For this assignment, you have looked into multiple sources, from our Ted Talk, John Oliver’s
segment, a few journalist articles and an academic journal. By now, you should be quite
knowledge about the issue of food waste. Therefore, I now ask you to develop a casual analysis,
answering the two questions below:
1. What are some of the causes leading to the amount of food waste the United States
2. What are socio-economic effects of such waste?
In order to answer the question, you will select support from a minimum of three of the sources
we have discussed. You may find additional sources, if you would like, but you will need to cite
those as well. You will need to choose and develop a minimum of
different cause and/or
effects. In each paragraph, you will provide at least
pieces of expert support from your
sources and research (if you choose to find more).
In your introduction, you will present the issue and discuss what is happening and why we, as a
society, should be aware/worried. You can use personal examples here only. Your thesis will
state the issue and provide a plan of development (the three causes or effects you plan to
You will need:
1) an introduction with a hook, background information about the issue, and
thesis with a plan of development;
2) 3 body paragraphs each with a topic sentence in your own
words and 1 or 2 examples from the sources and explanations/analysis;
3) a conclusion that
restates the thesis, reviews your body paragraph, and comes to a conclusion; and
format and cite your illustrations correctly.
This essay should be 4 full pages minimum in length, double-spaced, typed in a 12pt font (Times
New Roman). Make sure to introduce all of your sources, use in-text citations and create a
Works Cited page. If you need help with those, please review information under MLA Resources
on our site.
Transitions: Between new ideas and paragraphs, you should always use transitional
phrases and words.
Please proofread for run-ons, fragments, or any other grammatical errors.
Make sure you have a Works Cited page (not included in page count)
1. “Time to Get Serious About Food Waste” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
2. “One Third of Food is Lost or Wasted” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
4. the video for John Oliver
Does the writer begin his essay in a catchy and interesting manner? Is it an anecdote? Could he or she do something to grab your attention more effectively?
Does the write provide clear background into the issue? If you had not seen the videos or read the articles, would you understand what is happening with food waste in the States?
Does the writer have a clear thesis that names the issue and at least 3 main points (causes, effects, or both)?
Does the writer have a clear topic sentence for each body paragraph? Is each body paragraph focused EITHER on ONE specific cause or ONE specific effect?
Does the writer provide a minimum of 2 examples (quotes or paraphrases) for each body paragraph? Are they specific?
Is each example cited properly in MLA style parenthetical citation? (author’s or presenter’s last name and a page number)
Is each example followed by a clear and sufficient explanation? Does the explanation connect to the topic? Explain the topic? Answer, “So What?”
Does the author restate his or her thesis in the conclusion? Is there a final thought?
Are there any major grammatical errors? Run-ons? Fragments? Capitalization?
Is the page formatted in MLA style as discussed in class? Is there a Works Cited page in the end that lists the two sources used?