Posted: December 9th, 2022
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For Essay #2, I want you to focus on a topic that is interesting to you and is a topic in environmental science you want to explore further.
1) Students will first choose one of the following sectors: energy, food, agriculture, or water.
2) Then, students will choose an area of focus within the sector chosen. For example, if you chose “food,” you could focus on fisheries, plastic wrappers, take-out culture, plastic cutlery, plant-based diets, food transportation, etc. Or if you chose “energy,” you could discuss nuclear energy, wind energy, hydro energy, etc. Overall, I want you to select a topic that you are interested in exploring further.
3) Next, once an essay topic is chosen, students will write an essay that addresses the following bullet points :
Make an argument in your paper (e.g., fisheries are detrimental to freshwater sources).
Describe the sector and essay topic chosen.
How is your topic related to climate change (e.g., solar energy can replace fossil fuel usage)?
Is your topic a solution (e.g., solar energy) or a problem (deforestation) for the environment? If it’s a solution, then describe why it’s a solution. If it’s a problem, then discuss potential solutions to this problem.
If applicable, discuss how your topic relates to the Las Vegas Valley.
Your essay must be a minimum of 600 words in length (not counting the title and reference page).
Your essay must use at least four sources (both in-text citations and a reference page is required)
Please use proper grammar and punctuation in your response and follow an APA format.
APA Format includes double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, 12-point Times New Roman font, a title page, and a reference page.
APA format for this assignment DOES NOT include an abstract (do not write an abstract).
Feel free to use headers in your paper.
-If you have additional questions about APA essay formats, in-text citations, or the reference page format, please click on the following links: APA Format, APA In-Text Citation, APA References Format.
-Free essay grammar checker: Grammarly (I like to use this one, but there are many others too).
Essay Grading Rubric
Essay Grading Rubric
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAssignment Goals and Substance
Excels in responding to assignment. Interesting, and demonstrates the sophistication of thought. Key information/data is well used and clearly communicated
Does not respond well to assignment. Adequate but weak and not effective. Presents key information/data in general terms, often plagued with platitudes or clichés. Shows basic use of sources and lapses in understanding. Fails to reach word limit length.
Does not respond to the assignment. Lacks basis and information. May neglect to use sources or adequate ones where necessary.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization & Coherence
Uses a logical structure appropriate to the paper’s subject and purpose. Sophisticated transitional sentences (develops one idea from the previous one or identify their logical relations). Uses information well and integrates it in the essay rather than listing it.
Ideas are arranged randomly rather than logically and sentence arrangement is not coherent. If used, transitions are not logic-based. Uses little information does not integrate it well in the essay.
Poor organization. Lacks transitions and coherence. Lacks all necessary information and data. May not be all written in own words.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSupport and References
Uses good information/data appropriately and effectively Provides sufficient evidence and explanation to convince, especially in responding to specific questions. Uses refereed sources.
Often uses generalizations to support points. Some information/data may not be relevant. Often depends on unsupported opinion or personal experience. Lapses in logic. Uses refereed sources.
Uses irrelevant details. Lacks supporting evidence. May be unduly brief. Uses no refereed sources. May not all be written in their own words
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics
Almost free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. Follows assignment plan exactly, handling one section at a time, using good transitions between them. Excellent use of APA Style Written in own words. Uses information/sources ethically and legally.
Contains several mechanical errors, which may confuse the reader but not impede the overall understanding. May not follow assignment plan and has poor or no transitions. Poor or no use APA Style. May not be written all in own words. May not use all information and sources ethically and legally.
Has so many mechanical errors that it is impossible to read and follow the thinking. Does not follow assignment plan. Poor or no use of APA. May not be all written in own words. May have a problem with ethical and legal use of information.
Total Points: 15
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