Peer Review

Peer-review is required for this assignment and should be completed electronically using the review tool within canvas. You will be assigned two papers to review once you turn your paper in.
Peer-reviewers must provide specific, directive feedback that covers all sections of the assignment rubric, including: Brevity, Writing Quality, Images, References, Issue Description and Location, Dimensions of Issue, and Solutions!
In the final draft of your paper, please include a one paragraph response to the peer reviews you received. This response should indicate what feedback from the peer-review process you found helpful, what suggestions you incorporated, and anything your reviewers suggested that you did not change and why you didn’t make these changes

  1. Assignment Details
    The objective of this assignment is to write a 3-4 page persuasive essay that identifies an environmental issue of personal concern and provides one or more solutions designed to address it. The persuasive essay is the basis of your group poster assignment so you will work collaboratively with your poster group to develop an “umbrella” group poster theme and a narrower set of interrelated individual research topics. This assignment includes both a rough draft, which will be peer-reviewed, and a final draft.
    Each persuasive essay should include the following elements:
  2. A comprehensive description of your issue that includes its geographic location(s), as well as its direct and indirect causes.
  3. An evidence-based argument that supports why your issue merits attention and concern. Your argument should consider each of the following dimensions of your issue: (1) social, (2) economic, and (3) environmental.
  4. One or more solutions designed to address your issue (e.g., political, cultural, personal).
  5. Structural Requirements
  6. You must upload your paper as a word document.
  7. Papers should be 3-4 pages in length, with 1.5 spacing, 1″ margins, Times New Roman font, and 11 pt font size. References and images are not included in the 4-page limit. As concise writing is a valuable skill, we will not read beyond the fourth page.
  8. Include introductory and concluding paragraphs that clearly identify the issue you are researching and the main points of your essay.
  9. Essay should draw on at least five different published sources, two of which must be from scholarly peer-reviewed books or journal articles.
  10. Include 2-3 images that either explain the dimensions of your issue or support your arguments. Include image captions and citations for each image. Images should be embedded in the texts where they are relevant, not listed at the end of the paper.
  11. Essay should be well-written, spell-checked, proof-read, and concise.
  12. All sources must be properly cited using APA Style both in the text and in a works cited section so that readers can find and evaluate your sources. To review how to use APA Style in your work, consult an APA Style Guide or visit this web link:
    Examples follow.
    In text: According to Jones (1998), APA style is an easy citation format for first-time learners. APA style is the most commonly used citation format (Jones, 1998).
    In reference list:
    For a journal do this: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages
    For a book do this: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
    For a website do this: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication or most recent update). Document or website title. Retrieved from http://web address. NOTE: For journal articles that you read on a website, include only the journal information ( #1 on this list)
    Use subheading “Works Cited” or “References” before your list of sources (so that this section will not be screened by SimCheck for similarity report).
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was developed by our fabulous TA Amy Brodbeck and is full of helpful tips about writing a strong paper, proper ways to cite photos and references, and more!

You must upload your paper as a word document. If you do not have Microsoft Word, this program is free to UW students and can be downloaded here: (

  1. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Detection
    Check Academic Integrity ( page to make sure that your paper does not violate any plagiarism policies set by the University.
    We use “SimCheck” by Turnitin to detect plagiarism in assignments. SimCheck is a web-based system that allows student papers to be submitted and checked for plagiarism. SimCheck compares student papers with sources available on the Internet, select commercial article databases, and papers submitted at UW or other institutions using Turnitin. This is also a tool for you. When you submit your paper online, you will see your Turnitin “similarity score.” This score tells you how much of your paper is similar to other sources. If your score is more than 10%, you may have used someone else’s words without properly citing them. You can use SimCheck to see why the score is high – to see portions of your paper that may have been found somewhere else.
    In order for SimCheck to correctly generate a similarity percentage report, please use the subheading “Works Cited” or “References” before your list of sources, so that section will not be screened by SimCheck.
    If you turn in a paper with a similarity score higher than 10%, you need to correct it!
    and your section TA immediately and let them know. Then make the necessary changes and re-submit as soon as possible. If you do not correct the problem, you will be reported to the committee on academic misconduct.
  2. Writing Resources
    Odegaard undergraduate writing center: (
    CLUE Writing Center (at Mary Gates Hall):
    Many excellent resources are available at the Political Science Writing Center ( , including guidelines for thesis statements, paper structure and organization, grammar and punctuation, critical analysis, and peer editing. While these resources are geared to social science courses, they will be helpful for most academic papers – including this one for ENVIR 100!

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