Essay #4 – Policy Issue (2000-2500 words: 8-10 pages) This assignment focuses on attempting to persuade your audience (your classmates) regarding a specific course of action that should be taken on a significant societal or community issue. You must not only convince your audience that this issue is relevant in society (the “so what?” that has framed all of our papers thus far), but also advocate for a specific, well-reasoned (utilizing inductive and/or deductive reasoning) feasible, and actionable solution to the issue. Specifically, this paper should do the following State and describe what the problem is, in explicit detail. Describe why the problem is important to the audience: How does (or will) it affect them, someone close to them, or some aspect of society they should care about. Present a solution (or solutions) to the problem Describe how the solution is feasible (i.e. grounded in reality) Describe how the solution is actionable (how can the audience, or other empowered agencies, act on the solution) Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the solution presented Be supported with well-documented, valid sources of evidence (8 minimum) In addition to the above, it is expected that the lessons paper #1 (clearly stating the issue and its relevance) and paper #2 (utilizing evidence that passes the tests, presenting key arguments surrounding the issues, recognizing fallacies in counterarguments) be incorporated. Evaluation Rubric Content /10 States and describes a relevant societal problem in thorough, explicit detail /10 Presents a valid, logically sound case as to how the audience is affected by the issue. /12 Presents and describes, in great detail, a feasible and actionable solution (or solutions) /10 Presents a clear analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed solution /8 All Key arguments follow utilize proper forms of reasoning and are devoid of major fallacies /8 All Key arguments and claims are supported clearly with properly referenced and vetted evidence. Structure /8 A clear, concise, and strong thesis is present in the introduction of the paper as a proposition of policy. /5 Contains clear topic sentences and paragraph structure. /5 Major points are connected together by clear transitions and/or section headings /5 Utilizes language that is clear, yet engaging (makes use of appropriate stylistic tools in language) Technical /8 Each source (minimum of 8) follows APA format in regards to in-text citations. /5 Paper is free of major grammatical and formatting errors. /5 Reference page is designed according to APA standards. Total: /100 Please note the following: Drastically exceeding the word count (400 words or more) may result in a 5-10% deduction from your final score. While excessive grammatical errors (more than 10) will not prompt a rewrite of your essay, it will result in a minimal 10% deduction from the final grade.