1) Read articles and watch videos

2) Explore grassroots social media organization, blogs or twitter/Facebook site for news/politics

3) Write a critical essay (3-4 pages double spaced) focusing on analyzing and examining social media site for civic journalism or news. In doing so, incorporate all the readings and videos. AGAIN, 3 pages are min. requirement, if you fail to meet the min. requirement, your grade will suffer.

Essay Rubric (1) (1)

Essay Rubric (1) (1)

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeINTRODUCTION and CONCLUSION (Background History/Thesis Statement)

20.0 pts

There is a well-developed introduction with an attention grabber that grabs the reader’s interest and continues to engage the reader up until the thesis statement. The thesis statement should clearly state the experience or event that will be described as well as the effect on the writer. Conclusion should effectively wraps up and re stresses the importance of the thesis.

17.0 pts

Introduction creates interest. Thesis states the position. Conclusion effectively summarizes the topic.

14.0 pts

Introduction adequately explains the background, but may lack detail. Thesis states the topic, but key elements are missing

12.0 pts

Background details are a random, unclear collection of information. Thesis is vague and unclear. Conclusion is not effective and does not summarize main points.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMAIN POINTS (Body Paragraphs)

20.0 pts

Well developed main points/topic sentences that relate directly to the thesis. Supporting examples are concrete and detailed. The analysis is developed with an effective point of view.

17.0 pts

There are substantial points relate to the thesis, but some may lack details. The analysis shows events from the author’s point of view, but could use more descriptive language.

14.0 pts

There are some main points, but lack details in describing the event. Little descriptive language is used.

11.0 pts

Very little ideas/main points are explained and/or they are poorly developed. The story tells; it doesn’t show

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization/Style/Mechanics

20.0 pts

Logical Progression of ideas with a clear structure that enhances the thesis. Transitions are effective and vary throughout the paragraph, not just in the topic sentences. Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words are well chosen. Punctuation, spelling, and capitalization are all correct. No errors.

17.0 pts

Logical progression of ideas. Transitions are present throughout the essay, but lacks variety. Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure, Diction is consistent. Punctuation, spelling, and capitalization are generally correct with few errors (1-2)

14.0 pts

Organization is clear. Transitions are present at times, but there is very little variety. Writing is clear, but could use a little more sentence variety to make the writing more interesting. There are only a few (3-4) errors in punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

11.0 pts

Writing is not organized. The transitions between ideas are unclear or non existent. Writing is confusing and hard to follow. Contains fragments and/or run- on sentences. Distracting errors in punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpecific Module Instructions

40.0 pts

Essay follows/addresses the module assignment instruction/guidelines exactly as requested: these includes page lengths, font, size, spacing of paper, specific instructions on case studies that need to be examined, or essays that need to be cited, number of references, questions asked from the instruction as well as expectations for each assignment explained in the video clip.

37.0 pts

Essay follows/addresses most of the module assignment instructions/guidelines/expectations

34.0 pts

Essay follows/addresses some of the module assignment instructions/guidelines/expectations

29.0 pts

Essay follows/addresses very little to no module assignment instructions, it deviates from the specific assignment instruction

40.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0


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