Louisville Alternative Energy writing assignment

Due 11/5/2015 worth 200pts.

A new rendering of the food port omits the digester, leaving the property open for future development. | Courtesy of Seed Capital KentuckyStudents are assigned to write a persuasive writing paper on the building of a new bio degenerator in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  Persuasive writing states the opinion of the writer and attempts to influence the reader.  In a persuasive piece, the writer is often expressing an opinion and trying to persuade the audience to do something or to agree with the writer's point of view. It must be clear and concise, but it can also be a bit more forceful and dramatic to help convince the reader. For example, sometimes writers will exaggerate their details to affect the reader in a more emotional way than in an expository essay.  Seed Capital Kentucky, the nonprofit behind the West Louisville FoodPort, has decided to cut a proposed anaerobic digester out of its project which was to be located on 24 acres of land at 30th Street between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Main Street.  The decision came after months of complaints and concerns from west Louisville residents about increased traffic, odor, and potential health and safety hazards. 
The goal of the writing assignment concerns addressing the complaints and concerns.  The student is assigned to research the anaerobic digester and determine the potential health and safety hazards.  Once the research is complete, then the student will make a conclusion concerning support for the project or opposition to the project.  Moreover, the student should provide evidence to support their persuasive writing piece.  The following are articles relating to the topic: 1)http://www.epa.gov/outreach/agstar/anaerobic/ad101/anaerobic-digesters.html  2) http://www.epa.gov/outreach/agstar/anaerobic/ad101/digester-byproducts.html  3) http://www.epa.gov/outreach/agstar/anaerobic/ad101/index.html  4)http://insiderlouisville.com/business/west-louisville-foodport-creators-dump-biofuel-plant-company/  5)http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/communities/west-louisville-residents-dont-want-guinea-pigs-proposed-alternative-energy-project/ 6) http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/centralwest/2015/08/13/west-louisville-foodport-plans-canceled/31620331/   7)http://seedcapitalky.org/local-food-economy/louisville-food-port/  8) http://oma.eu/projects/west-louisville-food-port   9)http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/09/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-food-port-russell/27047447/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=   10)http://seedcapitalky.org/local-food-economy/louisville-food-port/project-partners-2/   11)http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/09/18/west-end-parcel-become-louisville-food-hub/15828353/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=  12) http://wfpl.org/west-louisville-biodigester-would-be-one-among-many-nationally/ 13)  http://www.wdrb.com/story/29962559/louisville-mayor-turns-to-epa-to-talk-about-west-louisville-biodigester 14)  http://www.wdrb.com/story/29779060/company-drops-plans-to-build-methane-plant-near-proposed-food-hub   15)http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/Downloads/Biogas-Roadmap.pdf   16)http://www.epa.gov/outreach/agstar/anaerobic/  
Thinking About the Writing Prompt
ebola1Taking time to think about the prompt and to plan your writing will improve the quality of your final essay. Planning can help you compose a more organized, polished response. Use this guide to plan your composition.

  1. Read the prompt carefully and restate it in your own words. Think specifically about what the prompt is asking you to do (for example, make an argument, tell a story, or explain a process)._______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. After you have thought about the prompt and it is clear what you’re being asked to do, write one or two sentences describing your initial reaction to the prompt. This may be the basis for your thesis statement, or the main idea of your essay. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Read the reminder list (questions to ask about the prompt) that follows the prompt. (If you are still unclear about the prompt, the list may help you better understand it.) Think about those items that you have particular trouble with and write them down. Explain how to avoid those mistakes in your writing. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Brainstorm ideas, details, or information to support your response to the prompt. You may use a brainstorming technique such as free writing, making a list, or creating a web.  Record anything that comes to mind.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
5. Review the things you wrote as you brainstormed. What ideas support your thesis statement?
What details add information to those supporting ideas? Underline or highlight the ideas and details you plan to use in your composition. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6. There are many ways to organize your ideas. You may wish to use a visual representation such as a web, an outline, or a chart. The graphic organizers that follow are some examples of ways to structure your ideas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Organizer for Expository/Persuasive Writing
This organizer is useful for many types of writing, including expository and persuasive essays. Use the thesis statement from the Respond exercise and the ideas from the Record and Review exercises to complete the graphic organizer. You may add additional Supporting Ideas and Details as necessary.
Introductory Paragraph/Thesis Statement:
Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:
Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis: submit to  https://turnitin.com/t_home.asp?lang=en_us#
Main Idea  (50 points)
□ The subject matter I chose is appropriate for the prompt. Greater than 30% similarity on turnitin.com -25 pts.
Supporting Details  (50 points)
□ The details I include are clearly related to the subject matter. Picture of student associated with the topic. Two pictures required 25pts per picture.
□ I include enough details to support my main idea. Picture of topic.  Use pixlr.com to alter the picture 30%.
Organization (50 points) 
□ My composition has a strong beginning, a well-developed middle, and an effective ending.
□ My essay follows a clear, logical progression.
Coherence  ( 50 points)
□ I establish relationships between ideas in my composition.
□ I use transitional words and phrases, parallel structure, and other techniques to connect sentences and paragraphs.
□ I use effective sentence structure and word choice. Write in complete sentences.
• Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
• Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. 25 pts.