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CRITERIA FOR ASSIGNMENTS

Knowledge Forms Assignments:

Knowledge Forms for assigned readings must be submitted on the designated due date.

 

Papers:

Each student will write papers based upon the readings, topics, and issues covered during the preceding sessions.  Papers should be no longer than 600 words (less than 3 pages; 250 words per page double-spaced). Every assignment must be presented with professionalism.  All written work must be a computer print-out (typed), double-spaced, organized, and have the authorŐs name and page numbers on all pages.  Staple all pages (no paper clips or torn edges please). All papers must be written with correct citation style.  Please see the section below titled A SIMPLE METHOD FOR WRITING A SHORT PAPER for a helpful way to organize ideas and write the final paper.

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR ALL DISCUSSIONS AND PAPERS:

All discussions and written work must give credit to authors and sources of information.

Class discussions and papers should demonstrate critical thinking and media literacy.  

 

CRITICAL THINKING CRITERIA

    

MEDIA LITERACY CRITERIA

Things to avoid:

Insulting the author, the media, or the topic.

Giving opinions about the above without relevant evidence.

 

A SIMPLE METHOD FOR WRITING A SHORT PAPER

 Choose a subject that is worthy of analysis.  Introduce the topic and explain its importance.  Describe the relevant aspects of the subject.  Gather evidence from readings, Knowledge Forms, notes, and discussions about data, methods, and theories relevant to the topic and purpose of the assignment.  Once this material is organized and sources are acknowledged, a first draft of the body of the paper is ready.  Considering the inferential value of the information and evidence included in this material, what conclusions can be drawn?   These conclusions indicate the content of the final summary section of the paper.  The introduction to the paper can finally be drawn from these two sections and will effectively orient a reader toward the topic and purpose of the paper.