form a hypothesis
First, please no plagiarism please
In your essay, I first want you to form a hypothesis about the cause(s) and/or the effect(s) of a phenomenon
concerning our diets/consumption. Single out an eating trend or social consumption behavior and choose to 1)
explain why it started; 2) why it has stopped; 3) why it has increased in popularity or prevalence; 4) why
it has decreased in popularity or prevalence; 5) or, explain the widespread consequence(s) of a trend or
behavior. You might look at causes and effects impacting areas of life such as public health, the economy,
the marketplace, and culture.
Your paper, 3 full pages minimum (though stronger papers might need to be longer), depends on your use of
credible outside research as evidence to support your central claim. Please cite at least four professional
journalistic and/or academic sources.
Descriiption of your highlighted subject: do you clearly describe a singular trend or phenomenon? Do you give
it the necessary history and context? Do you make it seem significant, that is, worthy of our consideration?
.5—The descriiption and contextualization are missing from your paper or too superficially presented.
1—The descriiption and contextualization are presented adequately.
1.5— The descriiption and contextualization are presented well.
2—The descriiption and contextualization are presented masterfully. Your audience will have a rich
understanding of the trend or phenomenon and its larger significance.
Supporting evidence: do you employ current and reputable academic/journalistic evidence to support your own
thesis? Do you use at least four outside sources to support your explanation?
.5—No outside sources are used, or some are used but not as critically as needed for college-level work.
1—You use four sources at least, and you use them adequately to develop your explanations and examples.
1.5— You use four sources at least, and you use them keenly to develop your explanations and examples.
2—Your masterfully incorporate outside research to develop your explanations and examples. The distinction
between those critical voices and your own is clear, and you cite them to support your work without letting
them overpower your own voice and argument in the paper.
Responding to alternative judgments and objections: do you anticipate objections and respond with carefully
.5—You don’t really address other ideas about what caused or what are the effects of your subject.
1—You adequately discuss some of the most obvious and/or important alternative theories and respond
adequately to possible objections to your own thesis.
1.5—You deftly discuss the most obvious and/or important alternative theories and respond insightfully to
possible objections to your own thesis.
2—You expertly introduce differing hypotheses about cause and effect, tactfully refute and/or concede their
but finally, you still work to justify your own stance in response.
Style, clarity, grammar, and mechanics: are you communicating clearly sentence-by-sentence? Are you
paragraphs well organized and well connected to one other?
.5—No, your sentences may be more often than not grammatically challenged or slightly confusing. Your
ideas, even if they are good, are a little bit of a mess!
1—Yes, you communicate fine, even if you might still have some issues to work on. Your ideas are organized
well enough to follow.
1.5—You are in pretty good shape as a writer and sound in control of your thoughts. Your ideas are
logically organized and easy to follow.
2— Your writing shows a nearly professional ability to control word choice, structure, style, and tone. The
structure of your essay—its use of forecasting, topic sentences, and transition—compels us through your
writing with ease.
Does your essay adhere to MLA guidelines, including a properly formatted works cited page in alphabetical
order that uses hanging indentations?