Early Chinese Source


Read the “Early Chinese Sources” (see below). These are selections from four early Chinese authors, all of whom write about human nature, what values are most important to a society, and what relationship these values have to good government. Do these authors primarily agree or disagree? Why or why not? From your perspective, which of these points-of-view are best for effective government? Please take a clear position, using specific examples to support your answer. Consider this question in a 1.5 – 2 page essay, 12 point font. Due 2/14

Your papers will be graded on the following criteria:

30% Thesis- A thesis must be clear, stating your position and what you will be arguing. The thesis must come at the beginning of the essay so that your reader knows what to expect.

30% Use of Evidence- Your paper must include a minimum of FOUR specific examples from the reading that support your argument. You can either quote or paraphrase from the text, but if the latter, you must be specific enough that I know exactly which part of the text you are referring to. Your examples must also be relevant, with a clear connection to your thesis and analysis.

30% Analysis- You must have a clear thesis and support that with evidence from the text, but you must also tell me WHY and / or HOW the evidence helps demonstrate your point.

10% Organization- Is your essay divided into paragraphs with proper punctuation.  

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