Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapters 1, 2
- Local newspaper
- APA style manual
- Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers At CU (Links to an external site.)
- Library Overview (Links to an external site.)
- How to Search for Articles – the Everything Tab (Links to an external site.)
Find an article in your local newspaper about a local policy issue that affects you. For example, an article concerning your county’s decision to privatize your trash collection service. Summarize the article and explain how this issue affects you. Is the article neutral? Why or why not? How might you influence this policy in the future?
Be sure to include a scanned copy of the article in your submission in addition to citations. There are several free scannable apps on the market such as Scannable. If printing is an obstacle, you may include a hyperlink to the article. However, if the link breaks or can not be accessed the burden falls on you to produce that article or to risk losing points.
Articles may not be more than one month old.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 3 full pages (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page
This activity will be graded based on the Current Event Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 1
Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
POLI330 Week 1 Current Event Gradiing Rubric (100 pts)POLI330 Week 1 Current Event Gradiing Rubric (100 pts)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIdentifies local newspaper article5.0 ptsThe student uses a relevant and timely newspaper article.4.0 ptsThe student provides a relevant article, but it is not timely.3.0 ptsThe student did not identify relevant article.2.0 ptsThe student did not identify a relevant or timely article.0.0 ptsNo effort5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummarization25.0 ptsThe student describes the main points clearly.22.0 ptsThe student summarizes most of the main points accurately, but has some misunderstanding and may need to re-read the article.19.0 ptsThe student’s description of main points is not clear or is not thorough.15.0 ptsThe student failed to summarize important information.0.0 ptsNo effort25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIdentifies How Affected25.0 ptsThe student identifies how the issue relates to them accurately and in detail.22.0 ptsThe student identifies how the issue relates to them accurately.19.0 ptsThe student somewhat identifies how the issue relates to them, but the explanation lacks clarity.12.0 ptsThe student does not adequately identify how the issue relates to them.0.0 ptsNo effort25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIdentifies How They Influence issue25.0 ptsThe student provides a detailed account of how they might influence the issue.22.0 ptsThe student gives a mostly detailed account of how they might influence the issue.19.0 ptsThe student gives a somewhat detailed account of how they might influence the issue.12.0 ptsThe student fails to give detailed account of how they might influence the issue.0.0 ptsNo effort25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSource Evaluation10.0 ptsThe student accurately evaluates the source.8.0 ptsThe student mostly accurately evaluates the source7.0 ptsThe student somewhat accurately evaluates the source.6.0 ptsThe student inaccurately evaluates the source.0.0 ptsNo effort10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA: Citation and Reference Formatting5.0 ptsSource is properly cited in the text and references page demonstrating a mastery of resource and APA citation reference format.4.0 ptsSource is cited in the text and reference page. Some minor errors may exist in citation, but it does not interfere with understanding the source of the information.3.0 ptsSource is cited in the text and reference pazge. Some errors may exist in citation that need to be addressed to clarify the source of information.2.0 ptsMajor errors in citation. Proper citation is missing from either within the text or on the references pages.0.0 ptsNo effort5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting5.0 ptsThe student presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).4.0 ptsThe student presents information using understandable language, but is somewhat disorganized (some errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).3.0 ptsThe student presents information using understandable language but is very disorganized (many errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).2.0 ptsThe student presents information that is not clear, logical, professional or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the message (numerous errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).0.0 ptsNo effort5.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0PreviousNext