Intro To Ecology SC260C Assignment 8.doc Assignment 08 SC260 Introduction to Ecology Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer be

Intro To Ecology SC260C Assignment 8.doc

Assignment 08

SC260 Introduction to Ecology

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling, and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double‐spaced pages; refer to the “Format Requirementsʺ page for specific format requirements.

Instructions: Write an essay using the guidelines below. You will need to find at least three (3) outside sources for this essay, but you may need more to demonstrate a thorough examination of the topic. Do NOT copy and paste from the sources; summarize, paraphrase, quote, and document your sources correctly. Use APA style to document your sources. You may use your textbook as a source; however, this does not count in the three (3) sources and the majority of the information cannot be taken from the text.

Background: Throughout the world, there are numerous environmental problems resulting from human population pressure on local natural resources. A large proportion of ecological research is dedicated to finding solutions to these issues.

Objectives: Upon completing this assignment, you should be able to describe in-depth an ecological issue, including at least two different perspectives, and how this issue is representative of other similar issues.

Procedure: Pick an ecological crisis anywhere in the world that has attracted significant attention. Explain the history of the event including how the situation reached a crisis point. Document as many sides of the situation as possible and include the resolution, if any was reached, of the crisis. If there was no resolution, speculate on how the crisis may be resolved in the future.

Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the next page for the grading criteria for this assignment.

CATEGORYExemplarySatisfactoryUnsatisfactoryUnacceptable

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

The student provided a clear

and logical thesis statement

and introductory paragraph

explaining the importance of

the chosen topic and its

evolution.

The student provided a

mostly clear and logical

thesis statement and

introductory paragraph

explaining the importance

of the chosen topic and its

evolution.

The student provided a

somewhat clear and logical

thesis statement and/or

introductory paragraph

explaining the importance

of the chosen topic and its

evolution.

The student provided an

unclear and logical thesis

statement and/or

introductory paragraph

explaining the importance

of the chosen topic and its

evolution.

60 points50 points40 points30 points

The student provided at least

three (3) clear and complete

body paragraphs with at least

three (3) published sources

of information supporting

the thesis statement with

logical connections

presenting different facets of

the situation.

The student provided at

least three (3) mostly clear

and complete body

paragraphs with at least

three (3) published sources

of information supporting

the thesis statement with

logical connections

presenting different facets

of the situation.

The student provided at

least two (2) clear and

complete body paragraphs

with at least two (2)

published sources of

information supporting the

thesis statement with

logical connections;

however, the student did

not present different facets

of the situation.

The student provided at

least one to two (1-2) clear

and complete body

paragraphs with at least

two (2) published sources

of information supporting

the thesis statement with

logical connections;

however, the student did

not present different

facets of the situation.

10 points8 points 5 points 2 points

The student provided a clear

and logical conclusion

including the resolution, if

reached, of the crisis. If no

conclusion was reached, the

student speculated on how

the crisis may be resolved in

the future.

The student provided a

mostly clear and logical

conclusion including the

resolution, if reached, of the

crisis. If no conclusion was

reached, the student

speculated on how the crisis

may be resolved in the

future.

The student provided a

somewhat clear and logical

conclusion including the

resolution, if reached, of

the crisis. If no conclusion

was reached, the student

may or may not have

speculated on how the

crisis may be resolved in

the future.

The student provided an

unclear and illogical

conclusion including the

resolution, if reached, of

the crisis. If no conclusion

was reached, the student

did not speculate on how

the crisis may be resolved

in the future.

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

Student makes no errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes 1-2 errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes 3-4 errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes more than

4 errors in grammar or

spelling that distract the

reader from the content.

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

The paper is written in

proper format. All sources

used for quotes and facts are

credible and cited correctly.

Excellent organization,

including a variety of

thoughtful transitions.

The paper is written in

proper format with only 1-2

errors. All sources used for

quotes and facts are credible

and most are cited correctly.

Adequate organization

includes a variety of

appropriate transitions.

The paper is written in

proper format with only 3-5

errors. Most sources used

for quotes and facts are

credible and cited correctly.

Essay is poorly organized

but may include a few

effective transitions.

The paper is not written in

proper format. Many

sources used for quotes

and facts are less than

credible (suspect) and/or

are not cited correctly.

Essay is disorganized and

does not include effective

transitions.

Format – APA

Format, Citations,

Organization,

Transitions

(10 Points)

Mechanics –

Grammar,

Punctuation,

Spelling (10 Points)

Thesis Statement

and Introductory

Paragraph

(10 Points)

Concluding

Paragraph

(10 Points)

Body Paragraphs

(60 Points)

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