Please discuss the following prompt: 

Is Buddhism a religion, a philosophy, or both? Explain your thoughts using supporting evidence.

Below is writing tips for essay

1) Please remember to use Chicago Style (or CMOS). Over the years, I’ve seen quite a bit of confusion over Chicago Style formatting. For this class, we are using the CMOS Notes/Bibliography (NB) format. A good resource for this style can be found online at Purdue OWL: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/c…

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Here’s a sample of NB format in a paper: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/c…

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Regarding “Ibid”, the newest CMOS discourages the use of Ibid, however, I will accept it this semester.

4) Be sure to write the prompt out fully at the start of your paper. This not only lets me know what you are going to be talking about, but also ensures that you are answering the prompt in its entirety, rather than making up your own prompt after skimming through the list of prompts.

7) Please do not narrate your research experience in your paper. Rather than say “while researching the topic of ____” or “I found this article which explains ____”, just explain the idea and give the proper credit in a footnote.  

8) Do not begin a new paragraph with “Another…” The first sentence in your paragraph should be a bold statement, which is then substantiated through the rest of your paragraph. Try to avoid beginning with a statement that doesn’t really have a strong direct point. 3 attachmentsSlide 1 of 3

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Mini Essay Rubric with Guide Criteria Ratings Pts 7 pts O pts 5.18 pts Good 3.36 pts Fail Full Marks No Marks Engagement This judges your ability to answer the prompt. It not only includes content, but also ensures you adhere to the length requirements Full marks have been achieved. You have clearly answered the prompt fully and reached the word length requirement. 6.09 pts Very Good This answered the prompt, but only superficially. More depth is required. This may have also been short of the required word length. 4.27 pts Satisfactory Does not really address the prompt, and is significantly short of the word length requirements. This doesn’t really address the prompt fully, and/or does not meet the word length requirements. More is required. Fails to address the prompt in any meaningful 7 pts way. O pts 6 pts Excellent 4.44 pts Good 2.88 pts Fail No Marks There were some Knowledge This judges your ability to understand the greater issues at play within the prompt. It not only includes understanding, but also examines how these themes relate to larger themes in the class or in the world. Fails to understand the issues 5.22 pts Very Good This shows a pretty good understanding of the material, but some points were confused or unclear. Full marks have been achieved. You have clearly understand and have addressed the issues at play. in any 3.66 pts Satisfactory Does not really understand or address the issues at play, but does touch on some of the themes raised in class. significant parts that demonstrated a lack of understanding 6 pts meaningful way. or were unclear. 6.09 pts 7 pts Excellent 3.36 pts Fail Very Good O pts No Marks Critical Analysis This judges your ability to critically analyze the issues in a meaningful way. It shows your ability to think for yourself, and support your claims with evidence. Full marks have been achieved. You have clearly demonstrated you critical analysis of the material by digesting the material and using original thought to explain your understanding. This shows a some strong critical analysis, but has relied too heavily on other’s ideas and opinions, without contributing much of your own thinking. 5.18 pts Good Much of your ideas were lost, but instead only relied on opinions of others to do the thinking for you. It tends to be only a series of quotes and cited material, without your voice entering into the picture. 4.27 pts Satisfactory Does not really provide much critical analysis either from others or yourself. Fails to provide any sort of analysis at all. 7 pts Research 4 pts 2.96 pts Good Excellent This judges your ability to research your material. You should have at least one external peer reviewed source, and one text we have used for class Full marks have been achieved. You have not only met, but exceeded the requirements for finding and utilizing peer reviewed sources relevant to the issues. 3.48 pts Very Good This was very good. You have met the minimum requirements for finding peer reviewed sources relevant to the issues. This does not meet the required number of peer reviewed sources, but does have at 2.44 pts Satisfactory This has sources, but they are not peer reviewed or not relevant to the issues. O pts Incomplete Fails to provide any meaningful research at all. 4 pts least some. Structure/Flow/Grammar 2.22 pts Good 1.44 pts Fail O pts No Marks This judges your ability to organize your thoughts in your essay in a clear and well structured manner. It also demonstrates a writing style that complements the information you are trying to portray. 1.83 pts Satisfactory Some structure but hard to follow 3 pts Excellent Full marks have been achieved. Your writing is clear and easy to follow from point to point. Is structured well, with no/very few grammatical mistakes, and flows nicely from start to finish. 2.61 pts Very Good This was very good, but had a number of grammatical mistakes and/or issues with flow. Be sure to look at my writing tips for things to avoid. This had significant grammar and/or structural issues. The points were difficult to follow and seemed to lack flow from one point to another. Not really structured at all and/or very difficult to read. 3 pts 2.61 pts Very Good 2.22 pts Good 1.83 pts Satisfactory 1.44 pts Fail This means Citation This judges your ability to properly cite your research and resources. I require the use of Chicago (CMS) style. I have provided a resource through my writing tip about how to use the style of citation. Simply did not 3 pts Excellent Full marks have been achieved. You have citied everything perfectly. This was close, but there was This was good, but you are likely missing some information in your footnotes/bibliography. use some Chicago style at all. You inconsistency in your citations. Sometimes you got it, and sometimes your are probably confusing Chicago style with other styles, or you have used Chicago style, but forgot a bibliography. O pts Incomplete Failed to use any footnotes and/or bibliography at all through your essay, neglecting to properly cite any information. may have 3 pts you didn’t. used another style perfectly, but that is not what I require. Total Points: 30

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