week 7 rebirth assignment

“Civility”

This week, we briefly took a look at civility in a TEDtalk video. Our discussion forum also addressed the issue of civility. As you go through college, you will encounter a greater variety of people from all kinds of backgrounds. It is increasingly important in our society today to maintain civility as we interact with others. What exactly is civility?

For this assignment write a five paragraph essay explaining the definition of civility and its importance in education. Be sure to follow the steps below to find an article that addresses the issue and incorporate at least one quote and one paraphrase from the article to support your ideas.

Assignment Steps

1.Use EBSCOhost to find a scholarly article pertaining to the topic of civility and education.

a.Using “Academic Search Complete” in EBSCOhost:

i.Type the words “civility and education” in the search bar.

ii.Go to the left sidebar to limit your search to “Full Text” and “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.”

iii.In the left sidebar, you select “Academic Journals” for the Source Types.

iv.Find one article that seems appealing to you. It is essential that you chose an article you comprehend fully since you will be required to discuss a quote and a paraphrase from the article and demonstrate its relevance to your topic. If you don’t find any article of interest, try different phrasing like “civility in schools”, “manners in education”, “conflict in schools”, etc.

b.Download the PDF Full Text and save a copy of that article on a flash drive or on your computer.

2.Prepare a summary of the article.

a.As you read the article, pause after each paragraph and jot down the main point of that paragraph.

b.Use your own words – do not copy the authors’ words.

c.Find ideas that you want to either quote directly or paraphrase in your paper. (Look for an idea that is so powerful, you cannot put it into your own words.)

d.Note the page number where the idea comes from.

3.Write a five paragraph essay on civility in education utilizing the resources from steps 1 and 2.

a.Your paper should be at least 750 words

b.Use an introduction that has as attention grabbing opening sentence, background information on your thesis, previews your main idea/thesis and the subtopics, and transitions to the next paragraph

c.Write three supporting paragraphs with topic sentences, based on the subtopics, which enhance and extend the thesis statement.

i.Include descriptions or examples of civility

ii.Cite your sources

1.Paraphrases must be highlighted in yellow

2.Direct quotes must be highlighted in blue

iii.Don’t simply drop your quote or paraphrase into a paragraph. Introduce the quote and the author before using it, and explain the quote’s relevance to your topic afterward.

For example:
As John Rogers, a sociology professor at The University of Southern California States, “Classroom decorum varies greatly depending on a number of factors including the students’ breakfast that day” (21). This illustrates that there are certain uncivil actions over which teachers have little control.

d.Include a concluding paragraph that provides an appropriate closing to your essay by reviewing your thesis and subtopics, giving evidence of new learning or conclusions based on your research and writing on this topic, and gives a provocative closing sentence.

4.List your sources in a References page at the end of your paper.

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Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment. Refer to Pocket Keys for Writers to help you with writing the paper and citing your sources.

Remember to include the following information at the top of your paper:

Your Name

GID Number

GU101

Today’s Date

Here is the grading rubric for this assignment.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

(7 TO 10 POINTS)

DOES NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS

(2 TO 6 POINTS)

SAFEASSIGN ALERT: PLAGIARISM

(1 POINT)

ABSENT

(0 POINTS)

THESIS STATEMENT

The thesis statement makes a defensible argument about civility and its importance in education.

The thesis statement is off-track and does not exactly describe the point of the essay.

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Did not address this question in the response

1ST PARAGRAPH

The introduction provides excellent background for the points presented in the essay.

The introduction provides adequate background for the point of view in the essay.

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PARAPHRASED STATEMENT

(HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW)

Appropriate paraphrasing of the original text – captured the meaning and intent of the original author

The paraphrased statement did not accurately capture the meaning or intent of the original author

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DIRECT QUOTATION (HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE)

Used appropriate format (punctuation and citation) for the direct quotation

Did not use appropriate format (punctuation or citation) for the direct quotation

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2ND PARAGRAPH

The topic sentence and supporting evidence support the thesis and elaborate on the author’s point of view.

The topic sentence and supporting evidence are slightly off track and do not exactly support the thesis statement.

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3RD PARAGRAPH

The topic sentence and supporting evidence support the thesis and elaborate on the author’s point of view.

The topic sentence and supporting evidence are slightly off track and do not exactly support the thesis statement.

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4TH PARAGRAPH

The topic sentence and supporting evidence support the thesis and elaborate on the author’s point of view.

The topic sentence and supporting evidence are slightly off track and do not exactly support the thesis statement.

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CONCLUSION

The conclusion comes full circle and revisits the thesis statement with a final summarization of the author’s point of view.

The conclusion adequately revisits the thesis statement; the summarization of the author’s point of view could be improved.

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REPORTING SOURCES

Based on the source information, anyone else could easily find that website (it included the author, title of the article information about the source)

Based on the source information, anyone else would have to work to find that website (it is missing either the author, title of article or information about the source)

Did not address this question in the response

CLARITY OF EXPRESSION

The essay was easy to understand; excellent use of standard English writing

There were some writing errors that detracted from complete understanding

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