Jake has become very anxious ever since he started taking harder classes in his major. The university’s counselor diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder. Compare and contrast how the behavioral, humanistic, and cognitive approaches would view the origins and treatment of Jake’s anxiety. Then, describe how psychologists view each of the three approaches today.
Ideas represent the specific content in your essay. After reading the appropriate text materials and watching the video, read the prompt carefully and make sure you understand the question. The question will determine the ideas and evidence you include in your response. You will need at least 3 or 4 major ideas or concepts to complete a top-rated essay. For example,
If the prompt asked you to compare the two theories of color vision, a response would at least include the trichromatic theory, the opponent-process theory, and how each explains afterimages and color blindness.
Once you have these main ideas, you can then outline evidence and examples for each. In the rubric, “Ideas” will evaluate these content aspects of your essay.
Organization involves the order in which you write your essay response. The essay should include an introductory paragraph, three or four body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. The introductory paragraph includes a thesis statement and outlines the main ideas supporting that statement. Each body paragraph focuses on one main idea. The concluding paragraph restates the major points made in the essay.
Focus and Coherence
Focus and coherence concerns the logic and transitions in your essay response. Each point should follow from the next in a logical manner. Transitions should move the reader through the essay. Evidence and examples should support each main idea and show that the writer strongly demonstrates knowledge of the subject matter.
Conventions reflect the writer’s skill with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Your essay should incorporate the correct use of simple and complex sentences.
Voice comes through the writing as engaging and in a compelling tone. Words are precise and natural. The writer is aware of the audience and makes the essay interesting and understandable to that audience.