Position Paper

Total Possible Score: 30.00

Introduction with Thesis Statement

Total: 3.00

Distinguished
– Introduction paragraph is engaging and clearly introduces the topic. Thesis
statement is focused and succinct, and clearly identifies the writer’s
position.

Proficient
– Introduction paragraph clearly introduces the topic. Some relevant details
may be missing. Thesis statement is succinct and identifies the writer’s
position.

Basic
– Introduction paragraph briefly introduces topic, but many relevant details
are missing. Thesis statement is present, but may not be succinct and may not
clearly identify the writer’s position.

Below
Expectations – The topic is difficult to determine from the introduction
paragraph. Thesis statement is unclear, is not present, or does not identify
the writer’s position.

Non-Performance
– The introduction with thesis statement is either nonexistent or lacks the
components described in the assignment instructions.

Critical Thought & Support

Total: 10.00

Distinguished
– Ideas are complex and stimulating and show original thinking, strong
intellectual impact, and in-depth analysis. Credible outside sources are
smoothly integrated and effectively used to support writer’s position.

Proficient
– Ideas are somewhat original and are well thought out and competently
analyzed. Some relevant details may be missing. Credible outside sources are
used to support writer’s position and may or may not be smoothly integrated.

Basic
– Ideas are not original but are clear, adequately analyzed, and investigated.
Many relevant details may be missing. Some outside sources are used to support
writer’s position.

Below
Expectations – Ideas have little depth or analysis. Many relevant details are
missing. Outside sources may not be used to support writer’s position.

Non-Performance
– The critical thought & support is either nonexistent or lacks the
components described in the assignment instructions.

Opposing Views

Total: 5.00

Distinguished
– Readers’ opposing views, arguments, and questions are effectively
acknowledged and thoroughly addressed.

Proficient
– Readers’ opposing views, arguments, and questions are acknowledged and
addressed. Some relevant details may be missing.

Basic
– Readers’ opposing views, arguments, and questions are acknowledged; however,
they are not fully addressed. Many relevant details are missing.

Below
Expectations – Readers’ opposing views, arguments, and questions are
acknowledged, but they are not addressed.

Non-Performance
– The acknowledgement and addressing of opposing views is either nonexistent or
lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Conclusion

Total: 2.00

Distinguished
– Conclusion paragraph effectively reaffirms thesis, enhances the impact of the
position, and provides finality.

Proficient
– Conclusion paragraph proficiently reaffirms thesis, enhances the impact of
the position, and provides finality.

Basic
– Conclusion paragraph reaffirms thesis, but may not enhance the impact of the
position or provide finality.

Below
Expectations – Conclusion paragraph does not reaffirm thesis.

Non-Performance
– The conclusion paragraph is either nonexistent or lacks the components
described in the assignment instructions.

Critical Thinking: Evidence

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Employs persuasive information from credible sources to develop an ample
analysis or synthesis of the topic. Viewpoints of experts are scrutinized
thoroughly.

Proficient
– Employs applicable information from credible sources to develop an analysis
of the topic.

Basic
– Identifies applicable information from credible sources, but may neglect the
application of such information toward the analysis of the topic.

Below
Expectations – Displays information from external sources, but such information
may lack credibility and/or relevance. Neglects the application of such
information toward the analysis of the topic.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Critical Thinking: Student’s Position

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Specific position is inventive, considering the intricate ideas of an issue.
Limits of position are recognized. Other viewpoints are synthesized within
position.

Proficient
– Specific position is adequate, considering some of the complexities of an
issue. Limits of position are recognized.
Other viewpoints are synthesized within position.

Basic
– Specific position is adequate, considering the intricate ideas of an issue.
Limits of position are recognized but are not synthesized within position.

Below
Expectations – Specific position lacks inventiveness and insufficiently
considers the intricate ideas of an issue. Limits of position are overlooked.
Other viewpoints are not recognized within position.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Written Communication: Context of and Purpose
for Writing

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Demonstrates methodical application of organization and presentation of
content. The purpose of the writing is evident and easy to understand.
Summaries, quotes, and/or paraphrases fit naturally into the sentences and
paragraphs. Paper flows smoothly.

Proficient
– Demonstrates sufficient application of organization and presentation of
content. The purpose of the writing is, for the most part, clear and easy to
understand. There are some problems with the blending of summaries,
paraphrases, and quotes. Paper flows somewhat smoothly.

Basic
– Demonstrates a limited understanding of organization and presentation of
content in written work. The purpose of the writing is somewhat evident, but
may not be integrated throughout the assignment. There are many problems with
the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow
smoothly in all sections.

Below
Expectations – Organization and presentation of content is extremely limited.
The purpose of the writing is unclear. There is little or no blending of
summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly when read.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Written Communication: Content Development

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop
sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a
whole.

Proficient
– Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context
of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Basic
– Uses appropriate and pertinent content, but does not apply it toward
discovering or developing ideas. Overall, content assists in shaping the
written work.

Below
Expectations – Uses content, though it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the
topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work,
and may distract the reader from its purpose.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and
Mechanics

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics,
such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy
to understand.

Proficient
– Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as
spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is
mostly easy to understand.

Basic
– Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and
grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the
reader.

Below
Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics,
such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which
distract the reader.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

APA Formatting

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page,
and reference page.

Proficient
– Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few
minor errors.

Basic
– Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However,
layout does not meet all APA requirements.

Below
Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are
frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Page Requirement

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– The paper meets the specific page requirement stipulated in the assignment
description.

Proficient
– The paper closely meets the page requirement stipulated in the assignment
description.

Basic
– The paper meets over half of the page requirement stipulated in the
assignment description.

Below
Expectations – A fraction of the page requirement is completed.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

Resource Requirement

Total: 1.25

Distinguished
– Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling
evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited
correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient
– Uses required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on
the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the
assignment.

Basic
– Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources
may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the
body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below
Expectations – Uses inadequate number of sources that provide little or no
support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the
reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are
not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance
– The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the
instructions.

It is a position paper worth 30points 
Is Global Warming a
Problem, If So, What Can we do about it?  Needs to be eight to ten pages

This
is what I have so far,

Global
Warming is explained as an surge in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere. Global
Warming is an environmental issue that concerns scientists, and governmental
officials worldwide. Increasing humans, vehicles, and electricity have put our
earth in a position where we do not know the outcome of our mistakes. Many
scientists agree this situation has escalated within the past decades. Studies
show that fossil fuels have increased in the atmosphere. The Earth’s natural
cycle has been interrupted which affects the climate, land, ocean and every
living thing. Animals of the land, and ocean are migrating towards cooler
temperatures. Humans did not do this intentionally, but because of the outcome
of man-made machines, it is time to redirect our priorities. “A study by the
British government concluded that the
long-term cost of ignoring the problem could be as great as the two World Wars and the Depression added together” (2007-10-24
(segment 001,
2007).

Since
the industrial revolution machines have dominated the world forever changing
the climate. Man-made machines like trains, factories, and automobiles have required
the use of fossil fuels. [img width=”20″ height=”20″ alt=”Page semi-protected” src=”data:image/png;base64,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” border=”0″ v_shapes=”Picture_x0020_2″>Some
scientists are skeptical about global warming as they believe the earth goes
through warming and cooling periods, but the alteration of the earth can have
consequential changes.

The earth is known for natural cycles,
but according to studies humans have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere by more than a third. Changes this large have historically taken
thousands of years, but are now happening over the course of decades. The earth
has been changing for millions of years, but within the last hundred it is no
surprise the more humans there are the world population estimated at “316,
128,839 ”(U.S. Census Bureau). The more fossil fuels will be used. Automobiles, factories, and electricity “have
spewed billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and these
gases causes temperatures to rise between o.6

References:

Hassol , S. J. (2002). Teachers
Guide on Climate Change and Global Warming
. Retrieved April 14,
2014, from hdgc.epp.cmu.edu/teachersguide/teachersguide.htm

Prothero D. How
We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused. Skeptic [serial online]. March
2012;17(2) 14-22. Available from; Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA.
Accessed April 16, 2014

2007-10-24 (segment 001) (2007). .
Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved from
http://search.proquest.com/docview/190732683?accountid=32521

USA
QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
. (n.d.). Retrieved April 16, 2014,
from quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

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