Writing

Before you can begin to understand another culture, it is important to examine your own culture and what makes it unique to other cultures. For this assignment, you will select one “culture” that you self identify as belonging to and write a minimum of two pages on it. For example, if you are a gay, Cuban, catholic man, you could write about Cuban culture, LGBT culture, or Catholic culture; it is your choice.

In the paper, you should:

  1. Describe the culture in detail including
    1. The history of the cultural group
    2. Contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group
    3. Your personal connection to the culture
  2. Identify how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module
  3. Describe the aspects of the culture including:
    1. Characteristics
    2. Traits
    3. Norms
    4. Traditions

Papers should be a minimum of 2 pages in length and a maximum of 3 pages in length, double-spaced with 1 inch margins using 12pt Times New Roman font. Students should NOT include your name, course, instructor name, heading or anything else (Canvas uploaded the paper under your student profile so I will know who wrote the paper. This will allow you to write 3 full pages.

You must use use external sources in your paper to support the information and assertions you make in the paper.

You MUST cite your sources properly, both parenthetically and on a reference page (reference page is not included in the page count).

You must use APA for your citations.

You must support the statements you make in paper. For example, if you say “My culture values family connections.” you must provide support and evidence for this statement using external sources. How does the culture value family connection? How is it demonstrated within the culture? Give an example to support your assertion.

If you research your culture but are struggling to find external, citable sources that provide support for your personal experiences, then you need to consider if the experiences and examples you are using are actual aspects of your culture or simply just your personal experiences that are not related your culture.

This is an academic paper therefore you should use proper writing conventions (spelling, grammar, consistent tense, etc) in it. You should avoid overly casual language in the paper.

Papers will be graded on the following:

  1. Content
  2. Sources and/or supported statements
  3. Organization and structure
  4. Writing conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc)

I have provided several sample papers here for you to use to help guide the development of your papers. While I DO NOT carbon copies of these papers, I know that it is helpful to have some examples to help with understanding instructor expectations.

Examining One’s Own Culture Rubric (1) (1)

Examining One’s Own Culture Rubric (1) (1)

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent

3.0 pts

No Description

Paper incorporates all the required elements as described in the assignment directions: Describes the culture in detail including the history of the cultural group, contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group, and your personal connection to the culture. Identifies how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module. Describes the aspects of the culture including: Characteristics, Traits, Norms, Traditions.

2.7 pts

No Description

Paper incorporates most the required elements as described in the assignment directions: Describes the culture in detail including the history of the cultural group, contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group, and your personal connection to the culture. Identifies how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module. Describes the aspects of the culture including: Characteristics, Traits, Norms, Traditions.

2.4 pts

No Description

Paper incorporates most the required elements as described in the assignment directions though some of the elements lack depth or demonstrate a weak connection with the culture: Describes the culture in detail including the history of the cultural group, contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group, and your personal connection to the culture. Identifies how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module. Describes the aspects of the culture including: Characteristics, Traits, Norms, Traditions.

2.1 pts

No Description

Paper incorporates some the required elements as described in the assignment directions though some of the elements lack depth or demonstrate a weak connection with the culture: Describes the culture in detail including the history of the cultural group, contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group, and your personal connection to the culture. Identifies how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module. Describes the aspects of the culture including: Characteristics, Traits, Norms, Traditions.

1.8 pts

No Description

Paper addresses only a few of the required elements as described in the assignment directions and paper lacks depth or demonstrate a weak connection with the culture: Describes the culture in detail including the history of the cultural group, contemporary issues experienced by the cultural group, and your personal connection to the culture. Identifies how your selected culture meets the definition of a culture provided in this module. Describes the aspects of the culture including: Characteristics, Traits, Norms, Traditions.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization

3.0 pts

No Description

Thoughts are consistently expressed in a fluid and logical manner.

2.7 pts

No Description

Thoughts are almost entirely expressed in a fluid and logical manner.

2.4 pts

No Description

Thoughts are expressed in a moderately organized manner.

2.1 pts

No Description

Thoughts are expressed in a significantly disorganized manner.

1.8 pts

No Description

Thoughts are expressed in a manner that makes little to no sense.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Conventions

3.0 pts

No Description

Writing contains minimal errors pertaining to: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary.

2.7 pts

No Description

Writing contains a few errors pertaining to: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary.

2.4 pts

No Description

Writing contains several errors pertaining to: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary.

2.1 pts

No Description

Writing contains numerous errors pertaining to: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary.

1.8 pts

No Description

Writing contains an egregious number of errors pertaining to: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDocument Length & APA

3.0 pts

Document Length & APA

Document contains 600 to 900 words, excluding quotes and works cited and uses APA style conventions accurately. Including: font size, font style, spacing, in-text citations, works cited

2.7 pts

Document Length & APA

Document contains 600 to 900 words, excluding quotes and works cited and uses APA style conventions accurately with the exception of one element. Including: font size, font style, spacing, in-text citations, works cited

2.4 pts

Document Length & APA

Document contains +/- 50 words from the word count requirement, excluding quotes and works cited and uses APA style conventions accurately with the exception of two elements. Including: font size, font style, spacing, in-text citations, works cited

2.1 pts

Document Length & APA

Document contains +/- 75 words from the word count requirement, excluding quotes and works cited uses APA style conventions accurately with the exception of three elements. Including: font size, font style, spacing, in-text citations, works cited

1.8 pts

Document Length & APA

Document contains +/- 100 words from the word count requirement, excluding quotes and works cited and does not use APA style conventions accurately. Including: font size, font style, spacing, in-text citations, works cited

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSources and Supported Statements

3.0 pts

No Description

Paper contains a variety of statements and assertions that support the thesis of the paper. Personal statements are validated by research and sources that corroborate the personal experiences of the student.

2.7 pts

No Description

Paper contains a some of statements and assertions that support the thesis of the paper. Personal statements are generally validated by research and sources that corroborate the personal experiences of the student.

2.4 pts

No Description

Paper contains a some of statements and assertions that support the thesis of the paper. Personal statements are inconsistent with the research and sources that corroborate the personal experiences of the student.

2.1 pts

No Description

Paper contains a few of statements and assertions that support the thesis of the paper. Personal statements are not generally validated by research and sources that corroborate the personal experiences of the student.

1.8 pts

No Description

Paper contains statements and assertions that support the thesis of the paper. Personal statements are not validated by research and sources that corroborate the personal experiences of the student.

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