Instructions: For the common essay you are asked to plan and write a composition of at least 600-700 words that addresses the essay prompt below. Your composition should be well- organized, with a clear argument, and carefully revised to eliminate sentence errors. You are also required to cite from at least 2-3 of the assigned articles.


Essay Prompt:


How do you think workplaces and our relationship to work will change as a result of “The Great Resignation?”



Articles for Support: The articles below explore differing perspectives on “The Great Resignation” and are the same six articles assigned in the preparation guide.


“Why are so Many Americans Quitting Their Jobs” by Greg Rosalsky, NPR (Links to an external site.)  

The Great Resignation Misses the Point by Katherine Hymes, WIRED (Links to an external site.)  

“The Trouble with the Glorious Great Resignation” Concept by Andrew Hill, Financial Post (Links to an external site.)  

“Top Reasons Workers are Quitting” by Karla L Miller, Washington Pos (Links to an external site.)  

“Transforming the Great Resignation into the Great Hire” by John Bremen, Forbes (Links to an external site.)  

“How Employers Can Win Workers Back” by Jonaki Mehta , NPR (Links to an external site.)


Before you begin to write, consider the following:

· Review the issue carefully and plan/outline your essay to compose a well-developed, well-organized, and thoughtful essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, thesis, and a conclusion

· Acknowledge opposing points of view and respond to them

· Include and cite information from the assigned articles—details, paraphrases, and quotations— (your essay should include quotes from at least 2-3 of the articles and cite the sources accurately)

· You may also include examples from your observations and/or experiences to develop your argument

· Proofread your composition carefully before submitting it

English 101  Rubric and SLO Assessment Sheet

Each performance area is rated on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being best.

Performance Area

Highly Proficient




Limited Proficiency


Needs Work




Content and Development

a. unity

b. consistency

c. clear POV

d. evidence

e. elaboration

Content is accurate, focused, and consistent; exhibits control in development of ideas;  unified with a fresh insight

Content is somewhat accurate and fairly clear; offers solid but less accurate reasoning; contains some appropriate details and/or examples

Content  is somewhat vague OR only loosely related to task; at times may be off topic OR too broad with limited support

Content unclear; lapses in coherence OR no relation to task; offers simplistic, undeveloped support for ideas


Organization and Structure

a. thesis

b. audience

c. introduction, body,


d. transitions

Method of organization  is well-suited to thesis; clear intro, body, and conclusion with effective transitions

Organization supports thesis and purpose; sequence of ideas could be improved

Some signs of logical organization.  May have abrupt or illogical shifts and ineffective flow of ideas

Poorly organized OR demonstrates serious problems with progression of ideas


Mechanical Conventions

a.  spelling, grammar,


Essentially error free

Has some mechanical errors

Repeated weaknesses in mechanics;  pattern of flaws

Mechanical errors so severe that writer’s ideas are hidden


Critical Thinking

a. precision

b. depth

c. accuracy

d. logic

Skillfully evaluates information gathered from observation, experience, reflection, or reasoning

Adequately demonstrates reasonable relationships among ideas

Simplistic analysis of complex issue; limited clarity and complexion of thought

Insufficient reasoning and lacks complexity of thought