Reflective Essay Assignment Instructions For this assignment, please write a 1500‐word to 2000‐word (6‐ to 8‐page) reflective essay based upon the material you have learned from the textbook and class lectures. With the assignment, I am especially interested in seeing how well you are able to incorporate and synthesize information you have learned from this course into understanding/explaining events that occur in everyday life. To do so, please reflect on an event (news event, personal event, social event) that has impacted you or intrigued you in some meaningful way. In the essay, analyze the event (what caused it, why did people/you react to it the way that they/you did, how could people/you have handled the event better, etc.) using theories, concepts, and research findings that you have learned throughout this course. In the essay, you are expected to: 1. Write an introductory paragraph that briefly describe the event, and then state between 5 and 7 textbook theories/concepts/research that you will use in your self‐analysis. 2. Describe the event succinctly, yet with enough detail (about 1 to 1.25 pages). If the event is very complex, focus on aspects of the event that land themselves most readily to analysis using the theories/concepts/research you have selected. 3. Analyze the event using the theories/concepts/research you have selected. There are different ways you can do this. One way, for example, would be to: a. Using your own words, describe the first theory/concept/research. Be sure to include APA‐style in‐text citation at the end of the description. b. Explain how that theory/concept/research helps you gain insight to certain aspects of the event. For example, how does the theory/concept/research help explain the cause of the event, your reaction to the event, and/or the impact of the event on you? c. Repeat (a) and (b) for each of the theory/concept/research you have chosen to explain the event. 4. Conclude your essay by reflecting on the following 2 points: a. Based on what you have learned from this course, would you have done anything differently to alter course of the event or to change the impact of the event on you? b. Describe ONE important aspect of the event that cannot be explained satisfactorily based on the theories/concepts/research you have learned from this course, and then propose a hypothesis that may explain that aspect of the event. The essay should conform to APA format requirements, including double‐spacing, and use Times New Roman, 12 point font. Please follow APA format for all citations and references. Include the following: Double‐spacing and 1‐inch margin on all sides. Use of Times New Roman 12 point font. Having a cover page. Using APA style running head and page numbering. Reflective Essay Assignment Instructions Appropriate APA style in‐text citation of textbook information. (Note: You are not required to use external sources for this essay. But should you choose to do so, you must provide proper in‐ text citation of the source.) Appropriate APA style references page. (Note: If no external source is used, then the reference page should contain only a full APA‐style reference of the textbook). Your essay will be marked using the following rubric: Criteria 15 12 9 5 0 Introduction Excellent: Succinct overview of event. Theories/concept s used for to analyze event clearly stated. Reader expectation clearly set. Good: Overview of event provided. Theories/concepts used for to analyze event stated. Reader expectation set. Fair: Description of event and theories/concep ts is vague, of inappropriate length, and/or partially missing. Reader expectation not clearly set. Inadequate: Description of event and theories/concept s is very vague, contains too much or not enough detail, and/or mostly missing. Reader expectation is not set or incorrectly set. Poor: Introduction missing. 20 16 12 6 0 Event description Excellent: Event clearly described. Writing is concise, without repetition, and to the point. Strong focus on aspects of the event that are relevant to the theories/concepts used in the self‐ analysis. Good: Event is described with minimal repetition or irrelevant detail. Linkages between event and the theories/concepts used in the self‐ analysis are evident. Fair: Description of event is somewhat unclear, and contains repetition and irrelevant detail. Linkages between event and the theories/concep ts used in the self‐analysis can be improved. Inadequate: Description of event is unclear, contains significant repetition and irrelevant detail. Linkages between event and the theories/concept s used in the self‐ analysis are unclear. Poor: Description of event and linkages between event and the theories/conce pts used in the self‐analysis are substantially missing. 30 24 18 9 0 Self‐analysis Excellent: Selected theories/concepts are highly relevant to the event. Good: Selected theories/concepts are relevant to the event. Fair: Not all selected theories/concep ts are relevant to the event. Description of Inadequate: Selected theories/concept s are not relevant to the event. Poor: Self‐analysis and/or use of theories/conce pts is Reflective Essay Assignment Instructions Description of theories/concepts are based entirely on student’s own words and are completely accurate. Self‐analysis reflects excellent understanding and application of theories/concepts . Description of theories/concepts are based mostly on student’s own words and are mostly accurate. Self‐analysis reflects solid understanding and application of theories/concepts. theories/concep ts are based on paraphrasing of source material and/or contain some errors. Self‐analysis reflects inaccuracies in the understanding and/or application of theories/concep ts. Description of theories/concept s are based on direct quotation from source material and/or contain major errors. Self‐analysis reflects significant misunderstandin g and/or misapplication of theories/concept s. substantially missing. 20 16 12 6 0 Conclusion Excellent: Thoughtful summary of what the student has learned from the self‐analysis. Demonstrates thorough understanding of the limitations of the theories/concepts used in the analysis. Provides insightful alternative explanations regarding aspects of the event that cannot be explained by the theories/concepts used. Good: Contains a summary of what the student has learned from the self‐analysis. Demonstrates solid understanding of the limitations of the theories/concepts used in the analysis. Provides alternative explanations regarding aspects of the event that cannot be explained by the theories/concepts used. Fair: Summary of what the student has learned from the self‐analysis is somewhat unclear. Shows some understanding of the limitations of the theories/concep ts used in the analysis. Alternative explanations regarding aspects of the event that cannot be explained by the theories/concep ts used are somewhat unclear. Inadequate: Summary of what the student has learned from the self‐analysis is unclear or missing. Shows little understanding of the limitations of the theories/concept s used in the analysis. Alternative explanations regarding aspects of the event that cannot be explained by the theories/concept s used are unclear or missing. Poor: Conclusion is missing or substantially missing. Provides no insight as to the limitations of the theories/conce pts used in the analysis. Provides no alternative explanations regarding aspects of the event that cannot be explained by the theories/conce pts used. Reflective Essay Assignment Instructions 6 4 2 0 Academic Rigor & APA Frequent use of references to illustrate, explain and support statements. APA style is used correctly throughout the paper including citations, title and reference pages, page numeration, line and paragraph spacing, page justification, font, levels of headings and subheadings and running head. Effective use of references to support statements. Citations were well integrated to support statements. Minimal errors in use of APA style throughout the paper including citations, title and reference pages, page numeration, line and paragraph spacing, page justification, font, levels of headings and subheadings and running head. Some use of references to support statements. Citations were included but not well‐ integrated to support statements. Several errors in use of APA style throughout the paper including citations, title and reference pages, page numeration, line and paragraph spacing, page justification, font, levels of headings and subheadings and running head. Limited references to support statements. Inconsistent use of APA format. 3 2 1 0 Assignment Requirements Addresses all of the assignment requirements. Addresses many of the assignment requirements. Addresses some of the assignment requirements. Addresses few of the assignment requirements. 3 2 1 0 Clarity & Organization Elegant, subtle, seamless pattern of organization. Structure may be innovative. Ideas flow naturally and smoothly, reinforce and support content. Extensive use of headings and sub‐ headings to clearly identify the logic of each section of the paper. Clear, logical pattern of development in organization. General focus and coherence. Logical sequence of ideas. Transitions between ideas consistently smooth and effective. Some use of a heading system to segment work. Minimal simple organization. Some orderly progression of ideas and a general focus. Some sections confusing or unrelated to main idea. Random or scattered ideas lacking focus. Difficult to follow. No apparent deliberate organization. 3 2 1 0 Writing Conventions No grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors. Minimal grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors. Frequent grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors. Significant grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors
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