Issues with spelling, grammar, or incomplete sentences.

The United States has been spending billions of dollars helping a pro-U.S. country, Ukraine, defeat the troops that invaded from Russia, traditionally a rival (and sometimes enemy) of the U.S.
Some people say that the United States has no business spending billions of dollars (helping Ukraine) that could be better spent in this country, and that if Russia keeps grabbing land from its European neighbors it doesn’t affect us, and American money should not be spent stopping the Russians. Why is this a valid argument and/or why is this not a valid argument?
• The length of the essay should be 3-4 pages (at least 3 full pages, double-spaced, size 12 font,
Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman font preferred). This requirement is for the actual body of
the paper. It does not include the title page, the references section, pictures, figures, or tables,
or anything else that is not the main body of the essay. Only Word or PDF documents, please.
• There should be at least two citations. They can be from the textbook, from an academic
book, legitimate news source or website (this does not include opinion, shock/sensationalist,
social media, etc. websites). Wikipedia is also not an acceptable source.
• Citations should appear in-text, and then be listed on the references section, using the APA
Reference Style. A guide to the APA Reference Style to cite in-text and as a reference is also
posted on Canvas.
• The purpose of the essays is for you to demonstrate that you can do a discussion based on the
different topics or questions that are posted, developing and supporting your arguments. The
point of these essays is not for you to write what you think I want to hear. I welcome different
and unconventional points of view just like I welcome all other points of view.
• Do your own work! Submissions will be filtered through Turnitin to detect plagiarism.
Having said that, you may seek tutoring in the Writing Center.
Evaluation Rubric:
• 35 points: The essay is well-written in terms of structure, coherence, it answers the
question/ addresses the discussion topic in a clear and coherent manner. There are only 0-3
issues with spelling, grammar, or incomplete sentences.
• 25-34 points: It answers the question/ addresses the discussion topic with only minor
coherence/clarity issues and/or there is a moderate amount of issues with spelling, grammar,
or incomplete sentences.
• 10-24 points: It answers the question/ addresses the discussion topic with a moderate
amount of coherence/clarity issues and/or there is a large amount of issues with spelling,
grammar, or incomplete sentences.
• 0-10 points: The question is not answered/ the discussion topic is not addressed and/or there
is a large amount of issues with spelling, grammar, or incomplete sentences.
Other deductions:
• – 5 points: incorrect use of APA style in in-text citations and/or in referencing the
citations; -5 to – 20 points for failing to meet the minimum length requirements.
• -25 points: first instance of plagiarism; -35 points and being turned in to Academic Affairs with
the recommendation that at the very least you get an F in the course, plus any other penalties
that Academic Affairs determines may apply upon a second instance of plagiarism.
• -25 points: (first instance) There is a reference section, but there’s no citations in the
essay, or there are citations in the text but there isn’t a reference section, or
citations and references don’t match; If this happens a second time, the plagiarism
rules (secobcind instance) above will apply.

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