Step 1: Read the Markkula case studies, then choose ONE to examine in this essay. Employ the TGS Critical Thinking Rubric as framework for analyzing the case. Begin with an Introduction that states the purpose of your analysis. Use the FOUR key steps in the rubric as the format framework of a short position paper (details below). Employ the sub-steps within each of the four key steps to further direct your analysis and writing.
Write a short paper that critically analyzes the ideas or position presented in the case reading. The major headings of your paper should include the following:
Explanation of the Issue or Problem
Analysis of the Information
Analysis of Alternative Viewpoints, Conclusions or Solutions
Personal or Summarized Conclusions and Proposed Decisions
Follow these guidelines:
Use the TGS Critical Thinking Rubric to guide your analysis.
Use the TGS Written Communications Rubric to guide your writing.
Draw in references from at least one reputable outside resource related to the topic to support your conclusions or proposed decisions.
Employ APA Style 6ed for format and citation guidance.
Remember: Even though I have suggested the major headings for your short paper, you should still follow best practices for structuring the paper.
An effective introduction grabs the reader’s attention and sets the tone and direction for the rest of the paper. In reading an introduction, the reader should have a clear idea of what will follow. Supporting paragraphs move the reader from the general introduction to the more specific aspects of your analysis in the paper.
The body paragraphs show how the information you are providing supports and relates to your thinking. Even though I’ve provided the title for each section, paragraphs across and within sections need to effectively transition from one to the next.
Each paragraph should include a topic sentence, which contains the main point of the paragraph.
The Conclusion (#6) brings to a close what you have presented in your paper.
You have moved the reader from the general introduction (“The intent of this paper is to critically analyze…) to the specific supporting paragraphs (the details under headings #2-5), and now to the conclusion, which briefly summarizes the issue or intent and restates the main points of your analysis (“detail analysis of the issue of … resulted in conclusions that indicate… and suggest proposed decisions to…”).
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