Mid Term Essay

Instructions:

Write a paper that is a minimum of three full pages (not including title page or references), maximum five pages, that adheres to the APA standards. You MUST use at least two resources from the readings listed on the syllabus. Use library resources, web-based materials, and media coverage on the following topic:

 

Find a news story (political scandal) or movement (#metoo, #blacklivesmatter, etc) and explore the various ways the media has presented the story/movement. Find sources that reported from different angles and presented opposing views. Write about why they would be coming from different perspectives – what is the background on the sources? How reliable are the sources? How do you know their reliability? What impact did the stories you found have on people’s perception of the story/movement? Be sure to have a section in the paper that discusses bias in the media and identify if bias had an impact on the story/movement you chose.

 

Assessment Rubrics:

Quality and substance of the argument
  Scale Total points
Content 5 4 3 2 1 0  
I. Introduction

1) Clear thesis statement

2) Clear introduction of the topic

3) Introduction thought-provoking

             
Scale 25 20 15 10 5 0 Total
II. Arguments

1) Evidence-based research

2) Clear arguments backed up with data/evidence

3) Organized information to develop a central idea, using well-linked and well- developed paragraphs

4) Examples and details support the main theme

             
Scale 5 4 3 2 1 0 Total
III. Conclusion

1) Clear summary

2) 2) Main arguments restated

3) Consistency is shown throughout the facts

             
Organization, clarity, and effectiveness of writing skills
  Scale Total points
Content 10 8 6 4 2 0  
I: Effective organization of ideas

1) Article fully cited, current, relevant

2) Proper citation format APA

3) Citation from peer-reviewed journals

4) Reference sheet

5) Meaningful Title

             
Scale 5 4 3 2 1 0 Total
II. Proper format and neatness

1) Font size

2) Page Number

3) Spacing

4) Spacing

             
Scale 10 8 6 4 2 0 Total
III. Writing style

1) Grammar

2) Spelling

3) Punctuation

             

 

9.0 Grade Point and Letter Grades:

DESCRIPTOR GRADE
Exceptional: Normally achieved by a small minority of students who have consistently exceeded performance expectations in all evaluation criteria. 90 -100% A+ (4.33)
Outstanding: Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at the highest levels of performance in all evaluation criteria 85-89% A (4.00)
Excellent: Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at high levels of performance in almost all of the evaluation criteria. 80-84 A- (3.67)
Very good: Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at well above average levels of performance in most of the course evaluation criteria. 76-79% B+ (3.33)
Good: Demonstrates substantial knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at average to above average performance levels in most of the course evaluation criteria 72 -75% B (3.00)

68-71% B- (2.67)

Satisfactory: Demonstrates sufficient knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at average levels of performance in most of the course evaluation criteria. 64-67% C+ (2.33)

60-63 % C (2.00)

Pass: Demonstrates acceptable knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and achievement of learning outcomes at low to average level of performance in many of the course evaluation criteria. 55-59 % C- (1.67)
Marginal Pass: Barely acceptable knowledge and understanding of the subject matter with considerable areas of weakness in many of the course evaluation criteria. 50-54% D (1.00)
Fail: Unacceptable performance in most or all of the course evaluation criteria 0-49% F (0)