Terrorism and the Media

irements: 8-12 pages in length (not counting the cover page and bibliography). Typed, 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins Follow either APA or MLA style in formatting paper and bibliography At least 5 credible sources — at least 2 of these must be peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books Well-developed thesis included within introductory paragraphs Paper should also have concluding paragraph(s) Do not use first-person pronouns (\”I\” or \”me\”). There are some exceptions to this, but academic tone requires that you minimize references to yourself. Final Paper Grading Rubric 1. Do you see evidence of a thesis? (A thesis is a brief statement that outlines the parameters of the writer\’s argument—his or her claim, what s/he wants to prove within the context of the paper). 5 points: Yes, there\’s a strong, arguable thesis; I also get a sense of how the writer will construct his/her argument and try to persuade me as a reader to accept it. 4 points: Yes, there\’s a thesis, but it\’s fairly general. It could be made stronger or more engaging. 3 points: Yes, but the thesis is weak or vague; it also may not be arguable or supportable. 2 points: I\’m not sure what the writer intended the thesis to be. 2. Does the paper have a sense of purpose? 10 points: Yes, I have a clear sense of what the writer\’s goals are for the paper and how s/he intends to support them. 8 points: Yes, I have a good sense of where the writer is leading me, as a reader, but this could be done with more intention and clarity. 6 points: I think I know what the purpose of the paper is but the writer sometimes take detours in his or her writing or makes confusing shifts in the writing. 2 points: I don\’t know what the writer\’s purpose is. 3. Does the paper handle its ideas in a way that illustrates critical and/or creative thinking? 10 points: Yes, the writer appropriately uses facts, examples, and others\’ ideas in service to his/her own ideas, always giving credit for source material, but also re-shaping the material in original and interesting ways to fit his/her own purpose in the paper. I get a clear sense that the writer knows this subject well, can form his/her own ideas, and can articulate those ideas in original and/or creative ways. 8 points: Yes, the writer seems to understand how to draw upon facts, examples, and others\’ ideas to make his/her strongest points in the paper; however, s/he often forgets to offer analysis of these sources or draw conclusions from them. I get a sense that the writer is still tentative about his/her ideas in the paper. 6 points: Not really. The paper offers many general and/or routine insights into the topic. I get a sense that the writer is \”reporting\” information and thinking on this topic rather than refining his/her ideas and using source material in support of these ideas. 2 points: No. I don\’t have a clear sense of what the writer thinks about this topic; there are contradictory statements, vague assertions, or off-topic remarks. I get a sense that the writer hasn\’t made up his/her mind about the thesis and/or purpose of the paper. 4. Are there sufficient examples, details, and support in the paper? 10 points: Yes, the writer supports his/her point and constructs a convincing argument in a number of varied ways. 8 points: Yes, the writer provides a lot of support but it is not as varied or persuasive as it might be. Sometimes the writer presents information but neglects to tell me, as the reader, why the information is relevant. 6 points: No, the writer makes claims that are not supported, provides details or examples that are not fully convincing, and over-relies or under-relies on sources. 2 points: The writer doesn\’t provide support for his/her opinion or uses irrelevant examples and details in an effort to persuade me as a reader. 5. Does the writer appear to be aware of an audience? 5 points: Yes, the writer appears to understand perfectly my needs as a reader, using the appropriate tone and providing me with the necessary information to understand his/her point and the larger context of general thinking on this topic/subject area. 4 points: Yes, the writer generally seems to be aware of my needs as a reader, but sometimes presents information in a confusing manner or without the background context that would better help me to follow his/her point. 3 points: The writer slips into language that identifies a specific reader that is not me; the writer may also present information in a way that is not suited for a general academic audience, with either too much technical jargon or too much slang/informal language. 2 points: I don\’t have a sense that the writer has thought about my needs as a reader. 6. Does the paper feel organized and coherent? 10 points: Yes, sentences and paragraphs flow well, building the writer\’s argument in progression and strength. Nothing seems out of order or irrelevant. 8 points: Yes, the writer develops his or her ideas over the course of the paper, although some parts of the paper may feel less developed than others, and a few parts may feel out of place. 6 points: No, the paper makes a lot of unexpected shifts or detours, contributing to a sense of confusion and lessening the persuasive aspects of the writer\’s argument. 2 points: I felt lost while reading this paper. 7. Is the language fluent or stilted? 10 points: The writer uses language that is appropriate to the topic, clear and easy to understand, and engaging to me as a reader. The writer uses direct quotes when truly necessary, and he/she always \”bridges\” these quotes with his or her own language to create a seamless paper. 8 points: The writer uses language that is suitable for the topic but the paper may feel choppy or disjointed in a few places, sometimes through the placement of direct quotes. 6 points: The writer moves from one source quotation to another, and sometimes the language shifts even when there is no direct quotation, leading me to question the authorship of certain passages. 2 points: I had difficulty reading this paper. 8. Are there difficulties with grammar and mechanics? If so, do they substantially interfere with readability? 5 points: This paper is very readable; I didn\’t notice grammatical or mechanical problems if they existed. 4 points: I may have noticed some errors in the paper\’s grammar or mechanics, but they were slight in nature and didn\’t interfere with the writer\’s ability to present a convincing argument. 3 points: I found myself distracted because I often had to sort through grammatical errors in order to discern what the writer was saying. 2 points: Problems with the writing made it difficult to read this paper and appreciate what this writer had to say on the topic. 9. Do you see evidence of information literacy skills? 10 points: Yes, I have a sense that the writer re-shaped his/her topic over time. I also have a sense that the writer consulted a wide variety of academic source materials and then only used those sources that would best support his/her argument and purpose for the paper. In addition, those sources are used accurately, relevantly, and properly in the paper. 8 points: Yes, I have a sense that the writer sought a variety of relevant academic sources in support of his/her general topic; however, I don\’t always have the sense that the writer uses these sources in the most convincing manner. 6 points: Not really. I see some evidence that the writer sought out different sources for the paper but had difficulty discerning which sources would best support the paper\’s argument/purpose. I also see problems in how these sources were used or not used in the body of the paper. 2 points: No. This paper is a patch-work of information from sources that feel randomly drawn together. It feels like the writer did a minimal search for information, pulled out pieces that seem loosely related to the topic, and strung them together without considering how they contribute to his/her thesis. 0 points for entire paper: No. This paper is plagiarized in part or in whole. Regardless of the writer\’s intentions, this paper demonstrates serious problems in applying information literacy skills. 10. Is the paper appropriately cited? Are sources properly identified in places where they are summarized, paraphrased, and directly quoted? 25 points: Yes, whenever others\’ ideas or language choices are used in the paper, they are properly cited. The writer has clearly identified those ideas and word phrases that belong to others, even when s/he is combining his/her own ideas with those from sources. I can also find all sources for the paper listed in full on the APA Reference Page. 19 points: Yes, all sources are clearly identified in the paper\’s body and Reference Page. The writer properly uses and cites summary information, paraphrases, and direct quotes. There may be a very few places in the paper where the student fails to cite an idea or fact because s/he imagines it is common knowledge in the field. Or there may be a very few places where the writer paraphrases a source and cites it, but doesn\’t alter the writer\’s original language to the degree s/he should. 10 points: The paper contains multiple statements that should be cited and aren\’t. The writer may attempt to paraphrase and cite whole excerpts by including a citation at the end of a paragraph. The writer may cite direct quotations but neglect to identify facts, examples, and details that are drawn from sources. The paper may refer to certain sources that are not included Reference Page. Or the Reference Page may include sources that were not identified anywhere in the body of the paper. 4 points: Although sources may or may not be listed on a reference page, it is unclear whether any assertions made in the paper were drawn from the sources listed. 0 points for entire paper: No. This paper is plagiarized in part or in whole. Regardless of the writer\’s intentions, this paper demonstrates serious problems in understanding the academic process for acknowledging the work and ideas of others.

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