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Drive Essay

In Drive, Daniel Pink argues that autonomy, mastery, and purpose motivate people more than external rewards or punishments. What is your take on his argument? Perhaps some brainstorming questions may help you to get started:

1. Does Daniel Pink’s theory of success work when one of the elements (Autonomy, Mastery, and/or Purpose) is taken out? Consider some of the ideas presented by your peers on the discussion board.

2. To what degree are children – who may be young, inexperienced, and unmotivated – influenced by autonomy or other intrinsic motivations? Can autonomy lead them to the right choices? How much autonomy should they have over their education? At home?

3. Examine the role of purpose in achieving success. You might consider whether a person can be successful without intrinsic purpose or when or how it develops.

4. Consider Pink’s theories from a social perspective. How does society play into autonomy, mastery, and/or purpose?

These questions may help you as you begin to pre-write (freewriting, journaling, mind-mapping, outlining, drafting). Whichever pre-writing strategy works best for you, employ it in order to begin to form a working draft. This pre-writing is essential in providing you, the writer, with a firm grip on the author’s ideas, and your job is to present his ideas fairly and unbiasedly. You have to essentially provide CONTEXT for your AUDIENCE. See below.

Essay Requirements

Essay type: Argumentative

Audience: Students NOT enrolled in this class

Voice: Academic English

Structure: MLA format, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12. Your paper should have an Intro. section, a thesis statement that is highlighted or bolded, body paragraphs, a conclusion and works cited page.

Sources: Cite from Drive, and one outside research article. This must be from a reputable source (http://www.arc.losrios.edu/arclibrary.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).

Length: 5 pages

Topic sentences: that state the main point of each body paragraph

Textual support: in each body paragraph: Introduce, cite, and explain your support. Please also include a Works Cited Page

(https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_works_cited_page_basic_format.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)

Sentences: No run-ons or comma splices

(https://owl.purdue.edu/owl_exercises/sentence_structure/sentence_structure/run_ons_comma_splices_and_fused_sentences.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)

Best of luck. I’m always available to answer questions by email or in the “Got Questions” module.


EngWr 302 Essay Rubric (1)

EngWr 302 Essay Rubric (1)

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHolistic ScoreGrading Criteria

50.0 pts

Superior thought-provoking and insightful

40.0 pts


30.0 pts


20.0 pts

Needs Improvement

50.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment Using Critical and Logical Reasoning

20.0 pts

The essay demonstrates a high ability to use logic. It guides the reader through a chain of reasoning or progression of ideas that strongly support the thesis.

16.0 pts

While the essay is fairly logical, 1-2 points may be shaky, but the general argument supports the thesis.

12.0 pts

The essay presents ideas in a loose structure with some faulty or incomplete logic. The thesis is supported, though some sections may drift out of focus.

8.0 pts

The essay lacks coherence and is poorly organized. The thesis is weakly supported.

4.0 pts

The essay lacks a clear sense of organization. The thesis is unsupported.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization and Composition – Paragraph Level

15.0 pts

The essay has a logical organizational structure. A sophisticated sense of audience is present. Topic sentences are clear and compelling. The transitions are sophisticated.

13.0 pts

The essay is organized. A general sense of audience is present. Topic sentences and transitions are present, but they are often general.

9.0 pts

The essay is organized but reasoning is not always consistent. Audience awareness is minimal. A few topic sentences may be vague. The transitions are not always clear.

6.0 pts

The essay is randomly organized, or poorly reasoned. Audience awareness is weak. The majority of the sentences are unclear. Transitions are missing.

3.0 pts

The essay lacks an organizational or logical structure. The audience is ignored. Topic sentences and transitions are missing.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics/ Usage/ Grammar/ Spelling

10.0 pts

Writer exhibits a sophisticated command of language skills.

8.0 pts

Writer exhibits an adequate command of language skills.

6.0 pts

Writer exhibits a minimal command of language skills.

3.0 pts

Writer exhibits a less than minimal command of language skills.

0.0 pts

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA Format and Documentation

5.0 pts

Paper is formatted in MLA 8th ed.

3.0 pts

Paper is formatted in MLA 8th ed. but there are some minor oversights.

1.0 pts

Paper attempts to format in MLA 8th ed., but there are lots of formatting issues.

0.0 pts

5.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0