Instructions
This week, you will choose one of the following topics for your project:

  • Immigration
  • Gene therapy
  • Single-payer health care
  • Free college for everyone
  • Cancel student-loan indebtedness
  • Capital punishment
  • Universal basic income
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Care of the aging
  • Legalization of prostitution
  • Euthanasia

If you want to propose a different topic, you must have the consent of your instructor. When you choose a topic, think of specific issues under that topic that you will explore. Click on the following link for an example:

Link: Immigration Topic Example

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For the assignment this week, address the following:

  • State the topic chosen from the list or topic approved by instructor.
  • State the specific issue you will explore.
    • This must be stated either as a question (“Should prostitution be legalized?”) or a whether-or-not statement (“Whether prostitution should be legalized”).
  • For the stated issue, state three (3) aspects of the issue that you think you will likely develop in your paper. Briefly state why you have chosen each aspect.
    • You are not confined to three aspects only, but you must develop at least three. As you develop your paper, you may find other aspects that you deem more relevant, and may add or substitute those.
      • Example: For the topic of prostitution, you might examine the aspect of personal autonomy, public health aspects, and law enforcement aspects, at a minimum.
      • Example: For the topic of free healthcare for undocumented persons, you might address economic aspects, ethical aspects, and public health aspects, at a minimum. 

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1-1.5 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page

Grading
This activity will be graded using the W1 Course Project Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 6, 7

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Rubric

W1 Course Project Grading Rubric – 15 pts

W1 Course Project Grading Rubric – 15 pts
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic1 pts Topic is clearly stated. 0 pts Topic is not clearly stated.1 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpecific Issue2 pts Specific issue is clearly stated. 0 pts Specific issue is not clearly stated.2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 14 pts Aspect is clearly stated and explained. 3 pts Aspect is clearly stated but explaination needs additional detail. 2 pts Aspect and explanation are not clearly stated and need refinement. 0 pts Aspect is not stated.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 24 pts Aspect is clearly stated and explained. 3 pts Aspect is clearly stated but explaination needs additional detail. 2 pts Aspect and explanation are not clearly stated and need refinement. 0 pts Aspect is not stated.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 34 pts Aspect is clearly stated and explained. 3 pts Aspect is clearly stated but explaination needs additional detail. 2 pts Aspect and explanation are not clearly stated and need refinement. 0 pts Aspect is not stated.4 pts
Total Points: 15

second assignment 

Instructions
This week, you will conduct an issue review for your selected topic for your project. Present a brief report of your research on both sides of the issue. This should include the following:

  • Citation of your sources
  • Links to the sources where available
  • Brief description of the content of each of the sources (50 to 80 words for each source)

Your research review should address at least three (3) aspects of the issue that is the subject of your paper and must present at least one pro and one con article review on each aspect. Sources should be scholarly or of very high substantive quality.

Click on the following link to view an example. The first aspect is written out completely, with APA citation and brief description of content. The next two aspects should be completely written out by you in your report, including correct APA citation and brief description of content. 

Link: Example Issue Review

Because the topics vary widely, the nature of your research will also vary. If you are writing about gene therapy, for example, you will have to support your points with scholarly medical opinion. You may need to review researching techniques. Visit the research links provided in the Required Resources section in this activity for more information.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1-2 pages (not including title page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page

Grading
This activity will be graded using the W3 Course Project Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 6, 7

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Rubric

W3 Course Project Grading Rubric – 75 pts

W3 Course Project Grading Rubric – 75 pts
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength5 pts Meets length requirement 0 pts Does not meet length requirement5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTimeliness & Authority10 pts All sources reflect current state of the issue OR, if historical, significance is explained; all sources are authoritative, credible, and reliable and are scholarly. 8.5 pts Most sources reflect current state of the issue OR if historical, significance is explained; all sources are authoritative, credible and reliable; are either scholarly or are highly substantive. 7.5 pts Most sources reflect current state of the issue, but few are scholarly or highly substantive. 6 pts Sources reflect the current state of the issue but are primarily from popular sources. 0 pts Sources do not reflect the current state of the issue.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 1 Pro10 pts Significant and substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 8.5 pts Substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 7.5 pts Some support to targeted aspect of issue 6 pts On topic, but minimal support to targeted aspect of issue 0 pts No support to targeted aspect of issue10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 1 Con10 pts Opposition view is strongly stated and specifically related to targeted aspect of issue. 8.5 pts Opposition view clearly stated and related to targeted aspect of issue. 7.5 pts Opposition view mixed but some opposition to targeted aspect of issue. 6 pts On topic, but minimal opposition targeted aspect of issue. 0 pts No opposition to targeted aspect of issue.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 2 Pro10 pts Significant and substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 8.5 pts Substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 7.5 pts Some support to targeted aspect of issue 6 pts On topic, but minimal support to targeted aspect of issue 0 pts No support to targeted aspect of issue10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 2 Con10 pts Opposition view is strongly stated and specifically related to targeted aspect of issue. 8.5 pts Opposition view clearly stated and related to targeted aspect of issue. 7.5 pts Opposition view mixed but some opposition to targeted aspect of issue. 6 pts On topic, but minimal opposition targeted aspect of issue. 0 pts No opposition to targeted aspect of issue.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 3 Pro10 pts Significant and substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 8.5 pts Substantial support to targeted aspect of issue 7.5 pts Some support to targeted aspect of issue 6 pts On topic, but minimal support to targeted aspect of issue 0 pts No support to targeted aspect of issue10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAspect 3 Con10 pts Opposition view is strongly stated and specifically related to targeted aspect of issue. 8.5 pts Opposition view clearly stated and related to targeted aspect of issue. 7.5 pts Opposition view mixed but some opposition to targeted aspect of issue. 6 pts On topic, but minimal opposition targeted aspect of issue. 0 pts No opposition to targeted aspect of issue.10 pts
Total Points: 75

fourth assignment

Instructions
This week, you will complete your argumentative paper. Following the directions in assigned textbook reading on how write an argumentative essay on the issue you chose in Week 1. Be sure your essay contains the following:

  • An opening paragraph that states a clear thesis that is focused, plausible, and arguable and that gives direction and purpose to the paper
  • A fair-minded, balanced, and objective development of the pros and cons of the issue in a well-organized sequence of ideas, free of mechanical errors
  • Credible, reliable, and authoritative evidence in support of the points made
  • A strong conclusion that summarizes your views, reminds the audience of the issue and its importance, and shows in brief that you have successfully defended your thesis

Note

As you do your research, it is permissible to change your sources. Also, because of the recency and relevance of these issues, no sources older than 5 years should be used other than as historical information. Critical thinkers do the research first and then side with the preponderance of evidence. You might want to follow that principle.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

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  • Length: 4-6 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page

Grading
This activity will be graded using the W7 Course Project Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Rubric

W7 Course Project Grading Rubric – 185 pts

W7 Course Project Grading Rubric – 185 pts
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength5 pts Meets length requirement 0 pts Does not meet length requirement5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePurpose & Focus10 pts The writer has made insightful and mature decisions about focus, organization, and content to communicate clearly and effectively. The purpose and focus of the writing are clear to the reader and the organization and content are well chosen, sophisticated, and/or persuasive. Has a highly developed, defendable thesis that provides focus and direction to the essay. 8.5 pts The writer has made good decisions about focus, organization, and content to communicate clearly and effectively. The purpose and focus of the writing are clear to the reader and the organization and content achieve the purpose as well. Has a clear recognizable thesis that provides focus and direction to the essay. 7.5 pts The writer’s decisions about focus, organization, or content sometimes interfere with clear, effective communication. The purpose of the writing is not fully achieved. Thesis is unclear OR is not focused 6 pts The writer’s decisions about focus, organization, or content interfere with communication. The purpose of the writing is not achieved. Lacks a clear thesis 0 pts Completely unfocused and/or disorganized. Purpose of writing is not achieved. No recognizable thesis10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of Research/Evidence40 pts Sources are scholarly or of very high substantive quality where subject matter requires and no scholarly reference will serve the purpose, but all are current, authoritative, and relevant to topic. 34 pts Most sources are scholarly or of very high substantive quality where subject matter requires; but all are current, authoritative and relevant to topic. 30 pts Sources are mostly substantive, even where subject matter does not require. All are relevant to the topic. One source outside of current range. 24 pts Sources are substantive, even though scholarly sources are available and relevaant. Only one scholarly source. All are relevant to the topic. More than one source outside of current range. 0 pts Popular sources only and are not, therefore, authoritative, OR sources are not current, OR sources are not relevant40 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReasoning45 pts Substantial and well-reasoned development of ideas. All key assumptions are made explicit. Credible evidence is germane, and accurately analyzed and fair- mindedly interpreted. Displays strong critical thinking skills and habits of mind. 38.25 pts Offers solid reasoning. Most key assumptions are recognized or made explicit. Most inferences are accurate, most examples are on point. 33.75 pts Offers some supporting evidence. The case includes some examples that are too general, not interpreted, or not clearly relevant to thesis. 27 pts Offers simplistic, underdeveloped, circular, or irrelevant arguments. 0 pts Includes fallacies, exaggerations, faulty reasoning, factual errors, biased statements, etc.45 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization30 pts Sequencing of ideas within paragraphs and transitions between paragraphs flow smoothly and coherently throughout the paper. The writer shows clear effort to assist the reader in following the logic of the ideas expressed. Develops a complete reasoning pathway that contains logical follow through, considers multiple points of view,and examines assumptions. 25.5 pts Sequencing of ideas within paragraphs and transitions between paragraphs make the writer’s points coherent and easy to follow. Develops a logical reasoning pathway with minor gaps or leaps while addressing other points of view. 22.5 pts Sentence structure and/ or word choice sometimes interfere with clarity and coherence. Needs to improve sequencing of ideas within paragraphs and transitions between paragraphs to make the writing easy to follow May contain some gaps in reasoning pathway; deals minimally with other points of view. 18 pts Ineffective sentence structure, word choice, transitions, and/ or sequencing of ideas make reading and understanding difficult. Contains gaps and/or leaps in development and does not examine other points of view. 0 pts Disorganized; little or no sequencing of ideas; awkward and ineffective sentence structure; reading and understanding extremely difficult Undeveloped and/or does not examine other points of view.30 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAcademic Tone20 pts Maintains objective and professional tone; uses professional vocabulary. The use of words, sentences, and punctuation creates a distinct and engaging voice, tone, and level of formality appropriate to audience, purpose, and genre. 17 pts Uses objective and professional vocabulary. The use of words, sentences, and punctuation creates a consistent voice, tone, and level of formality appropriate to audience, purpose, and genre. 15 pts Some informality in vocabulary. The use of words, sentences, and punctuation creates an inconsistent voice, tone, or formality level that is occasionally inappropriate to the situation. 12 pts The use of words, sentences, and punctuation shows a lack of awareness of the voice, tone, and formality level expected in academic writing. 0 pts Informal; uses slang or colloquialisms; fails to achieve tone and level of formality expected in academic writing.20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting: Punctuation, Spelling, Capitalization5 pts Virtually free of punctuation, spelling, or capitalization errors. 4 pts Occasional punctuation, spelling, or capitalization errors. 3 pts Many punctuation, spelling, or capitalization errors. Interfere with meaning in some places. 2 pts Punctuation, spelling, or capitalization errors that hinder communication. 0 pts Severe punctuation, spelling and capitalization errors.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting: Sentence Structure10 pts Sentence structure is complex and powerful. The writer has used vivid, purposefully crafted, and varied sentence styles and lengths. 8.5 pts Sentences are effective and varied in style and length. 7.5 pts Sentences show limited variety in sentence style and length. 6 pts Sentence structure is simple, without variety in sentence style and length. 0 pts Sentence structures are awkward and/or unclear, impeding the clarity and flow of ideas.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting: Word Choice10 pts The writer displays a broad range of vocabulary, with effective, accurate, and contextually appropriate word usage. 8.5 pts The writer displays a satisfactory range of vocabulary and accurate and appropriate word usage. 7.5 pts The writer displays some varied word choice but language is mostly vague and needs more accuracy to properly convey ideas. Some errors of diction and usage are evident but do not interfere significantly with readability. 6 pts The writer displays a limited range of vocabulary. Errors of diction and usage are evident and begin to interfere significantly with readability. 0 pts Limited vocabulary. Diction and syntax errors are evident and impede a clear reading of the text.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Format10 pts Intext and reference citations in correct APA format with no errors. 8.5 pts Intext and reference citations in correct APA format with only occasional minor error. 7.5 pts Interfere with meaning in some places. Some major errors in APA format for intext, reference citations. 6 pts The writer does not use APA format, presentation, or style (citations) for the assignment or APA formatting has many major errors. 0 pts No intext citations to sources and/or no list of references in APA format10 pts
Total Points: 185




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third assignment
Instructions
This week, submit the following:
A thesis statement stating your opinion/conclusion on the issue, the supporting points you will offer and at least one relevant opposing view you will address.
An annotated bibliography with evaluation of at least five (5) sources you intend to use in your final paper to support your claim.
These are sources that provide evidence to support that your claim should be accepted by the reader.
Scholarly sources are preferred and should be used where available; due to the nature of some of the topics, authoritative articles in very high quality substantive journals may also be acceptable.
Use the Source Evaluation Worksheet to determine the following:
If your source is current
If it is not current, explain why you think it is acceptable.
If your source is crediblereliable, and authoritative
How well your source supports your thesis
If the annotation does not make this obvious, explain to your instructor how you will use it.
If your support is popular
If it is, explain to your instructor why you think it is acceptable.
Prepare a citation, annotation, and evaluation for each source.
Click on the following link for an example:
Link: How to Complete the Source Evaluation Worksheet
 
Writing Requirements (APA format)
Length: 100-150 words per source for Part 1; 50-80 words per source for Part 2 (not including title page or references page)
1-inch margins
Double spaced
12-point Times New Roman font
Title page
References page
Grading
This activity will be graded using the W5 Annotated Bibliography Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 3, 4, 6, 7
Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
Rubric
W5 Course Project Grading Rubric – 75 pts
W5 Course Project Grading Rubric – 75 pts
Criteria
Ratings
Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength
5 pts
Meets length requirement
0 pts
Does not meet length requirement
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis
5 pts
A clear, concise and focused statement of the issue and the writer’s opinion/conclusion. with relevant supporting points, clearly stated, which can be expanded into complete body paragraphs. Mention of relevant opposing view which will be addressed.
4.25 pts
The issue and the writer’s opinion/conclusion are clear. Supporting points are stated and mention is made of relevant opposing view.is made of relevant opposing view.
3.75 pts
Thesis statement is present. Issue is stated, but writer’s opinion/conclusion not entirely clear. Supporting points are stated.
3 pts
Thesis is unclear as to issue, writer’s opinion, or both. Supporting points are unclear.
0 pts
Thesis is not present.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuantity of Sources
5 pts
5 or more sources
4.25 pts
4 sources
3.75 pts
3 sources
3 pts
2 sources
0 pts
1 or no sources
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality /Reliability of Sources
10 pts
All works are from scholarly sources or highly authoritative sources.
8.5 pts
Most works are from scholarly sources or highly authoritative sources.
7.5 pts
Some works are from scholarly sources or highly authoritative sources.
6 pts
Sources substantive or lower in quality.
0 pts
Few or no sources reach even substantive level; popular sources cited.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRecency of Sources
10 pts
All sources less than 5 years old; if older, historical significance explained
8.5 pts
1 source older than 5 years w/no explanation of historical significance
7.5 pts
2 sources older than 5 years w/no explanation of historical significance
6 pts
3 sources older than 5 years w/no explanation of historical significance
0 pts
4 or more sources older than 5 years old w/no explanation of historical significance
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Fluency of Annotations
30 pts
All annotations comprehensively describe scope source material; clearly conveying main idea and relationship of ideas in source to the topic and thesis of the essay and how source will be used in essay.
25.5 pts
Most annotations comprehensively describe scope source material; give sense of main idea and relationship of ideas in source to the topic and thesis of the essay and how source will be used in essay.
22.5 pts
Annotations are well-written but do not describe scope of source material; do not give clear idea of how source will be used in essay.
18 pts
Annotations do not describe scope of source material and/or do not give idea of how they will be used in essay.
0 pts
Annotations lack detail, give no idea of how they will be used in essay OR no annotations.
30 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA and Documentation
10 pts
Citations are formatted correctly.
8.5 pts
There are a few formatting errors.
7.5 pts
There are some formatting errors.
6 pts
There are many and/or frequent formatting errors.
0 pts
There is little or no adherence to APA format in the document.
10 pts
Total Points: 75
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