The research question is “why houses in bay area expensive” Senior Thesis Scoring Guide 2019 Advanced Criteria for Content and Argumentation Meets all proficient criteria consistently plus ALL of the following: Synthesis and Evaluation of Research: Synthesizes the most significant evidence from all sources that reflect the depth and complexity of academic research in order to achieve the argument’s persuasive purpose. Depth and Complexity of Ideas: Consistently makes complex, in-depth inferences and connections throughout all sections of argument that reflect the highest level of Costa’s questions and Bloom’s taxonomy of critical thinking. Cohesion and Coherence: Essay creates cohesion that clarifies the relationships between thesis and claims, claims and evidence, counterargument and rebuttal precisely and concisely. Essay achieves coherence by saying something new from start to finish and achieving its persuasive purpose. Essay achieves coherence that is pithy and persuasive. Proficient Criteria for Content and Argumentation Part I. Introduction: Context, Summary of the Debate, Thesis Hook establishes the context, scope, and relevance of essential question. Complex, logical, and debatable essential research question anchors the argument. It establishes the scope of the argument. All relevant perspectives to the debate are presented in the summary of the debate (at least 2). Summary of the debate is concise and distilled to its essence. Complex, logical thesis answers all parts of the essential question. It takes a persuasive stance. Relevant key terms are defined clearly and concisely.
They are introduced clearly and concisely at the appropriate place. Part II. Body: Development of the Thesis with Claims, Evidence, and Commentary Body of argument develops the thesis by providing claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of all claims, distinguish the claims from alternate or opposing claims in order to develop the thesis Organize and sequence claims logically to build the argument Develop all claims fairly and thoroughly by supplying the most relevant scholarly, credible evidence Provide evidence that synthesizes the most important and relevant data, examples, and quotes from multiple sources to support claims Provide commentary explaining HOW and WHY evidence supports the claim Develop all claims fairly by pointing out the strengths and limitations in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases in commentary Establish the “so what” or implications of each claim with clinchers Part III. Counterargument and Rebuttal Develop counter arguments fairly and thoroughly Supply the most relevant scholarly, credible evidence for counterargument while pointing out the strengths and limitations in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases Develop rebuttal fairly and thoroughly Supply the most relevant scholarly, credible evidence for rebuttal while pointing out the strengths and limitations in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases Part IV. Conclusion and “So What?” Provide a concluding statement that supports the argument, places it in the greater context of the academic field or society, and presents the implications of the argument—why it matters, why we should care, next steps for change. Put simply, asserts the “so what?” of the argument logically and clearly. Returns to hook in a new way to bring the persuasive purpose of argument to its conclusion.