper provide analysis, or just describe? · Has the paper considered alternative viewpoints? · Does the paper present sufficient evidence based on solid research to support the argument? · Does this read like a politics paper? Is it showing evidence of “political thinking”? Conclusion Does the paper give a brief summary of what the paper has argued? E.g. “This paper argued X. It demonstrated this by showing A. It then went on to detail B. Finally, it explicated C.” Does it state the limits of the paper? Does it reflect on the generalizability of the findings in the paper? Does the paper end with how the topic discussed affects broader issues of politics? III. Professionalism of Presentation Is this paper presented in a suitably professional form (cover page, quality of writing, referencing, bibliography, etc) (Length: ≤2500 words) GRADE I. Introduction 30 II. Strength of Argument 40 III. Professional Presentation 30 FINAL 100
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