Essay 2: Writing for Community – Informative Essay
The purpose of Essay 2 is to synthesize evidence to formulate
conclusions and analyze issues or problems surrounding a topic.
In other words, you will conduct an investigation so you can write
an informative essay. You may use definitions, evaluation, and
recommendations that are supported by reliable sources, thereby
increasing your credibility with an audience who needs your
information. Ultimately, your newfound authority should call
readers to action and recommend improvements and/or identify
benefits related to the topic.
The essay should include the following:
• MLA Format
• 2-3 pages (double spaced), not including the Works Cited page
• In-text citations in the body of the essay
• Works Cited page with your credible sources
• A minimum of three sources
To complete this assignment, you should:• Utilize invention techniques: Before writing the essay, begin identifying your issue through a series of
invention techniques, including but not limited to the following: brainstorming, listing, clustering,
questioning, and conducting preliminary research.
• Plan and organization your essay: After the invention process, it is important to begin planning the
organizational pattern for the essay. Planning includes gathering and evaluating sources, identifying your
thesis, establishing main ideas (or topic sentences) for each paragraph, supporting each paragraph with
appropriate evidence, and creating ideas for the introductory and concluding paragraphs.
• Draft and revise your essay: Once you have completed the planning process, write a rough draft of
your essay. Next, take steps necessary to improve, polish, and revise your draft before turning it in for a
final grade. The revision process includes developing ideas, ensuring the thesis statement connects to the
main ideas of each paragraph, taking account of your evidence and supporting details, checking for
Grades for this Essay
22.5% Of the overall
grade for the
Submit a polished,
essay using MLA
citation and format
Write a rough
AEH Division 2
proper use of MLA citation style, reviewing source integration, avoiding plagiarism, and proofreading
for formatting and grammatical errors.
Suggested Writing Prompt & Rhetorical Situation
Write an informative essay informing an audience of how a particular belief has had a positive or negative
global or societal impact. Your goal will be to inform readers about the history of the belief and its impact.
Use pathos to connect the reader to the issue, logos to explain the scope of the belief, and ethos to build
your credibility by citing trustworthy sources. Your essay will end by drawing a conclusion about the positive
or negative impact on community. It will not be an argument. It simply draws a conclusion. This will give
you the opportunity to review any biases you have about the belief.
This assignment helps you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in school and your
professional life beyond school. In this assignment you will:
• Access and collect needed information from appropriate primary and secondary sources
• Synthesize information to develop informed views to inform an audience
• Compose a well-organized, informative writing to expand your knowledge of a topic
Criteria for Success
Category Description PointsMechanics Students will communicate using academic language and conventions of
Standard American English.
Formatting Students will format an essay utilizing MLA style formatting. 15
Works Cited Students will create a Works Cited page utilizing MLA style guidelines. 15
In-text Citations Students will utilize MLA style citations and format. 15
Critical Thinking Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically to analyze,
critique, and draw reasoned conclusions.
Integrate Evidence Students will gather and integrate credible evidence from a variety of
Organization Students will present information in a unified and coherent manner. 45
Content Students will write an essay that responds to all parts of the prompt. 40
Total 225 pts.