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Social Studies Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest Persuasive Essay




Name:________________________________
Block #: ______________________________
Homeroom: ___________________________

Social Studies Essay Parent Signature Slip
I have reviewed the attached information for the upcoming social studies persuasive essay with my child. We understand the requirements and anticipated due dates. We also understand the importance of completing all assignments on time and having each part of the essay in class when needed.
_______________________________(print student’s name) ________(SS block #)

________________________________________________________(print parent’s name) ___________________(date)


______________________________________________________________________(parent’s signature)



Social Studies Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest Persuasive Essay
For this essay, you are asked to consider the following question and develop a well written and persuasive response. Should the resources of the Amazon Rainforest be used or preserved?
You are to write a five paragraph persuasive essay that will convince people that your choice for the Amazon is the right one. The final draft of your essay should be typed, double-spaced, with a 1 inch margin, and in 12pt Times-Roman font. Some writing and most writing instruction will take place in Social Studies class, but students will have to complete a significant portion of the essay at home. Because of the time sensitive nature of the writing process, any homework portion of the writing process not in class on time will be counted as a zero. All essays should include these elements:


  • An introduction paragraph that states a clear position on what should be done with the Amazon.




  • Three paragraphs that support your position with specific facts and details from the text (at least one quote in each of these body paragraphs)



  • A conclusion paragraph that restates your position and reminds your reader of your main points and has a solid clincher

Remember: you must choose whether or not the Amazon should be used or preserved and have specific facts to support your choice.


Refer to the Geography Alive textbook (p.177-189), ISN (ch.12), handouts, and other assignments to help you select your choice.



The anticipated timeline for this essay is as follows (these dates are subject to change):

  • Brainstorming and graphic organizer (two classes)

  • Rough draft started in class (finished at home) (three classes)

  • Self, peer, and teacher editing (three classes)

  • Final draft packet due (4/11)

Make sure you sign and return the attached parent signature slip (due 4/1)***It is worth a HW grade***

Persuasive Essay Rubric
Name: Due Date:



Category

3-Got It

2-Not Yet

1-Try Again

Score

Pupil

Teacher



Introduction

_____ points

Introduction states main topic & pre-views the structure of the paper. Contains a good hook and clear thesis.
.

Introduction states main topic but inadequately pre-views the paper’s structure. Hook is ineffective or thesis unclear.


No clear introduction or main topic and the structure of the paper is not explained. Hook and/or thesis missing.








Body

_____ points X2


Each paragraph has detail sentences that explain and develop the topic in a logical way. The body paragraphs contain 2 or more quotes and paraphrases.

Some paragraphs lack enough supporting detail sentences to fully explain and develop the topic. The body paragraphs contain 1-2 quotes and 1

paraphrase.





Each paragraph lacks enough supporting detail sentences to fully explain and develop the topic. The body paragraphs contain either 0 quotes and/or no paraphrases.










Conclusion________points'>Conclusion

_____ points


The conclusion restates the main topic and reviews main points in a complete paragraph. Conclusion leaves the reader thinking.

The conclusion either restates the main topic or reviews some of the main points. Does not leave the reading with something to think about.

There is no clear conclusion or conclusion is missing major elements.








Mechanics and Grammar
_____ points

Essay has very few errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling and sentence structure

Essay has some errors in punctuation, capitalization spelling and sentence structure

Essay has many errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling and sentence structure

 

 


Transitions

______ points

Transitions appear in the beginning of all paragraphs.

Transitions appear in the beginning of most paragraphs.

Transitions are not used where necessary.




 


Argument

_____ points

Essay makes a very persuasive and factual argument in support of chosen way to utilize the Amazon.

Essay makes a somewhat persuasive and somewhat factual argument in support of chosen way to utilize the Amazon.

Essay makes an argument in support of chosen way to utilize the Amazon.









Comments: Total:
Brainstorming Sheet

Land Use Conflict in the Amazon
Reasons to use Amazon Reasons to preserve





































Persuasive Essay Land Use Conflict in The Amazon

Note: You will need to use the brainstorming sheet, ISN, text, and handouts

Introduction Paragraph: Topic Sentence-Hook

Make a statement that grabs the reader’s attention.


Explain the Amazon in detail and provide some background/history on it.













Sample thesis statement: The Amazon Rainforest should be used/preserved (pick one) because_______________________,_________________________,_____________________ (give three most convincing reasons from the brainstorming sheet)

Body Paragraph 1: Sample topic sentence: The first reason the Amazon Rainforest should be used/preserved (pick one) is_____________________________________________________ (use one of the reasons you put in your thesis statement).

Give specific facts/examples from the readings ( book, ISN, notes):












Quote and page #:

Quote and page #:



Body Paragraph 2: Sample topic sentence: The next reason the Amazon Rainforest should be used/preserved (pick one) is_____________________________________________________ (use one of the reasons you put in your thesis statement).

Give specific facts/examples from the readings ( book, ISN, notes):












Quote and page #:

Quote and page #:



Body Paragraph 3: Sample topic sentence: The final reason the Amazon Rainforest should be used/preserved (pick one) is_____________________________________________________ (use one of the reasons you put in your thesis statement).









Quote and page #:

Quote and page #:


Conclusion: Do not give any new information here - Restate your thesis and summarize the main point of each body paragraph in two to three sentences.

Clincher: A powerful statement that leaves the reader thinking and if possible ties back to the thesis.

Intro Paragraph

(Persuasive Essay)
Make sure your intro has the following parts in this order:


  1. A good hook sentence (or two) that catches the reader’s attention and makes them want to read more. It is a good idea not mention you choice for the use of the Amazon yet (we can’t assume that the reader knows as much as you about this topic). **Remember you are moving from the more general to the more specific in the intro**




  1. A sentence that relates the hook to the paper.




  1. Several sentences that preview the paper and provide some background information on the topics you will discuss in your body paragraphs. This is where you will discuss the who, where, and when of your chosen position as well as introducing a few key concepts.




  1. A thesis statement is the main point of the essay. This is a persuasive (or convincing) essay, so your thesis should state what your choice of preserving or using the Amazon Rainforest (this is the statement that your paper works to prove).

Body Paragraphs

(Persuasive Essay)

Make sure your body paragraphs have the following in this order:


  1. A good topic sentence that gives the reader an idea of what the paragraph is going to be about. For the first two body paragraphs, this should be directly connected to the reasons stated in your thesis.




  1. Several sentences that support the topic sentence and provide evidence, examples, and details in the form of facts or quotes. You should try for two quotes per paragraph. **Remember you must have at least two original sentences of analysis or explanation in addition to each quote in the body paragraphs*** (also don’t forget page # in parenthesis after end quote see example below)




  1. A concluding sentence that sums up the details in this paragraph and sets up a good transition.

Example: “These wars brought some 250 years of disorder to China. This time is often called the Warring States Period.” (207)



Conclusion Paragraph

(Persuasive Essay)
Make sure your conclusion has the following parts in this order:


  1. A restatement of your thesis. This is the last sentence of your intro reworded, but with the meaning unchanged.




  1. Several sentences that sum-up or review the main points of your body paragraphs. Since this is a persuasive essay, you would want to restate your choice review the most important evidence that supports your choice.




  1. Finally, you want to end your essay with a power statement or conclusion. What does this essay tell us and why is it important? Make the reader think.

Social Studies Persuasive Essay

(Final Draft Packet Checklist)


Make sure you have the following in this order:





  • Peer/self-edited rough draft




  • Graphic Organizer




  • Rubric

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