Project #26440 - Humanities Paper

Writing Project

In this class, you will write a research paper. This paper will require you to obtain knowledge from the course material, so it is expected that you will work on it over the next few weeks as you learn more about humanities. (For the paper's specific due date, refer to the schedule or calendar provided by your instructor.) Please review the instructions carefully.

Throughout this course, you will be learning about ideas, culture, and the arts as they relate to humanities. Understanding humanities through the arts, beliefs, customs, practices, values, and behaviors is an essential part of this course. By attending cultural events or experiencing them through available forms of media, you will be able to experience the diverse offerings of culture and artistic expression found in various communities. Experiencing cultural events outside of the classroom will broaden your horizons and allow you to gain unique insight into your own community as well as a broader global perspective of our world's diverse cultures.

For this paper, you are required to study two cultural events and relate them to what you have learned about ideas, culture, and the arts in humanities. You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one cultural event in your local area, but it is not required if you are unable to do so. Instead, you may experience a cultural event through available forms of media, such as a learning-based television program or Internet video. (It is important to see and hear the event, so please do not simply read an article about it!)

What is the Definition of a Cultural Event?

For the purposes of this project, a cultural event must provide a higher learning experience about a culture through the lens of humanities. Listed below are examples of cultural events acceptable for this paper.

Cultural events include:

  • A visit to an art museum (Some museums have virtual tours online, so look for one if you are unable to physically visit an art museum.)
  • A visit to a history museum that provides information about the history of the local region
  • A performance of music, dance, or drama that reflects the culture in its performance
  • A writer's book-reading session or poetry recitation about their culture or experience as a member of a specific culture
  • A cultural celebration in its own setting (i.e., Carnival in Rio de Janiero or The Hogbetsotso Festival in Ghana)

For each of your chosen cultural events, please consider the following as you write your paper:

  • Identify the cultural event. What is it? How did you "experience" it? Did you attend in person or watch it online?
  • Describe the cultural event as it reflects the culture of origin. Consider the ideas, beliefs, and practices of the people.
  • What is the history of the cultural event? Consider the historical context, the events or opinions that surrounded the origination of the event and the era in which it began.
  • Has the cultural event changed since it began?
  • What similarities does this event have to at least one other cultural event in another part of the world? Provide an example and explain how they are similar and how they differ.
  • Has this cultural event been influenced by other cultures? If so, explain.
  • Has this cultural event influenced other cultures? If so, explain.

General Requirements:

  • APA format and documentation required (Note: An abstract is not required for this paper)
  • Paper must be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides.
  • APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Paper must be at least 5 pages in length (not including the title and reference page)
  • At least 4 resources are required – This means at least 2 resources per cultural event

Criteria

Exceptional

Good

Fair

Weak

Poor

Content

10 pts - Content shows originality and thorough development, including concrete detail and appropriate support for a strong, clearly stated thesis. The work demonstrates achievement of the assignment's learning objectives, as well as factual accuracy, strong reasoning and thoughtful inquiry.

8 pts - Content is developed with some detail and support for a strong, clearly stated thesis. The work demonstrates some level of achievement of the assignment's learning objective, displays overall factual accuracy, and is well reasoned.

6 pts - Content shows some development but may be lacking in detail or support for the thesis. The thesis itself may be weak or unclear. The work demonstrates a minimum level of achievement of the assignment's learning objectives but may include some factual inaccuracy or weakness in reasoning.

4 pts - Content includes little detail or support for the thesis, which itself may be weak or unclear. The work demonstrates inadequate achievement of the assignment's learning objectives and includes significant factual inaccuracies and flaws in reasoning.

2 pts - Content is unrelated to the thesis, or no thesis is present. The work is totally lacking in factual accuracy, reasoning, or achievement of the assignment's learning objectives.

Supporting Evidence

10 pts - Research is drawn from varied and credible sources, which are skillfully integrated to support the thesis. Discussion of research demonstrates understanding of concepts relevant to the assignment as well as their connection to the assignment learning objectives.

8 pts - Research is drawn from varied and credible sources, which are integrated to support the thesis. Discussion of research demonstrates some understanding of relevant concepts but may not show a clear connection to the assignment learning objectives.

6 pts - Some sources may not show sufficient variety or credibility, and sources may be insufficient or weakly integrated in support of the thesis. Discussion of the research shows minimal understanding of relevant concepts and lack of connection to the assignment learning objectives.

4 pts - Sources are insufficient in number, variety, and/or credibility and show lack of integration in support of the thesis. Little understanding of the research or connection to the assignment learning objectives is demonstrated.

2 pts - Little to no credible research is present.

Coherence & Organization

10 pts - Coherence and organization are excellent, with a logical progression of ideas and smooth transitions. Introduction and conclusion are well written and provide a reflective overview of the content.

8 pts - Coherence and organization are good, with most ideas logically arranged and most transitions smooth.  Introduction and/or conclusion are provide an overview of the content.

6 pts - Coherence and organization are acceptable, with some flaws in transitions or the arrangement of ideas. Introduction and/or conclusion paragraphs are adequate.

4 pts - Coherence is limited and organization is not logical.  Introduction and/or conclusion are weak.

2 pts - Coherence and organization are lacking. Introduction and/or conclusion are missing. 

Sentence Variation & Diction

5 pts - Language shows sensitivity to the audience and purpose, with excellent word choice and no errors in meaning. Sentence variety is strong and writing illustrates a strong understanding of appropriate style and tone.

4 pts - Language is appropriate for the audience and purpose; words are correctly used. Sentence structure shows some variety and writing illustrates good understanding of appropriate style and tone.

3 pts - Language shows some consciousness of audience and purpose but may include a few inappropriate word choices or errors in meaning. There is some sentence variety and writing illustrates some understanding of appropriate style and tone.

2 pts - Language shows little thought for audience or purpose and may include errors in word choice or meaning. Sentence structure lacks variety or writing illustrates limited understanding of appropriate style and tone.

1 pt - Language is inappropriate for audience or purpose and may include significant errors in word choice or meaning. Sentence structure lacks variety and writing illustrates limited understanding of appropriate style and tone.

Grammar & Mechanics

5 pts - Writing shows virtually no errors in grammar or usage. Mechanics include only isolated and minor errors in punctuation, capitalizing or paragraphing.

4 pts - Writing is generally good with few errors in grammar or usage. Mechanics are generally good but may have some minor errors in punctuation, capitalizing or paragraphing.

3 pts -  Writing includes a few errors, some of which may be major. Mechanics include some errors in punctuation, capitalization, or paragraphing.

2 pts - Writing contains several major errors in grammar or usage. Mechanics are weak, including multiple errors in punctuation, capitalization, or paragraphing.

1 pt - Writing is characterized by many major errors (fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences, agreement, pronoun reference, and/or verb form) that significantly interfere with communication.  Mechanics are inadequate, showing little application of punctuation, capitalization, or paragraphing rules.

Use of Sources

5 pts - Sources are consistently cited as well as accurately paraphrased, summarized and/or quoted.

4 pts - There may be one or two missing internal citations. Sources are overall accurately paraphrased, summarized, and/or quoted.

3 pts - Some internal citations are missing, and there may be some weakness in paraphrasing, summarizing and/or quoting of sources.

2 pts - Many citations are missing, either internally or from the references, or there is significant weakness in paraphrasing, summarizing, and/or quoting of sources.

1 pt - Sources are not cited internally or on a references page, or there may be little attempt at paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting sources.

APA Formatting

5 pts - The essay is formatted properly according to APA guidelines, including document layout, in-text citations, and references.

4 pts - The essay includes only minor errors in APA formatting. Document layout, citations, and references are mostly correct.

3 pts - There are a few errors in APA formatting, but no more than one or two shows major deviation from guidelines.

2 pts - The document includes a significant number of deviations from APA formatting, some of which may be quite obvious.

1 pt - The document shows little resemblance to an APA formatted paper.

 

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