Each student is responsible for writing a paper on The Blind Watchmaker.

This is a response paper - your response to a topic raised by Dawkins in the book we've been reading all semester. You should choose one particular topic that we have discussed in class which Dawkins has specifically adressed in the boo and respond to it. You should state your opinion regarding Dawkin's take on the topic but you must support your opinions (whether you agree/disagree with Dawkins on this topic) with specific factual evidence which has been published (both from the text and from outside scientific sources - including peer reviewed articles). You must provide adequate detail to illustrate your point(s). It is very important that you write a well-written, well-organized, and well-thought-out paper.

The paper must be double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font, with a minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 11 pages.

Grades will be based on the following:

Category Points To earn full points
Organization, flow & focus 15 The paper is organized, deomonstrates logical flow and is highly focused. Adheres to page criteria. Proper grammar used.
Introduction & Background 25 Dawkin's point and your response are clearly stated. Solid background on the topic is provided.
Support 30 Thesis statement well formed, clearly stated and answered completely. Appropriate and detailed information is gathered from multiple and wide-ranging, research-based sources.
Conclusion 20 Well thought out conclusion is reached from the evidence offered. 
References 10 Scientific (fact-based) sources are used and cited properly.


Questions about proper citation? Here is your citation guide.

DUE DATE: December 1- you must email me your paper no later than 5pm. A minimum of 10 points/day will be deducted for late papers.