Unit 4 Assignment Worksheet

In the Units 3 and 4 Discussions, you created a thesis statement that offered a solution to a problem in your community or workplace. In this unit’s Assignment, you will revise and evaluate the effectiveness of that thesis using the Toulmin Model.

Part I: First of all, you will revise the provisional thesis statement that you generated in the previous unit Discussion. Make sure the thesis is concise (1–2 sentences) and includes two parts: a proposal for solving a problem and a reason that solution is needed. For more on creating effective persuasive thesis statements, review the following Writing Center resources:

· “Give Your Paper Direction: Developing a Strong Thesis Statement

· “Writing a Thesis for a Persuasive Essay

Write your revised two-part thesis statement here, and be sure to include a claim + reason (the “because” or “since” clause):

What type of claim does this represent?

Part II: Next, describe how you will use the appeals of logos, ethos, and pathos to make your argument more compelling to your audience. You can review the Writing Center resource on the appeals here: “The Three Appeals of Argumentative Writing

Part III: Identify the parts of your argument based on the Toulmin Model. For more on the Toulmin Model, review the following Writing Center resources:

· Toulmin Model of Argument “Podcast” and “Transcript

· “How to Support an Argument and Avoid Logical Fallacies


Warrant (assumption):

Qualifiers: How strongly do you believe in the argument? Would any qualifiers be beneficial? Why or why not?


Backing (for the warrant):


Identify at least one logical fallacy to which your argument may be susceptible and how you will avoid that fallacy. For more on logical fallacies, review the University Writing Center resource “How to Support an Argument and Avoid Logical Fallacies.”


Unit 4 Assignment Rubric (50 points) Points Possible Points Earned
Content 45  

Part I (10 points)

●     Includes a persuasive thesis statement with a claim + reason

●     Identifies the type of claim

Part II (15 points)

         Describes how the appeals of logos, ethos, and pathos will be used

Part III (20 points)

         Identifies the parts of the argument based on the Toulmin Model (claim, warrant, assumption, qualifiers, grounds, rebuttals)

         Describes how to overcome at least one logical fallacy

Style and mechanics 5  

●     The style is appropriate to the assignment, and sentences are engaging to read as well as clear, concise, and precise.

●     Project is free of serious errors; grammar, punctuation, and spelling help to clarify the meaning by following accepted conventions of Standard English.

Grade Total: / 50
Plagiarism is a violation of the  Academic Integrity Policy . Assignments that are plagiarized will receive a “0.”