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Respond to the two questions below. These are discrete questions, so you can answer them in two distinct paragraphs instead of integrating the information within one response.

  • If you could write about anything, what would you write about? If your writing teacher simply said, “Write what you want,” where would you start?
  • If you weren’t taught the five paragraph form, what kind of form(s) have you been taught? How have you been taught to structure essays? What reasons have you been given for structuring your essays in these ways? 

Requirements

  • Journals should be more than 250 words and answer the prompt completely
  • The rubric includes a section for sources; please not that sources are not necessary for this response. All students will receive maximum points for this category. 
  • Due Sunday at 11:59 PM EST

Rubric

NEC Writing Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContext and Purpose20.0 to >18.0 ptsExemplaryDemonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is responsive to the assigned task (e.g. expectation of faculty).18.0 to >16.0 ptsProficientDemonstrates adequate consideration of context, audience, and purpose, and a clear focus on the assigned task16.0 to >14.0 ptsSatisfactoryDemonstrates awareness of context, audience, purpose, and to the assigned task.14.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementDemonstrates minimal attention to context, audience, purpose, and to the task.0.0 ptsNot EvidentNo evidence of this critical element.20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent Development20.0 to >18.0 ptsExemplaryUses appropriate, relevant and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject, conveying the student’s understanding and shaping the whole work. Meets length requirement.18.0 to >16.0 ptsProficientUses appropriate, relevant and compelling content to explore ideas within the context of the discipline and shape the whole work. Somewhat meets length requirement.16.0 to >14.0 ptsSatisfactoryUses appropriate and relevant content to develop and explore ideas through most of the work. Does not adequately meet length requirement.14.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementUses appropriate and relevant content to develop simple ideas in some parts of the work. Does not meet length requirement.0.0 ptsNot EvidentNo evidence of this critical element.20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConnections to Experience (Connects relevant experience and academic knowledge)20.0 to >18.0 ptsExemplaryMeaningfully synthesizes connections among experiences outside of the formal classroom (including life experiences and academic experiences) to deepen understanding of fields of study and to broaden own points of view.18.0 to >16.0 ptsProficientEffectively selects and develops examples of life experiences, drawn from a variety of contexts (e.g. family life, artistic participation, civic involvement, work experience) to illuminate concepts/theories/ frameworks of fields of study.16.0 to >14.0 ptsSatisfactoryCompares life experiences and academic knowledge to infer differences, as well as similarities, and acknowledge perspectives other than own.14.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementIdentifies connections between life experiences and those academic texts and ideas perceived as similar and related to own interests.0.0 ptsNot EvidentNo evidence of this critical element.20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSources/ Evidence15.0 to >13.0 ptsExemplaryDemonstrates skillful use of high quality, credible relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of writing. Uses proper APA/MLA citations with little to no errors.13.0 to >12.0 ptsProficientDemonstrates consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of writing. Uses APA/MLA citations with little to a few errors.12.0 to >10.0 ptsSatisfactoryDemonstrates an attempt to use credible and/or relevant sources to support ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre. Uses APA/MLA citations that have several style errors.10.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementDemonstrates an attempt to use sources to support ideas in the discussion and does not use any citations.0.0 ptsNot EvidentDemonstrates no attempt to use or cite sources.15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePromptness/ Initiative15.0 to >13.0 ptsExemplarySubmits on time.13.0 to >12.0 ptsProficientSubmits late with prior faculty approval.12.0 to >10.0 ptsSatisfactorySubmits late with post faculty approval.10.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementSubmits late.0.0 ptsNot EvidentSubmits late. No credit per discretion of faculty.15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics/ Syntax10.0 to >9.0 ptsExemplaryUses language that is easily understood, clear, with proper grammar and spelling.9.0 to >8.0 ptsProficientUses language that is easily understood, with acceptable grammar and spelling.8.0 to >7.0 ptsSatisfactoryUses language that is understandable, but contains some errors in grammar, clarity, and spelling.7.0 to >0.0 ptsNeeds ImprovementUses language that is not entirely understandable, and contains errors in grammar, clarity, and spelling.0.0 ptsNot EvidentUses language that is not understandable10.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

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