Critical Thinking Paper Instructions
Requires 6-8 pages of content, this does not include title page and references. A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed, current (5 year old or less/benchmark) references. Choose a topic that really interests you and about which you are curious and want to expand your knowledge.
Focus on introducing the topic, including the population/area of focus.
What is your question or thesis? Explain/ Define the problem, interest, concern.
Example: How effective is green algae as an alternative treatment for Autism?
Examine all aspects of the topic, demonstrate your knowledge and grasp of the topic, discuss differing opinions as reflected in the literature, discuss any issues and/
or problems.Did your search of the literature influence /change / support your thesis?
Discuss how what you read influenced your thinking on the topic. Support this by
using citations and references.
Refer back to the introduction, restate your main idea, identify the next step for this issue. For instance; is more research needed? Does policy need to change? Do you need more information to reach a conclusion?
Here are 2 websites to help with writing skills and formatting your paper
|20-25 points each||15-20 points each||10-15 points each||5-10 points each||0-5 point each|
|Communicates a clear, thoughtful, well-developed persuasive position that engages the reader.||Communicates a clear, sufficiently developed persuasive position.||Communicates an adequately developed persuasive position which is stated in general terms.||Communicates a marginally developed, vague position.||Does not communicate a clear position statement.|
|Body of Paper||Position is richly supported with valid points, is well developed with accurate, relevant evidence.||Position is sufficiently supported with valid points, sufficiently developed with evidence.||Position is adequately supported with valid points; key point is vague or missing.||Position is marginally supported with valid points. More than one key point is vague or missing. Some evidence is missing or inaccurate.||Position is minimally supported. Most key points are vague or missing. Significant evidence is missing or inaccurate.|
|Conclusion||The paper is unified, maintains focus throughout, and demonstrates a logical progression of main ideas and supporting details.||The paper maintains focus and demonstrates a logical progression of main ideas. Minor supporting details may be out of sequence.||The paper contains digressions and some supporting details are out of sequence.||The paper contains significant digressions, main ideas and supporting details are out of sequence.||The paper is not focused on a central position or idea.|
|APA, naming convention, references,
|Citations are used for each quote and for paraphrasing of ideas. APA format is accurately applied, correct use of naming convention and references are appropriate. Free of spelling and grammar errors.||Citations are used for each quote and paraphrasing of ideas. APA format has minor errors, minor spelling and grammar errors, correct use of naming convention. References are appropriate.||Citations are used for each quote. A pattern of errors is demonstrated in APA format, grammar, spelling, and naming convention. References are appropriate.||Citations are inconsistent. Multiple errors in APA format, grammar, spelling, naming convention. References are not appropriate.||Citations are lacking. APA format, grammar, and spelling includes multipleerrors. References are not appropriate.|